Telemundo brings 'Amor Cautivo" to the US

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 17-11-2012

NBCUniversal's Hispanic broadcast TV network, Telemundo, is rolling out a new telenovela this month: Amor Cautivo (Prisoner of Love).

Telemundo is licencing the show from Azteca, one of the world's largest producers of Spanish content. Amor Cautivo already has aired on Azteca's Channel 13 in Mexico, where it was a big hit.

Amor Cautivo is developed by Azteca and Corazon Television and produced by Fernando Sariñana and Pedro Luevano. Distributed internationally by Comarex, Azteca's exclusive sales agent, Amor Cautivo brings a number of elements together in its plot, the companies said, including romance, mystery and the "deception that [is legendary in a telenovela." Marimar Vega and Arap Betcke star in the leading roles.

The plot goes something like this: Three families, the Santacruzes, the Bustamantes and the Del Valles, are united by a terrible secret. For Nicolas Santacruz and his wife Soledad, their greatest pride is their little daughter Alejandra. For Jorge Bustamante, his marriage to Victoria seemed like a fairy tale but ambition stains their life with blood.

Jorge Bustamante's true colors come to light when he plans to take over Santacruz's bank shares by having him, his wife and their young heiress killed. Hired by Bustamante, hit man Edmundo Del Valle gets the perfect opportunity when Santacruz finds out that his wife had an affair and confronts her. As Victoria Bustamante struggles with Santacruz to defend her friend Soledad, a gun is accidentally fired and he is killed. In that traumatic moment and taking full advantage of the situation, Edmundo escapes and abducts Alejandra, while Soledad disappears without a trace.

"We are very excited to receive Amor Cautivo," Telemundo said in a statement. "This Azteca production is an innovative and captivating story, and it has a very well-known Mexican cast that is very dear to our audience and with very good production values. Amor Cautivo will be a great hit."