|Created by||Cris Morena|
|Written by||Leandro Calderone|
|Directed by||Eduardo Lombana|
Alejo García Pintos
Fernando López Rossi
|Country of origin||Argentina|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||579 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Cris Morena
|Original release||21 March 2007 – 29 November 2010|
Casi ángeles (literal translation as : Almost Angels, official international title as : Teen Angels) was a soap opera argentina drama comedy with touches of science fiction, in format of series of daily television, that was emitted by the chain Telefe, began the 21 of March 2007 and finalized the 29 of November 2010, with a total of 579 chapters divided over four seasons. In addition to Argentina,it was broadcast in 19 countries of Latin America by Disney Channel, in Spain and Israel by the chain Nickelodeon, and in Italy by Cartoon Network. It counted on the protagonist of Emilia Attías, Nicolas Vázquez, Mariano Torre and the Teen Angels: Lali Espósito, Peter Lanzani, Maria Eugenia Suárez, Nicolás Riera and Gastón Dalmau.
The series also counted on four theatrical seasons, which beat record of attendance in the Argentine theater, and two literary novels based on the first and second season of the television series, which became best seller.
Also appeared the pop band Teen Angels, integrated by Lali Espósito, Peter Lanzani, Eugenia Suárez, Nicolás Riera and Gastón Dalmau; And then the incorporation of Rocío Igarzábal instead of Suárez. The group released six studio albums and two live albums; He also toured Argentina, Spain and Israel.
- 1 Filming Locations
- 2 Argument
- 3 Seasons of the version in Argentina
- 4 Creation and reception
- 5 Cast and characters
- 6 Other releases
- 7 The Books
- 8 Edition
- 9 Awards and nominations
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The series generally was filmed in the Pampa Studios, located in Buenos Aires, although also some scenes were recorded in the streets of the same one. During the end of 2008 the cast and production went on to film the first 5 episodes of the third season at different points in the provinces of Mendoza and San Juan. Also, to record the last episodes of the 2009 season, the team went to the Locality of San Pedro, Buenos Aires. Towards the end of the last season, the actors Peter Lanzani, Pablo Martínez and Rocío Igarzábal, recorded in the ruins of Villa Epecuén.
Casi ángeles tells the story and daily life of a group of orphaned boys. It is a group of children and adolescents without parents who live in a home where they are mistreated, punished and forced to steal by the supposed caretakers, the characters of villains Bartolomé Bedoya Agüero, the owner of the mansion, and Justina Merarda Garcia, the dark housekeeper.
The characters of Cielo Mágico, acrobat and dancer, and the adventurous archaeologist Nicolás Bauer, the strength (group) and love for music that can have teenagers, giving equal social class. The third has as its main theme lateral thinking and focuses on thinking more about caring for the planet, since they travel 22 years in the future and see a future in which there are only wars, hunger and much inequality. Finally, the fourth Season tries to talk about resistance, how bad it can become to lie, and try once again to become aware of the care of the planet.
Seasons of the version in Argentina
First season (2007)
The first season told the story of the orphans named Marianella "Mar" Talarico Rinaldi (Lali Espósito), Ramiro "Rama" Ordóñez (Gastón Dalmau), Juan "Tacho" Morales (Nicolás Riera), Jazmin "Jaz" Romero (Eugenia Suárez), Monito/Mateo (Nazareno Antón), Aleli Ordóñez (Guadalupe Antón) and Léon "Lleca" Benitez (Stefano di Gregorio), who are exploited by the evil Bartolomé Bedoya Agüero (Alejo García Pintos) and his housekeeper Justina Merarda García (Julia Calvo) at the BB Foundation, located in the Inchausti Mansion, which hides a great secret. There everything changes when Cielo Mágico/Ángeles Inchausti (Emilia Attías), a acrobat of circus, and Nicolás Bauer (Nicolás Vázquez), an archaeologist, who will help to the guys of the foundation and Thiago Bedoya Agüero (Juan Pedro Lanzani), the son of Bartolomé, to discover the truth and above all they will change their lives for good and forever.
Creation and reception
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In Season 1, the logo had two angel wings united by a safety pin, which also represented the A for Ángeles. The wings were covered in patches to represent the fact they were poor and had affection holes in their hearts. This explanation was given by Cris Morena during an interview for Produ.tv.
In Season 2, the patches disappeared from the logo. In this season, the characters were not poor anymore and had a loving family.
