By Enrique de la Rosa
The Inmate, Telemundo’s highly-anticipated jail series, will make its debut on Tuesday, September 25. The series is the adaptation of El marginal, the Argentine series produced by Underground Producciones for TV Pública Argentina, which is awaiting confirmation on its third season after two successful runs.
“We have the same dramatic content, the same structure in the script, but shown in a completely different light, so we are the same in terms of script, but different in the way we show it. We won’t look alike, it’s another reality, culture, another way of recreating this story,” Paula Valdovinos, VP, Product and Development at Telemundo International Studios, said to ttvnews.
The executive said The Inmate was filmed in Mexico City, in the border between Mexico and the US, and shared some of the characters are completely different from the original.
The 13-episode series revolves around Dante Pardo, who has the mission to infiltrate a dangerous gang of inmates and jailers who work inside and outside the prison, with the goal of investigating and finding the kidnapped daughter of US judge, John Morris.
Actor Guy Ecker, who plays John Morris, said: “I play a very dark character, I’m a corrupted judge. My character does a lot of things that cause everything that happens in the series.”
The series is produced by Inna Payaán and Sebastián Ortega; directed by Jorge Colón, Mariano Ardanaz and Alfonso Pineda; with photography direction by Jaime Reynoso; production design by Brigitte Broch and produced by Animal de Luz.
The scripts were adapted by Joaquín Casasola, Enrique Vázquez and Gerónimo Barriga y Marcos Santana.
It stars Ignacio Serricchio, Ana Claudia Talancón, Flavio Medina, Luis Felipe Tovar and David Chocarro.
The cast also features Adriana Barraza, Mariana Seoane, Héctor Suárez, Isabella Castillo, Guy Ecker, Bradley Stryker, Leonardo Ortizgris, Krystyan Ferrer, Alejandro Calva, Hector Kotsifakis, Rodrigo Oviedo, Tiaré Scanda, Ramon Medina, Erik Hayser and Diego Calva.
“It’s a major production with an amazing cast and scenery. It’s the project I’m most proud of as an actress in my whole career,” said Mariana Seoane, who plays Roxana, the jail’s director’s secretary.
Telemundo International Studios knows digital platforms play a key role in promoting their projects, and because of that, it created a 360º campaign for The Inmate and the other major projects in store.
“I believe social networks play a very important role in promoting content around the world. We are always glued to our phones and it’s important to be multiplatform, and understand content can go on any platform, but the conversation surrounding it must be 360º. It’s an integral part of a campaign to be able to generate a conversation with the viewer,” said Valdovinos.