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Network to air Chilean Spanish language telenovela for teens, tweens

Posted by Elena del Valle on August 26, 2008


Karkú, a Chilean telenovela series, will air on ¡Sorpresa!

Photos: ¡Sorpresa!

As part of its back to school programming, ¡Sorpresa!, a United States Spanish language children’s network, began airing Karkú, a Chilean teen television telenovela series. Designed for tween and teen viewers the 30-minute long program will air nightly Monday through Thursday. The first episode aired August 25 at 9 p.m. ET.


Set in metropolitan Santiago, Chile, Karkú revolves around Emilia, a 13-year-old girl, and her five friends as they experience the trials and tribulations of growing up. According to promotional materials, the program is the first telenovela series for kids produced in Latin America.


Maria Badillo, senior vice president, Programming, ¡Sorpresa!

Karkú offers our audience of Hispanic youth an in-culture, in-language experience that reflects the universal fears and excitement of transitioning from a child to a young adult,” said Maria Badillo, senior vice president of Programming for ¡Sorpresa!. “The tween and teen audience will identify with the challenges and successes of the characters, and parents will appreciate the show’s emphasis on the value of hard work to achieve goals.”

The premiere season of Karkú follows Emilia, Fernanda, Valentina, Zico, Alex and Martín, as they work together to earn money for their school’s year-end trip. The series was designed to represent the teenage world in Latin America including the children’s language, music, dreams and fears. Producers also hope to promote traditional values like diligence, teamwork and friendship.

¡Sorpresa!, a Juniper Content Corporation company, is a Hispanic children’s television network and digital community. ¡Sorpresa! is available on Comcast, Cablevision, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, participating National Cable TV Cooperative systems and in Puerto Rico on Liberty Cable Systems, Choice Cable and OneLink.

¡Sorpresa! content is also available through MobiTV, the provider of Spanish language video services to Alltel Wireless, AT&T and Sprint; Brightcove, the exclusive broadband video player to sorpresatv.com; and VOD providers Akimbo and AT&T Homezone.

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