In Season 3, there was not a safety pin uniting the two wings anymore. The font of Casi Ángeles changed slightly. The logo background image had a mandala, which is one important symbol this season, for example, the school they attend is called Mandalay. For a brief period of the Season 3, the logo went dark to represent the fact Camilo Estrella, Mariano Torre's character, had been possessed by the evil Juan Cruz and tragedy would ensue.
In the third season finale, the fourth season logo was revealed. It is orange and black and it has a different font. There's also a peace sign with two wings coming out of it. The I and V from the title resemble the Roman number for 4, IV.
Although the show had a good critical reception, Casi Ángeles was received with lukewarm ratings. The fans of Cris Morena criticized the show for being too repetitive, with scenes exactly like some of her previous hits such as Rebelde Way, Floricienta, Chiquititas and Alma Pirata. In the beginning, the show did not have a specific audience, it was targeted to kids and teenagers with some story lines skewing too young while others too old. The ratings were dropping and the highly promoted Patito Feo debuted on Canal 13 at the same time slot, and easily beat Casi Ángeles ratings. While repercussion and sales of Patito Feo products were astronomic and ratings were soaring, Casi Ángeles rating numbers were struggling which prompted Telefe to hurriedly change the show to an earlier time slot.
Also some changes were made in Casi Ángeles. The show concentrated on teenagers and started distancing from previous shows of Cris Morena, adding mystery and suspense elements. The changes had an effect and the audience started to grow. After a few weeks in the earlier time slot, the show returned to its original 6 P.M. slot, again confronting Patito Feo and this time it had similar rating numbers. In the end, the show had an average of 12 points according to Ibope, only 0.2 points lower than Patito Feo. The Season 1 finale reached 15 points, a series high and 1 point higher than Patito Feo's finale.
Although the show was struggling on television, the 2007 musical with the entire cast of the show in Teatro Gran Rex was the highest-grossing live event of the year. As usual, Cris Morena invested millions of dollars in a high-tech concert full of expensive effects and production. It sold over 120,000 tickets. The first-season soundtrack album, with all songs sung by the cast, ranked 12th on the best-selling albums of 2007 list compiled by CAPIF, much lower than Patito Feo's soundtrack which was number one. It also ranked lower than some of the previous Cris Morena production soundtracks (Chiquititas 2006 was sixth on the annual list in 2006, Floricienta 2 was first in 2005, Floricienta 1 was 3rd in 2004 and 10th in 2005, Erreway's Señales was 3rd in 2002 and 7th in 2003) although it did achieve Platinum certification. During the summer hiatus, the cast of the show played concerts in Córdoba, Rosario and Punta del Este.
In the second season, the show got a total makeover. It became much more oriented to teenagers, with the Teen Angels receiving more screen time and Nico and Cielo's relationship less. It also introduced a new format for a daily fiction: episodes had titles and ended in monologues, following the model of U.S. shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives. In the same vein as Lost, the mystery elements became very important. The changes were well received and the show's rating exploded. It easily beat Patito Feo's Season 2 number; while the Canal 13 show had a 9 points average, 3 points lower than previous season, Casi Ángeles Season 2 averaged 14 points, 2 points higher. The second soundtrack album was also a strong seller, achieving double platinum and ending the year as the third-best-selling album in the annual ranking.
The Teen Angels popularity skyrocketed with the cast appearing on the cover of several magazines and attracting huge hysteria wherever they went. In Unicenter, a store was opened to sell exclusive Casi Ángeles merchandising, Fans Store. The 2008 live musical in Teatro Gran Rex broke records with 220,000 tickets sold, the second highest attendance ever in the theater's 81 years of history and doubling the number of the previous season After the season of concerts in Buenos Aires, the Teen Angels toured extensively in Argentina, selling out arenas everywhere. They also played a sold-out concert for 40,000 in Montevideo, Uruguay. After the second season finale, the cast played six additional concerts in Buenos Aires, and, during the summer hiatus, the Teen Angels were chosen as the spokespersons for Coca-Cola. They recorded the song "Hoy Quiero" which became the official Coke Summer Anthem. Also during the summer, they played two sold-out concerts in Mar del Plata and opened the official Coca Cola stand in Pinamar, attracting over 2500 people to the event.
