VH1 is in Search of America's 'Numero Uno Telenovela Star'
"VIVA HOLLYWOOD!" Premiering SUNDAY, APRIL 13 AT 10:30 PM ET/PT Challenges
12 Aspiring BILINGUAL Telenovela Stars To Bring The Hot, Steamy And Highly
Emotional World Of Telenovelas To The American Public
Hosted By Maria Conchita Alonso And Carlos Ponce
Catch A Sneak Peek Of The Premiere Episode On vivahollywood.VH1.com
Beginning Tuesday, April 8
NEW YORK, April 7, 2008 -- Latin Telenovela stars are so
hot, so sexy, so extreme -- and so emotional. Thanks to VH1, American
viewers will get their first taste of how addicting these shows and stars
truly are. VH1 is in search of America's "numero uno telenovela star" and
will chronicle the journey to stardom in its newest original series, "Viva
Hollywood!" premiering Sunday, April 13 at 10:30 PM ET/PT. After its
90-minute premiere episode the series will move to its regular time slot of
10 PM ET/PT each Sunday night.
The "Viva Hollywood!" cast, a bilingual group of aspiring Latino and
Latina telenovela stars: Alexcy, Berto, Enrique, Geovannie, Gisel, Jainmy,
Kalain, Janet, Jenn, Roseny, Silvia and Vinci will move into the "Casa De
Locos" where they must master the "7 Deadly Sins of Telenovelas:" passion,
lust, charisma, drama, fire, seduction and scandal. The "sins" are
disciplines each cast member must learn in order to capture the
over-the-top style and flair of a true telenovela star and impress the
celebrity judges: the award- winning actress and singer Maria Conchita
Alonso and accomplished actor singer/song-writer Carlos Ponce.
International celebrity astrologer and Latino legend, Walter Mercado, will
appear in each episode to give the contestants guidance on their journey
and alert the cast of their upcoming challenges. Sofia Vergara, Daisy
Fuentes, Angelica Vale, Charo, Christian De La Fuentes, Lorena Rojas, Maria
Celeste Arraras and Perez Hilton have signed on as celebrity guests. "Viva
Hollywood!" is the first reality show where the losers aren't just
eliminated, they're killed off. As each week contestants watch themselves
in an over the top telenovela death scene to see if they live another day
or "die" trying. Ay Dios Mio!
"Each day, an astounding two billion people around the world watch
telenovelas which are a vibrant and historic part of the Latino community.
We wanted to tap into and expand on the passion that surrounds this
phenomenon," said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Original Programming
and Production, VH1. "If you love telenovelas, you will love this show, if
you never heard of a telenovela you will love this show because the stakes
are huge with a real chance at international superstardom and that is an
appeal and a hook that is universal."
"With 'Viva Hollywood!' VH1 has given World of Wonder and our partners
Latin World Entertainment the opportunity to produce a groundbreaking show
that crosses cultural lines, and pays tribute to our obsession with the
passion, fashion and machinations of telenovelas," said World of Wonder
Executive Producer, Tom Campbell.
In the end, only one of the 12 bilingual contestants will have what it
takes to win the coveted title of America's "Numero Uno Telenovela Star,"
and a prize package that includes a contract with Telemundo and a role in
one of their upcoming telenovelas, representation from artist management
company Latin World Entertainment ( latinwe.com ), a year's lease at one of
Miami's hottest condominiums, the Flamingo South Beach and a cash grand
prize of $100,000.
VH1.com will sneak peek episode one beginning Tuesday, April 8 -- five
days before the series' on-air premiere and will be home to exclusive video
content throughout the season. Additionally, each episode will be available
on VH1.com every Monday following its Sunday on-air premiere.
"Viva Hollywood!" is executive produced by Fenton Bailey, Randy
Barbato, Tom Campbell and Danny Salles for World of Wonder Productions.
Also serving as executive producers are Luis Balaguer for Latin World
Entertainment and Jeff Olde, Jill Holmes, Kristen Kelly, Jenn Levy and Alex
Demyanenko for VH1.
VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter
to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online
content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 90 million
households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and
services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile, VH1Games and extensive
broadband video on VH1.com . Connect with VH1 at VH1.com .
Based in both Los Angeles and London, World of Wonder is best known for
award-winning films and documentaries "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," "Party
Monster" as well as the television series "What Perez Sez" (VH1), "Tori &
Dean: Inn Love" (Oxygen), and "The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman"
(IFC). World of Wonder is also a pioneer in on-line television with its own
IPTV site http://www.wowtv.tv More information on WOW's exciting
development slate can be found on their daily pop culture blog