Azteca America green lights new 2018 series | Programming | News | Rapid TV News
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US-based Spanish-language network Azteca America has unveiled its 2018-2019 programming line-up, including a reality show with a format twist, a network-wide initiative celebrating the many contributions of Hispanic women in the US, and the return of the Miss Universe competition to the network.

universe 19 april 2018"This is an exciting time for Azteca America as we take the network to the next stage with the backing and support of our new parent company, HC2 Holdings Inc,” said Manuel Abud, president and CEO. “Azteca America’s deep understanding of the Hispanic media landscape and unparalleled content pipeline, coupled with HC2’s commitment to broadcast television in the US, places us in a unique position to become a greater competitive force in the marketplace. This dynamic partnership and collaboration expands Azteca America’s broadcasting and distribution footprint to better serve our viewers, reaching a broader spectrum of US Hispanics across our linear and digital channels.”

Mi Pareja Puede (based on the international format My Man Can) will see four couples gamble on the abilities of their partners, putting their significant others’ courage and skills to the test. Challenges range from which partner can eat the greatest number of chilli peppers to who knows the most about cosmetics, and who can make a bed the fastest. One player sits at a gambling table and bets that his/her partner can accomplish certain tasks better than the competition.

Another reality show will feature participants who will develop and produce audiovisual projects using only their smartphones. Over the course of their productions, contestants will encounter several challenges that will prove who deserves to win.

Meanwhile, a horror show has been green lit, filled with mystery, suspense and the struggle for survival against the most evil and ruthless criminals. Cults and mentally unstable criminals are some of the main subjects portrayed in this episodic series.

And finally, Al Ritmo del Boxeo, hosted by Roberto Durán, infuses the sport of boxing with the live sounds of Latin Pop artists. Performances are expected by Yandel from the group Wisin Y Yandel, creating the first-ever Latin boxing tournament. Twenty talented Latin boxers from around the world will audition in front of a panel of judges for the opportunity to be chosen to compete on the show. The series aims to take viewers into the world of sports and music by examining the lifestyles and training regimens of the boxers as they prepare to fight their rivals from different cities. At stake is Boxeo’s Latin World Championship belt, instantly qualifying the winner to be listed as a top ten contender in one of the top four sanctioning bodies.

In addition to its four-year partnership with Miss Universe, Azteca America will honour and celebrate the achievements of US Hispanic women with the launch of the ad-supported Year of the Latina platform. The initiative will be guided by monthly themes and award recognitions and will incorporate a premium video initiative with content integrated into shows and live events. Azteca America will support the initiative with grassroots extensions, and Year of the Latina will be amplified across social media platforms.