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From left to right: Manuel, Inés, Natalia, Adrián, Elena and Rogelio
|Genre||Romance - Action, Comedy-drama, Black humor|
|Created by||Eric Vonn|
|Developed by||Telemundo Studios, Miami|
|Directed by||David Posada |
|Starring||Lorena Rojas |
Ariel López Padilla
|Theme music composer||Alberto Slezynger |
Lalo Paredes Bolarte
|Opening theme||"Dibujemos un Mundo" Performed by Cristal Marie and Jencarlos Canela|
|Ending theme||"Sin ti, no sé" Performed by Lorena Rojas|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||167|
|Executive producer(s)||Aurelio Valcárcel Carroll|
|Production location(s)||Miami, Florida|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Picture format||SDTV, 480i|
|Audio format||Stereophonic sound|
|Original release||October 8, 2007 –|
June 13, 2008
|Preceded by||Dame Chocolate|
|Followed by||Sin Senos no hay Paraíso|
Pecados ajenos (A Chance to Love, literally "Other people's sins") is a Spanish-language telenovela written by Eric Vonn and produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo. This limited-run series was shot in Florida by Telemundo Studios, Miami. It is also known as A Chance to Love
Pecados Ajenos replaced Amor Mío in Telemundo's 10 p.m. (ET/PT) time slot on October 8, 2007. Lorena Rojas and Mauricio Islas were paired together for the first time in this saga of love, marriage, betrayal, parenthood, friendship and passion.
Vonn penned this urban melodrama set in West Palm Beach and Pompano Beach. It features star-crossed lovers who fall in love at the worst possible moment. The show dealt with topics such as homosexuality and homophobia in Hispanic culture, date rape and marital rape, drug addiction and alcoholism, domestic violence, prostitution, abortion, incest, the dangers of religious fanaticism, illegal immigration, mental disorders like schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder, animal cruelty, and the corruption and abuse in women's prisons.
Telemundo's Story Synopsis
Natalia and Adrián are strangers who live in different cities but discover in an instant that they belong together. They were both married to other spouses for more than twenty years, and each has two beautiful young children. Their lives are quite similar—and both are unhappy and frustrated. Destiny brings the two together when they are each on the verge of divorce.
When the pair falls madly in love, they face opposition from Elena (Adrián Matia's hysterical, paranoid and resentful wife), Rogelio, Natalia alcoholic husband who humiliates her, and Inés, who envies and hates Natalia while pretending to be her friend. Meanwhile, Ágata, Natalia's despotic mother-in-law, terrorizes the heroine's life and has stripped her of the fortune which she inherited from her parents. Ágata teams up with Manuel, a treacherous and ambitious villain, to plot Natalia's worst tragedy: separating her from her most beloved treasure, her children.
Natalia and Adrián search for love, companionship, and fulfillment on a road full of bitterness, disappointment and misunderstanding. Their story is closely related to that of their respective children. They must find love amid family conflict, jealousy and betrayal. In the end, we discover it was all a dream of Natalia Gaby's while she was in a two-year coma, and that everything is about to happen as she dreamed it.
The story begins in West Palm Beach, Florida, when Nataliagaby decides to leave her husband, Rogelio.cristian She is tired of twenty years of domestic violence and marital rape by Rogelio cristian and the constant insults of threats by Mrs. Ágataanalia , her mother-in-law. Natalia gaby informs Ágataanalia and Rogeliocristian that she and her kids are leaving the mansion that night and that the legal divorce will be taken care of days after. Intent on teaching Nataliagaby a lesson, Ágataanalia calls Inés flor(Natalia'gaby s supposed best friend who actually despises Nataliagaby ) and the two agree on carrying a plot they had been planning for months.
