Monday, March 30, 2015

TELENOVELA WATCH: 'Amores con Trampa' Premieres Tonight on Univision

Amores con Trampa premieres March 30 at 8 p.m. ET on Univision.
Amores con Trampa premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET on Univision. Like Mi Corazón es Tuyo, the telenovela it is replacing, Amores con Trampa is a broad Mexican comedy from Televisa. It is produced by old hand Emilio Larrosa who is attempting to recapture the success of his 2009/2010 comedy Hasta Que el Dinero Nos Separ following a pair of clunkers: the banal DOS HOGARES in 2011 and the disastrous Libre Para Amarte in 2013, a telenovela that still hasn’t aired in the US.

Amores con Trampa is adapted from a 2013 Chilean telenovela titled Somos los Carmona, but the unofficial inspiration for both is the 1960s American sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. A farmer named Facundo Carmona becomes a millionaire after the government buys his land for its mines. He decides to move his wife, their four children, and their farm animals to Mexico City to seek new opportunities.

The Carmonas move next door to Santiago Velasco and his wife Isabel, who are in dire financial straits as their construction company nears bankruptcy. The Velascos plot to take advantage of their rich new neighbors with Isabel setting out to seduce Facundo in the hope of convincing him to invest in the construction company.

Itatí Cantoral, the lead actress from producer Larrosa’s Hasta Que el Dinero Nos Separ, stars as the fashion-conscious Isabel. Cantoral also stars in the murder mystery Quién Mató a Patricia Soler? which is currently airing weeknights over on MundoFox, so fans of the actress in the US can get their fill of her in two very different roles.

Eduardo Yáñez, coming off the enormous success of Amores Verdaderos, plays Facundo. Ernesto Laguardia plays Santiago. His hilarious performance as the cigar-chomping, blowhard lawyer Rómulo in Corona De Lágrimas was my favorite Televisa villain of 2013. África Zavala, last seen as a scarred prostitute in La Malquerida, plays Facundo’s wife, María, though Zavala seems far too young to be paired opposite Yáñez, let alone be the mother of four children, the oldest being 21, or approximately the age Zavala herself has been portraying in her previous four telenovelas.

The cast also features Nora Salinas (La Malquerida), Harry Geithner (Un Refugio Para El Amor), Maribel Fernández (Corazón Indomable), José Eduardo Derbez (Qué Pobres Tan Ricos), Luz María Aguilar, and Ignacio López Tarso.

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 [email protected].

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