This past weekend, HBO aired the series finale of Game of Thrones, one of the most popular and talked about series on television. The departure of Game of Thrones leaves a pretty big hole in the network’s schedule, not to mention it’s bottom line, but perhaps there’s opportunity here for new and different endeavours on the channel. Maybe a wacky Spanish show about people who have take their love for scary movies a bit too far… in the funny direction.
Los Espookys is the creation of Portlandia co-creator Fred Armisen, Saturday Night Live writer Julio Torres, and Chris Gethard Show writer Ana Fabreg. According to HBO, the series is about “a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business, providing horror to those who need it, in a dreamy Latin-American country where the strange and eerie are just part of daily life”.
The project was originally called Mexico City: Only Good Things Happen. Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels is also one of the producers on the project. Los Espookys will be an unusual project for HBO as it will be a bilingual half-hour comedy where large portions of the show will be acted out in Spanish, which would be highly appropriate given the setting.
Along with being a writer and co-creator on the show, Armisen co-stars in the series as Tico, the uncle of the main character Renaldo, who is the leader of the Los Espookys and is played by Bernardo Velasco. Torres also co-stars in the series as Andres, Renaldo‘s best friend who is the ” dark and mysterious heir to a chocolate empire.” Cassandra Ciangherotti, and Ana Fabrega round out the cast.