I was excited when I heard about the show "Telenovela,"
which is a comedy that explores the behind the scenes life
of telenovela star Ana Sofia, played by Eva Longoria. A
telenovela (for those who have never seen one) is a Spanish
soap opera; however, the man difference between Spanish
telenovelas and American soap operas is that telenovelas
end. They don't last for years like American soap
operas do. The funny twist in the show is that Ana Sofia
(Longoria) does not speak Spanish, like spicy food or dance
salsa. I was surprised to find out how funny and good at
physical comedy Longoria is. Although her former show
"Desperate Housewives" had a lot of comedy in it, Longoria
didn't get to do much of it. The show also stars Jencarlos
Canela, a very popular telenovela star, as Ana
Sofia's ex-husband Xavier, whom she is forced to work with
to boost the ratings of their show "Las Leyes de Passion"
(The Laws of Passion).
It has been a long time since I have seen a comedy that
doesn't try to be subtle about being funny. "Telenovela"
has a lot of physical comedy and doesn't try to hide the
fact that it is funny. It really made me laugh, and I
think it will make you laugh, too. The only problem I see
with the show is that unless you have seen a telenovela, you
might not find the jokes funny. However, the show does
a good job of explaining telenovelas and how they work in
the one hour preview episode. The show then returns on
January 4 at its regular time 8:30 Eastern time 7:30 Central
time. I give this show 4 out of 5 stars!
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