NBC has picked up the rights to the Colombian telenovela Sin tetas no hay paraiso (Without Breasts There Is No Paradise). OK, ok. Hold on, hold on. Don’t get too excited. While the show’s title speaks a universal truth (can I get a witness!), it’s not necessarily what you think (girls in bikinis … jumping rope … in slow motion?).
Instead, the series followed a young (presumably flat-chested) woman who dreams of getting breast implants as a way to escape poverty. But instead of finding her ticket out, she starts working as a prostitute and gets involved with a drug dealer. Wow, that’s like a twisted Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret from the hood. Talk about your not-so fun bags. Ahem.
But can this storyline translate to American TV? Will we tune in and cheer on a young woman in her quest for boobies or will we write many angry letters filled with words like “superficial,” “misogynistic” and “not amused”?
So, what do you think? Could this be the dark yang to Ugly Betty’s campy yin? (New NBC Entertainment Chairman Ben Silverman is behind both shows — he purchased Sin tetas and produced Ugly Betty.) Or are you still disappointed the show isn’t about what you thought it would be? I know I was already done casting the show in my head: Salma Hayek, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Hudson. Hey, you’ve got to dream big. Ahem.