Sunday, August 13, 2006

Amas de Casas Desperadas

The Sunday Times has a great piece about Disney's novel plan to produce 3 Spanish and Portuguese language versions of the first season of Desperate Housewives, with more to follow.

They're using the same scripts (more's the pity), tweaked to conform to local customs (waspy Bree Van De Kamp becomes a fervent Catholic, Opus Dei style, for example), with new actors and directors, and a new Wisteria Lane exterior to be shared by all three productions. (The American production, of course, gets to stay on the Beaver Cleaver/thirtysomething backlot.)

This in the same year Disney launches an American language version of the increidbly popular Colombian telenovela, Ugly Betty, so the door swings both ways.

Should be interesting to see if this sinks or swims. Could be the wave of the future.


Blogger Paul said...

I *loved* Betty La fea -- it's comic genius. I also really liked Luz Clarita.. that theme song gets stuck in my head...

8/14/06, 9:58 AM  
Blogger Ryan Charisma said...

I can't wait for Ugly Betty.

Housewives, however, has gotten really bad, really fast.

Let it go, let it go.

8/14/06, 10:36 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

I *did* let it go... emotionally, about half way through the first year... and *actually* about a quarter of the way through the second. Haven't seen one since.

The shame of it is, if it had become the show promised by the pilot -- a biting *satire* of domesticity -- it would probably be my among my favorite shows right now. (I feel so bad for Felicity Huffman... though, somehow, her plots always seem better than those of her castmates).

8/14/06, 1:23 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

Can't get into housewives, good looking men but just not interested. Betty looks interesting but comone after the first day OK maybe a week wouldn't some give the girl a makeover.... I don't see 7 years of that show.

8/15/06, 7:04 PM  

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