Mexico (Televisa) 1998-1999
Univision. 6/1/99 - 10/7/99.
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. Rinconlatino: Article about "Camila" by Robyn Barnette Here's an article I wrote about "Camila" back in September of 1998. This article can be found on my website, but it is being reprinted here: "Camila" Televisa presents a classic, romantic, and sweet novela that marks the return of Bibi Gaytan and Eduardo Capetillo By: Robyn Barnette (Fuente: El Espectro, Robyn B. OnLiNE Derechos Reservados MCMXCVIII) MEXICO, D.F.—After the success of "Sin Tí" (Without You), the telenovela that marked the return of Gabriela Rivero and the debut of Puerto Rican actress Adamari López, producer Angelli Nesma Medina is using the same formula to mark the return of another actress, Bibi Gaytán, with her newest production "Camila". The telenovela makes its premiere on September 14th on Canal 2, Televisa's "El Canal de las Estrellas." Medina is counting on a sweet, classic, and romantic story with this production. It's these kinds of stories that please the audience, and therefore work very well. "For us, we dedicate ourselves to do melodramas," said Medina. "It's what counts." In an interview, Medina argues that "Camila" is not a remake of "Viviana," a novela in the late 1970s that starred Lucia Méndez. "A lot has been handled that we are doing a remake of 'Viviana', but it is not certain. The only thing both have in common is bigamy." Medina also added that the novela, where the public will witness the slippings of one woman married to a younger man, is based on a script written by Ines Rodena. And she affirmed that "Camila" has much more present and strong themes dealing with bigamy. "Bigamy is a problem that always exists and has existed with that from the small house and the big house. Here we will deal with it in a subtle way and to see how it affects the public." With respect to the number of episodes that will conform the new novela, Medina mentioned that they predicted about 160 1-hour episodes, although Televisa hinted that it would extend to 200. However, she clarified that the number is not definite, "Because it will depend on the reaction of this production from the audience, who is and will always have the last word." Among the actors and actresses included in the cast of "Camila" include Adamari López, Gabriela Goldsmith, and Enrique Lizalde. About the reasons for which she decided to substitute the actor René Casados by Enrique Lizalde, when the host of "Picardia Mexicana" (Mexican Roguery) had already recorded 47 chapters of "Camila," Nesma clarified that it was an agreement between both he and the company. "René has many work commitments and the truth is that I could not risk that I not arrive to their calls, so that in common agreement with Televisa, we decided that the best thing was to substitute him." Medina also assured that Bibi Gaytán and Eduardo Capetillo are for sure a contributing factor for success with this telenovela, because "The audience was hoping for it." Finally, Medina affirmed that with "Camila," her challenge as a producer will not only attain a good rating, but also improve the levels reached on the novelas that she has produced throughout her career.
El Universal-Mexico, 9/27/98 - A casi dos semanas de que salió al aire "Camila", los televidentes han sido testigos de una historia "común y corriente". Ya es costumbre que presenten a la muchacha humilde que se enamora de un hombre de mejor posición económica, pero que por aras del destino es traicionada y decide abrirse camino por sí sola, dando como resultado la clásica historia de la Cenicienta. Mención aparte merece la actuación de la puertorriqueña Adamari López, que se perfila como una de las grandes villanas de las telenovelas, pues a pesar de su cara dulce proyecta toda la maldad de una mujer que es capaz de hacer cualquier cosa, con tal de conseguir el amor de un hombre. 10/25/98 - Desde que inició "Camila", la historia se ha desarrollado entre lo cómico y lo absurdo, empezando por la caracterización de "indita" que le hicieron a Bibi Gaytán, la cual nadie creyó, porque se veía una mujer más sofisticada. Y ahora la presentan más refinada en la estética donde trabajó. Por tanto, no se nota una diferencia entre la pueblerina y la citadina. A pesar de que la producción de Angelli Nesma anunció con "bombos y platillos" el retorno a las pantallas de Bibi y Eduardo Capetillo, no ha causado el impacto que se esperaba, dando como resultado una telenovela como cualquier otra. Mención aparte merece la actuación de Adamari López, quien con su personaje de Mónica ha cautivado al público, debido a que siempre consigue lo que se propone. Muestra de ello es que se casó con Miguel y ahora conquistará a Julio (Kuno Becker), de quien le atrae su personalidad. En tanto, su esposo buscará recuperar el amor de Camila. 1/10/99: Esta semana llegan a su fin "Perla" y "Camila", melodramas que aunque fueron criticados, se colocaron en el gusto de los televidentes. Mientras que, en "Camila" el tan esperado regreso de Bibi Gaytán y Eduardo Capetillo no resultó lo que se esperaba, debido a que desde un principio se dejó ver una historia tibia, donde Camila nunca dio el tipo de indígena. De hecho, nunca se notó una transición del personaje, provocando que más que un melodrama, fuera una historia cómica. Una de las cosas que la salvaron, fue la actuación de Adamari López, quien una vez más se consagró como una villana, que tiene mucho futuro. La pregunta está en el aire ¿lograrán ser felices Camila y Miguel? No se pierda el final de "Camila", que aún le depara muchas sorpresas a los protagonistas.
Rinconlatino, 5/4/99: I saw some of it and... (Is not the ending, but enough info. to know how it will end). by Rafa Hi Jennifer! CAMILA is a relly waste of time is a cheap production with everything bad. Bibi Gaytan as a sexy indian (that´s the better way to describer her role) and her husband Eduardo Capetillo (worst as always, the same stupid face when happy as when he´s sad). The same plot, the indian girl who marries the rich guy. The rich guy works as a lawyer in Mexico City and when he comes to the city (they got marry in her town) he has to "take care" of Mónica (his boss daughter who was away - Adamari López). The bull is that he has to marry Mónica and he does and then he has two wifes, Camila and Mónica. But Mónica is a very bad girl who only likes his as a object (lust him). Then Camila is having a baby, then she works as a beutician in a beutyshop. Then, because he wants to divorce Mónica (because she´s cheating on him) and her father kick him out of his law office and try to mess up his career as a lawyer. Then he decided to go to the US as an illegal, where he gets hurt and a woman helps him and kidnap him in her wood house (SO STUPID). Well, so Camila sends a friend to go for him to the States, he finds him but he thinks Camila´s husband is having an affair with this lady and he comes back to Mexico and tells Camila that her husband died in the desert (Again, how stupid!). So Camila is crying and crying and crying (like Duracell, jajajajajaja), and decided to keep her husband memory for ever, without marring this guy who really loves her. Then, Mónica tries to kill Camila a couple of times, because she hates her. Her husband comes back to Mexico and tries to get Camila´s love back. Camila was in the hospital because Mónica tried to kill her. When he gets back to Mexico finds Camila in a hospital very hurt. After that, a doctor gets in love with Camila and a nurse tries to get her husband lying about having a son with him. She hipnotized him and make him believe she´s having a baby (she´s lying with false documents she created herself). Well, well, well... I didn´t saw it everyday, but the couple of days I saw it, it was a shame. I used to see couple of things on tv at the same time and CAMILA was one of those things. The best was Adamari, as always as the bad girl she was great. I won´t tell the end (you can imagine it so easily) but after this sinopsis... do you believe CAMILA deserves a Prime Time Hour in Univisión??? This novela was so bad it was about 2.5 months long because it low rating (even though Televisa says it has a good one)...
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