El Zorro, la espada y la rosa
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|Zorro: La Espada y la Rosa|
Sony Pictures Television International
|Written by||Carolina Diaz
Humberto 'Kiko' Olivieri
|Directed by||James Ordonez
Héctor Suárez Gomís
|Opening theme||"Amor Gitano"
|Country of origin||Colombia
|No. of episodes||112 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Patricio Wills
Hugo León Ferrer
Villa de Leyva
|Running time||42-45 minutes|
|Picture format||HDTV, 1080i|
|Original run||February 12, 2007 – July 23, 2007|
|Preceded by||Amores de mercado|
|Related shows||Zorro (1957 TV series)|
Zorro: La Espada y la Rosa (The Sword and the Rose) is a Spanish-language telenovela based on Johnston McCulley's characters. Telemundo aired it from February 12 to July 23, 2007. This limited-run serial shows the masked crusader as a hero torn between his fight for justice and his love for a beautiful woman. Telemundo president Don Browne called this show "without doubt the best production offered on Hispanic television in the United States today."
It was the network's most successful series of 2007  and its biggest seller in international syndication. Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) has asked Telemundo to produce a sequel.
The melodrama loosely follows the retcon of Zorro from the 2005 novel by Isabel Allende, yet also uses the major characters from the 1950s Disney series. It shows a fantastic, ahistorical version of colonial Los Angeles full of romance, royal intrigue, and witchcraft, even polygamy. The city is populated with gypsies, slaves, clerics, cannibals, conspirators, rebellious Indians and Amazon warriors, along with Spanish settlers, soldiers, pirates and mestizo peasants.
The hero, Don Diego Dela Vega, adopts the secret identity of Zorro, the masked avenger. Instead of being a Spaniard, however, Diego is now a mestizo born in the 1790s to a white father, Don Alejandro Dela Vega, and his wife, a Native American warrior named Toypurnia, who was given the name Regina when she married Alejandro.
Diego learned his acrobatics and fencing skills in Spain, under the tutelage of a great swordmaster. Remembering the injustices he saw as a child, he returned to his family's California hacienda. Now he lives as both a nobleman and a vigilante, fighting imperialist oppression. He is backed by the brotherhood of Zorro, a secret society called the Knights of the Broken Thorn.
Since this is a telenovela, much of the drama focuses on romantic melodrama and family intrigue. Here, Zorro falls in love with a beautiful young widow, Esmeralda Sánchez de Moncada. She arrives in California with her sister Mariángel Sánchez de Moncada and her father, Fernando Sánchez de Moncada, the newly appointed governor—and villainous dictator—of Los Angeles.
The hero must challenge a host of evildoers, branding them with the distinctive Zorro "Z" – made from three swift scratches. The story arc focuses on mysteries concerning Esmeralda's long-lost mother and the man whose atrocities changed Diego's life forever. Their resolution threatens to shake the Spanish Empire.
In this story Don Diego is sexually active. Much of the show spotlights the two sisters whom he allegedly impregnates outside of wedlock. One of these women is Esmeralda, who winds up imprisoned, starved and tortured. The other, Mariángel, plots to steal the Dela Vega fortune.
From Telemundo's promotional copy:
At heart, Zorro is not different from other men in his need to love and to be loved, his desire to fall in love and form a family, and his ambition to find the ideal woman. Will he obtain them?"
The opening sequences show a shot of Diego looking at his mask. "Tú y yo estamos enamorados de la misma mujer", he says. The epigram translates as "you and I are in love with the same woman."
|Christian Meier||Don Diego de la Vega \ Zorro||main hero, known as the Zorro, Don Alejandro's son, Regina's son, Almudena's stepson, Mariangel's ex-husband in love with Esmeralda|
|Marlene Favela||Esmeralda Sánchez de Moncada||main heroine, Mercedes' daughter, Fernando's stepdaughter, Mariangel's half-sister, Almudena's niece, Ricardo's ex-wife in love with Don Diego|
|Arturo Peniche||Fernando Sánchez de Moncada||antagonistic protagonist, later good. Governor, Mariángel's father, Esmeralda's stepfather, in love with Maria Pia|
|Osvaldo Ríos||Don Alejandro de la Vega||Military General, Don Diego's Father, in love with Almudena|
|Erick Elías||Renzo||gypsy, in love with Esmeralda, later with Ana Camila|
|Héctor Suárez Gomís||Capitán Anibal Pizarro||Military Captain, Ricardo's accomplice, villain, in love with Catalina|
|Andrea López||Mariángel Sánchez de Moncada||not capable of love, second most evil villain, obsessed with Don Diego, Ricardo's lover|
|Harry Geithner||Comandante Ricardo Montero de Avila||Military Commander, enemy of "Zorro", most evil villain, obsessed with Esmeralda, Mariangel's lover|
|Jorge Cao||Padre Tomás Villarte||priest, mentor of Zorro, secretly in love with Maria Pia|
|Natasha Klauss||Sor Ana Camila Suplicios||troubled nun, in love with Renzo|
|César Mora||Sargento Demetrio García López||sergeant, very fond of alcohol|
