Upfronts ’15: U.S. Hispanic versions of “Big Brother,” “Top Chef” coming

Telemundo and NBC Universo have greenlit U.S. Hispanic versions of reality franchises Big Brother and Top Chef, respectively. (Pictured: CBS's Big Brother)
May 13, 2015

U.S. Hispanic versions of reality franchises Big Brother and Top Chef will air on Telemundo and NBC Universo, respectively, this year.

The reality franchises were among the announcements at the NBC Universal-owned U.S. Hispanic cable nets’ upfront presentation in New York City on Tuesday night (May 12), and are part of more than 1,000 hours of original content set to air over 2015-2016.

Telemundo’s version of Big Brother will air on Sunday nights under the title Gran Hermano. Endemol Shine Latino is producing and this is the first version of the long-running competition elimination franchise aimed at U.S. Hispanic audiences. CBS has aired an¬†American version (pictured) of the Dutch format for 16 seasons.

Meanwhile, sports and entertainment-oriented NBC Universo has greenlit two unscripted titles, including a Mexico-based version of Bravo’s culinary competition Top Chef.

Produced by Puente Del Cielo Productions, Top Chef Mexico will take place in beautiful locales around Mexico and feature acclaimed Latino chefs from Mexico and the United States including Enrique Olvera, head chef at Pujol.

The other reality series is Reto Extremo: Fuerzas Especiales, a competition show featuring Hispanic veterans from the U.S. Special Forces in which the competitors undertake military-style challenges. Joe Magione and Benjamin Madden are producing.

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