Los Espookys

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Los Espookys
GenreComedy
Created by
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languagesSpanish
English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes12 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Production companies
DistributorHBO Enterprises
Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkHBO
Original releaseJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14) –
present

Los Espookys is an American comedy television series created by Julio Torres, Ana Fabrega, and Fred Armisen, who also star alongside Bernardo Velasco and Cassandra Ciangherotti.[1] The series follows a group of friends trying to turn their love of horror into a successful business, where most of their jobs consist of fabricating horror film-like situations and tricking people into thinking they are real. Los Espookys premiered on June 14, 2019 on HBO.[2] In July 2019, the series was renewed for a second season which premiered on September 16, 2022.[3][4]

Premise

Los Espookys "follows a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business, providing horror to those who need it, in a dreamy Latin American country where the strange and eerie are just part of daily life."[5]

Cast and characters

  • Bernardo Velasco as Renaldo, a horror and gore enthusiast who assembles his friends to form Los Espookys. He is kind and optimistic, but naïve and incompetent with finances. He also appears to be asexual.
  • Julio Torres as Andrés Valdez, Renaldo's best friend since childhood and the adopted heir to a chocolate empire. While trying to put up with his unapproachable parents and the future husband they chose for him, he is also haunted by a mysterious demon, and longs to unlock the secrets of his past.
  • Cassandra Ciangherotti as Úrsula, a friend of Renaldo and sister to Tati. She is smart, resourceful and more down-to-earth than the other members of Los Espookys; however, she struggles with her job as a dental hygienist due to the mean behavior of her boss.
  • Ana Fabrega as Tati, Úrsula's dimwitted sister and Los Espookys' designated test dummy. She is constantly switching between strange jobs to try to make a living and is willing to put herself into any situation the other Espookys need her in. She has a boyfriend whom she has only met online.
  • Fred Armisen as Tico, Renaldo's uncle and a trusted and dedicated employee of a valet parking company. He is very supportive of Renaldo's efforts and happy with his job, but struggles with his daughter's attitude problems and his own tendency to be too selfless.
  • José Pablo Minor as Juan Carlos, Andrés’ vain boyfriend, who later becomes Tati's husband in a lavender marriage. He comes from a wealthy family that runs a successful cookie empire.
  • Carol Kane as Bianca Nova (season 1), an aging and forgotten American film director who befriends Tico.
  • Spike Einbinder as the Water Spirit, a mystical aquatic entity linked to Andrés’ soul.
  • River L. Ramirez as Sonia, Tico’s bratty, dependent, adult daughter.
  • Greta Titelman as US Ambassador Melanie Gibbons
  • Carmen Gloria Bresky, as Mayor Teresa Lobos, a client of Los Espookys who later starts a presidential campaign
  • Martine Gutierrez as Karina Salgado (season 2), who was murdered during a beauty pageant and whose ghost haunts Renaldo
  • Yalitza Aparicio as The Moon (season 2)
  • Kim Petras as the Secretary of State (season 2)
  • Isabella Rossellini as herself (season 2)

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16June 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)July 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)
26September 16, 2022 (2022-09-16)October 21, 2022 (2022-10-21)

Season 1 (2019)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"El exorcismo"
"The Exorcism"
Fernando FriasFred Armisen & Ana Fabrega & Julio TorresJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)0.272[6]
22"El espanto de la herencia"
"The Inheritance Scare"
Fernando FriasJulio Torres & Ana FabregaJune 21, 2019 (2019-06-21)0.195[7]
33"El monstruo marino"
"The Sea Monster"
Fernando FriasJulio Torres & Ana FabregaJune 28, 2019 (2019-06-28)0.191[8]
44"El espejo maldito"
"The Cursed Mirror"
Fernando FriasJulio Torres & Ana FabregaJuly 5, 2019 (2019-07-05)0.058[9]
55"El laboratorio alienígena"
"The Alien Lab"
Fernando FriasJulio Torres & Ana FabregaJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)0.134[10]
66"El sueño falso"
"The Fake Dream"
Fernando FriasAna Fabrega & Julio TorresJuly 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)0.086[11]