In January,[when?] Disney Channel started airing the show to Latin America, in a highly edited version cutting all the sexual and violent elements. To promote the show and their CD, the Teen Angels traveled to Mexico City for a showcase and interviews. The third season finally debuted in Argentina in April, six months after production began. Without no substantial competition, after Patito Feo was canceled due to season 2's disastrous number, ratings went through the roof. The third season average is, up to August, 15 points, two points higher than 2008. The third CD is also the best-selling album of the year until the moment. However, the live musical could not top the first two seasons' attendance numbers due to the swine flu epidemic which caused panic in Buenos Aires in July, during the Winter vacations. In August, sales were normalized and the concerts started to sell out fast as usual. However, all the canceled shows in July meant 2009 musical would not top previous years' numbers. In the end, it sold 100,000 tickets, which was less than the two previous seasons.
In late 2008, after the debut of the second season, Casi Ángeles became a gigantic hit in Israel. Peter Lanzani and Lali Espósito visited the country to promote the show and caused hysteria. The complete cast visited Tel Aviv in October 2009 for a series of sold-out concerts which had over 80,000 tickets sold. Peter and Mariana were also chosen as spokespeople for the Keff shampoo.
The third season ended on 5 December 2009. It reached 16.6 points and didn't exceed the season 2 season finale or the season 3 debut (both achieved 18.4 points). Season 3 averaged 14 points, the same as season 2. However, there was a drop in the ratings from the middle of the season.
In November, the Teen Angels did a promotional tour across Latin America. In December,[when?] they'll visit Spain and Italy.
Casi Ángeles spawned a series of merchandising. During the Season 1, the products were targeted to children with toys, apparel, bicycle, cosmetics among others targeting mostly young girls. With the second season became teenage-oriented and the licensing program also started to skew older beginning. Stationery items, posters, postcards, furniture, clothing line, perfumes among other products were released to accompany the second and the third season. An official store, Fans Store, is located at Unicenter shopping mall in Buenos Aires.
The show also spawned an official monthly magazine, four sticker albums by Panini, three soundtrack albums, two live album, among other products. The program has tie-ins with several brands. Lingerie line Sweet Victorian and label 47 Street are sponsors of the show and also responsible for the wardrobe of most female characters. Shoe brand Jaguar is also a sponsor and their products are advertised on the show and used by the characters. Jaguar also has a Casi Angeles shoe line available. Coca-Cola and Movistar also have ties with the program.
Cast and characters
- Emilia Attías as Cielo "Sky" Mágico / Ángeles Inchausti / Linda Barba (seasons 1,2) and Paz Bauer (season 3)
- Nicolás Vázquez as Nicolás "Nico" Bauer (seasons 1,2,4)
- Mariano Torre Juan Cruz York (season 2) and Camilo Estrella (season 3)
- Peter Lanzani "Thiago" Bedoya Agüero (seasons 1,2,3,4)
- Lali Espósito as Marianella "Mar" Rinaldi (seasons 1,2,3,4)
- María Eugenia Suárez as Jazmín "Jaz" Romero (seasons 1,2,3,4)
- Gastón Dalmau as Ramiro "Rama" Ordóñez (seasons 1,2,3,4)
- Nicolás Riera as Juan "Tacho" Morales (seasons 1,2,3,4)
- Julia Calvo as Justina Merrarda"Tina" García (seasons 1,2,3) and Felicitas "Feli" García(season 2)
- Mercedes Funes as Chief Ministers / Luz Inchausti (adult) (seasons 3,4)
- Alejo García Pintos as Bartolome "Barto" Bedoya Agüero (seasons 1,2)
- Jimena Baron as Esperanza "Hope" Bauer (seasons 3,4)
- Pablo Martínez as Simón Arechavaleta / Mr. Jay (adult Simon) (seasons 2,3,4)
- Rocío Igarzabal Valeria Gutiérrez (seasons 2,3,4)
- Victorio D'Alessandro as Luca Francini (seasons 2,3,4)
- Candela Vetrano as Estefania "Tefi" Rinaldi Elordi (seasons 1,2,3,4)
- María del Cerro as Melody Paz (seasons 2,3,4)
- Agustín Sierra as Ignacio "Nacho" Perez Alzamendi and Nerdito Perez Alzamendi (seasons 1,2,3,4)
- Stefano de Gregorio as León "Lleca" Benitez (seasons 1,2,3,4)
