Telemundo & NBC Universo Announce New Music Programming & Series at Upfronts

Chiquis Rivera
Meredith Jenks

Chiquis Rivera photographed at the Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards at the Ritz-Carlton in Miami Beach on April 27, 2015.

Telemundo and NBC Universo’s programming for the 2016-2017 season embraces controversial topics and music, including a number of series and specials inspired by the late Jenni Rivera.

The new programming -- featuring over 1,100 hours of new formats and multi-platform content -- was announced during Upfronts Week in New York and builds on the successful “super series,” the dramatic series that have given Telemundo huge ratings on Sunday nights. But music, once almost an afterthought, has also gained large prominence for the network, following the success of formats like La Voz Kids, the Billboard Latin Music Awards, Premios Tu Mundo and the Latin American Music Awards.

New music programming for the season will include Los Rivera, a reality show featuring Jenni Rivera’s children that will air on NBC Universo, which was home to Rivera’s reality show when she was alive.

It’s part of several pieces of content that Telemundo is developing with the Jenni Rivera estate. They’ll also include a bio-musical television series based on her life story, and a Jenni Vive tribute concert. The Rivera theme is not limited to Telemundo; last week, Univision announced it would produce a series based on Rivera’s life but told through the point of view of her former manager.

Also new to the network is Guerra de Idolos (War of Idols), a family drama about a fictional regional Mexican star and his family (think a regional Mexican Empire) while La Fan, written by singer/actress Angelica Valle, is a comedy about a diehard fan.

A new Sunday programming block, branded Domingos de Telemudno (Telemundo Sundays), will include a children’s talent show-like hour and a late night show that will rely heavily on music, hosted by Don Francisco.


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