• Los Espookys adds to HBO’s Spanish language library

    Los Espookys has a premiere date on HBO. The new Spanish language comedy series will premiere June 14 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. Los Espookys comes from the minds of Fred Armisen, Ana Fabrega, and Julio Torres alongside Lorne Michaels.

    The six-episode first season will follow a group of friends who start a business based on their shared love of horror movies. The series takes place in an imagined version of Mexico City where the strange and eerie are commonplace. The story follows Renaldo (Bernardo Velasco) and Ursula (Cassandra Ciangherotti) as they try to engineer spooks and scares. They get help from Ursula’s sister, played by Fabrega, and Renaldo’s best friend, played by Torres. The series will also feature Armisen as Renaldo’s Los Angeles based uncle. Early information about the show suggests a type of zany, magical realism carried by larger-than-life characters.

    Armisen, Fabrega, and Torres created the show and wrote the pilot together. The three all have producer credits on the show as well. The series was made by Broadway Video in association with Antigravico and Más Mejor, and Chilean production company Fabula, who were behind the Oscar-winning film A Fantastic Woman.

    Spanish language comedy series have become more popular in recent years as streaming services realize the power of an international market. Netflix released originals La Casa de las Flores, Club de Cuervos, and Paquita Salas. HBO has more Spanish language movies than it does series and many of the series HBO has made revolve around drama. However, HBO recently started to build a library of Spanish language comedy programs including Chumel con Chumel Torres, Dr. Reggaeton, and Entre Nos: A Stand-Up Comedy Special. Los Espookys is special because it is the first major Spanish language show in recent memory to prominently feature a comedian that became famous for his work in English, namely Armisen. Los Espookys could thus be HBO’s first big crossover Spanish hit.

    Rosa Escandon

    I am a stand up comic and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. When I'm not on stage, I am Comedy Editor for The Tusk, sit on the board of the Cinder Block Comedy Festival, and writing my next project. I am passionate about writing about feminism and comedy as well as how women, LBGTQ people, and minorities are changing the face of comedy and entertainment. You may have seen me on Buzzfeed Video, Seriously.TV, aplus, or maybe just on twitter.

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