Amas de Casa Desesperadas: a telenovela dramedy

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Amas de Casa Desesperadas is a telenovela dramedy, which debuted on Univision on January 10, 2008. Set in the fictional Manzanares Street, the series follows the lives of four housewives and the domestic problems and daily mysteries surrounding their husbands, friends and neighbors, which can be more sinister than they appear. The series' tone combines elements of drama, comedy, mystery, farce, soap opera and satire.

Based on the United States' television series Desperate Housewives, it was developed for Latinos by Disney-ABC International Television and Pol-Ka Producciones.

Season 1 (2008-2009)
Season one began airing on January 10, 2008 and featured a total of 24 episodes. The show opens with the mysterious suicide of housewife Alicia Arizmendi on a beautiful day in the suburbs, on a street called Manzanares. Alicia, who narrates the show from the afterlife, had four friends: Regina Sotomayor, the seemingly-perfect mother of two teenagers struggling to save her marriage; Leonor Guerrero, the mother of four whose husband is always away on business; Susana Martinez, the divorced mother in search of love, who finds it in the form of her new neighbour Miguel Santini, who has a secret of his own; and Gabriela Solís, the materialistic ex-runway model who cheats on her husband. While trying to be good wives and mothers, the four friends also try to find out why their friend committed suicide. The discovery of a blackmail note among Alicia's belongings, a therapy session tape in which she admits her real name was Angela, and her widowed husband's strange behaviour really make them wonder about the mystery surrounding their deceased friend.

on May 14, 2007, Univision signed a deal with The Walt Disney Company and ABC to produce programs for the network, including Amas de Casa Desesperadas.

Cast and characters
This is a list of the major characters of the series, as well as their counterpart in the original, American, series and the actors portraying them.

Character Original Character US Spanish actor
Susana Martinez Susan Mayer Scarlet Ortiz
Leonor Guerrero Lynette Scavo Lorna Paz
Regina Sotomayor Bree Van de Kamp Julieta Rosen
Gabriela Solis Gabrielle Solis Ana Serradilla
Roxana Guzman Edie Britt Gabriela Vergara
Carlos Solis Carlos Solis Bernie Paz
Alicia Arizmendi Mary Alice Young Lucía Méndez
Antonio Guerrero Tom Scavo Diego Bertie
Roberto Sotomayor Rex Van de Kamp Riccardo Dalmacci
Miguel Santini Mike Delfino Diego Ramos
Marta Garcia Felicia Tilman Talú Quintero

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