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Here’s Our Dream Cast For A Pokemon Telenovela You And Your Mom Would Watch

Pokemon Go hysteria doesn’t seem to be diminishing just yet, and if it maintains even a fraction of its popularity for the next few months, you know who’s going to come knocking? Hollywood. Despite its lackluster track record of adpating video games into hit movies, you know there’s someone out there itching to cast Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in a 2-hour Pokemon Go movie. Yawn. Why not just give the people what they want: a Pokemon TELENOVELA. Seriously, telenovelas last three months, not 120 minutes, and that’s the perfect amount of time to join Ash, Misty and Brock on a series of over-the-top adventures filled with battles, chisme and betrayal.  “Cazadores De Pokemon y Corazones” sounds like a good title, right? So, who would we cast in the novela?

Let’s start with Team Rocket. The villain you love to hate, Jessie, would be played by “Rebelde” veteran Dulce María.

Credit: The Pokemon Company International and Televisa

Gael García Bernal could make a triumphant return to telenovelas by playing James of Team Rocket.

Credit: The Pokemon Company International and Warner Sogefilms

Who could bring Brock to life in a novela? Tyler Posey of “Teen Wolf” fame.

Credit: The Pokemon Company International and MTV

Now we just have to teach him how to speak Spanish.


Misty would be played by Bella Thorne. You probably remember her from Disney Channel’s “Shake It Up.”

Credit: The Pokémon Company International and Warner Bros. Pictures

Ash Ketchum would be played by Xolo Mariduena.

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He’s far from being a household name, but Maridueña has the chops: he’s appeared in the critically-acclaimed TV series “Parenthood.”


It can’t be a true telenovela without a big name star. So, Professor Samuel Oak would be played by Saúl Lisazo.

Credit: The Pokemon Company International and Telemundo

Now your mom would definitely watch along with you.


OK, we want some crossover appeal, so Officer Jenny would by played by Demi Lovato.

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Who would play pink-haired Nurse Joy? Dascha Polanco. Done.

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And with such a star-studded cast, there’s no budget for special FX. What better person to play Pikachu in a pinch than Mexican lucha libre character Alushe?

The Pokemon Company International and CMLL

Hey, we said it was going to be a telenovela. We didn’t say it was going to be good.

WATCH: This Mexican Guy Realized His Yard Is A Pokemon Gym And The Results Are Hilarious

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J Balvin Debuts ‘Ma’ G’ with Canelo, Joins ‘Pokémon’ Album

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J Balvin Debuts ‘Ma’ G’ with Canelo, Joins ‘Pokémon’ Album

J Balvin had a pretty busy weekend. The Colombian superstar performed his new single “Ma’ G” at the Canelo vs. Yildirim boxing match. He also announced that he will be a part of the Pokémon 25 album.

J Balvin entered the ring with Canelo.

J Balvin performed at the big boxing match and joined Canelo Álvarez in his walk to the ring. At the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Balvin gave a fiery performance of “Ma’ G” that led into his 2018 global hit “Mi Gente.” The latter served as the soundtrack to Canelo’s epic entrance. That must’ve added to Canelo’s luck because he defeated Avni Yildirim.

J Balvin went back to his hometown for the “Ma’ G” music video.

“Ma’ G” was written by J Balvin, his longtime producer Alejandro “Sky Rompiendo” Ramírez, and “Tusa” co-writer Keityn. After tackling drill music with Eladio Carrión in “TATA,” Balvin gives the genre another spin here as he boasts about being the best. In Spanish, he says that he’s strong like Mike Tyson and he’s breaking through like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Balvin’s getting his swagger back with this triumphant return to his hip-hop roots.

The self-proclaimed “El niño de Medellín” returned to the city that raised him in the “Ma’ G” music video. The homecoming king got the streets dancing for him. Balvin is back with this first taste of new music from his next album.

Balvin is also joining the Pokémon franchise.

After Post Malone celebrated 25 years of Pokémon in a virtual concert on Feb. 27, J Balvin revealed that he will be part of a special compilation album. Katy Perry will join him, Posty, and other not-yet-announced artists for the Poké LP that’s due out this fall.

