Solamente vos

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Solamente Vos
Solamente vos.jpg
Juan Cousteau (Adrián Suar, left) and Aurora Andrés (Natalia Oreiro, right)
Genre Romantic comedy
Humour
Created by Adrián Suar
Directed by Rodolfo Antúnez
Claudio Ferrari
Starring Adrián Suar
Natalia Oreiro
Muriel Santa Ana
Claudia Fontán
Juan Minujín
Lali Espósito
Eugenia Suárez
Alberto Martín
Ana maria Piccio
Arturo Puig
Theme music composer Coti Sorokin
Opening theme Solamente Vos
Country of origin Argentina
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 223
Production
Executive producer(s) Adrián González
Producer(s) Pol-ka
Location(s) Buenos Aires
Running time 60 minutes
Release
Original network El Trece
Original release January 21, 2013 – January 20, 2014
External links
Official site

Solamente vos (Spanish for: Only you) is a 2013 Argentine television comedy starring Natalia Oreiro and Adrián Suar. It was produced by Pol-ka and was aired by El Trece. In Argentina, Solamente vos, has a 15.8 audience rating average.

Plot

The main characters are Juan Cousteau and Aurora Andrés. Juan is a music director of a chamber orchestra, and works at a records label with his best friend Félix Month (both of them members of a glam metal band in their youth). Félix is married with Michelle, owner of the records label, but he cheats her with the hairdresser Aurora Andrés. Juan is married with Ingrid, "la polaca", who asked a temporary separation; Juan left the house and moved to the apartment next to Aurora. The separation of Juan and Ingrid generated several crisis with their 5 children.

Aurora did not trust Félix very much, as he did not initially mention that he was married, delayed in separating from Michelle, and discovered him lying and cheating her at several times. She also had a growing love for Juan. Félix finally separated from Michelle and asked Aurora for marriage. She accepted, but still had doubts about him, and escaped from the wedding. Félix got amnesia in an accident, which was exploited by Michelle to keep him as her husband.

Juan and Aurora began a romance, which was resisted by Juan's family. He tried to rebuild the relation with Ingrid at the request of their daughter Mora, who was about to die at the time; the whole family moved to his apartment. Both Aurora and Ingrid got pregnant of Juan at the same time; Aurora did not mention it when she heard Ingrid say it first. Ingrid was informed afterwards that she was not pregnant, that the laboratory made a mistake, but carried on with the pretense of being pregnant anyway. Still, Aurora dropped her lover Segundo and revealed Juan his fatherhood, who openly cheated Ingrid with her. Ingrid finally left the apartment and returned to the original house, and announced that she lost the pregnancy. The kids moved with her, Juan moved to Aurora's house, and his sister Denise moved to his apartment. Both of them finally moved to a new house in Pilar.

Premise

Solamente vos is a romantic comedy with elements of sitcoms. It features the returns to television of Natalia Oreiro and Adrián Suar. The 2012 telenovelas of Pol-ka had low rating points against the productions of the rival channel Telefe, such as Graduados, La Dueña and Dulce amor. However, Suar pointed that the program was not written with the premise of reverting that tendency, and that he had already begun drafting it with the writers a year before.[1]

Adrián Suar began his career as an actor, but soon changed to producer, and his group Pol-ka produced several telenovelas. He resumed his work as an actor in recent years, in films such as Un novio para mi mujer, Igualita a mí and Dos más dos, and theater plays such as El año que viene en el mismo lugar and La guerra de los Roses. Suar considers that those works have improved his acting performance.[2] Natalia Oreiro modified her visual appearance for the telenovela, as she usually does for each new work: she dyed her hair with black color and sported a long fringe.[3]

Another actor that returned to television was Arturo Puig, who starred the success Grande, pá! in the 1990s. He was initially reluctant to do so, and intended to work just in guest appearances. Adrián Suar convinced him to be a steady part of the cast by pointing that he would play a gay character who had just came out of the closet.[4]

Production

The filming of the telenovela began on December 3, 2012, at the Villa Devoto and Villa Pueyrredón neighbourhoods. The scripts were written by Mario Segade, Lily Ann Martin, Marta Betoldi and Daniel Cúparo, and the directors were Claudio Ferrari and Rodolfo Antúnez.[3]

The program includes several guest appearances of musicians or music bands, who make a short clip with one of their songs singing along with the characters. Those clips are used to lower the tone when the plot becomes too dramatic.[2] The first musician who worked in the telenovela with this format was David Bisbal, other musicians that appeared later were Carlos Vives, Los Pimpinela, Agapornis,[5] Cae, Alejandro Lerner, Patricia Sosa and Cristian Castro.[2] The final episode included a clip by Coti Soroin, who made the open theme of the program.[6]

