Por fin, San Antonians will see a little of themselves when they watch a prime-time telenovela.
“Dos Hogares,” a daring new venture by Mexican producer Emilio Lar-rosa, will star RBD sensation Anahí and Puerto Rican heartthrob Carlos Ponce in a love mystery that unfolds across the border.
Though the majority of the scenes will be shot in various locations around Mexico, 25 percent of the plot will occur in San Antonio.
Larrosa selected areas of San Antonio and surrounding sites such as Helotes and Gruene for the series. Downtown San Antonio landmarks, the Riverwalk, and Sonterra, which the producers call “Sonterrey,” will all appear.
“It's giving the audience a new flavor of novelas,” said Francisco Mendoza, the interactive producer for the series. “Latin Americans watch soap operas because it takes them back to their native places. The second and third generations in the U.S. hear from their grandparents about Mexico but often have never been there. This is something that integrates both cultures. People in Mexico will see how people live here in the United States and vice versa.”
One of the principalrecurring characters named Diana will play a weather reporter in the local channel Univisión 41 and her scenes will be filmed inside the actual station. Local Univisión anchors and reporters will appear in some of the shots.
She will be visited frequently by her lover, a ladies man played by Jorge Ortiz de Pinedo.
Viewers may spot favorite local restaurants, businesses and perhaps even themselves when they watch. The production team expects to make five to seven filming trips to San Antonio beginning at the end of this month and continuing throughout the year. Univisión will be casting additional actors and extras each time the production team visits San Antonio.
“We have been studying the possibilities in the city for three months and they are very good,” said the series' creative producer Pepe Cabello.
“Dos Hogares” marks the first time that Univisión has partnered with Televisa, the second-largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world and owner of Univisión, in producing a telenovela.
The series is planned to air in the United States at 9 p.m., taking the slot currently occupied by “Triunfo del Amor,” beginning in late June.