- Gimena Accardi as Malvina Bedoya Agüero (season 1,2,4)
- Romina Yan as Ariel (season 3)
- Benjamín Amadeo as Teo Gorki (seasons 3,4)
- Daniela Aita as Caridad "Paisa" Martina Cuesta (seasons 2,3,4)
- Daniela Collini as Francisca "Kika" Zanata / Zoe (seasons 3,4)
- Peto Menahem as Tic-Tac / Bruno Bedoya Agüero (seasons 2,3,4)
- Nicólas Pauls as Salvador "Salva" Quiroga Harms (season 2)
- Manuela Pal as Franka Mayerhold (season 2)
- Paula Reca as Luna García (season 3)
- Maximo Reca as Pedro García (season 3)
- Jaime Dominguez as Jaime(season 3)
- Sebastian Cura as Sebastian "Torito" Cure (seasons 3,4)
- Gerardo Chendo as Mogli (season 1)
- Lucas Ferrero as Marcos Ibarlucía / James Jones (season 1)
- Guadalupe Antón as Alelí Ordoñez (seasons 1,2,4)
- Nazareno Antón as Mateo "Monito" Bauer Inchausti (seasons 1,2,4)
- Florencia Cagnasso as Luz Inchausti (seasons 1,2,4)
- Agustina Córdova as Sol (season 3)
- Graciela Pal as Berta Bauer (seasons 1,2)
- Juan Carlos Galvan as Jasper Hantus (season 1)
- Belen Chavanne as Giannina "Nina" Inchausti (season 4)
- Jorge Suárez as The Professor / Thiago Bedoya Agüero (adult) (season 4)
- Tomy Dunster as Cristóbal Bauer (adult) (season 4)
- Julian Rubino as Johnny (season 4)
- Belen Persello as Terra (season 4)
- Valentina Zenere as Alai Inchausti / Alai Romero Morales (season 4)
- Milagros Arricar as Paloma Francini Elordi (season4)
- Maximiliano Ghione as Alsina (season 3)
- Lucas Crespi as Juan Dalmasio / Victor Vorg (season 3)
- Lucrecia Oviedo as Rene (season 4)
- Ezequiel Rodriguez as Kant (season 4)
Team Angels is a five-minute segment usually aired at the end of each episode with backstage, interviews, among other extra content. This segment was introduced in the Season 2. Luli Fernández and Jaime Domínguez hosted the show in 2008; in 2009 they were replaced with Carolina Ibarra and Gastón Vietto. The format changed for the fourth season, changing the segment to Bonus Track where most of the content is put online through YouTube Casi Ángeles channel. In the fourth season they took out the name Team Angels and named it Bonus Track. The aired content includes backstage videos from the concerts and the shooting of Casi Ángeles; Teen Angels music videos; Real Cam, when a member of the cast use a handheld camero to document his day and life; interviews; Q&A, when the actors reply the question posted by Casi Ángeles fans via its official website, etc. In 2009 Team Angels added the Fans Store, so fans can leave their messages for the cast; some of these messages are aired during the show. In some occasions, Team Angels have special exhibitions, named Casual Team.
|1||Las coreos y los clips de Casi ángeles 2007||1|
|2||Casi ángeles – Gran Rex 2007||1|
|3||Las coreos y los clips de Casi ángeles 2008||2|
|4||Casi ángeles – Gran Rex 2008||2|
|5||Las coreos y los clips de Casi ángeles 2009||3|
"La isla de Eudamon" In 1 Julyº, 2010; publish the book "Resiste"- clave para encontrar tu llave. This book is Best Seller in Argentina. The book reveals secrets that were not in the TV series. "Resiste" was produced by Cris Morena Group and RGB Entertainment with inclusion Editorial Planeta.
In December 2011, publish the book "El hombre de las mil caras". This book is of second season.
|Season 1||21 March 2007||15 November 2007|
|Season 2||3 April 2008||1 December 2008|
|Season 3||20 April 2009||3 December 2009|
|Season 4||12 April 2010||29 November 2010|
Sitel (TV channel)
|Argentina (country of origin)||
Monte Carlo TV
Awards and nominations
|2007||Martín Fierro Awards||Best Actress in Comedy (Emilia Attias)||Nominated|
|Best Series for Children/Youth||Nominated|
|Best Actor in Comedy (Nicolás Vázquez)||Nominated|
|Clarín Awards||Best Screen Music||Nominated|
|2009||Martín Fierro Awards||Best Series for Children/Youth||Won|
|2010||Martín Fierro Awards||Best Series for Children/Youth||Won|
- Entradas de Casi Ángeles en el teatro Gran Rex agotadas
- Team Angels – Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre
- Los Casi Ángeles llegaron a España Archived 5 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- Esta noche se entregan los Premios Martín Fierro
- "Casi Ángeles": Mejor programa Infantil[dead link]
- Los nominados a los Premios Clarín Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.