Victoria (Colombian telenovela)

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Created by Bernardo Romero Pereiro
Mónica Agudelo Tenorio
Developed by Telemundo
RTI Colombia
Written by Jimena Romero
Lina Uribe
Starring Victoria Ruffo
Mauricio Ochmann
Arturo Peniche
Andrea López
Theme music composer Miguel de Narváez
Opening theme Desde que te conoci
Alejandro Fernández y Rocío Banquells
Country of origin Colombia
United States
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 171
Executive producer(s) Hugo León Ferrer
Producer(s) Oscar Guarín
Location(s) Bogotá, Colombia
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 42-45 minutes
Original network Telemundo
Picture format SDTV, 480i
Audio format Stereophonic sound
Original release December 4, 2007 – August 1, 2008
Preceded by Zorro: La Espada y La Rosa
Followed by Doña Bárbara
Related shows Mirada de mujer, Señora Isabel
External links

Victoria is the title of a Spanish-language telenovela about a woman who falls in love with a dashing younger man, when her marriage collapses around her. It is produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo and RTI Colombia. This limited-run series debuted in the U.S. on December 4, 2007, after La Esclava Isaura finished. Filmed in Bogotá, it stars Victoria Ruffo, Mauricio Ochmann, Arturo Peniche, and Andrea López.


In her 25th wedding anniversary party, Victoria Mendoza (Victoria Ruffo) finds out her husband Enrique Mendoza (Arturo Peniche) has a mistress, Tatiana López (Andrea Lopez). Suddenly Victoria's whole life crashes around her as she realizes her marriage is wrecked. As she tries to heal the pain of her husband's adultery, she meets the 33-year-old Jerónimo (Mauricio Ochmann) out of the blue.[1]

Victoria falls for this younger man, giving her a second chance at the true love and passion missing in her loveless marriage. Many of her loved ones oppose her relationship, including her daughters Paula (Geraldine Bazán) and Mariana (Laura Perico), her mother Mercedes (Margalida Castro) and her ex-husband. They blame her for the breakup. On the other hand, her son Santiago (Ricardo Abarca) offers unconditional support.[1] Victoria has many problems but does she know she has those problems? Can she solve them? So Victoria faces a difficult decision: either fight to keep true love alive or surrender and let it slip away.


Victoria is a remake of Mirada de mujer (The Gaze of a Woman) [which is a remake of the lost 1993 Colombian telenovela Señora Isabel] and of its sequel, El Regreso. This show's working titles were Tiempos de Victoria (Victoria's Times), Señora Isabel and The Mauricio Ochmann Project.

The show's premiere on Telemundo reached 782,000 core adult (ages 18–49) viewers, according to NTI, and over 1.5 million total viewers overall.[2] The expanded the series' run to about 160 chapters from the standard length, 120 shows. There was no question of announcing any plans to remake Mirada's sequel, El Regreso (The Return) as Victoria covered El Regreso (both in one).[3] Géraldine Bazán won a Latin ACE Award for "Best Inspiring Young Actress" during her role as Paula.[4]


Victoria airs on Caracol TV in Colombia, on Telemundo in the United States, on Fox televizija in Serbia, on Nova TV - September 26, 2008 and Diema Family - January 5, 2009 in Bulgaria, Televisa (on Galavisión) in Mexico, on POP TV in Slovenia, on NTV Hayat in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Acasǎ in Bucharest, Romania, from August 2009 in Slovakia on TV Doma, on Shant TV in Armenia and from August 2009 on Farsi1 EutelSat Satellite TV Channel (Farsi1 later confirmed censoring some scenes including kisses and sexual actions in order to adapt the serial to Iranian culture).

Alternate ending[edit]

On August 4, 2008, Telemundo broadcast the alternate ending of Victoria through Yahoo! Telemundo. It was the first alternate ending of a Spanish Telenovela ever aired by Telemundo in the United States. The first ending was romantic; the second was realism. Victoria let Ochmann leave; then we saw her talking about how she's got everything (and doesn't need him): like her business, her grandchild, her amigas sinceras, etc. There was an off-stage third ending wherein Ochmann made a pareja with Adriana Campos ("Yumelay from Zorro"—cute little Indian), who played his middle-story girlfriend (Penelope) in Spain whom he eventually left to go back to Victoria.[5]


Product placements in the US version of this show include: JCPenney, T-Mobile Scrubbing Bubbles, Budweiser, Bud Light, Windex, Oust, Lysol, State Farm, Visa, Lowe's, The Home Depot, Walmart and Pledge. In some cases, Telemundo news programs can be seen or heard while characters are watching TV, even though this show is set in Bogota, Colombia.


(in order of appearance)

International releases[edit]

Country TV Channels Local Title Series Premiere Series Finale Weekly Schedule Timeslot
 Romania Acasa TV Victoria April 14, 2008 September 19, 2008 Monday to Friday 9:15 pm
 Slovenia POP TV Victoria
 Armenia Shant TV Victoria
 Uruguay Monte Carlo TV Victoria
 Slovakia TV Doma Viktória August 31, 2009 May 25, 2010 Monday to Friday
 Paraguay SNT Victoria March 16, 2009
September 3, 2012
July 3, 2009
March 8, 2013
Monday to Friday 7:00 pm (in 2009)
1:30 pm (Replay)
 Argentina Telefe Victoria March 23, 2009 (1st Part)
September 17, 2012 (2nd Part)
July 10, 2009
March 22, 2013
Monday to Friday 5:30 pm (in 2009)
3:15 pm (Replay)
 Ecuador RTS Victoria


External links[edit]

  • [1] Telemundo Website
  • [2] Official "Victoria" Website