This is a class blog run by Dr. Carolina Acosta-Alzuru and her students in the course "Telenovelas, Culture and Society" at the University of Georgia during Spring 2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Spanglish Telenovela!

Even though this class is coming to an end, I honestly don't think that this will be the end of my telenovela watching. I have been officially hooked...congrats Dr. A! I am excited to try and keep up with the new telenovelas that will come out and continue to follow Dr. A's blog to keep up with the telenovela world. Something that caught my eye a few weeks ago was a topic of discussion on the E! News about a telenovela! I thought that this had to be a first, E recognizing the great world of telenovelas! As shocked as I was I was immediately intrigued and grabbed my remote control to turn up the volume and hear what they had to say. They were interviewing actors from a new telenovela, "RPM Miami", that is being produced in south Florida, and were explaining how this specific telenovela was going to be a test run for a new type of telenovela....a bilingual telenovela! I was literally jumping with joy! One of the actors was explaining how this telenovela is set in Miami and its going to be just like the real latin life in Miami. He explains, at home and with family you may speak spanish primarily, but when your on the streets you speak English and Spanish combined creating a unique language in itself, Spanglish. This is going to be the first primetime bilingual drama and has the chance of making history! It is set to air May 1 so everyone should watch and see what they think I know I will be watching! It seems to be a "Fast and the Furious" meets telenovela type of story but I am attaching a link bellow so you can check it out for yourself!


  1. I hope this doesn't turn out to be awful execution-wise...because the concept seems so cool.

    I'm not a big fan of the macho car racing of Vin Diesel, but if this type of show does take off, I would really enjoy watching one with maybe a different storyline. Since the code-switching/spanglish is just such a natural aspect of living in Miami (my grandparents lived there my whole life) and even all over the US, it will be interesting to see how it comes to life in the entertainment world.

    Thanks for sharing the link!

  2. I am so excited about this! I think it's a great idea for them to do something like this. Especially becasue it incorporates the everyday reality of Latino Americans. With latin americans now being the largest minority group within the United States it's important to show the product of when these two cultures collide. I would like to see a telenovela (maybe reality-show esque) that discusses the difficulties second-generation Latino-Americans have in developing their identity; torn between American culture and their Latin culture. I think this type of show would garner a lot viewers from the adolescent age range beacause they would be able to relate more with the themes.

  3. I would love to watch this! Right up my alley...SPANGLISH! Not to mention the wonderful location of Miami, I actually want to get hooked to this. Maybe a series like this will be the strategic move to attract more American viewers to the hype of telenovelas. With the majority of novelas being taped in foreign countries, it would be really cool to see a show filmed on America soil featuring Latin Americans because it feels so much more close to home.

  4. WOW!!! I love Spanglish. I think the most depressing thing about Spanglish though is that it gets NO recognition in popular media. In many cases, people look down on Spanglish as an inferior way of speaking. It is a word many times used pejoratively to refer to what people call a "bastardization" of either language. They are SO wrong, and it's awesome to see a TV network recognizing this fact. I hope it turns out great. I'm sure the Latino market in the US will love it!