Pablo Codevilla, a former actor who works now as a content manager of El Trece, made a brief cameo as a dentist.[7] His appearance included metafictional references, and a deliberate similarity with a contemporary advertisement.[8] He appeared again at the final episode.[6] Juana Viale, the lead actress of Malparida, stayed for a time as the villain of the telenovela.[1][9] Diego Ramos, who had worked with Oreiro in 90-60-90 Modelos and Ricos y Famosos, joined the cast in July.[10]

The program included as well an in-universe participation of the characters in the A todo o nada game show, which was also aired by El Trece in 2013. The show host Guido Kaczka appeared in the program, playing himself in the fiction.[11]

Reception

The 2013 prime time of Argentine television was highly disputed by the channels El Trece and Telefe. El Trece aired Solamente Vos and Farsantes, and Telefe aired Los Vecinos en Guerra and Celebrity Splash!, both channels with similar ratings.[12] The weekly series Aliados, first aired on June 26, did not break the tie between the channels.[13] Although it is one of the most watched Argentine productions of 2013, the rating is very low in comparison with productions of previous years. This is caused by a general decline in the rating of public TV channels, as people migrate to private cable channels, or to watch TV in internet.[14] Solamente Vos eventually became the 2013 fiction with the highest rating in Argentina, and had 13 rating points at the ending episode.[6]

The character "la polaca", played by the actress Muriel Santa Ana, is highly controversial among the fans of the telenovela. She is a manipulative ex-wife trying to seduce her former husband and rebuild the family. She is not a classic telenovela villain, and many fans that faced a similar situation in real life praise the realism of the character. Other fans follow the regular tradition of supporting the heroes, in this case the couple Juan-Aurora. Santa Ana also provides the character with redeemable aspects.[15]

Awards

Nominations

Cast

References

  1. ^ a b Lucas Parera (January 21, 2013). "Cómo será Solamente vos, la gran apuesta de El Trece" [How will "Solamente vos" be, the great bet of El Trece]. La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Natalia Trzenko (June 16). "http://www.lanacion.com.ar/1592424-el-paladin-de-la-comedia" [The hero of comedy]. La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved July 19, 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help); External link in |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b "La primera imagen de "Solamente vos"" [The first image of "Solamente vos"] (in Spanish). TN. December 4, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ Carolina Amoroso (March 20, 2013). "Un artista todoterreno" [An all-terrain artist]. La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Natalia Oreiro cantó con Agapornis" [Natalia Oreiro signed with Agapornis]. La Nación (in Spanish). June 5, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "El adiós de Solamente Vos tuvo el mayor pico de rating" [The goodbye of Solamente Vos had a peak of rating] (in Spanish). La Nación. January 21, 2014. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Pablo Codevilla incomodó a Adrián Suar en Solamente vos" [Pablo Codevilla annoyed Adrián Suar in Solamente Vos]. La Nación (in Spanish). May 30, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ Adriana Schettini (May 30, 2013). "Suar hizo guiños al televidente" [Suar winked to the spectator] (in Spanish). Clarín. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ "El beso de Juana Viale y Adrián Suar" [The kiss of Juana Viale and Adrián Suar]. La Nación (in Spanish). April 4, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  10. ^ Diego Jemio (July 22, 2013). "Diego Ramos: Un galán de aquella época" [Diego Ramos: a gentleman from the old times]. Clarín (in Spanish). Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Visita I. Kaczka en "Solamente vos"" [Visit of I. Kaczka in "Solamente Vos"]. Clarín (in Spanish). July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ "En la batalla por el rating, el reality le ganó a la ficción" [In the battle for rating, the reality show prevailed over fiction]. La Nación (in Spanish). June 12, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ Antonela Minniti (June 27, 2013). "Cris Morena volvió a la televisión con Aliados" [Cris Morena returned to television with Aliados]. La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ Francisco Ganduglia (July 20, 2013). "Pantalla en peligro de extinción" [Screen in danger of extinction]. La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  15. ^ Adriana Schettini (July 31, 2013). "La Polaca, un personaje polémico" [La Polaca,a controversial character] (in Spanish). Clarín. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Todos los ganadores de los premios Tato 2013" [All the winners of the Tato awards 2013] (in Spanish). La Nación. December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Tele: todos los ganadores de los Martín Fierro 2014" [TV: all the winners of the Martín Fierro 2014] (in Spanish). La Nación. May 19, 2014. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Todos los nominados a los Martín Fierro 2014" [All the nominations for the 2014 Martín Fierro] (in Spanish). La Nación. April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 

External links

  • Official site (in Spanish)
  • Solamente vos on IMDb
  • TV Tropes
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