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These HBO Movies And Shows Will Keep You Entertained During Your Weekend Binge Watching Sessions

In the last few years, Latinos have been blowing up the entertainment industry. Mexican directors have won four of the last five Oscars in the Best Director category. Netflix has produced one after the other of Spanish-language television series and the hit reboot of “One Day at a Time.” We’re seeing Latinos on screen as detectives, veterans, mothers, abuelitas, and even in animation.

HBO is one of those production companies that sees Latinos as an audience to celebrate, and we’re loving how easy they’re making it for us to find our people with our own genre. We rounded up HBO’s featured list along with all the binge-worthy need-to-knows.

“Psi”

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This show is eclectic as anything, with a protagonist named Carlo Antonini, who is a psychiatrist/psychologist/psychoanalyst. Antonini dabbles in the most unusual cases possible, some of which put his family in danger. With a man whose normal day to day includes all the abnormal, it’s no surprise that his threshold in his personal life isn’t much different.

Watch Antonini juggle dating a street performer, a young Goth who practices vampirism, and so, so much more.

“Cappadocia: Un Lugar Sin Perdón”

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Filmed in Mexico, “Capadocia” first ran in 2008 for three seasons but still remains a solid telenovela thriller. This is more than a story about women in a Mexico City industrial complex. It’s about attorney Teresa Lagos who fights for their rights as she learns that officials are experimenting on the women.

Think of it as the Mexican, novela version of “Orange is the New Black.”

“El Negocio”

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One of the longest standing series on HBO Latino, “El Negocio” stars three, independent women in the sex working industry who show the world that they are in fact, savvy business women who create a brand for themselves. Using marketing, business strategy and their keen intellects, they climb to the top of the business.

“Alice”

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You don’t hear the name Alice too often for Latinos, but it works for esa mujer who essentially falls down an Alice in Wonderland-esque rabbit hole. It all happens when she has to go to Sao Paulo for her father’s funeral. With opportunities abundant, Alice starts a brand new life, with a new world of friends and experiences.

“Destino Deporte”

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This reads like a Spanish “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” meets sports. You can find yourself in Romanza Gym, the elite boxing gym of Mexico, meet Argentina’s Narvaez boxing family even and meet Mexican parachuter Tono Montano, a blind surfer who uses his other senses to feel the waves.

“Dios Inc.”

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If you couldn’t get enough of “Wild, Wild Country” and all things culty, get yourself some “Dios Inc.” We start by meeting Dr. Salvador Pereyra who returns to Mexico after spending 10 years in the Middle East studying religions. Once his discovery of the tomb of Marduk becomes public knowledge, a sect plagiarizes his work and starts a cult.

Salvador teams up with a young (y tan cute) Sci-Fi writer to stop the cult before something sinister happens.

“Dr. Reggaeton”

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HBO’s biggest Latino hit yet, “Dr. Reggaeton” is a three part series hosted by comedian Frankie Quinones. Each episode features a special guest, like Farruko, Bad Bunny & Jacob Forever. Dr. Reggaeton gets boricua af once he starts reading letters from fans asking for love advice from the doc and his guests.

“Chumel con Chumel Torres”

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He’s the Mexican John Oliver with the insight and humor that only a Latino can bring to the current situation in the United States. He doesn’t stop there though. Chumel reports on all things politics and opinion from the U.S. to Latin America. Prepare for some dark humor, very, very dark.

“El Hipnotizador”

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Led by Argentinian and Emmy-nominated Leonardo Sbaraglia, who plays hypnotist Natalio Arenas, this series is based on an Argentinian cult comic book of the same name. Arenas is barely functioning with a severe case of insomnia when he lands a stage show gig.

Wait until he comes face to face with his professional/personal enemy who hypnotized him into the insomnia in the first place.

“El Jardín de Bronce”

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Set in Buenos Aires, this tells the story of how a young couple’s otherwise normal life was completely turned upside down when their four-year-old daughter vanishes on the metro.

The police have no motives, clues, or witnesses, so it’s up to Fabian and Lila to find their child. A whole decade passes, and the most nauseating plot twists will rivet you for eight, scintillating episodes.

“Epitafios”

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OK, so you finished “Shades of Blue” and you need more detective work on your screen. Try this 2014 series that seems like an alternate ending to “Shades of Blue,” if Harlee never “got healed.”

All you need to know is that a former cop’s shady past with his ex-lover and psychiatrist come to a head when they are forced to team up and find a serial killer who could end it all for them.

