Television Drama in Spain and Latin America: Genre and Format Translation


Paul Julian Smith


Television Drama in Spain and Latin America addresses two major topics within current cultural, media, and television studies: the question of fictional genres and that of transnational circulation. While much research has been carried out on both TV formats and remakes in the English-speaking world, almost nothing has been published on the huge and dynamic Spanish-speaking sector. This book discusses and analyses series since 2000 from Spain (in both Spanish and Catalan), Mexico, Venezuela, and (to a lesser extent) the US, employing both empirical research on production and distribution and textual analysis of content. The three genres examined are horror, biographical series, and sports-themed dramas; the three examples of format remakes are of a period mystery (Spain, Mexico), a romantic comedy (Venezuela, US), and a historical epic (Catalonia, Spain).

Paul Julian Smith is Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He was previously Professor of Spanish at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of twenty books and one hundred academic articles.


  • 1. Transnational Horror Light: Production, Fandom, and Scholarship
  • 2. Biopic TV in Mexico: Juana Inés (Canal Once, 2016), 'Hasta que te conocí: Juan Gabriel, mi historia' [Until I Met You: Juan Gabriel, My Story] (Azteca, 2016)
  • 3. Football TV: 'Club de Cuervos' (Netflix, 2015–)
  • 4. Copycat Television? 'Gran Hotel' [Grand Hotel] (Bambú/Antena 3, 2011–13) and 'El hotel de los secretos' [The Hotel of Secrets] (Televisa, 2015–16)
  • 5. Second Tier Reproduction: 'Juana la virgen' (RCTV, 2002) and 'Jane the Virgin' (CW, 2014–present)
  • 6. Television Without a State: 'Temps de silenci' [Time of Silence] (TV3, 2001–02) and 'Amar en tiempos revueltos' [Loving in Troubled Times] (Diagonal/TVE1, 2005–)


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