By Sahil Patel
Telemundo plans to launch “El Capitulo Secreto” (“The Secret Episode”), an original web series that doubles as a mid-season bridge between seasons one and two of the network’s popular telenovela “El Señor de los Cielos” (“Lord of the Skies”).
Available beginning April 22 across all of Telemundo’s digital and social platforms, “The Secret Episode” picks up from the cliffhanger at the end of the first season of “Lord of the Skies.” Told in seven parts, two new chapters will debut every week, leading up to the second season premiere in May.
On May 9, the seven chapters will be repackaged into a full-length TV episode, which will also be made available across Telemundo’s digital and social platforms.
“Lord of the Skies” is a crime-action drama inspired by the life and times of Amado Carrilo Fuentes, who rose through the ranks in the 1980s and 1990s to become the head of the infamous Juarez Cartel in Mexico. He received the nickname “Lord of the Skies” because of the large fleet of jets he used to transport drugs, which he did well enough to eventually net an estimated fortune of $25 billion.
The telenovela stars Rafael Amaya as Aurelio Casillas, its reimagined version of Fuentes. Other cast members include Ximena Herrera, Carmen Villalobos, Fernanda Castillo, Robinson Diaz, and Mauricio Ochmann. They are all set to appear during “The Secret Episode.”
“Following the climatic cliffhanger of the first season, we wanted to produce original content in order to continue the story of ‘El Señor de Los Cielos,’ prior to the on-air second season premiere” said Joshua Mintz, EVP Scripted Programming & GM of Telemundo Studios, which produces the series. “Digital platforms allowed us to create our first-ever mid-season series.”
Don’t expect it to end with this project, though. Borja Perez, SVP of digital and social media at Telemundo, indicates that the network will look to create companion web-only programming for other TV shows.
“Lord of the Skies,” filmed by Argos Television, is shot on location in Mexico. The first season averaged 2.3 million viewers per night.