Telemundo’s “12 Corazones” has aired over a hundred episodes since its premiere in 2005. Most would agree each of those episodes were unlike anything else on TV. Check out some of the weirdest, most random and wtf themes they’ve aired in the past:
“12 Corazones” aired a vampire-themed episode.
And it hasn’t been confirmed whether the episode aired around Halloween.
To shake things up a bit, they incorporated Zumba into their 60 minute slot.
Now your mom can go back and watch this episode if she’s ever in need of a workout video.
And with a little inspiration from Disney, “12 Corazones” also aired a princesses-themed show. ✨
Yes, they even had a script and acted out different scenes from princess stories.
Couples costumes became a reoccurring theme as was the case for this episode of policías y ladrones.
They didn’t joke around with these cop and thief costumes.
…and an episode of pilots and flight attendants.
They even included a game about which pilot could carry the most luggage.
Of course, they had to include an episode with the dynamic duo of doctors and nurses.
Who knew doctors and nurses could be so sexy… or awkward.
It then turned into a full-on talent show when they brought in breakdancers.
This girl should’ve gone to “America’s Best Dance Crew” instead.
To spice things up, they tossed in a few strippers from time to time.
For some reason, all of the ladies especially loved this episode.
But it really got wild when they invited Tarzan to the show.
All they were missing were a couple gorillas and elephants.
To try to keep the show nice and cozy, “12 Corazones” allowed guests to show up in their pjs.
And their pajamas were on FLEEK. Sleeker than Hugh Hefner in red silk.
Things got a bit nostalgic when quinceañeras arrived to the set in limos.
Yes, they arrived in stretch LIMOS.
They even had a valz instructor come onto the show:
And they danced to “Tiempo del Valz” of course.
But there wasn’t a more random theme than the one they included in this episode: “Incomodos de ver” (guys that are awkward to look at).
They must have been running out of ideas for different themes at this point…
Late last year, Telemundo was riding high on a wave of success. As the result of a push for original programming, the Comcast-NBC Universal-owned network was now competing, and in some cases, beating its competition, Univision, in ratings. Many of the performers who worked for Telemundo, however, were not seeing the fruits of that success. For roughly three years, Telemundo actors have sought compensation for overtime, residual payments and health insurance — and now they’ve taken steps to secure.
Many of the actors and entertainers who work on major TV shows, films, and commercials are members of the SAG-AFTRA union, which helps establish their base pay, gives them access to health insurance and other benefits. Telemundo did not work with SAG-AFTRA, meaning its performers working on U.S.-based telenovelas were paid less and were not eligible for the protections and benefits provided by the union.
Actress Katie Barberi, a longtime member of SAG-AFTRA, voted to unionize because her work with Telemundo was not protected. She calls the vote to unionize a miracle.
“I have always wanted to [unionize],” said Barberi, who’s been in about 20 telenovelas. She said it’s “for the benefit of everyone. Even for the benefit of those that aren’t so sure if it’s a good idea.”
Barberi says that she understands how much a union contract benefits an actor because she’s worked on both sides of the spectrum, with her membership with SAG-AFTRA and without. Her job as an actress has taken her to work in various countries including Mexico and Colombia, and in Miami, which is where Telemundo productions are primarily located.
She says the most important exclusion that actors face by not having a union contract is not being paid residuals for syndicated programming. Telemundo sells their telenovela productions to 50 and 80 countries, and yet they never are compensated for any of this revenue.
This is a very unusual because actors on major TV shows are paid royalties for their work. However, Telemundo performers never see a dime from these worldwide sales.
Barberi said the small margin of those that voted against unionizing were plagued with fear and didn’t want to betray their employer.
Earlier this year, Telemundo president Luis Silberwasser released a video where he asked his employees to vote against unionizing.
In the video, Silberwasser said that Telemundo was giving many people opportunities, employing “Spanish-speaking actors and actresses in Miami, who otherwise would’ve never seen their dreams come true.” He continued by saying that “Telemundo is a family that works together, for better or worse,” and that they could “achieve better things working together, directly, without the union.”
Many Telemundo performers believed Silberwasser’s video was a form of indirect intimidation and worried about retaliation if they unionized.
“There was big fear among our coworkers,” Barberi tells mitú. “even though we tried to express throughout the campaign that every vote would be secret.” She said that even though the voting process is done thoroughly and without names, some people didn’t believe them. Silberwasser’s words did not persuade enough voters in his favor.
Another actor who voted to unionize is Mexican actor Pablo Azar. He told mitú he is thrilled over the outcome.
Azar says they faced a lot of obstacles against a unionization, including the working laws in Miami, so it was very encouraging to have the support of A-List actors. The campaign had the support from current SAF-AFTRA members Alec Baldwin, Rosario Dawson, Susan Sarandon, Andy Garcia, Chris Rock, Kate del Castillo, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jaime Camil, Rita Moreno, Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana and Bryan Cranston.
On social media, people showed their support for Telemundo actors with the hashtag #SagAftraUnidos.
In a press release, actor Luis Guzman said he was “very proud of all those who took a step forward towards equality and the fundamental right of being represented by SAG-AFTRA,” and added “In unity y siempre p’alante mi gente!”
SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said this vote sends a “powerful message of hope and solidarity at a critical moment in the history of our union and of the creative community.”
“Regardless of the language we speak, we can all unite to improve conditions for performers working professionally in our industry,” Carteris said. “Telemundo performers have laid a foundation that will improve lives for generations to come.”
A representative for Telemundo released the following statement regarding the unionization of their employees, saying that while the network “is disappointed with this result, we remain committed to all of our employees and will move forward with the negotiation process after the election results have been certified by the NLRB. We continue to be dedicated to making Telemundo a great place to work and to Telemundo’s long-term success.”