La Reina del Sur (TV series)
La Reina del Sur (lit. 'The Queen of the South') is a Spanish-language telenovela based on a novel of the same name by Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte. The first season is produced by the American television network Telemundo in conjunction with the Antena 3 network and RTI Producciones, while season 2 is co-produced by Telemundo Global Studios and Netflix. It premiered on 28 February 2011. The series depicts the rise of Teresa Mendoza (Kate del Castillo), a young woman from Mexico who becomes the most powerful drug trafficker in southern Spain.
|La Reina del Sur|
|Created by||Roberto Stopello|
|Based on||La Reina del Sur|
by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
|Story by||Arturo Pérez-Reverte|
|Creative director||Gabriela Monroy|
|Narrated by||Kate del Castillo|
|Theme music composer||Bello Jaime Teodoro|
|Opening theme||"La Reina del Sur" performed by Los Cuates de Sinaloa|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||123 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer||Patricio Wills|
|Cinematography||Alejandro García W.|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Audio format||Stereophonic sound|
|First shown in||United States|
|Original release||28 February 2011 –|
|Related shows||Queen of the South|
With a $10 million budget it is the second most expensive telenovela ever produced by Telemundo, the first being El Señor de los Cielos. An English language remake, Queen of the South, premiered in June 2016 on USA Network, starring Alice Braga.
Season 1 (2011)Edit
The series is the television adaptation of the literary work of the same name of Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte. It is the chronicle of the rise to power of a Mexican woman within the world of international drug trafficking. Teresa Mendoza begins her adventure as a humble young woman in love with a pilot employed by the Mexican cartels. When they execute her boyfriend, Teresa flees, desperate to avoid the same fate. Her escape takes her to the south of Spain where she tries to start a new life. However, she is once again immersed in the world of narcotics trafficking, and for a second time, she suffers the death of a beloved man. After several blows, Teresa decides to take the reins of her destiny and becomes the head of her own organization. This was done with the help of a woman she met in prison, who decided to share her fortune with Teresa. Through strategic alliances and a strong sense for business, Teresa "La Mexicana" begins to control an intercontinental drug distribution business. However, her great success is accompanied by a high personal price, and Teresa's happiness and heart are tested.
Season 2 (2019)Edit
The second season of La Reina del Sur follows the life of Teresa Mendoza eight years after the events of the first-season finale. Isolating herself from the rest of the world, Teresa now lives an idyllic life in Italian Tuscany, but the kidnapping of her daughter forces her to go back to the underworld and reintroduces herself into drug trafficking. To save her daughter, Teresa needs to confront her old enemies once more and face her past that she tried to leave behind.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||63||28 February 2011||30 May 2011|
|2||60||22 April 2019||29 July 2019|
|S||12||27 April 2019||26 July 2019|
Introduced in season 1Edit
Introduced in season 2Edit
Recurring and guestEdit
- Karim El-Kerem as Mohamed Mansur (season 1)
- Klaus as Eddie Álvarez (season 1)
- Nerea Garmendia as Eugenia Montijo (season 1)
- Juan Pablo Raba as Jaime Gutiérrez Solana (season 1)
- Ezequiel Montalt as Jaime "Jimmy" Arenas (season 1)
- Rodolfo Valdés as El Chino Parra (season 1)
- Jesús Castro as Jesús (season 2)
- Pol Monen as Juan (season 2)
- Eduardo Yáñez as Antonio Alcalá (season 2)
- Aitor Luna as Pedro (season 2)
- Eduardo Santamarina as Mariano Bravo (season 2)
- Eric Roberts as Erick Sheldon (season 2)
- María Camila Giraldo as Jimena Montes (season 2)
- Vera Mercado as Virginia Vargas (season 2)
- Norma Angélica as Morgana (season 2)
- Eduardo Pérez as Sergio (season 2)
- Dimitry Anisimov as Anton (season 2)
- Aroha Hafez as Triana (season 2)
- Anna Ciocchetti as Marietta Lancaster (season 2)
- Roberto Abraham Wohlmuth as Lencho (season 2)
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||Avg. viewers|
|1||Mon–Fri 10:00 p.m.||63||28 February 2011||2.4||30 May 2011||4.2||TBD|
|2||60||22 April 2019||2.36||29 July 2019||2.23||1.89|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2011||People in Spanish Awards|
|Best Telenovela||Roberto Stopello||Won|
|Best Actress||Kate del Castillo||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor||Humberto Zurita||Nominated|
|Best Villain||Salvador Zerboni||Nominated|
|Newcomer of the Year||Cristina Urgel||Won|
|Sweethearts||Kate del Castillo & Iván Sánchez||Nominated|
|2012||TVyNovelas Awards Colombia|
|Best Series||Roberto Stopello||Nominated|
|Favorite Production||Roberto Stopello||Nominated|
|Best Villain Of Series||Humberto Zurita||Nominated|
|1st Your World Awards|
|Novela of the Year||Roberto Stopello||Nominated|
|Favorite Lead Actress||Kate del Castillo||Nominated|
|Best Bad Luck Video||Amor que mata||Nominated|
|2020||International Emmy Award||Best Non-English Language U.S. Primetime Program||La Reina del Sur||Won|
One of the real life characters that inspired the novel is Sandra Ávila Beltrán, known as the Queen of the Pacific, famous for being one of the first female drug traffickers to reach the level of "Boss" in the Mexican cartels, a place usually reserved for men.
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