Exclusive: For three seasons, fans of USA Network’s Queen of the South wondered when Alice Braga’s Teresa Mendoza would ascend to the throne. When season four premieres on June 6, the wait is over as audiences will see the queen pin begin her reign in New Orleans, after gaining control of a smuggling operation from Sinaloa to Phoenix last season.
Starting over in the popular Louisiana city won’t be easy for Mendoza, but nothing ever has been in her life. But with the support of her loyal sidekick Pote (Hemky Madera), arms boss King George (Ryan O’Nan) and new family member Javier Jimenez (Alfonso Herrera), there’s nothing she can’t do.
This season, we are headed to New Orleans and taking Teresa’s journey to a whole new level – as she expands her businesses on the East Coast, both legal and illicit,” said co-showrunner and executive producer Dailyn Rodriguez.
While at the helm of taking on a corrupt system, she remains focused on building her sense of family. With her Phoenix operation as a foothold and an exiled Camila Vargas [Veronica Falcon], Teresa is finally enjoying the fruits of her labor.
After her involvement with James [Peter Gadiot] and Guero [Jon Ecker], Teresa recognizes the pitfalls of being entangled with someone in the business. As the season progresses… we may see her fall into a new romance with a local musician.”
Even though audiences had to say goodbye to many evil favorites, there’s a new batch of baddies coming into the fold. In the trailer, both Pepe Rapazote and David Andrews make their debut as Cuban drug dealer Raul “El Gordo” Rodriguez and Judge Cecil Lafayette, respectively.
New Orleans is the perfect place to tell this chapter of Teresa’s story,” said co-showrunner and executive producer Ben Lobato.
“The city is vibrant and romantic, filled with characters and a sense of endless possibility. The unique scenery provides dynamic imagery and reflects a culture that serves as a perfect mirror to our storylines this season.
Her expansion in New Orleans will inevitably come at a heavy price. We introduce a new antagonist, Judge Cecile Lafayette, who holds an iron-clad grip on New Orleans and serves as Teresa’s toughest obstacle.”
Queen of the South returns for an action-packed fourth season on June 6 at 10/9 central, only on USA Network. Check out the exclusive first promo for season four below:
MTV just announced plans to host REALITYCON, a celebration of reality television, during the summer of 2020, with a soft launch earlier this fall. The event location has not yet been made public.
The event will showcase genre shows that air across different networks, not solely focusing on MTV programs. Expect the stars, executives and producers behind shows like The Real World (MTV), The Bachelor (ABC), The Real Housewives (Bravo), The Hills (MTV), Duck Dynasty (A&E), RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) and Big Brother (CBS), among others, to be present at the affair, which will feature interviews, discussions, performances and more.
“The reality TV gere continues to lead the way in showing audiences diversity across gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic backgrounds and perspective,” reads the official press release announcing the event. “The genre has evolved from a social experiment to a massively influential pop art medium—you can map culture through its stories and define generations by their favorite series. From the first openly gay man with HIV on TV to the first self-made female billionaire, reality TV series have consistently broken new ground.”
Clearly at the forefront of the reality television boom, MTV was a purveyor in the field when first broadcasting The Real World in 1992, which is now the longest-running program in the network’s history and one of the longest-running reality TV shows in American television history. Eventually launching a variety of other genre shows, the network effectively kicked off the craze that has taken over television lately and pointed to the potential behind reality TV, eventually giving rise to the likes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and The Bachelor.
This isn’t the network’s first attempt at diversifying its product base, now highly reliant on its on-air programs, and comes at the heels of an initial foray into live events: MTV Spring Break just made its return this past March and the company announced the acquisition of the SnowGlobe Music Festival, an outdoors three-day music festival on New Year’s Eve, in 2018.
The news also comes at the heels of renewed talks about a possible merger between CBS and Viacom, MTV’s parent company. The channel’s expansion into a new area of business, live events, would undoubtedly make the company as a whole that much more appealing.
Just at the end of March, Wall Street reacted to a report by the New York Post indicating the two companies were “gearing up” for a merger. Forbes reported that the news boosted “Viacom’s stock price by nearly 8 percent to $28.33 [while] shares of CBS closed at $47.33, a 4 percent gain.”
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker DBA Skywalker Ltd, originally founded on the desert planet of of Tatooine, has this past week secured $9 million Series A venture funding. Skywalker Ltd (formerly Jedi Order Amalgamated) currently operates a network of “The Force”, a mystical energy that flows throughout the galaxy. This Series A funding round will close on December 20th, 2019.
Former Skywalker Ltd CEO and primary shareholder Ghost Luke Dobbu Scay stated in a press release, “We’ve passed on all we know, one thousand generations live in you now, but this is your fight. We’ll always be with you. No one is ever really gone.” Current CEO Rey followed that up saying that Luke was using too much of the Force and had to be forcibly removed from the rhetorical island in order to move the company forward.
The $9 million in funding was led by Solo Venture Partners and supported by its co-founder Leia Organa. “We believe in the Force,” said Organa after floating mysteriously through space then returning to her ship. “This is the kind of business my founding partner [Han Solo] reluctantly wanted our investments to support. The Force flows through all of us and anything we can do to financially make sure it continues to produce positive results is a no-brainer.”
The new $9 million in funding will be used to further expand Skywalker Ltd infrastructure to meet rapidly growing rebel forces demand, expand its member portfolio and increase its Dark Side penetration. The Force patented technology is solving a critical problem for the universe cause by an imbalance in current Force offerings between the Dark and Light sides.
The Series A funding is meeting some market opposition however, as current Dark Side acting CEO Kylo Ren released a statement over the weekend addressing Skywalker Ltd’s funding search and name change. “The Jedi Order is a dead business model. Re-branding as Skywalker Ltd is not going to save them, they don’t own the Force. They don’t! It’s not fair!” Ren also addressed questions surrounding the Dark Side’s inability to maintain a standing CEO. “Snoke served his purpose, but we all know I’m the real boss over here at the Dark Side. Who is laughing? What is that laughing? The Jedi don’t own the Force. This is ridiculous. Join us. Who is laughing?”
The will they won’t they branding agency Finn and Poe released a statement supporting the decision of Skywalker Ltd to seek further funding. “It’s a great opportunity to work with a company dedicated to bringing about peace in the universe,” said Poe Dameron of Finn and Poe of the partnership opportunity. “Finn and I look forward to assisting Rey in finding her place as CEO of Skywalker Ltd and securing a future for those who work on the light side of the Force.”
In order to clean up its balance sheet in advance of securing funding, Skywalker Ltd forfeited a number of key assets in order to clear up capital depreciation. One of those assets was the Milenium Falcon, transferred to Lando Calrissian of Cloud City Space Transport and Party Supplies. Said Calrission of the acquisition, “I told Han I’d get this ship back and thanks to its built-in Wookie, I feel that it will be a great help to the development of Skywalker Ltd and all its future endeavors. And smuggling sh*t across the universe.”
Rey and Skywalker Ltd are not phased by the opposition raised by the Dark Side and optimistic for the future of the Force. “Even though Luke never really left the island,” Rey told key investors at a recent funding meeting, “I believe that Skywalker Ltd has the potential to change the outcome of the entire universe. With the help of my new CTO who is a soccer ball that beeps, and our partnership with the marketing team of Finn and Poe, we can take Skywalker Ltd to heights never reached by its predecessor(s).”