La viuda joven
|La viuda joven|
|Created by||Martin Hahn|
|Directed by||Yuri Delgado|
Luis Gerónimo Abreu
Astrid Carolina Herrera
Miguel de León
Juan Carlos García
|Theme music composer||Será que tengo la culpa by Chino & Nacho ft Luis Enrique|
|Country of origin||Venezuela|
|No. of episodes||141 (Internacional 142)|
|Executive producer(s)||Romina Peña|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Original run||March 16, 2011 – September 07, 2011|
|Preceded by||La mujer perfecta|
|Followed by||El árbol de Gabriel|
La viuda joven (English: The Black Widow), is a Venezuelan telenovela produced by Venevisión. Created by Martin Hahn, it stars Mariángel Ruiz and Luis Gerónimo Abreu as the protagonists while Verónica Schneider, Astrid Carolina Herrera and Beba Rojas star as the antagonists.
"The Young Widow" is about a mysterious woman who has become a celebrity by marrying Baron Von Parker. She has an enormous fortune inherited from her last three husbands. With no known family, the Baroness "Inma Von Parker" is an enigmatic woman of extraordinary beauty that captivates men with incredible magnetism and charm. Her calm personality and self-control give her the ability to handle all situations around her, but also make her a suspect of having murdered her former husbands; however, nobody has ever been able to prove this. "Alejandro" is a police detective of humble origin, with a bright career in the Homicide Unit. Marked by betrayal, "Alejandro" has remained unmarried because of the woman who left him heartbroken.
"Inma Von Parker" is suspected of orchestrating the death of her fourth husband. The press, the "Humboldt" family, and the Police Force are constantly, almost aggressively, seeking any clues that would finally help to clarify the secret of "The Young Widow" and expose her for the murderer that everybody thinks she is. The case is assigned to detective "Alejandro Abraham". Here the tragic past that both of them share comes to light. Inma sees her salvation in the man who she once loved, but the detective "Abraham" does not feel the same way any more. "Alejandro" is too hurt, so he takes on the case against the woman who unexpectedly disappeared from his life - leaving him waiting at the church's altar during their wedding celebration- promising to get revenge upon her, and reveal her truly evil face to the world. Despite taking several years to get over the incident, ironically, after nine years, Inma reappears just as he meets "Abril Armas", a charming woman who has renewed his life and reawakened in him the hope of making a home.
The crime perpetrated against Inma Von Parker's latest husband is a puzzle. Another husband dead. Another case out of which she comes victorious. Everything points to "Inma Von Parker", but there's nothing concrete to incriminate her. Then, several questions rise up in Alejandro's mind, bothering him like a stone in a shoe: is Inmaculada innocent or guilty?.
The Baroness tries to get the detective emotionally wrapped, for she knows that their once great love is also their great enemy. A relationship of love and fear, passion and mistrust. Alejandro is obsessed with finding ways to catch Inmaculada or her accomplice. The detective is about to solve the riddle, but each time a witness can unravel part of the mystery, something happens to them: they vanish, change their minds, or die!
Alejandro has to choose between a passionate love or serene love, a mysterious woman or a devoted wife. Two very different women that will fight a war without truce for the love of the same man.
- Mariangel Ruiz as Inmaculada Rojas Vda. de Von Parker (Baroness)
Her given name is Inmaculada Rojas, 28, and she is described as tender beautiful as Spanish porcelain. She is a three-time widow when the story begins. The old German baron Hans Von Parker married her, giving fame, assets and power. Within a year, she becomes a widow, one of the youngest attractive widows in the world. And her sister becomes her bitter enemy.
- Luis Gerónimo Abreu as Alejandro Abraham
Alejandro Abraham is a detective in his 30s. He is manly, sarcastic and self-confident. He devotes himself to his profession. Alejandro is stubborn and is forced to choose between two women who love to him. He lives with his father and sister in a cheap, though very cozy, apartment. He is passionate about justice and he will do his best to catch and punish the criminals. He has never disappointed his father and though he is in love with Inma he aspires to catch and send her to prison.