That night, Nataliagaby goes to her friend Monicajimena's going-away party at Inés' flor house. Monica,jimena Natalia gaby and Inésflor' friend, was hired at a job in Pompano Beach and will be leaving that night. At the party, Inésflor and Manuelpablorueda (Inés' florlover) spike Nataliagaby's martini and, when she passes out, take Nataliagaby to Inés' flor room where Manuel pablo rapes her. Inésflor calls Ágata,analia who arrives shortly after with Rogeliocristian and Natalia'sgaby kids, Luisrodrigo and Gloria.sandra From everyone's point of view, it appears as if Natalia gaby and Manuelpablo are having an affair and have just been caught in bed together, as no one believes it is rape. Rogeliocristian , Luis,dodrigo and Gloriajimena leave in tears with Ágata,analia who thanks Inés.flor Nataliagaby regains consciousness and breaks a lamp on Manuel'pablo s head in anger, killing him. Inés,flor who Nataliagaby still believes to be her friend and has no idea helped plan the whole thing, tells Natalia gaby to run away because the police are coming. Natalia gabygoes to Monica'ssandra house, who is packing up to leave for work, and explains everything that just happened. Monicasandra tells Nataliagaby that she should go to Pompano Beach with her while Inésflor clears up the misunderstanding with the police. Monica,sandra Natalia,gaby and Monicasandra's friend Georgina leave for Pompano but have a car accident. Monica sandraand Natalia gaby are okay, but Georgina dies inside the exploding car. Because her body is left unrecognizable and because Natalia'gaby s ID is left inside the car with her, the police believe it is Natalia gaby the one who is dead.
Meanwhile, in Pompano Beach, Adrian matias Torres, who works in magazine ad marketing, is on the verge of divorce with his crazy wife Elena silvanta after twenty years of a horrible marriage. Elena silvanta is obsessed with the idea of Adrian ¿matias cheating on her and because of that has physically assaulted many women Adrian matias frequents at work. What Adrianmatias doesn't know is that Elenasilvanta is mentally ill and is unaware that his wife actually has vivid hallucinations of him making out with other women. Nonetheless, Elenasilvanta has become very dangerous and violent and Adrian matias believes it is best for him and their kids if they divorced as soon as possible.
Back in West Palm Beach, Ágataanalia has made sure to fill her grandson and granddaughter's minds with lies about Nataliagaby and Manuelpablo's supposed affair. When they receive the news that Nataliagaby died in a car crash while "escaping" to Pompano Beach, only Luisrodrigo is devastated by the news. Though she never planned on killing Natalia,gaby Ágataanalia is glad about her reported death because that puts an end to the divorce issue. Had the divorce gone through, Natalia gaby would have kept her fortune in its entirety, leaving Rogeliocristian and Ágata analia with nothing. But now that Rogeliocristian is widowed, he and Ágataanalia have complete control of Nataliagaby 's estate. Additionally, Luis's life becomes a living hell at the mansion with Nataliagaby's absence because he is gay and Rogeliocristian beats him for it. Also, Inésflor discovers that Manuel pablo is not actually dead but hears that Nataliagaby is. However, Natalia gaby calls Inésflor and Inésflor learns that she is alive. This foils Inésflor ' plan, who was planning on seducing Rogeliocristian and marrying him now that Nataliagaby was dead. She tells Natalia gaby to pretend to be dead for a while, while she sorts things out with the police, convincing Nataliagaby that the minute she reveals she is alive, the police will arrest her for Manuelpablo's death.
In Pompano, Natalia gaby is staying at Monica'sandra s apartment and Monicasandra is working at her job. Her boss is Adrianmatias . One day Adrianmatias pays a visit to Monica'sandra s apartment and meets Natalia,gaby instantly becoming mesmerized by her beauty. But Elenasilvanta has followed Adrianmatias to the apartment. Convinced, in her insanity, that Nataliagaby is another one of Adrian'matiass lovers, Elenasilvanta tries to shoot her with a handgun, but misses. Adrianmatias apologizes for Elena'silvanta s abnormal behavior and sends her to an asylum. Adrianmatias and Elenasilvanta's kids, Freddyjose and Denisse marcia(both in college but living at home), are saddened by the news of their mother in an asylum but understand it is for the best. They, too, are going through their own personal problems. Denisse, the oldest, is pregnant by her boyfriend Ricky, who forced her to sleep with him. Freddy,jose who really likes a girl named Maria who always evades him, finds out Maria and her mother are abused and beat at home by Maria's father, a violent sexist man named Anselmo.
