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After More Than A Year, Univision Has Finally Released The First Footage From Upcoming Series ‘El Chapo’

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Networks have finally learned that the lives of cartel leaders make for good television. Over the last few years, we’ve seen “Narcos” and “La Reina del Sur” receive solid reviews for their gritty, mainstream depictions of real life drug lords. So it came as no surprise when Univision and Netflix announced last year that they were developing a series based on the life of the notorious kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

After more than a year since the announcement, Univision has dropped the first “El Chapo” trailer featuring actual footage.

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“El Chapo” makes its debut in April on Univision, but after that the series will be available on Netflix.

However, the 30-second trailer doesn’t reveal who is playing the role of El Chapo.

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Little has been said about the cast, but president of Univision’s Story House Camila Jiménez Villa has said that the show will show reveal El Chapo in a very unique light. Villa said:

“This series pulls back the curtain on one of the most captivating criminals of our time by combining the world-class reporting and insights from Univision News’ investigative team with an outstanding team of talented storytellers and producers.”

Check out Univision’s latest “El Chapo” trailer here:

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Univision and Netflix aren’t the only media companies to work on an El Chapo story. Last year, The History Channel announced it was developing #Cartel, which is expected to be a thoroughly researched story about the history and impact of Joaquín Guzmán’s life.

READ: This Is The Real-Life Narco Queen Who Inspired “La Reina Del Sur”

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Here’s Why Netflix’s ‘Mr. Iglesias’ Is So Important For Students Of Color Right Now

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Here’s Why Netflix’s ‘Mr. Iglesias’ Is So Important For Students Of Color Right Now

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Throughout the history of American film and television, there have been some great teachers that have inspired audiences. We can think, of course, of Sidney Poitier in “To Sir, With Love,” which broke down racial stereotypes in U.S. popular culture, or of Robin Williams and his carpe diem philosophy in “Dead Poet’s Society.” “Dangerous Minds”showcased the many talents of Michele Pfeiffer as an inspiring teacher dealing with a tough neighborhood. And, of course, our own Edward James Olmos in “Stand and Deliver.” All those roles are pretty intense, and students are often portrayed as troubled minds who need rescuing. 

That is why Netflix’s new show, “Mr. Iglesias,” is a fresh and welcome variation on the “inspiring teacher” Hollywood trope. It follows the life in a Long Beach school where students of all ethnicities learn from Gabriel Iglesias, an amazing maestro that dances salsa and is an endless source of wittiness. In fact, the real Iglesias attended this very school, Woodrow Wilson High School. The show has gotten positive reviews. Dan Fienberg from The Hollywood Reportersays: “Would I like for Mr. Iglesias to be funnier? Or, at times, especially funny at all? Yes. But I’m a sucker for ‘well-meaning,’ especially when it’s warm and inclusive.” Merrill Barr at Forbeshighlights that much of the show rests on the broad shoulders of the lead character: “Perhaps it is just due to the animated nature of its lead to sell what would otherwise be a rather bland sitcom, but Mr. Iglesias works. It’s funny. Hacky at times, but funny nonetheless.” But judge by yourself: we promise some hard LOLing! 

It serves us some harsh historical truths right from the beginning.

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As we said, the show follows the adventures of Gabriel Iglesias, a history teacher who struggles to serve some truths to his students in the United States educational system. The show is funny as hell thanks to the incandescent personality of its lead actor, comedian Gabriel Iglesias (how meta!), but that doesn’t preclude it from being fiercely political. In the first episode, suggestively titled “Some Children Left Behind”, the show delves into what the struggles of the educational system mean for the lives of students and teachers. 

He teaches History by keeping his students engaged with pop culture references.

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Seriously, we all would love to have a teacher like Mr. Iglesias. He is not only a source of smart interpretations of racial and class relationships in the United States but also una fuente of wisdom when it comes to cool pop culture references. Seriously, if all maestros were like him, maybe we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in right now as a country and as humankind. 

And being a Latino teacher in the age of Trump… of course, he went there right away!

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OMG, Mr. Iglesias found a way to basically use a picture of POTUS as a piñata, make fun of his hairdo and bring up his Cheeto complexion, all in a few seconds of comedic bliss. When politics are turbulent and violent towards minorities, comedy is one of the best weapons to fight back and have una carcajada en el intento. 

The show was created by Kevin Hench.

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He is an experienced writer and producer, and his credits include the super funny comedy “Last Man Standing,” and the Latino-themed legal drama “Cristela.” No wonder him and Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias found some common ground to create the comedic masterpiece that is “Mr. Iglesias,” which like all good satire uses current events to uncover deeper truths. 

The show looks at the endemic inequalities in the educational system.

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Let’s face it: many Brown and Black kids have systematic obstacles from the get-go. Many of them work from an early age and have to basically deal with the very adult juggling act of home/school/job. This is addressed in the show, with the top student, Marisol (who quotes Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, BTW!), being on the verge of being expelled because of poor attendance when she is helping out in her family business. This is a very familiar situation for thousands of first and second generation students.

There is a white teacher, Mrs. Abigail Spencer, who is just oh so naive! 

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The show doesn’t demonize white characters, it just paints them as… well, sort of naive and protected by bubble wrap. Mr. Iglesias tells her: “Abby, you are white, you can do anything”. She is a funny woman from North Dakota who just needs to get in touch with reality a bit more. Well, there is also a preeeety borderline racist football coach who says “your people” constantly. Of course, es un gringazo

The show is binge material and is getting some committed fans.

