Univision Premieres First-Ever Telenovela About A Gay Couple

El Corazon Nunca se equivoca

"El Corazon Nunca se equivoca" made history in Mexico and now on Univision as the first telenovela to feature the love story of a gay couple.

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Once upon a time, telenovelas were idealized romantic stories (with a lot of drama, of course), where the most you would see were chaste kisses and the rest was left to the imagination.

But telenovelas have evolved and viewers can expect to see much steamier scenes and edgier stories. Couples naked in bed? Unheard of 20 years ago. Now, that's the standard, as certain societal norms in Latin America regarding sex have become more liberal and producers look to entice audiences with provocative storylines.

Univision is taking it up a notch this week, brushing aside conservative notions of love with the premiere of El Corazón Nunca Se Equivoca (The Heart Is Never Wrong), the first Spanish-language U.S. broadcast television series featuring a same-sex couple as the main protagonists, and which made history in Mexico.

“We understand that our brand has the power to validate certain themes and that by highlighting previously unaddressed topics, we’re able to empower Latino families around the country to have important conversations,” says Jessica Rodríguez, president of Entertainment and CMO of Univision. "We are committed to telling stories in primetime that are inclusive and diverse and that resonates and reflects our culture.”

The Televisa-produced coming of age series, which has already aired in Mexico, follows the love story of Aristóteles (Emilio Osorio, who is also son of the series producer) and Cuahutémoc, aka "Temo" (Joaquin Bondoni). It is a spinoff of Juan Osorio’s popular telenovela Mi Marido Tiene Más Familia (My Husband Has More Family), which scored strong ratings during its two-season run on Univision from 2017 to 2019.

The story of the young couple flourished during the second season of Mi Marido Tiene Más Familia. Their struggles, as they came out of the closet and sought acceptance from family and others, captured the attention of audiences. Fans took to social media to share thoughts about #Aristemo and how the couple was inspiring them to embrace their identity, making it a trending topic on Twitter and Instagram. 

In El Corazón Nunca Se Equivoca, Aristóteles and Temo move to Mexico City to attend college. Aristótles is ready to begin his music career, while balancing his influencer status and his personal relationship. Temo wants to be a politician despite the prejudice he might encounter. Their love will be put to the test as they create new friendships and overcome the challenges of being gay in Mexican society.

Straying from the longstanding formula of heterosexual soul mates fighting against all odds to be together and live happily ever after, the love story of two young men is groundbreaking in the telenovela genre. Despite growing acceptance within Latin American and Latino audiences, there is still prejudice regarding homosexuality.

Mexican and Latin American telenovelas have featured gay characters in the past, but were relegated to secondary roles, often ridiculed and stereotyped, although there have been some exceptions. For example, the 2011 Mexican telenovela El Sexo Débil (The Weak Sex) produced by Argos Television, featured a gay, professional character, who turns out to have the most stable relationship in the family. And in 2013, Televisa included a same-sex wedding on Amores Verdaderos - a first in a telenovela. As shows and series incorporate more gay characters and realistic storylines, that will continue to change.

 “We are so happy to see this love story between Ari and Temo play out in a show that airs on primetime on Univision. Seeing their lives reflected in the media they watch, often with parents and grandparents, is so important and can have a huge impact on young Latinx LGBTQ people,” says Monica Trasandes, Director of Spanish-Language and Latinx Media and Representation at the GLAAD Media Institute. “The popularity of these characters is undoubtedly helping networks and producers see there’s a real appetite among Mexican and also Latin American audiences for LGBTQ characters who have interesting and fully developed storylines.”

El Corazón Nunca Se Equivoca is a short series with only 26 episodes. It premieres on Univision August 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT 8 p.m. CT.

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Once upon a time, telenovelas were idealized romantic stories (with a lot of drama, of course), where the most you would see were chaste kisses and the rest was left to the imagination.

But telenovelas have evolved and viewers can expect to see much steamier scenes and edgier stories. Couples naked in bed? Unheard of 20 years ago. Now, that's the standard, as certain societal norms in Latin America regarding sex have become more liberal and producers look to entice audiences with provocative storylines.

Univision is taking it up a notch this week, brushing aside conservative notions of love with the premiere of El Corazón Nunca Se Equivoca (The Heart Is Never Wrong), the first Spanish-language U.S. broadcast television series featuring a same-sex couple as the main protagonists, and which made history in Mexico.

“We understand that our brand has the power to validate certain themes and that by highlighting previously unaddressed topics, we’re able to empower Latino families around the country to have important conversations,” says Jessica Rodríguez, president of Entertainment and CMO of Univision. "We are committed to telling stories in primetime that are inclusive and diverse and that resonates and reflects our culture.”

The Televisa-produced coming of age series, which has already aired in Mexico, follows the love story of Aristóteles (Emilio Osorio, who is also son of the series producer) and Cuahutémoc, aka "Temo" (Joaquin Bondoni). It is a spinoff of Juan Osorio’s popular telenovela Mi Marido Tiene Más Familia (My Husband Has More Family), which scored strong ratings during its two-season run on Univision from 2017 to 2019.

The story of the young couple flourished during the second season of Mi Marido Tiene Más Familia. Their struggles, as they came out of the closet and sought acceptance from family and others, captured the attention of audiences. Fans took to social media to share thoughts about #Aristemo and how the couple was inspiring them to embrace their identity, making it a trending topic on Twitter and Instagram. 

In El Corazón Nunca Se Equivoca, Aristóteles and Temo move to Mexico City to attend college. Aristótles is ready to begin his music career, while balancing his influencer status and his personal relationship. Temo wants to be a politician despite the prejudice he might encounter. Their love will be put to the test as they create new friendships and overcome the challenges of being gay in Mexican society.

Straying from the longstanding formula of heterosexual soul mates fighting against all odds to be together and live happily ever after, the love story of two young men is groundbreaking in the telenovela genre. Despite growing acceptance within Latin American and Latino audiences, there is still prejudice regarding homosexuality.

Mexican and Latin American telenovelas have featured gay characters in the past, but were relegated to secondary roles, often ridiculed and stereotyped, although there have been some exceptions. For example, the 2011 Mexican telenovela El Sexo Débil (The Weak Sex) produced by Argos Television, featured a gay, professional character, who turns out to have the most stable relationship in the family. And in 2013, Televisa included a same-sex wedding on Amores Verdaderos - a first in a telenovela. As shows and series incorporate more gay characters and realistic storylines, that will continue to change.

 “We are so happy to see this love story between Ari and Temo play out in a show that airs on primetime on Univision. Seeing their lives reflected in the media they watch, often with parents and grandparents, is so important and can have a huge impact on young Latinx LGBTQ people,” says Monica Trasandes, Director of Spanish-Language and Latinx Media and Representation at the GLAAD Media Institute. “The popularity of these characters is undoubtedly helping networks and producers see there’s a real appetite among Mexican and also Latin American audiences for LGBTQ characters who have interesting and fully developed storylines.”

El Corazón Nunca Se Equivoca is a short series with only 26 episodes. It premieres on Univision August 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT 8 p.m. CT.

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