Back in West Palm Beach, Inés flor and Rogeliocristian are now married. Ágata,analia because Inés flor helped her set up Nataliagaby 's rape, is fine with the marriage. Charlie, Inésflor ' son, and Gloria, jimena Rogeliocristian and Natalia'gaby s daughter, like each other but Ágataanalia disapproves of the relationship and the two start dating in secret. Ágataanalia forbids the relationships because Inésflor has told her that Charlie is actually Rogeliocristian 's son, a product of a short romance Inésflor and Rogeliocristian had twenty years ago before his marriage to Nataliagaby . Gloria jimena gets pregnant, hoping that a baby would be reason enough for Ágata analia for force marriage upon them, but upon learning they are siblings and have committed incest, she decides to abort and run away from home. She stays at Elsa's apartment, a friend of hers who ran away from home months ago because she couldn't stand seeing her parents argue all the time. Elsa confesses to Gloria that in order to pay for school and the apartment, she became a prostitute. Elsa convinces an emotionally weak Gloriajimena to become a prostitute too. Nataliagaby , who has been keeping in touch with her son Luis all this time, learns from a series of events that Manuelpablo is not dead and that Inés and Ágata analiaset her up. She and Adrian,matias who are now unofficially going out, go to West Palm to confront Nataliagaby's enemies. Meanwhile, Elena silvantais out of the asylum.
|Lorena Rojas||Natalia Ruiz Navarro de Mercenario / de Torres|
|Mauricio Islas||Adrián Torres|
|Sonya Smith||Elena Sandoval de Torres / de Mercenario|
|Catherine Siachoque||Inés Vallejo de Mercenacio|
|Maritza Rodríguez||Karen Vallejo|
|Ariel López Padilla||Rogelio Mercenario|
|Sebastián Ligarde||Manuel Zapata|
|Lupita Ferrer||Ágata de Mercenario|
|Alicia Plaza||Mónica Rojas de Ferrara|
|Carlos Camacho||Saúl Farrera|
|Chela Arias||Raquel Vda. de Sandoval|
|Raúl Izaguirre||Eduardo Larios|
|Mildred Quiroz||Laura de Aguilar|
|Roberto Huicochea||Anselmo Aguilar|
|Arianna Coltellacci||Isabella "Chabela"|
|Mayte Vilán||Marisela Bracamontes|
|Adela Romero||Melinda Vda. de Gamboa|
|Raúl Durán||Benito Alejo Gamboa Moctesuma|
|Mariana Torres||Denisse Torres Sandoval|
|Rosa de la Mora||Mayté Osorio|
|Sofía Stamatiades||Gloria Mercenario Ruiz|
|Alonso Espeleta||Luis Mercenario Ruiz|
|Jencarlos Canela||Alfredo "Freddy" Torres Sandoval|
|Roberto Plantier||Charlie Vallejo|
|Eduardo Cuervo||Ricardo "Ricky" Larios|
|Julio Ocampo||Ramón Gamboa|
|Giovanna del Portillo||Daniela|
|Daniel Lugo||Don Marcelo Mercenario|
|Héctor Soberón||Gary Mendoza|
|Evelin Santos||Gasparina Godoy|
|Hannah Zea||Rossy Rojas|
|Andrés García Jr.||Javier Alfaro|
|Raúl Durán||Benito Alejo Gamboa Moctesuma|
|Pablo Portillo||Héctor Acecas|
|Ximena Duque||María Aguilar|
|Tali Duclaud||Elsa Alfaro|
|Ronny Montemayor||Benny Russian|
|Daniela Vildosola||Angélica Acecas|
|Ramiro Terán||Fernando Acecas|
|Julio Arredondo||Dr. Martínez|
|Stella Maris Ortiz||Georgina|
|Lupita Jones||Esmeralda (Actuación Especial)|
|Daniel René||Antonio "Tony"|
|Nelson Steegers||Daniel "Danny"|
