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Dramatized Societies: Quality Television in Spain and Mexico$
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Paul Julian Smith

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781781383247

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781383247.001.0001

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HBO Latin America Effect: Capadocia (HBO/Argos, 2008–14)

HBO Latin America Effect: Capadocia (HBO/Argos, 2008–14)

(p.189) Chapter Eight HBO Latin America Effect: Capadocia (HBO/Argos, 2008–14)
Dramatized Societies: Quality Television in Spain and Mexico

Paul Julian Smith

Liverpool University Press

Chapter 8 treats HBO Latin America’s first series to be made in Mexico. The chapter asks how the “HBO effect,” a paradigm of quality TV that is fully documented in the US, is transformed in a new territory and televisual ecology. The choice of a women’s prison drama thus not only connects the show with grittily realistic transnational titles from the network that addressed law and criminal justice; it also, in this new context, facilitates a connection with the melodramatic national genre of telenovela. The chapter further argues that authorship for the series should be assigned less to HBO than to the Mexican producer, Argos, which had been producing socially conscious and politically progressive dramas for some twenty years before.

Keywords:   HBO, TV drama, Argos, Women’s prison drama

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