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Telenovela - S01E04


When Ana (Eva Longoria) learns hot network president James (Zachary Levi) had a "work dinner" with Xavi (Jencarlos Canela), she wants one too, even though Gael (Jose Moreno Brooks) and Mimi (Diana Maria Riva) warn it's really a date. Thrown, Ana decides to channel her inner Pasión to get through, complete with her wardrobe, finger-shushing and pretending to speak Spanish. But on date number two, Ana's facade begins to crumble, and she finally rips out her hair extensions and admits her life is nothing like a telenovela. Undeterred, James moves in for a kiss, just as Ana's fake hair ignites off a candle, setting off the sprinkler system. James carries a drenched Ana out of the nightclub. "So you were saying your life isn't like a telenovela?" he asks, then makes it so. When Isabela (Alex Meneses), Roxie (Jadyn Douglas) and Rodrigo (Amaury Nolasco) hear Xavi complaining that someone's messing with his things, they suggest it's actually the ghost of a dead cast member. The foursome plans to exorcise the lingering spirit that night. After scaring the bejesus out of Xavi, the veterans crack up; it was all a prank to initiate the new guy. Suddenly, a spooky shrouded figure appears, so they run off, leaving Xavi to face the ghost's wrath. That's when Isaac (Izzy Diaz) pulls off the hood of his robe, admitting he secretly lives on set.

Episode Title: The Kiss
Airs: 2016-01-04 at 20:30
  • Ray Rahman

    With fast and witty line, strong physical comedy, and old-fashioned fun, Telenovela could be NBC's guiding light. [11 Dec 2015, p.54]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Fun, light, colorful and original.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Mark Peikert

    Longoria remains radiant. Whether a sitcom spoofing soap opera is still relevant in 2015 remains to be seen--but this one is certainly a worthy addition to your weekly viewing.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Bethonie Butler

    Telenovela is legitimately laugh-out-loud funny.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    While Longoria is the draw, her supporting cast is just as entertaining, including Jeancarlos Canela as her ex-husband, Amaury Nolasco as the soap’s villain, Diana-Maria Riva as Ana’s best friend and Alex Meneses as Ana’s nemesis.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    The show also wears well, with Longoria vigorously in the forefront and a solid supporting cast led by scene-stealers Diana Maria Riva and Alex Meneses.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    A lot of Telenovela's humor will stretch across any cultural divide.... But what distinguishes Telenovela from any other sitcom--its relentless lampooning of every convention of its own genre, from the pistolero mustaches of the villains to the ever-escalating décolletage wars of the heroines--may fall flat with an audience that's largely unfamiliar with real novelas. Full Review
  • Molly Eichel

    Telenovela may not have depth, but watching Longoria mug for the camera ain't a bad way to spend half an hour.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mitchel Broussard

    Silly and eccentric but not quite graceful enough to be considered irreverent, producer/star Eva Longoria's eager commitment to the premise still allows Telenovela to crackle with great jokes and solid physical comedy.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The neurotic, vaguely narcissistic star hardly treads any new ground, but Longoria manages to make her reasonably likable, despite all the requisite eccentricities.

    Variety Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    As holiday gifts go, Telenovela, starring Eva Longoria as a Miami-based soap star, is a happy one: appealing, sweet, witty, traditional in its bones, modern in its complexion.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Likable but not especially funny.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Telenovela can be fun, if only the show knew the difference between silly and dumb.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    In terms of the writing, there's nothing extraordinary going on, but the casting and setting is another step forward in TV's drive toward greater inclusion.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lisa Weidenfeld

    Watching everyone on Telenovela emote every last plot point directly at the camera starts to wear after a while.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Telenovela is an Americanized version of a telenovela, and that may be why it doesn’t reach its full potential.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The show clearly wants to be like the movie “Soapdish,” but Telenovela can’t quite pull it off. A second episode is considerably less funny than the pilot, a danger sign. The pilot episode has fun riffing on TV stars with swelled heads and telenovela camera trick clichés, and it all plays to Ms. Longoria’s comedic strengths.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Bruce Miller

    All too often, though, this looks like a “Saturday Night Live” skit that doesn’t quite land.

    Sioux City Journal Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Telenovela never fails to break a sweat in its attempt to create something interesting or funny, but all that effort falls wincingly short of its goal.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Telenovela seems content with idiocy and star power.

    The New York Times Full Review