USA Network to Adapt ‘La Reina del Sur’

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
USA Network to Adapt ‘La Reina del Sur’

Lately, USA Network has been on a roll when it comes to its new pilots. So far, the network that has produced shows such as “Psych,” “Burn Notice,” “White Collar,” “Covert Affairs,” “Suits” and “Graceland” has given out pilot orders and is in the process of developing new shows. The new shows include: “Stanistan,” “Colony,” and “Mr. Robot.” However, this time, USA Network is turning to its sister network, Telemundo, and is developing and adapting one of its most successful television shows to date — “La Reina del Sur.” Read on to learn more about this scoop.

According to an exclusive scoop at Deadline, the 2011 Telemundo Spanish telenovela, “La Reina del Sur,” held the record for the network’s highest rated premiere for a telenovela, besting other English language television shows and other networks. It was also the network’s most expensive series to date as it had a budget of around $10 million, and it ran for 63 episodes. It was such a hit that it became the very first telenovela to get an Emmy Awards campaign.


“La Reina del Sur” or “The Queen of the South” is a crime drama based on the best-selling novel of the same name, written by Arturo Peres-Reverte. The story follows Teresa Mendoza (Kate del Castillo), a woman who suddenly has to travel to America when her drug dealer boyfriend is murdered. While in America, she allies herself with an unexpected person from her past and learns the secrets of the trade. In order to take down the cartel or the drug-trafficking ring, she herself becomes a cartel leader.

What attracted USA Network to this particular drama was that it was not the typical telenovela fare, especially as it is a serialized crime drama. According to critics, unlike most telenovelas, which usually have a soap opera feel to it. This one feels more like a Spanish “Breaking Bad.”

The series hails from Fox Television Studios, who has collaborated with USA Network in the past for shows such as “White Collar,” “Graceland,” “Sirens” and the upcoming “Complications.”

The series will be written by M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller, who will also executive produce the show with Pancho Mansfield.

And that’s it for the exclusive story on USA Network’s newest and latest project, “The Queen of South,” which will be adapted from Telemundo’s 2011 hit telenovela, “La Reina del Sur.” For more news and updates on “The Queen of the South” and other television shows, keep following Movie News Guide (MNG).

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