Launch Pad (May 7, 2016)

Here is your weekly open thread and blog update. Comments and questions are welcome and nothing is off-topic.

What happened last week

We started the week off with Aventurera, a classic Agustín Lara song, covered by Natalia LaFourcade on Monday morning.

We posted recaps of ¿Quién es Quién?Secretos, and El Hipnotizador.

We also reviewed the latest episode of El Vato.

Kat reviewed the premiere episode of Yago and Sara wrapped up the rest of the week. Check out both if you want to get caught up and hear some contrasting opinions.

Our Book Club is currently on Chapter 7 of Como agua para chocolate.

What’s in store for this week

Movie Night tonight! We’re watching Tortilla Soup starting at around 8:10 Eastern. We’ll try to have the chat room open before 8.

Monday is the Gran Final of Secretos on Telemundo, which is both exciting and kind of a bummer. It’s been an engrossing show to watch and I’m glad Telemundo imported it and dubbed it over in Spanish or I would have had no excuse to recap it here 🙂

Starting Tuesday, we get two hours of ¿Quién es Quién? from 12pm/11c to 2pm/12c and we are just past the halfway point.

You can find more schedule details on the Horario, but you can also check for major events on the Calendar and premiere dates on the Proximas page.

Known technical issues

None at this time.

Last week’s poll results

Last week’s poll was “How do you watch your favorite Spanish-language TV shows?”

043016 poll results

31% of us are relying on our DVRs to catch our favorite programs, or using a cable box to access programs OnDemand (12%). 25% are watching live. When watching online via a network’s website or app, 13% are watching episodes for free and 19% are using their cable login for access.

This week’s poll: What types of telenovelas and series do you enjoy?

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Autora/ Author

The book about Spanglish that I mentioned during the movie night chat is “Spanglish The Making of a New American Language.” It’s another book by Ilan Stavans. Obviously I’m a huge fan of his work.

Visita/ Guest

Sounds good, thanks! I have researched him on Amazon since your first recommendation and have several books that just might have to jump into an order sometime.

Visita/ Guest

If you are in the mood for more “realismo mágico” or just more Mexican literature, I am recommending “Aura” (1962) by Carlos Fuentes. I just reread it this weekend and was just as captivated by it now as I was the first times I read it. It is a wonderfully descriptive mystery written in the second person. Also, and perhaps the best part, is that it is a “just long enough” short novel: 60 pages. There are no wasted words here.

Autora/ Author

I have to agree. It’s been a few years since I last read it. I need to dust off my copy and read it again.

Autora/ Author

BTW It’s Upfronts season and I’m seeing lots of news about upcoming novelas. There are quite a few things in the works.

Autora/ Author

Since this is actually from Telemundo I’ll share it-

La Señora Acero 3 won’t have Blanca, but there seems to be a lot of other familiar names like Laura Flores and Michel Duval.

I’ll watch it.