|Cristina Figarola||Lisa Fuentes|
|Carlos Pítela||Padre Julián|
|Xavier Coronel||Marcos Reyes|
|Ramón Morell||Dr. Solovich|
|José del Río||Mr. Moore|
|Esther Orjuela||Actuación Especial"|
|Ivan Rodríguez Naranjo||Dr. Beltrán|
|Jorge Laraburre||Jonathan "Johnny"|
|Steve Roth||Antonio Sandoval|
|Alejandro Orendain||Dr. Dorantes|
|René Gatica||Rogelio Bustamante|
|Esteban Villareal||Dr. Salvatierra|
|Diana Franco||Dolores "Lola"|
|Gabriel Traversari||Rolando Ortega|
|Jaime Pavón||Luciano Meléndez|
|Nelsón Díaz||Eleazar Aguilar|
|Juan Jiménez||Maximiliano Aranda|
When Telemundo announced this project in its 2007 upfront presentation, it was titled "El Otro Lado del Amor" ("The Other Side of Love"). The network then launched promotional teasers  on July 2, 2007 calling the show "Pecados Ajenos". In addition there were multiple cast departures: Aylín Mújica as Ines Vallejo, Susana Dosamantes as Agata Mercernario, Alex Sirvent, Alfredo Torres (went to Madre Luna ), Géraldine Bazán as Gloria Mercernario (took a role in Victoria) and Alejandro Chabán who simply avoided playing a mild mannered homosexual teenager. Telemundo was quick to premiere Pecados Ajenos in order to replace a newly premiered telenovela Sin Verguenza due to the disappointing ratings it generated within the first two weeks at the time slot.
International Broadcasters of Pecados ajenos
|United States||Telemundo||Pecados ajenos||08 octobre 2007|
|Dominican Republic||Tele Antillas||Pecados ajenos|
|Romania||Acasa TV||17 novembre 2008|
|Poland||TV Puls||Meandry miłości||19 novembre 2008|
|Serbia||Prva Srpska Televizija||Љубав и грех||17 march 2008|
|Colombia||RCN Televisión||Pecados ajenos|
|Bulgaria||bTV||Чужди грехове||18 januari 2008|
|El Salvador||Canal 2||Pecados ajenos|
|Hungary||RTL Klub||Bunos szerelem||1 octobre 2012|
Filming of Pecados Ajenos was scheduled to begin in July, 2007, with the debut expected in August. On the set in Southwest Ranches, Florida, the crew worked a 12-hour day, during which they shot one and a half episodes' worth of scenes. Locations included Davie, Wellington, Pompano Beach and Palm Beach, Florida. David Posada and Danny Gavidia directed the series.
As with many telenovelas it produces in-house, Telemundo used product placement within the show. Best Buy was to appear prominently in the show, with Adrian's son Alfredo working at one of the stores, but this never aired. Also, Toyota was to sponsor a 30-second replay of an important scene at the end of seven episodes. The Pledge and Windex cleaning products did appear in various scenes, as did Walgreens. The debut episode aired commercial-free and sponsored by Kraft Foods' DiGiorno frozen pizzas.
- Pecados Ajenos (English)
- Miami Today News - Filming in Miami July 26, 2007
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-08-22. Retrieved 2007-05-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Wentz, Laurel (2007-09-03). "In This Telenovela, Even Smooches Have Sponsors | Hispanic Marketing - Advertising Age". Adage.com. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
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