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This Netflix Telenovela Is Taking Over Social Media With A Challenge Tied To One Of The Characters

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Netflix’s Mexican comedy-drama series, “La casa de las flores,” is bringing family dysfunction to a whole other level. The 13-episode series, which premiered earlier this month globally, starts out with the series narrator, Roberta, hanging herself at the flower shop owned by the de la Mora family. From there, the drama, one-liners and secrets bloom in a family where nothing is as it seems.

Fans of the show in Mexico and the U.S. are begging you not to sleep on this television show.

It is finally a novela you can binge and not have to wait for the new episodes to air. Goodbye cliff hangers.

People are discovering the majesty that is “La casa de las flores.”

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People are already comparing it to some of the best shows in American pop culture.

The show eschews traditional tired telenovela stereotypes and plot lines in favor of fresh scenarios modern families have to deal with. Things like deleting your sister off the WhatsApp group after an argument, a son coming out to his family at dinner while visualizing a cabaret scene of Thalia’s “A quien le importa” and getting a dog to mend an argument with your partner.—as well as some D-R-A-M-A we hope your familias don’t have to go through (a dead mistress, finding out you have a half-sister from your father’s affair, etc.)

The mastermind behind the show is 33-year-old Manolo Caro.

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Now he is a triple-threat creator, executive producer and director of “La casa de las Flores” on Netflix and he is rightfully proud of it.

An architect by education, Caro now designs and constructs masterful scenes that leave his audiences going “No pos wow.” Following the box office success of his first feature film, the cheekily named “No sé si cortarme las venas o dejarmelas largas¨ (translation: I Don’t Know Whether to Slit My Veins or Leave Them Long), Caro continued to make a name for himself with his films.

Oh, did we mention that Verónica Castro called off her retirement exclusively for this show.

Castro plays Virginia de La Mora, the matriarch of the de la Mora family, a chic and stealthy business woman who likes to keep up with appearances. Think Kris Kardashian but someone you would like to sit and talk with over cafe de la olla and pan dulce. This is Castro’s first series role since 2009.

Meet Paulina de la Mora, who a-nun-ci-ates ev-e-ry syllable.

Paulina de la Mora is the eldest, straight-laced sibling of the de la Mora familia, portrayed by Cecilia Suárez. Her peculiar form of speech has caught the attention of the fans who can’t get enough of it.

Her pregnant pauses has sparked a #PaulinadelaMoraChallenge on las redes.

Who else really wants to make one of these videos? They seem easy enough.

Suárez even joined in on the challenge herself, showing that she can be a good sport.

Netflix may have put in a clause that barred Suárez from speaking as Paulina during appearances but does that stop her from participating in a viral challenge? One can only assume even Netflix would like the publicity despite trying to control how an actor speaks in public.

Paulina’s smart comebacks and personality quirks are gaining loyal fans.

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Paulina is arguably the fan favorite.

But, honestly, can you even blame them?

The rest of the cast includes the lineage of Mexican film and TV dynasties.

Dario Yazbek Bernal, who plays Julián de la Mora, is Gael García Bernal’s half brother, while Eugenio Derbez’s daughter Aislinn Derbez plays Elena de la Mora.

Spanish actor Paco Leon makes a special appearance as Paulina’s ex husband, who is transgender.

We told you there were lots of secrets in this family. Stay with us.

Fans are already eager to start streaming season 2.

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The verdict is still out on whether Mexico’s most famous flower shop will be returning for a sophomore season, but it seems it will do so without its matriarch, according to Forbes Mexico. In the meantime, you can still enjoy Virginia’s best phrases on the IG stories on the official Casa de las Flores Insta account.


READ: Remake Of Classic Television Show Means More Latinos On Netflix

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The ALMA Awards Show Is Returning To Television After A Three-Year Hiatus

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The ALMA Awards Show Is Returning To Television After A Three-Year Hiatus

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After a three-year hiatus, The American Latino Media Arts Awards (ALMA) show is coming back. The award show, which was the only nationally broadcast English-language show celebrating Latinos in arts, media and music, is partnering with Fuse media to return the annual program. This is thanks to a multi-year agreement with the media company.

The ALMA awards have a long history of uplifting Latino talent and trailblazers during the past 23 years.

Originally called The Bravo Awards, the ALMA Awards were created from a research study conducted by the NCLR and the Center for Media and Public Affairs. The two organizations pointed out the lack of quantity and quality of representation that Latinos received in the media. Back in 1995, Jennifer Lopez was the first host of the award show. Since then stars like Eva Longoria and Mario Lopez have hosted the ALMAs and have been a big part of production of the show.

Fuse Media is hoping to “lift the voices of Latinos and other underserved communities” with this year’s ceremony.

Organizers say they will present a re-envisioned show celebrating Latino heritage and leading entertainment and media personalities through an engaging, inclusive format. Fuse Media will tap live-event producing team Done + Dusted, which has worked with Stand Up To Cancer, iHeartRadio Music Awards and Co-Producers of the 2018 Emmys, to produce this years ALMA Awards.

“Fuse Media (and its predecessor SiTV), since day one, has been committed to building a unique entertainment platform to lift the voices of Latinos and other underserved communities and in so doing, celebrate our diverse, multicultural nation,” Fuse Media CEO Michael Schwimmer said in a statement. “I cannot think of a better way, especially today, to embrace this mission than by partnering with UnidosUS to reimagine the ALMA Awards.”

The ALMAs was the first award show recognizing strides in Latino advancement.

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The award show has given some of the rising Latino stars in entertainment a platform and audience to spread their new projects. The awards show has honored everything from music to television to movies.

Selena Gomez acknowledged the importance of the awards to her family and community in 2008, the year before she hosted.

The ALMAs have always tried to highlight Latino representation whether it’s the big screen or on television, that includes “Wizards of Waverly Place.” The show was one of the first Disney shows to star a Latina character as its lead role. Gomez was nominated for her role in the show in 2008.

This is the start of a new era for the ALMA Awards that will build on its old successes with hopes to create new narratives for Latinos.

The history and production of the ALMAs has been inconsistent going back to its start when no show was produced back in 1996 and also from 2002-06. Janet Murguia, UnidosUS President and CEO, hopes this is the start of a yearly tradition that Latinos can look forwards to.

“We are proud to have the ALMA Awards back as part of our organization’s 50th anniversary, and to host the first ALMAs under our new name,” Murguia said in a press release. “Now more than ever, Latinos must reclaim the narrative of our place in U.S. society, and as always, ALMAs is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate everything our community contributes to American culture.”

More details and a specific award show date to be announced.


READ: Latinos Dominated The 2018 MTV VMAs With Some Of Your Faves Taking Home The Top Awards

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