The dramatic series Queen of the South has been given a 13 episode order, as announced by Chris McCumber, President of USA Network. Based on La Reina Del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Queen of the South will star Alice Braga (City of God) and will be executive produced by M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller, David Friendly, and Pancho Mansfield. Miller and Fortin also wrote the pilot which was directed by Charlotte Sieling.
Queen of the South is expected to premiere in 2016.
“From script to inception, Queen of the South had us hooked,” said McCumber. “Alice Braga does an outstanding job playing Teresa Mendoza, a determined woman who defies all odds, to not only survive, but to thrive in an unfamiliar world. The novel has been embraced around the globe, and the telenovela broke records — now we’re looking forward to sharing this unique version of her story on USA.”
“USA and Fox21/FTVS have a long and strong history of growing together and making some of the seminal cable programming of the last 10 years. With Queen of the South and this summer’s Complications, we look forward to the next generation of great USA/Fox 21 Television Studios collaborations,” added Bert Salke, President of Fox 21 Television Studios. “We really believe that Queen is a breakout show and we couldn’t be more excited.”
Queen of the South tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza (Braga). When her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, Teresa is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America, where she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In the process, she learns the tools of the trade and strategically positions herself to become the leader of the Cartel.
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