“Magnifica ’70”

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This show is everything just for the fashion inspo. Set in Sao Paulo in the 1970s, our eyes are set on a federal film censor, Vicente, who seems to be obsessed with a risque movie, “The Hot Student.” Right off the bat, he censors the movie, but his attraction to the lead actress takes him out of his comfort zone and straight into the city’s red-light district.

“Fantasmagorias”

CREDIT: HBO

Latinos know horror like nobody else, because our moms and abuelitas had the most horrifying cautionary tales you could ever imagine. Find out which ones were just your mami with her big talk and which ones are legendary across Latin America (i.e. Chupacabra, La Sayona, y La Ouija).

This animated series brings those tales that were passed down generation to generation to this generation’s format: 2-D computer animated life. Check out this collection of short films for those work breaks when you’re craving horror, but only have a few minutes.

“Playing for Change”

CREDIT: HBO

This series of short sets (~8 min) interview artists from all over Latin America to create a series of music videos. For one episode, HBO Latino gathered over 70 Cuban artists across the world and asked them to sing “Guantanamera,” and then fused them all together for the iconic song, sung by la gente.

“Heroes Cotidianos”

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OK, so you’re looking for a heartwarmer? This show plays like “Humans of New York,” pero Latinos of the World. All of the people are just regular people doing incredible things to pull people up from poverty, legal detention and more.

Watch women offer relief to immigrants, retired teachers teach astronomy on a school bus transformed astronomical observatory, and so much more. You kind of have to see it to believe it.

“La Vida Secreta de las Parejas”

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We’ve got a sexologist in the house. Sofia Prado runs a center for alternative couples therapy and prides herself on changing couples’ lives, but she has her own drama to untangle. She casually gets caught up in a major corruption investigation, while also holding onto a big secret – her recurring hallucinations.

Set in Sao Paulo, this show won’t fail to entertain you.

“Hijos del Carnaval”

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Can you guess this is based in Rio de Janeiro? We follow the story of Anesio Gebara, a samba school-owning, illegal lottery running and overall intimidating man and his complicated relationships with his sons. By the way, those sons are all in on his slot machine electronic card smuggling business, and worse.

“Profugos”

CREDIT: HBO

You were waiting for a drug lord to enter this list weren’t you? The season opens up with a major drug-trafficking operation bust at the border of Bolivia and Chile. We then follow the story of four fugitive men as they try to pull themselves out of the hole they’re buried in.

“Sr. Avila”

CREDIT: HBO

At first glance, this show doesn’t seem that exciting. Sr. Avila is a middle-class life insurance salesman, father and husband. Claro lives a double life as a hit man. When his business savvy seeps into his second life and he begins to head an organization of contract assassins. His double lives unwittingly begin to merge into one, and the results are, at the very least, entertaining.

“Mujer de Fases”

CREDIT: HBO

Released in 2012, we get to watch 30-something, recently divorced real estate agent Grace begin a new life. You’d think this is a rom-com, but it’s much more comedic than it is romantic as Grace endures a parade of ridiculous love interests with the support of her overbearing mami, Hilda, and her bestie, Selma.

Whatever you’ll be bingeing tonight, we’re happy HBO is helping to reduce the worst part of streaming television: the selection process. Studies show that people spend an average of 45 minutes searching for something to watch before they click play. De nada.


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This Is A Story All About How A Viral Youtube Video Became The Next ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’

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This Is A Story All About How A Viral Youtube Video Became The Next ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’

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That’s right the 90s classic starring Will Smith is being flipped-turned upside down into a dramatic television series.

You might remember a year ago when a creative YouTube trailer of a dramatic version of the beloved series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” went viral. When the original trailer first came out, fans could not stop talking about the accurate POV the series presented of the original NBC comedy. The fresh trailer clipped out the goofy and playful nature that a young Will Smith presented in the original series and revealed a much more dramatic reimagining of the series about a street-wise teen who moved from West Philadelphia to Bel Air, California. The trailer was such a success among fans that it went so far as to capture the attention of the original star of the series.

Now, the series that catapulted Will Smith to stardom is getting a remake.

The new series called “Bel-Air” is described as a “dramatic take” on the former series that ran for six seasons.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new series has been in the works for well over a year after the four-minute trailer went viral last March. The creator behind the series, Morgan Cooper, has been a longtime Fresh Prince fan and directed and posted the trailer which reimagined the series with much darker undertones. Cooper will produce the series alongside the original Will Smith. He will also co-write and direct.

What’s more, the new series is headed back home

Just a month ago the repackaged drama is being shopped to streamers and will be co-produced by Smith’s Westbrook Studios and the original producer of the series: Universal TV.

