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Club de Cuervos, Netflix's first Spanish-language series, aims for crossover appeal




Director and executive producer Gaz Alazraki on set at Netflix's first original Spanish-language series, Club De Cuervos.
Director and executive producer Gaz Alazraki on set at Netflix's first original Spanish-language series, Club De Cuervos.
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What do you get when you put together an ambitious, business-minded daughter, a spoiled son who loves to party and a beloved Mexican soccer team?

That would be the first Spanish-language series from Netflix, Club de Cuervos. It's a fast-paced, humorous tale of jealousy, small-city politics and, of course, fútbol.

"When I discovered that I was breaking new ground and they [Netflix] were taking a risk and they weren't even sure if this was going to work," recalled Gaz Alazraki, executive producer and co-show creator. "I was like, woah, this changes everything,"

But the show goes beyond the sport, said Alazraki, to become the story of a small fictional city in northern Mexico, called Nuevo Toledo, anchored by a family drama.

That broad appeal first attracted co-producer Jay Dyer to the project.

"I just keyed into the family dynamic and I realized this show has such an amazing potential to be huge," said Dyer, who added that Alazraki's top-grossing film, Nosotros Los Nobles, formed the inspiration for the series.

Whether the show hits that potential still remains to be seen. Netflix released the 13 episodes on August 7.

Watch a trailer for Club de Cuervos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x3c8P3ooik