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NBC UNIVERSO UpFront 2016 Announces The Return Of Their Original Scripted Series,

Thursday, May 19, 2016

NBC UNIVERSO, the modern entertainment and sports cable channel for Latinos, today announced the return of the network's first original scripted series created for the U.S. Hispanic market, "El Vato" Season 2, starring regional Mexican singer, El Dasa during Upfront week. The 13 episode-long dramedy produced by Endemol Shine Latino and Boomdog is set to premiere in 2017.

"As we continue to establish our brand and to redefine Hispanic media, we are working on elevating Spanish language content and breaking boundaries to present our viewers quality programming," expressed Bilai Joa Silar, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production, NBC UNIVERSO. "El Vato's aspirational story has captivated our audience and we are thrilled to renew our first original scripted series for a second season."

In the first season, viewers get to know El Vato and his friends as they navigate life in Los Angeles after landing a once-in-a-lifetime record deal. With temptations at every turn El Vato and his friends struggle to keep the dream alive of making it in the cutthroat music industry. In the second season, the series will follow El Vato as he continues his search for stardom in the US but gets side tracked by his inner demons and unexpected hurdles of the music industry.

In addition to the renewal of the original scripted series "El Vato", NBC UNIVERSO announced the following upcoming entertainment premieres which include a mix of new realities and the return of the number one show in the United States in Spanish at the NBC Universal Telemundo Enterprises press breakfast Thursday, May 12th.



"The Walking Dead" – Season 3  (produced by AMC Studios)
The survivors led by police officer Rick Grimes take refuge in a prison and attempt to set up a permanent camp. They have faced zombie hordes, insurmountable hardships, and beat unbelievable odds, but in the epic third season of 'The Walking Dead,' Rick and his group face their most terrifying foe yet. As the leader of a Utopian-like society called Woodbury, The Governor (David Morrissey) seems to be a good and generous leader at first, but it's not long before his twisted, sadistic side is uncovered and the group finds themselves scrambling for their lives. The season also marks the arrival of fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), and some of the most shocking moments in the show's history.


"The Riveras" (produced by Blank Paige Productions)
The Riveras are Mexican Regional Music's most beloved family but you've never seen them like this. See Chiquis and her younger siblings step up and pull together, to raise each other with humor, love and go for their biggest dreams.  

"Zapata Justice" (produced by Atlas Media)
Set in a Texas border town, ZAPATA JUSTICE follows the Mexican-American members of the small town's Sheriff's Department as they fight to protect their own from dangerous criminal activity.


"El Vato" – Season 2 (produced by Endemol Shine Latino and Boomdog)
In the second season, we follow El Vato as he continues his search for stardom in the US but gets side tracked by his inner demons and unexpected hurdles of the music industry. Series features Regional Mexican singer El Dasa.

To learn more about El Vato and its cast visit:

NBC UNIVERSO is currently available to 40 million households across the U.S. The network is telecast in HD nationwide on DirecTV; Western U.S. markets served by Comcast Xfinity TV; throughout Bright House Networks' cable television footprint; and select Cox Communications markets.

To find NBC UNIVERSO on your satellite, telco or cable TV channel lineup, go to Channel 410 on DIRECTV; Channel 838 on DISH Network; Channel 3009 or 3010 on AT&T U-verse; and visit for the NBC UNIVERSO channel number on your local cable TV listings.

NBC UNIVERSO ( is a modern entertainment and sports cable channel for Latinos, bringing edgy programming and the world's top sports franchises to more than 40 million households in the U.S. As one of the most widely available modern cable channels for U.S. Latinos, NBC UNIVERSO delivers a thrilling mix of exclusive sports action – including FIFA World Cup™, NASCAR Mexico Series, NFL, Premier League and The 2016 Rio Olympics – along with hit series, blockbuster movies, music, and must-see live events on TV, online and mobile devices. NBC UNIVERSO is part of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, a division of NBCUniversal (, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation (

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