- Verónica Schneider as Abril Armas (Viuda Negra Maestra)
Abril Armas is a young attractive woman, 28. She is slim and tender. Being a psychologist for the Fund for Women with Premature Pregnancy, she is responsive and kind to her clients. She is the sister of Inma, and protected her until both of them fall in love with the same person. Yet, she always gives a hand to every one in need though she herself lives in a rented apartment.
- Miguel de León as Vespaciano Calderón
Vespasiano Calderón is a man in his 60s with good looks. He is a real gentleman and reputed lawyer. He is the head of Murder Investigation Alliance. He is the father of Josué and Sofía Carlota. He is married to Ivana Humboldt whose family is the owner of the Humboldt chocolate factory. He conceals a great secret. Vespasiano Calderón is a very sexual-appealing man who betrays his wife in their own house.
- Astrid Carolina Herrera as Ivana Humboldt
Ivana is an elegant woman in her 40s who is obedient and gentle in appearance, though from inside she is a real devil. She is the sister of Matías Humboldt and mother of Josué and Sofía Carlota. She holds the power of the family and wants to hold everything in her hands as with the chocolate factory. Ivana loves her husband though she is aware he is a womanizer. She prefers dominating and hates being confronted.
- Luciano De Alessandro as Christian Humboldt
Christian Humboldt is quite an attractive and seductive young man in his 30s. He is a very ambitious and confident person. He is intelligent but selfish and he praises his ego. He is too narcissistic to discredit women who are in love with him. He likes to be in the core of events. He is a major villain and has no principles and moral ethics.
|Mariangel Ruiz||Baronesa Inmaculada Von Parker||Protagonist. Abriel's sister, in love with Alejandro. Suspect of being "the black widow"|
|Verónica Schneider||Abril||Antagonistic Protagonist. Inmaculada's sister, in love with Alejandro, Alejandro's wife, has a baby with Alejandro. "The Black Widow", at the end leaves country|
|Luis Gerónimo Abreu||Alejandro Abraham||Protagonist. Policeman, in love with Inmaculada, Abril's husband, has a baby with Abril|
|Juan Carlos García||Jeremías Miranda||At the end killed by "the black widow"|
|Luciano D'Alessandro||Christian Humboldt|
|Miguel de León||Vespaciano Calderon|
|Astrid Carolina Herrera||Ivanava Humboldt|
|Carlos Mata||Ángel Abraham|
|Carlos Cruz||Rogelio Galindez||Dies. Killed by The Black Widow.|
|María Antonieta Duque||Iris Fuenmayor (Vilma Bravo)|
|Iván Tamayo||Simón Madero|
|Rafael Romero||Tirso Damasco|
|Javier Vidal||Federico Humboldt|
|Sonia Villamizar||Peggy Pardo Pardo||Dies. Killed by The Black Widow.|
|Beba Rojas||Vicenta Palacios de Humboldt||Villain. "The Black Widow". At the end poisons herself and dies|
|Antonio Delli||Julio Castillo|
|José Luis Useche||Domingo Parada|
|Paula Bevilacqua||Grecia Burgos||Dies. Killed by The Black Widow.|
|Jose Romero||Leonel||Dies. Killed by Julio Castillo.|
|Yelena Maciel||La Pelusa/Ruth Luna/Luna Sosa|
|Sheryl Rubio||Sofía Carlota Calderon|
|Carlos Felipe Álvarez||Josue Calderon Humboldt|
|Marjorie Magri||Karelis Abraham|
|Aileen Celeste||Vanessa Humboldt||Dies. Killed by The Black Widow.|
|Susej Vera||Macarena Black||Dies. Killed by The Black Widow.|
|Eleidy Aparicio||África Porras|
|Claudio de La Torre||Enmanuel Madero||Main Villain, "black widow", dies|
|Josette Vidal||Yuli Castillo Humboldt||Missing daughter of Inmaculada Von Parker|
|Stephanie Cardone||Sonia||Sister of Inmaculada and Abril|
|Roberto Messutti||Matias Humboldt||Dies. Killed by The Black Widow.|
|Ray Torres||Orlando||Dies.. Killed by The Black Widow.|
|Carlos Guillermo Haydon||Thomas Rulfo }||Dies by Accident|
|Jean Carlos Simancas||El Peluo/Salomon/Diego Luna||Dies. Killed by The Black Widow.|
|Prakriti Maduro||Clarisa||The Fake Black Widow|
|Beatriz Vázquez||Rita||Dies. Killed by The Fake Black Widow.|
|Jaime Araque||Salvatore Bonvicini||Dies. Killed by The Black Widow.|
|Alejo Felipe||Pascual Bonvicini||Dies. Killed by The Black Widow.|
|Emma Rabbe||Penélope Arrechero|
|José Vieira||Denis Rodríguez||Dies. Killed by The Black Widow.|
- In its final episode La viuda joven was a resounding success and had a 79% viewer share (Of 100 television stations, 79 were tuned to the channel) and 15 points rating. It had been years since Venevision had such a large audience share. Venezuelan audiences were locked in from start to finish to see who was the murderer in this story.
