Univision unveils 2009-2010 season


Univision announced its programming line-up for Univision, TeleFutura and Galavision in the 2009-2010 season. The new programming slate includes the exclusive Spanish-language broadcast of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa  in HD, novelas and new reality shows.

“At the heart of Univision’s success is a proven formula of top notch programming that no other network can match. Year after year, Univision broadcasts many of the most watched programs, which on many nights outdeliver its English-language network competitors,” said Ray Rodriguez, president and COO, Univision. “We are very excited about our 2009-2010 line-ups, including once again being the exclusive Spanish-language home of the World Cup, which reached 50 million viewers in 2006 and is sure to be an even greater success in 2010 in high definition across our networks.”


World Cup
In June & July 2010, Univision presents the greatest sporting event in the world, the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. And for the first time ever, this exclusive Spanish-language broadcast on the Univision networks will air in high definition. Univision’s critically acclaimed coverage will include fifty-six games live, with the remaining eight on sister network TeleFutura. Both TeleFutura and Galavision will rebroadcast fifty-two games. With entertainment and news programming also producing special World Cup editions, over 400+ hours of coverage will transform the Univision networks into the World Cup destination for millions of passionate fans. (Dayparts Vary)

“Atrevete a Sonar” (Dare to Dream). A modern-day ugly duckling story – Patricia, a.k.a. “Patito” (Duckling), is a sweet girl with a good heart whose health issues send her to a children’s hospital. Her two fondest dreams are to meet her father and to become a famous singer. In a strange chain of events “Patito’s” doctor turns out to be her father, and she finds her dreams are within reach. Producer Luis de Llano Macedo wins the hearts of us all, starring — Danna Paola (Querida Enemiga), Vanessa Guzman (Alborada), Rene Strickler (Cuidado con el Angel), and Cynthia Klitbo (Palabra de Mujer). (Monday-Friday, Primetime)

“Un Gancho al Corazon” (A Blow to the Heart). From the producer of “Al Diablo con los Guapos,” Angelli Nesma Medina, comes an unexpected story about an ex-stock-car champion racer meeting a beautiful female boxer. What follows is a delightful comedy of errors, full of adventures and entanglements, seasoned with generous helpings of tears, laughter and love. Cast includes Sebastian Rulli (Mundo de Fieras), Laisha Wilkins (Mujeres Asesinas), Raul Araiza (Duelo de Pasiones), and Danna Garcia. (Monday-Friday, Primetime)

“En Nombre del Amor” (In the Name of Love). Producer Carlos Moreno (Bajo la Misma Piel), brings his latest classic delving into the depths of everyday lives, to lay bare secret emotions. A family drama of two sisters, Macarena and Carlota, who fall in love with the same man and pay dearly for their love. This novela reunites the cast from the very successful “Al Diablo con los Guapos” — Allison Lozz, Altair Jarabo, Laura Flores, as well as Victoria Ruffo (La Madrastra), Arturo Peniche (Alborada), Leticia Calderon (Laberintos de Pasion), and newcomer Sebastian Zurita. (Monday-Friday, Primetime)

“Sortilegio” (Lucky Spell). From one of Mexico’s most successful producers, Carla Estrada (Pasion, Amor Real, Alborada), comes her next big hit. The story is centered around a woman who falls in love with and marries a man with a dual identity. When she discovers the man’s real identity, the plot takes an unexpected twist. Currently in production on the exotic Caribbean coast of Mexico, featuring — Jacqueline Bracamontes (Las Tontas no van al Cielo), William Levy (Cuidado con el Angel), Daniela Romo (Alborada), Gabriel Soto (Querida Enemiga), Chantal Andere (Destilando Amor), and Ana Brenda (Juro que te Amo). (Monday-Friday, Primetime)

“Verano de Amor” (Summer of Love). Producer Pedro Damian (Rebelde) is back with another youth hit — this time a summer story about a group of young friends who grow up together in the beautiful seaside town. It will be a summer of change, of tears and disappointment, but also of dreams, new life, new friends, and new loves. With RBD sensation, Dulce Maria, along with “Rebelde” cast members Enrique Rocha and Juan Ferrara, newcomer Mark Tacher, and Luz Maria Jerez (Querida Enemiga). (Monday-Friday, Daytime)

“Viva El Sueno” (Live the Dream). An original reality TV format, this 13- week competition showcases talented, but struggling professional Hispanic performers who need just one big break to make it to stardom. This highly anticipated mega event is now in production and will air live across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, with a panel of renowned music-industry experts. In the end, viewers will vote and ultimately choose Latin music’s next superstar. (Sunday, Primetime)