Read: J Balvin Gives Drill Music a Spin in Eladio Carrión’s “TATA” Music Video

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This Is The Ultimate Telenovela Watch List To Help You Get Through The Holidays

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This Is The Ultimate Telenovela Watch List To Help You Get Through The Holidays

Ok, it’s not as if any of us need an excuse to sit down and binge watch our favorite telenovelas. I mean we probably all already have a long list of favorites growing up watching them with our moms, abuelas, and tías.

Melodramas are part of our DNA, and we thrive watching the often times overly passionate scenes on TV with our favorite celebrities. One of the best things about telenovelas is that they have clear villain roles and come with a clear beginning and end. The short stories help us escape into an alternate reality where everything is a life-and-death decision. 

And thanks to a surging pandemic, we’re spending more time than ever at home in front of our screens, looking for more content to watch. So why not work on this epic list of telenovela content to help get you through the holidays.

La Reina del Sur

La Reina del Sur was (and still is) an absolute game changer that’s exactly how it will go down in history. The series that starred Kate del Castillo is about Teresa Mendoza, a woman who gets dumped into the dark world of narcos unknowingly. She soon finds herself being persecuted by the Mexican cartel and escapes to Spain only to revolutionize the drug-trafficking world in Europe. There was no intention to make a sequel, but Telemundo caved after fans requested it for years and in 2019 released another chapter of the saga. Both seasons are available on Netflix now.

La Patrona

Aracely Arámbula is one of our Latin telenovela queens. And one of her greatest telenovelas is La Patrona, in which she portrays Gabriela, a single mother who works as a miner.

Of course, being the only woman who works in the mines brings out the bullies who make her life a living hell. However, things escalate further when she crosses Antonia Guerra. Things take another turn when she finds out that Gabriela Suárez is her grandchild’s mother, and she goes to terrible lengths to get rid her.

It’s a strong classic telenovela story that features two strong women who are determined to complete their goals.

Betty, En NY

Yo Soy Betty, La Fea was a phenomenon that captivated our hearts when it first aired at the turn of the century. The Fernando Gaitán original gave us a lesson about loving oneself and not judging others by their physical appearance.

Telemundo remade the Colombian hit in 2019 and cast Elyfer Torres as the titular character of Betty en NY. The network updated the series to modern times, but the heart of the story remains. One unique aspect of the particular transformation that Betty receives is that they kept her hair curly throughout, making a statement that curly hair is also beautiful.

Rebelde

If you’re obsessed with Elite (along with the rest of the world), then you can think of Rebelde as a way less intense early 2000s version of it. It’s a remake of the Argentinian series Rebelde Way, and it’s set in an *ahem* elite boarding school.

The show follows the relationships of a group of wealthy and scholarship students who, in true Breakfast Club fashion, join together despite their differences and start a pop band. Oh, and another fun thing: They all dress like they’re about to star in a Britney Spears music video. It’s truly amazing.

Pasión de Gavilanes

If you are looking for something steamy to watch, look no further than Pasión de Gavilanes. The Colombian classic pairs three hot men with three gorgeous women, and there are lots (lots) of passionate scenes between all the couples involved. Telemundo remade this telenovela again as Tierra de Reyes with a whole new cast and abs galore.

La Que No Podía Amar

Another Televisa production, La Que No Podía Amar, completely changed the telenovela rules. Our protagonista, Ana Paula, is not your typical heroine as she is not one to take orders from anybody. Our galán is also not the usual lead man as he mistreats everyone around him due to an accident that left him unable to walk. Despite their clashing, they somehow bring out the best in each other and create a magical love.

¿Donde Está Elisa?

A telenovela meets true crime thriller? Sounds too good to be true, but it’s basically the premise of this Telemundo classic, ¿Dónde Está Elisa? 

As the family is engulfed in knowing Elisa’s whereabouts, deep, dark secrets start to unravel. How did Elisa disappear? Who is behind her disappearance? Is she dead or alive? The characters will ask themselves these questions, but the culprit of all this drama might just be at home.

La Usurpadora

This list would have a big gaping hole if we didn’t include the telenovela to end all telenovelas. La Usurpadora stars Gabriela Spanic as twin sisters Paulina and Paola, who trade places when the latter abandons her family and escapes with her love.

Paulina is the noble sister who ends up taking care of the Bracho family and finally making them feel like a family unit again. This sweet and bonkers story is one you have to watch if you call yourself a telenovela fan. Televisa adapted the story in 2019 with Sandra Echeverría as the twins. However, this time, it is set in the political world. This miniseries is available on Amazon Prime Video.

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