“The Golden Girls” gets a spin in Spain


Regardless of what Elisabeth Hasselbeck intends to do when she’s old and lonely, The Golden Girls proved that even straight women of a certain age can have a good time when they form a chosen family.

Now Spanish audiences will get their own version of the Girls with Las Chicas de Oro, produced by Disney Media Networks and Latin World Entertainment.

This certainly isn’t the first time the classic TV show has been adapted for other countries, but this version is notable for its stars, who happen to be some of the biggest names in Spanish entertainment: Concha Velasco, Carmen Maura, Lola Herrera and Alicia Hermida.

Velasco has been on screen since 1954, primarily as a character actress. Her breakthrough role was St. Teresa of Avila in the series, Teresa de Jesus, but she is probably more recognizable as Carmen Orozco Argenta in the Spanish drama Herederos. She plays Doroti — and I think she already has the wardrobe down.

Maura, a Pedro Almodovar favorite and one of the Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, plays Rosa. AfterEllen.com readers may recognize her as Irene from the Penélope Cruz film, Volver.

Herrara was a frequent player on the episodic, Estudio 1 and is known for playing Carmen Arranz in Un Paso Adelante, a Fame-like TV series. She will take on Blance for Chicas de Oro.

Hermida, who plays Sofia, is best known for her award-winning turn as Valentina in the long-running series, Cuéntame (Remember When).

Las Chicas de Oro is on deck for September, with plans to bring it to Spanish language TV in the U.S. eventually. Meanwhile, I hope someone is working on recording "Gracias por ser un amiga." The show wouldn’t be the same without it.

What do you think? Can Las Chicas de Oro bring Golden Girls magic to Spain?

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