“Hazme Reir y Seras Millionario” (Make Me Laugh And Become A Millionaire). From the creators of Bailando and Cantando por un Sueno comes a new comedy- based reality show. Viewers will delight in the fun as teams of three — a contestant, a comedian, and a celebrity — work to make the audience and the judges laugh. Hosts, Marco Antonio Regil (100 Mexicanos Dijeron) and Angelica Vale (La Fea Mas Bella), join in the antics giving challenges of improv, parody, sketches and imitations for the teams to present to a ruthless panel of judges. In addition to a cash prize, the winner will win a trip to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. (Sunday, Primetime)


World Cup
“2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa” with all games broadcast in high definition. For 31 days, TeleFutura will be an important destination for World Cup with exclusive coverage of eight live games and twenty-five “Best of the World Cup” broadcasts in primetime. (Dayparts Vary)

In the 2009/2010 season, TeleFutura is excited to add the following titles to what is already the largest Hollywood film library on Spanish-language television. Starting with “El Cantante” where real life couple Marc Anthony and his multi-talented wife, Jennifer Lopez, who also served as an executive producer for the film, star in this biopic based on the true story of the rise and fall of salsa singer, Hector Lavoe. TeleFutura will feed the appetite of action/adventure fans with many new titles this season including “Snakes on a Plane” (Samuel L. Jackson), “I, Robot” (Will Smith), “A Man Apart” (Vin Diesel), “Daredevil” (Ben Affleck), “Rush Hour 3” (Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan), “X2: X-Men United” (Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart) and “Transporter” (Jason Statham). On the lighter side of film fare, we are proud to present “Monster-In-Law” and “The Wedding Planner,” both featuring Jennifer Lopez. And the whole family can enjoy “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over” with a cast including Antonio Banderas, Sylvester Stallone and Salma Hayek. (Primetime)

“Dona Bella” (Beautiful Lady). This original production of the legendary book, Dona Bella, was created especially for, and in conjunction with, TeleFutura. The passionate love story follows the captivating life of a beautiful woman who falls in love with a member of a prominent, yet conservative family. But her beauty becomes her worst enemy when she is kidnapped by a powerful businessman who uses her, then abandons her. Dona Bella returns to her village a shamed woman and looks for Antonio, her great love, only to be rejected by him, as he marries another woman. Wanting to avenge herself, Dona Bella takes charge, and turns her life in a whole new direction. Produced exclusively for TeleFutura. (Monday-Friday, Primetime)


“La Tijera” (The Scissors). TeleFutura’s newest sensation has a lot to talk about! This show dissects celebrity news with razor-sharp focus and says what no one else dares to say. With exclusive stories, interviews and celebrity sightings, viewers will be up to date on the comings and goings of everyone’s favorite stars. (Monday-Friday, Fringe)

“Famosos…” (Celebrities…). TeleFutura’s “Famosos…” franchise captures the outrageous and exciting world of celebrities such as Ricky Martin, Penelope Cruz, Juanes, Shakira, Cristian Castro and more. Featuring countdowns of the juiciest and most-hysterical moments caught on film — often direct from the paparazzi! This quarterly special features footage that no one thought would make it on-air, giving viewers an inside look at the entertainment world. No one is spared and nothing is hidden when “Famosos…” gets celebrities in its sights. (Quarterly, Primetime)


World Cup
Like Univision and TeleFutura, Galavision will become a destination for “2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa,” providing viewers unparalleled access to the biggest sporting event in the world. In addition to the games, specially produced programs will provide viewers the full experience, to help them feel as if they were in South Africa themselves. (Dayparts Vary)

“Ventana a la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2010” (Window to the World Cup). The preparations for the World Cup start long before the tournament, and this program focuses on all that’s going on already — qualifying matches, preparations in South Africa, and interviews with key personnel who make it all possible. From diehard soccer fans to general audiences, this show allows everyone to enjoy the making of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa(TM). (Sunday, Primetime)

“Pasaje Al Mundial” (Ticket to the World Cup). As seen through the eyes of die-hard soccer fans, these one-minute capsules will provide exclusive stories and insight into the 2010 World Cup celebrations direct from South Africa. This fascinating series brings all of the excitement of the biggest soccer event in the world from the fans’ perspective. (Dayparts Vary)

“Vida Salvaje” (Wildlife). New titles for this critically acclaimed documentary series include “Ballenas Asesinas” (Killer Whales), an innovative film revealing what sets apart the Killer Whale. The whales are able to pass on knowledge from generation to generation, resulting in a distinct culture. Similarly, “Tiburones Inteligentes” (Smart Sharks), transports you into the body of a super-predator. With Shark-cam as your eyes, viewers are taken where no diver dares to go. (Weekdays, Primetime)

“Expedicion Global” (Global Expedition). New titles for this extraordinary franchise bring viewers on even more spectacular journeys across our planet “La Vida en El Congelador” (Life in The Freezer), the international Emmy award-winning series on the unveiling of Antarctica and “En Busca de Leones” (In Pursuit of Lions), interviews with experts who delve into how and why some animals have turned into human predators. (Sunday, Primetime)