- In Georgia this telenovela began on June 22, 2011 on Rustavi 2 TV at 19:45. From September 12, it was removed from prime-time to 18:45. After 115 episodes it was rescheduled to weekends at 17:00.
- In Mexico on Cadenatres, the morning schedule was changed from 9am to prime time at 8pm due to the large tuning obtained.
- La Viuda Joven on youtube was most watched in Venezuela, Ecuador and Georgia.
|Country||TV Network||Alternate Title (Translation)||Series Premiere||Weekly Schedule||Timeslot|
|Venezuela||Venevision||La Viuda Joven||March 16, 2011||Monday-Saturday||21h00|
|Argentina||Canal 9 Televida||La Viuda Joven||April 25, 2011||Monday-Friday||14h15|
|Ecuador||TC Television||La Viuda Joven||May 10, 2011||Monday-Friday||14h30|
|USA||Telefutura||La Viuda Joven||May 31, 2011||Monday-Friday||21h00 Premiere
|Georgia||Rustavi 2||ახალგაზრდა ქვრივი||June 22, 2011||Monday-Saturday
After 12 September Monday-Friday
After 12 November Saturday-Sunday
After 12 September 18:45
After 12 November 17h00
|Indonesia||Vision2 Drama||The Black Widow||August 4, 2011||Monday-Friday||22h40|
|Mexico||Cadena Tres||La Viuda Joven||August 29, 2011||Monday-Friday||20h00|
|Honduras||Canal 30||La Viuda Joven||September 6, 2011||Monday-Friday||19h00|
|El Salvador||Canal 4||La Viuda Joven||November 24, 2011||Monday-Friday||13h00|
|Dominican Republic||Teleantillas||La Viuda Joven||December 5, 2011||Monday-Friday||13h00|
|Spain||Canal Sur||La Viuda Joven||December 12, 2011||Monday-Friday||15h30
16h20 from April 2012
|Peru||Panamericana Television||La Viuda Joven||April, 2012||Monday-Friday||13h00|
|Puerto Rico||TeleIsla||La Viuda Joven||April 17, 2012||Monday-Friday||14h00|
|Colombia||VmasTV||La Viuda Joven||April, 2012||Monday-Saturday||12h00, 18h00|
|Nicaragua||Televicentro||La Viuda Joven||May 28, 2012||Monday-Friday||11h00|
|Costa Rica||Extra TV 42||La Viuda Joven||Juny 2012||Monday-Friday||21h00|
|Spain||7RM||La Viuda Joven||August 2012||Monday-Friday||15h45|
|Angola||ZapNovelas||A Viúva Jovem||September 7, 2012||Monday-Friday||19h00|
|Mozambique||ZapNovelas||A Viúva Jovem||September 7, 2012||Monday-Friday||20h00|
|Spain||TV Canaria||La Viuda Joven||September 27, 2012||Monday-Friday||12h50|
|Panama||Telemetro||La Viuda Joven||October 17, 2012||Monday-Friday||14h00|
|Latin America Spain||Ve Plus TV||La Viuda Joven||2013||Monday-Saturday||14h00/ 22h00|
|Bolivia||Unitel||La Viuda Joven||Soon||18:45|
|Guatemala||Guatevision||La Viuda Joven||Soon||Monday-Friday|
|Canada||Tlñ||La Viuda Joven||Soon|