Season 2 (2022)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
71"Los Espiritus en el Cementerio"
"The Spirits in the Cemetery"
Sebastián SilvaJulio Torres & Ana FabregaSeptember 16, 2022 (2022-09-16)0.104[12]
82"Bibi's"
Sebastián SilvaJulio Torres & Ana FabregaSeptember 23, 2022 (2022-09-23)0.129[13]
93"Las Ruinas"
"The Ruins"
Sebastián SilvaJulio Torres & Ana FabregaSeptember 30, 2022 (2022-09-30)0.109[14]
104"Las Muchas Caras de un Hombre"
"One Man’s Many Faces"
Sebastián SilvaJulio Torres & Ana FabregaOctober 7, 2022 (2022-10-07)N/A
115"El Virus"
"The Virus"
Ana FabregaJulio Torres & Ana FabregaOctober 14, 2022 (2022-10-14)N/A
126"El Eclipse"
"The Eclipse"
Ana FabregaJulio Torres & Ana FabregaOctober 21, 2022 (2022-10-21)N/A

Production

Development

On November 21, 2017, it was announced that HBO had given the production, then titled Mexico City: Only Good Things Happen, a pilot order. The episode was written by Fred Armisen, Ana Fabrega, and Julio Torres and set to be directed by Fernando Frias. The production staff of the potential series was set to include Armisen, Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer as executive producers and Torres and Alice Mathias as co-executive producers. Production companies involved with the series are expected to include Broadway Video and Más Mejor.[15][16]

On July 2, 2018, it was announced that HBO had given the production, now titled Los Espookys, a series order for a first season. It was additionally announced that Fabrega would serve as a co-executive producer and that Antigravico would join the list of production companies involved with the series.[5][17][18]

On April 16, 2019, it was announced that the series would premiere on June 14, 2019.[2] On July 24, 2019, HBO renewed the series for a second season which premiered on September 16, 2022.[3] Filming for the second season wrapped in February 2022.[19][4]

Casting

Alongside the pilot order announcement, it was confirmed that the pilot would star Bernardo Velasco, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Ana Fabrega as Tati, Julio Torres, and Fred Armisen.[15]

Reception

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 100% approval rating with an average score of 8.71/10, based on 26 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Igualmente hilarante y horripilante, Los Espookys is an espooky good time."[20] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, gave the series a score of 82 out of 100, based on reviews from 12 critics, indicating "universal acclaim."[21]

References

  1. ^ "About Los Espookys". HBO. May 9, 2020. Retrieved May 9, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Pedersen, Erik (April 16, 2019). "'Los Espookys' Premiere Date: HBO Comedy From Fred Armisen & Lorne Michaels Set For Summer". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (July 24, 2019). "'Los Espookys' Renewed For Season 2 By HBO". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Los Esookys – Season 2 Episode Synopses". WarnerMedia. August 24, 2022. Retrieved September 9, 2022.
  5. ^ a b "About Los Espookys". HBO. June 12, 2019. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
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  9. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (July 9, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.5.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on July 9, 2019. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  10. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (July 15, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.12.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on July 15, 2019. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  11. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (July 22, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.19.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  12. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 19, 2022). "ShowBuzzDaily's Friday 9.16.2022 Top 150 Cable Originals & Network Finals Updated". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved September 19, 2022.
  13. ^ Salem, Mitch (September 26, 2022). "ShowBuzzDaily's Friday 9.23.2022 Top 150 Cable Originals & Network Finals Updated". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved September 30, 2022.
  14. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 3, 2022). "ShowBuzzDaily's Friday 9.30.2022 Top 150 Cable Originals & Network Finals Updated". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 3, 2022.
  15. ^ a b Petski, Denise (November 21, 2017). "Fred Armisen Spanish-Language Comedy 'Mexico City: Only Good Things Happen' Gets Pilot Order At HBO". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  16. ^ Barsanti, Sam (July 2, 2018). "Fred Armisen to star in a Spanish-language pilot for HBO". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  17. ^ Otterson, Joe (July 2, 2018). "HBO Orders Fred Armisen Spanish-Language Comedy to Series". Variety. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  18. ^ Sandberg, Bryn Elise (July 2, 2018). "HBO Orders Spanish-Language Comedy 'Los Espookys' From Fred Armisen and Lorne Michaels". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  19. ^ Philips, Josh (February 7, 2022). "'Los Espookys' Season 2 Finally Wraps Filming After a Two-Year Hiatus". Collider. Retrieved March 6, 2022.
  20. ^ "Los Espookys: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes (Fandango Media). Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  21. ^ "Los Espookys: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 30, 2019.

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