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Gossip Girl: Acapulco

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Gossip Girl: Acapulco
Gossip Girl Acapulco title card.jpg
Genre Teen drama
Created by Cecily von Ziegesar (books), Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (original TV series)
Developed by Juan Pablo Ybarra
Melissa Palazuelos
Víctor Franco
Genaro Quiroca
Paola Pérez De la Garza
Starring Sofía Sisniega
Oka Giner
Diego Amozurrutia
Margarita Muñoz
Jon Ecker
Macarena Achaga
Vadhir Derbez
Narrated by Paty Cantú (as Gossip Girl)
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 25 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Juan Pablo Ybarra
Andrés Tovar
Pedro Torres
Production location(s) Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
Running time 40 minutes
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Television
El Mall
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network Golden Premier
UniMás
Telehit HD
Canal 5
Original release August 5 – September 6, 2013 (2013-09-06)
Chronology
Related shows Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl: Acapulco is a Mexican teen drama television series, based on the American television series Gossip Girl. It was produced by El Mall and Warner Brothers International Television, with Pedro Torres serving as executive producer for the series.[1]

The first and only season, consisting of 25 episodes, debuted on the pay TV channel Golden Premier in Mexico on August 5, 2013.[1][2] The television show was then broadcast in the United States on UniMás starting September 20, 2013,[3] and on free-to-air channel Canal 5 starting November 11, 2013.

The series starred Sofía Sisniega, Oka Giner, Diego Amozurrutia, Margarita Muñoz, Jon Ecker, Vadhir Derbez, and Macarena Achaga as the principal cast members.[4] It was nominated as best series at the Premios TVyNovelas 2014, but didn't win.[5][6]

Production[edit]

The intention of producing a Mexican adaptation of Gossip Girl was made public in August 2012,[7] while the final cast was announced in January 2013 with the streaming of the first promotional video.[8] The producers expected to film at least three seasons of the series.[9] Filming of the first season began on January 21, 2013, in Acapulco,[10] and ended on May 5.[11] On January 14, 2014, it was announced that the series would not be renewed for a second season.[12]

Singer Paty Cantú, the voice of Gossip Girl,[13] also performs the show's promo song, Dicen por ahí.[14]

Plot[edit]

Sofía López-Haro returns unexpectedly to Acapulco after leaving mysteriously the year before. Her best friend, Bárbara Fuenmayor, angry that she has always been forced to live in Sofía's shadow, is not happy with her return, especially after discovering that before leaving Acapulco, Sofía had slept with her boyfriend, Nico.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Sofía López-Haro, portrayed by Sofía Sisniega, is the Mexican counterpart to Serena van der Woodsen. Sofía makes an unexpected return to Acapulco after leaving under mysterious circumstances a year prior to the series. Along with the other central characters, she is featured on the blog of the series' anonymous Twitter account, "Gossip Girl."[4]
  • Barbara Fuenmayor, portrayed by Oka Giner, is the Mexican counterpart to Blair Waldorf. She is Sofía's best friend and occasional rival, as she has always resented living in Sofía's shadow.[4]
  • Daniel Parra, portrayed by Diego Amozurrutia, is the Mexican counterpart to Dan Humphrey. Daniel is an avid surfer and is the son of former rock star Marcelo Parra.[4]
  • Vanessa García, portrayed by Margarita Muñoz, is the Mexican counterpart to Vanessa Abrams. She is a hardworking girl, Daniel's ex-girlfriend, and best friends with Jenny.[4]
  • Nicolás "Nico" de la Vega, portrayed by Jon Ecker, is the Mexican counterpart to Nate Archibald. Nico is Barbara's longtime boyfriend with a secret history with their childhood friend Sofía, and is the grandson of the former governor of the state of Guerrero.[4]
  • Jenny Parra, portrayed by Macarena Achaga, is the Mexican counterpart to Jenny Humphrey. She is Daniel Parra's younger sister and a headache for their parents.[4]
  • Maximiliano "Max" Zaga portrayed by Vadhir Derbez, is the Mexican counterpart to Chuck Bass. Max is the son of hotel mogul Emiliano Zaga and best friends with Nico.[4]

Secondary cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

The first season was published in DVD and Blu-ray on December 15, 2013.[15][16]

Impact[edit]

Gossip Girl: Acapulco portrays a glamorous Acapulco fully in renaissance, and the program explicitly means to counter the city's violent image. The state government of Guerrero partially paid for the show's production, a practice that is not uncommon in the Mexican television industry.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gossip Girl Acapulco: una historia de pasión e intriga" [Gossip Girl Acapulco: a story of passion and intrigue]. El Universal (in Spanish). August 6, 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Mariana Zepeda (August 5, 2013). "The Promise and Peril of Gossip Girl Acapulco". Slate. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ ""Gossip Girl Acapulco" ¡En septiembre por UniMás!" ["Gossip Girl Acapulco" in September on UniMás!] (in Spanish). August 22, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Laura Luz Morales. "XOXO, Gossip Girl… Acapulco" (in Spanish). Mexico. Archived from the original on August 7, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Premios TV y Novelas 2014 anuncia su lista de aspirantes" [TVyNovelas Awards announces its list of nominees] (in Spanish). March 6, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Premios TVyNovelas 2014 Lista Completa De Ganadores: En Vivo Minuto A Minuto" [TVyNovelas Awards 2014 Complete list of winners: live minute by minute] (in Spanish). March 23, 2014. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Pedro Torres realizará versión mexicana de Gossip Girl" [Pedro Torres will produce a Mexican version of Gossip Girl] (in Spanish). August 23, 2012. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Gossip Girl Acapulco: Primer Vistazo (Video)" [Gossip Girl Acapulco: first look (video)] (in Spanish). January 18, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Paty Cantú interpretará el tema musical de Gossip Girl Acapulco" [Paty Cantú will perform Gossip Girl Acapulco theme song] (in Spanish). March 28, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Pedro Torres y actores presentan 'Gossip Girl Acapulco'" [Pedro Torres and the actors present "Gossip Girl Acapulco"] (in Spanish). January 13, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Concluyen grabaciones de la serie "Gossip girl Acapulco" en el puerto" [They conclude the filming of Gossip Girl Acapulco in the harbor] (in Spanish). May 15, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  12. ^ "No habrá segunda temporada de "Gossip Girl Acapulco"" [There won't be a second season of "Gossip Girl Acapulco"] (in Spanish). January 14, 2014. Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Gossip Girl Acapulco termina de grabar" [Gossip Girl Acapulco ends filming] (in Spanish). May 18, 2013. Archived from the original on August 13, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Paty Cantú lleva su talento a Acapulco" [Paty Cantú brings her talent to Acapulco] (in Spanish). March 22, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Gossip Girl: Acapulco Blu-ray" (in Spanish). Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Serie : Gossip Girl Acapulco" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on April 3, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 

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