|Gonzalo Garcia Vivanco as Flavio Gallardo, Aarón Diaz as Arturo Gallardo, |
Christian de La Campa as Samuel Gallardo in Tierra de Reyes --
Photo Credit: Telemundo
Tierra de Reyes is a new version of Telemundo’s Pasión de Gavilanes, a 2003 Colombian telenovela produced with RTI that is arguably the network’s most successful production, at least in terms of its international popularity. Pasión de Gavilanes was itself a remake of the 1994 Colombian telenovela Las Aguas Mansas, which also spawned an unfortunate Mexican production from Televisa in 2008 called Fuego en la Sangre that ludicrously miscast all its principals. That did not prevent Fuego en la Sangre from becoming a hit in the US and it is still regularly rebroadcast. Pasión de Gavilanes is also constantly being rerun which calls to question the wisdom of Telemundo going to this well again, particularly as their Miami studio seems inadequate for a hacienda telenovela like this.
The story, from the press release, is of “three brothers out for revenge against the family they hold responsible for the tragic and mysterious death of their younger sister. In their search for the truth, Arturo, Flavio and Samuel Reyes set out to conquer the beautiful daughters of hacienda owner Ignacio Del Junco, the man they suspect of causing their sister’s death. But fate makes them victims of their own trap and they end up falling in love with their enemies, Sofía, Irina and Andrea.”
The six protagonists for Tierra de Reyes are thankfully more age appropriate than the cast of Fuego en la Sangre, but they seem woefully ersatz and bland compared to their counterparts in Pasión de Gavilanes. Coming off four flops in a row - El Talismán, Rosario (still unreleased in the US), Santa Diabla, and Los Miserables – once again, an American telenovela producer will attempt to make Aarón Díaz happen. He is a handsome, but lifeless protagonist – he only seems to get a pulse when he is playing a psycho, where he overacts, but at least is amusing in doing so. His brothers are played by Gonzalo García Vivanco and Christian de la Campa. Christian de la Campa is another dud somebody at Telemundo is inexplicably a fan of as he keeps blighting their telenovelas – he always gives the impression he has just taken a two-by-four to the back of head. Gonzalo García Vivanco, the only good actor of the trio, was an effective romantic lead in OJO POR OJO, a sympathetic creep in Relaciones Peligrosas, and as a comic relief conman was the best thing in La Patrona despite having nothing to do for the final two-thirds of the telenovela.
|Sonya Smith as Cayetana Belmonte, Kimberly Dos Ramos as Irina del|
Junco, Daniela Navarro as Patricia Rubio in Tierra de Reyes --
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Sonya Smith plays the mother of the three sisters. She is one of the better actresses at Telemundo and this role seems thankfully more suited to her than her previous telenovela, Marido en Alquiler, where she was disastrously miscast.
|Fabian Rios como Leonardo Montalvo -- Photo Credit: Uriel |
The cast of Tierra de Reyes also includes Ricardo Chávez (Marido en Alquiler), Cynthia Olavarría (El Rostro de la Venganza), Diana Quijano (Dama y Obrero), Dad Dáger (Marido en Alquiler), Ricardo Kleinbaum (De Que Te Quiero, Te Quiero), and perhaps the worst actress in telenovelas today, Daniela Navarro (Relaciones Peligrosas).
R.G. Morin writes a regular column for We Love Soaps, "Telenovela Watch: A weekly look at the world of telenovelas for non-Spanish speakers." For feedback or questions, you can email R.G. Morin at firstname.lastname@example.org.