Monday Night Open Thread

After spending my non-working hours today reading and and writing about death penalty trials and riots, I'm switching gears.

Unimas tonight begins re-airing El Cartel de los Sapos aka Cartel of Snitches -- the Narcodrama that started the phenomenon. It will have the option of viewing with English captions. This really is supposed to be the first and best of them all. I've only seen a few episodes in Spanish, which I couldn't quite follow. It's about the take-down of the Norte Valle cartel, and was written by former cartel member (now best selling author) Andres Lopez Lopez, when he was in prison (he only got 2 years for cooperating with the DEA against his cartel buddies.) While the names are changed, almost all the characters are based on real life figures and everyone is in it, including Pablo Escobar, Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela and his brother Miguel (leaders of the Cali Cartel), Juan Carlos Ramírez Abadía, Carlos Castano (one of the Castano brothers), Diego Montoya, Wilber Varela (Soap), Amado Carrillo Fuentes (Senor de los Cielos), Miguel Félix Gallardo and many more. [More...]

Its on at the same time as Senor de los Cielos, but they both replay at midnight, so even without a DVR, you can see both.

It will air Mondays through Fridays, until it wraps. It is likely to be condensed, as that's the new premise of the networks. Unimas' new versions are called Novelas Xpress while Telemundo's are called Super Series.

Super series Duenos Del Paraiso (Masters of Paradise) ended Friday. The ratings were Telemundo's best yet -- more than 3 million a night. Kate Costillo (La Reina del Sur) the series' lead, was great, as were a few other characters, but it had less to do with the drug trade and more to do with the interpersonal romances and betrayals of the characters. In other words, although there was non-stop action, there was a bit too much soap for my taste and a few too many plot lines. It certainly didn't compare to El Capo, La Reina del Sur, Senor de los Cielos or Pablo Escobar: Patron de Mal.

If you aren't into fictionalized historical narcodramas, The Voice continues tonight. The contestants and music really are excellent this season.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Tales of the Grim Sleeper (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 27, 2015 at 09:31:15 PM EST
    just watching this HBO documentary.  It is the saddest most depressing thing I've seen in a long time.   Not just as far as the terrible incompetent police work but even more about how sad and desperate it shows the lives of the people to be.   It's informative on a day when people are looking for reasons for what is happening in Baltimore.  There is a particularly sad moment when a woman is describing how she gives her son a list of people to call if something bad happens but tells him he should never under any circumstances call 911.  Because they will not help you.

    iPad is not letting me link but Google the title and read about it.

    My husband (none / 0) (#2)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 27, 2015 at 09:38:05 PM EST
    bought this Amazon prime and maybe I'm missing something but there doesn't seem to be much to watch on it.