|Lully Bosa||Almudena Sánchez de Moncada||sister of Fernando, aunt of Esmeralda and Mariángel. In love with Don Alejandro|
|Raúl Gutierrez||Olmos Berroterran de la Guardia||hunchback, Fernando's secretary, villain, in love with Mariangel|
|Andrea Montenegro||María Pía de la Vega||sister of Don Alejandro, in love with Fernando|
|Ricardo González||Bernardo||mute, assistant of Don Diego|
|Luigi Ayacardi||Tobias del Valle y Campos||dandy|
|Germán Rojas||Jonás||gypsy, father of Renzo|
|Ana Bolena Meza||Sara Kalí / Mercedes Mayorga de Aragon||mother of Esmeralda, Fernando's ex-wife|
|Adriana Campos||Yumalay / Guadalupe - Toypurnia / Regina de la Vega||Indian, in love with Don Alejandro / Deceased wife of Don Alejandro and mother of Don Diego.|
|Margarita Giraldo||Azucena||gypsy, mother of Renzo|
|Marilyn Patiño||Catalina||Tobias del Valle y Campos' wife, ex-girlfriend of Don Diego, Mariángel's friend|
|Natalia Bedoya||Laisha||gypsy, wife of Miguel|
|Carmen Marina Torres||Dolores||(probably a slave) nanny of Don Diego|
- Talu Quintero
- Jose Saldarriaga
- Fernando Corridor
- Alberto Saavedra
- Orlando Valenzuela .... Miguel - gypsy
- David Noreña
- Alejandro Tamayo
- Catalina Vela
- Alejandra Guzmán
- Lina Angarita
- Adriana Martin
- Nicolas Niño
- Anderson Barbosa
- Jesus David Forero
- Mauricio Bravo
- Jaime Rayo
- Julian Alvarez
- Gabriel Gonzalez
- Ivelyn Giró .... María Luísa Burgos de Castilla - Queen of Spain
- Teresa Gutiérrez .... La Marquesa Carmen Santillana de la Roquette - the Marquessa
- Didier van der Hove .... Santiago Michelena - friend of Diego, ex-lover of Mariángel
- El Francés .... Toronado - Zorro's horse
- Valentina Acosta .... Selenia
Zorro began filming on November 8, 2006 in Bogotá, Villa de Leyva and Cartagena, Colombia. Telemundo and RTI Colombia developed the show with Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI), while CPT Holdings is listed as copyright holder. Venezuelan screenwriter Humberto "Kiko" Olivieri, a fan of Disney's Zorro, developed the story. Cardinal Olivieri, a supporting character on the show, has the same last name.
Telemundo aired this novela with English subtitles on the default closed captioning channel, CC1. The network normally broadcast translations on CC3, which is not available on many older TV sets. It also expanded two weeks of March episodes to 90 minutes and several episodes in May were extended to 75 and 90 minutes.
On June 22, Telemundo announced Zorro is in its final chapters. After the July 23 finale, La Esclava Isaura expanded into its time slot. This series is also known as Zorro: La Telenovela and Zorro: La Novela.
The originally-announced storyline began with Don Diego as the protege of a great English knight, Sir Edmund Kendel. He returns home to California to find his land under dictatorship, then taking up Zorro's mantle. When the show aired, it was the Moncada family that arrived in California, with Esmeralda having become a rich widow.
- See also Amor Gitano
Beyoncé and Alejandro Fernández performed Amor Gitano (Gypsy Love), a flamenco-pop track commissioned by Sony for the series. According to the label's translation, Fernández sings, "I'm your gypsy, your pilgrim. I'm your thief, I'm going to love you even if they tear my heart out."  Since Beyoncé does not speak Spanish, she sang the lyrics phonetically. The single hit number one on Spain's singles chart.
Zorro averaged 635,000 core viewers during March 2007 on Telemundo. The audience jumped 28 percent from February in the network's key demographic, Hispanic adults from age 18 to 49.  Overall, the show has had Nielsen ratings of around 0.6, with a 1 share. The network considered expanding the serial's run,  but decided against it.
Zorro has been sold to broadcasters in 43 countries.  Telemundo and Sony split the international rights, with Sony holding the rights for Latin America.  On February 26, 2007, the show started airing in Colombia on Caracol TV. 
In Lithuania, the telenovela started in 2008, January.
In Hungary: August 25, 2008
In Spain, the telenovela aired on Antena 3TV weekdays at 16hrs from Monday 27 April 2007 where it achieved moderate success in the tough "second Primetime" afternoon slot.
- Aaron, the exorcist
- Agapito, the barber/surgeon/undertaker
- Aguirre, the soldier
- Alejandro, Elena and Fernanda, children
- Alfonso, the suitor
- Camba, the slave
- Catalina, Diego's ex-girlfriend
- Don Enrique de Castella y Leon - King of Spain
- Fulgencio, the soldier
- Hermes, the prisoner
- Jacobo Almagro de Castellón, Duke of Albatroz
- Javier, the gypsy
- Juan, the guard of horses
- Judge Quintana
- Leroy, the soldier
- Macario, the soldier
- Maestro Abelardo Samaniego de Villarte
- Mejias, the soldier
- Miguel, the gypsy
- la mujer de la rosa (the lady of the rose)
- Selenia, the witch
- The Kala-Kala, a tribe of cannibals
- White Buffalo, the grandmother of Diego
- Telemundo International Zorro page (English, requires Flash)
- La espada y la rosa at the Wayback Machine (archived October 28, 2009) Zorro page with summaries (English)
- Telenovela World (bilingual)
- Zorro: La Espada y la Rosa at the Internet Movie Database
- Telemundo main Zorro page (Spanish)
- Canal Caracol Zorro page (Spanish)
- El Zorro, la espada y la rosa at the Internet Movie Database