According to The Hollywood Reporter Peacock, Netflix and HBO Max were some of the top streamers bidding on the series. “HBO Max is the current streaming home for the original series,” THR reports. “Bel-Air is described as an hourlong dramatic retelling of the beloved ’90s sitcom that leans into the original premise of Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. With a reimagined vision, Bel-Air will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases of what it means to be a Black man in America today, while still delivering the swagger and fun nods to the original show.”

Earlier this week, Will Smith announced on his YouTube Channel that the new series has been signed to Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service.

“We have just officially closed the deal with Peacock with an unprecedented two-season order from a pitch,” Smith announced in the video. “I’ve been in this business for 30 years, and that does not happen.”

Speaking about his excitement over seeing his classic series get a modern twist, Smith said “The Carlton character — a Black, young Republican, modern-day? The heat that will be stirred up between these characters. It’s like, what’s the Hilary character in a world of Instagram and social media?”

Besides Smith, the new series will see original participants such as Quincy Jones, Benny Medina, and creators Andy & Susan Borowitzreturn return as executive producers.

You may remember that the original “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” series ran for six seasons from 1990-1996 on NBC. At the time it was produced by Jones and Warner Bros. TV and it starred young Will Smith as the titular character “Will Smith” and featured actors James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons, Tatyana M. Ali, Joseph Marcell, Janet Hubert-Whitten and Daphne Maxwell Reid.

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Someone Leaked A Massive Bachelorette Spoiler About A New Black Lead And We Are Here To Taste That Té

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Someone Leaked A Massive Bachelorette Spoiler About A New Black Lead And We Are Here To Taste That Té

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Each year fans of “The Bachelorette” series wait in anticipation for the upcoming season which its host Chris Harrison always promises will be “unlike any other.” If you’re a fan, you know that this declaration rarely ever lives up to the hype. After all, year after year, Harrison makes the same promise but few seasons fail to live up to the dramatically cut trailers of the show or Harrison’s promises.

This year, however, a newly confirmed rumor suggests that when it comes to the series’ 16th season it might just be true.

According to reports the season’s original Bachelorette, Clare Crawley, has been replaced with Tayshia Adams.

In July, a viral Reddit thread posted by a Bachelor spoiler account leaked a story that we all thought was too good to be true: that this year’s lead Clare Crawley had been replaced by Tayshia Adams. On Monday, the Bachelor Nation confirmed the spoiler and revealed that Adams had replaced Clare Crawley as the Bachelorette. Crawley, a hairstylist will “still be a part of” the show’s upcoming season but her role will come to a quick end because she fell in love with one of the contestants.

According to ET, Crawley left the show on good terms with producers, but as filming is still underway it is unsure as to how Tayshia’s entrance into the series will play out. “Filming did not stop, but Tayshia got a fresh start as the Bachelorette,” ET reports. It has not been confirmed by ABC if new men have been brought into pursue Adams or if she will be left with Crawley’s original bunch.

Adams, who was one of the final two women in Colton Underwood’s season of “The Bachelor,” also starred in “Bachelor in Paradise” for season 6.

Season 16 of “The Bachelorette” started filming again in July after production was put on pause in March because of COVID-19 concerns. According to Refinery 29, “ABC announced that the film and crew would follow strict coronavirus safety protocols while filming in one location — the giant La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, California — and then revealed the final list of 42 suitors who would compete for Crawley’s heart.”

It didn’t take long for Bachelor fans and alums to react excitedly with the new season’s epic plot twist.

“Holy freaking plot twist of Tayshia becoming the new Bachelorette and Clare apparently found love. I cannot confirm or deny… but I have thoughts,” Kaitlyn Bristowe, the eleventh season’s Bachelorette said in her Instagram Story. “I love both of these women. I was really excited to watch Clare’s journey. But like, that’s part of the contract. That’s one of the hardest things about going through the show, is you have to take each relationship to the necessary place to really know who your guy is at the end, and I’m just so confused.”

“Obviously, I just hope she’s happy. Now, enter Tayshia. Great, I wanted her to be the Bachelorette a while ago. I’m super pumped on this… but I’m still, what is happening? The Bachelor franchise is genius, and we’re all talking about it!” Bristowe exclaimed.

Colton Underwood, who pursued Adams on his season of “The Bachelor” also tweeted about the news writing “Congrats @TayshiaAdams — good luck and I hope you find yourself a better kisser.”

Fortunately, fans of Crawley and Adams were on the same page about the news and were beyond elated.

No doubt, Adams’ new role is the best news to come out of 2020!

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