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The show has some amazing rhythm. Even though the scripts follow a schematic three-act structure and it has some risas grabadas that are frankly very annoying, “Mr. Iglesias”is totally binge-worthy. The episodes run just under 30 minutes and are fast-paced and full of adorable moments. We don’t blame this Instagram user for bringing the whole show in a night…. we wonder they had cara de zombie the next day, eh?

It is hard to predict whether there will be a second season, but we think there will!

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Netflix does not usually release viewership numbers, so the second season is not a done deal. We can predict, however, that this show has some legs, and Netflix would take a lot of heat if they cancel yet another Latino-themed show after the criticism they faced when canceling “One Day at a Time.” With the Latino market in the United States and overseas being a clear player in budgeting and projects, we can predict that “Mr. Iglesias”is here to stay. 

Netflix is pretty committed to Gabriel Iglesias, a top Latino talent.

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Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias has a highly popular stand-up comedy act in “One Show Fits All,” where he talks about the many tribulations of being a person of color in this day and age, as well as some funny Mexican traditions and body positivity. He is not fat, he says, he is simply fluffy. 

Here is what you need to know about Gabriel Iglesias.

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He was born Gabriel Jesus Iglesias, in San Diego, so he is a true son of Mexican-American culture. He and his five siblings were raised by a single mom. He spent his childhoods in struggling Californian communities such as Compton, Baldwin Park and lastly Long Beach, where “Mr. Iglesias”is set. His comedic influences are diverse: Paul Rodriguez, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams, and the disgraced Bill Cosby.

Recognize his voice from “Padre de familia”, that awesome “Family Guy” special?

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In 2007, Gabriel Iglesias voiced an entire Mexican family in the hilarious sixth season episode of Family Guy, simply titled “Padre de familia”. And if you are a fan of kitschy films, he also plays a super funny character in the male stripper saga Magic Mike (we just can’t get over how he moves sus lonjas doing a Carmen Miranda impression).

READ: Here Are 20 Reasons Why You Need To Stop Sleeping On Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Iglesias

Pop TV Has Saved ‘One Day At A Time’ And This Is Not A Drill, Y’all

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Pop TV Has Saved ‘One Day At A Time’ And This Is Not A Drill, Y’all

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“One Day at a Time” is back. After strong fan support and a campaign to bring back the acclaimed series, Pop TV has announced that it has picked up the popular series canceled by Netflix earlier this year, for a 13-episode fourth season. According to Vulture, the series is set for a 2020 return and will also air the first three seasons of the show, which will also continue to stream on Netflix.

As well as airing on Pop TV, “One Day at a Time” will run repeats on CBS meaning the show will return to where the original series aired over 40 years ago.

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According to Deadline, while some canceled shows have previously been picked up by Netflix, this is the first time a scripted series canceled by the streaming service has found a new home. This is just another example of how transcendent and popular the series has been since it returned back in 2017.

“How amazing it is to be involved with this brilliant and culturally significant series that deals with important themes one minute while making you laugh the next,” Brad Schwartz, Pop TV president, said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more proud to continue telling heartwarming stories of love, inclusion, acceptance, and diversity that pull on your emotions while putting a smile on your face.”

It seemed at some points that the series wasn’t going to make a return but with fan support anything is possible.

When the series was initially canceled back in March, fans and stars of the show were upset. Many credited the show for being one of the lone series with Latino representations on television. Netflix said low viewership numbers were to blame for the canceling but many didn’t buy that.

Fans soon rallied around the show on social media as producers at Sony Television had begun exploring other options for the show. Using the hashtag #SaveODAAT, fans called on a new platform to pick up the critically acclaimed series.

But for the past few months, it was unclear whether the show would ever come back. Today, showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett broke the news on Twitter and it set off a firestorm of excitement through the fandom.

“WE’RE BACK! Thanks to every fan who made #saveodaat trend worldwide, ONE DAY AT A TIME is heading to POP TV & we couldn’t be more excited! We have many more stories to tell about & we can’t wait to share them with you!

Reaction to the series returning has been met with joy and praise across social media.

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There is well-deserved reason to celebrate the return of ODAAT. One of them being the show’s inclusiveness and representation of various characters. It was this reason many felt the show deserved a second chance and now it will get an even bigger platform.

“I still can’t believe Netflix canceled One Day At A Time and fucked over Rita Moreno like of all the people you’re gonna cancel a show on, they had to cancel a living legend? And now a random channel came and saved the day? I’d be straight up embarrassed to be Netflix right now,” one user wrote on Twitter.

ODAAT is only going to grow in popularity now and we can thank it’s loyal fans for supporting and campaigning for its return.

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While details of the new season are yet to be released, we do know that Season 4 will see the Cuban-American family dealing with new challenges. This includes Elena entering her senior year of high school, Penelope moving up in her medical career and of course, more of Lydia.

We can hardly wait for the new season already. But at this point, we’re all just happy to see this much-needed series find a new home. We think Rita Morena said it perfectly about the show’s return.

“SAVEODAAT is old news…#MoreODAAT is more like it!! Thank you @PopTV #ODAAT @OneDayAtATime we’re backkkk!”

READ: Netflix Canceled ‘One Day At A Time’ And Fans Are Livid With The Network’s Decision

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