Acapulco (2021 TV series)

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Acapulco
GenreComedy
Created by
  • Austin Winsberg
  • Eduardo Cisneros
  • Jason Shuman
Inspired byHow to Be a Latin Lover
Directed byRichard Shepard
Starring
Narrated byEugenio Derbez
Country of originUnited States
Original languages
  • Spanish
  • English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes25
Production
Executive producers
  • Eugenio Derbez
  • Austin Winsberg
  • Chris Harris
  • Benjamin Odell
  • Eric Tannenbaum
  • Kim Tannenbaum
  • Eduardo Cisneros
  • Jason Shuman
  • Jay Karas
  • Paul Presburger
  • Richard Shepard
Production locationMexico
CinematographyEduardo Enrique Mayén
Animators
  • Boxel Studios
  • AB Studios
Editors
  • David Dean
  • John Smithee
Running time30 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkApple TV+
ReleaseOctober 8, 2021 (2021-10-08) –
present (present)

Acapulco is an American Spanish and English-language comedy television series created by Austin Winsberg, Eduardo Cisneros, and Jason Shuman, inspired by How to Be a Latin Lover (2017). The series premiered on Apple TV+ on October 8, 2021. In March 2022, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on October 21, 2022.[1][2] In January 2023, the series was renewed for a third season, which premiered on May 1, 2024.[3]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Eugenio Derbez as Maximo Gallardo Ramos, a successful mogul living in Malibu who has a rags to riches story (present day)
    • Enrique Arrizon as Maximo Gallardo Ramos, a working-class young man who has dreamed of working at Las Colinas Resort and works as a pool boy (1984)
    • Erick Saldaña as Young Maximo Gallardo Ramos (1974)
  • Fernando Carsa as Guillermo (Memo), a working-class young man and best friend of Maximo who works in laundry at Las Colinas Resort (1984)
    • Carsa also plays Memo's son in the present day.
    • Hemky Madera as an older version of Memo in the present day.
  • Damián Alcázar as Don Pablo Bonilla, Head of Operations at Las Colinas Resort who Maximo idolises since he also has a rags to riches story, he also becomes a mentor of Maximo and Memo. He is the father of Victor, ex-husband of Carmen and grandfather of Mariano (1984)
    • Daniel Fuentes Lobo plays a younger version of Don Pablo (known just as Pablo) (1949)
    • Alcázar also plays the 1964, 1967 and 1981 versions of Don Pablo.
  • Camila Perez as Julia Gonzalez, a receptionist at Las Colinas Resort, girlfriend of Chad and potential love interest of Maximo (1984)
    • Perez also plays the 1981 version of Julia.
  • Chord Overstreet as Chad Davies, a General Manager at Las Colinas Resort, boyfriend of Julia and son of Diane (1984)
    • Overstreet also plays the 1981 version of Chad.
  • Vanessa Bauche as Nora Gallardo Ramos, the widowed mother of Maximo and Sara who works as a cleaner, potential love interest of Emilio and Esteban and future abuela of Hugo (1984)
    • Bauche also plays the 1964, 1967, 1974 and the older present day version of Nora Ramos.
    • Gala Komori as Nora Ramos (1949)
  • Regina Reynoso as Sara Gallardo Ramos, Maximo's sister and future mother of Hugo (1984)
    • Bianca Marroquín as Older Sara Gallardo Ramos, sister of Maximo and mother of Hugo (present day)
  • Raphael Alejandro as Hugo, nephew of Maximo and future son of Sara (present day)
  • Jessica Collins as Diane Davies, current owner of Las Colinas Resort, former soap opera actress, author, fitness guru and entrepreneur and mother of Chad (1984)
    • Collins also plays the 1967 and 1981 versions of Diane
  • Rafael Cebrián as Hector Valero, head pool boy at Las Colinas Resort who is cocky but knows how to fleece the guests (1984)
  • Carlos Corona as Esteban, a handy-man resident who lives at the same place the Gallardo Ramos's live and potential love interest of Nora (1984)

NOTE

  • Unless otherwise stated, most characters in the show are set in 1984 Acapulco, Mexico

Recurring[edit]

  • Will Sasso plays Joe, present day's Maximo's driver and bodyguard
  • Regina Orozco as Lupe, head of laundry at Las Colinas Resort (1984)
    • Carolina Moreno plays young Lupe (1949)
  • Lobo Elias as Beto, a bartender at Las Colinas Resort (1984)
    • Elias also plays the 1981 version of Beto
  • Julian Sedgwick as Rolf, Maximo's butler in Malibu (present day)
  • Rodrigo Urquidi as Augusto, one of Las Colinas Resort's poolside singers (1984)
  • Rossana de Leon as Adriana, one of Las Colinas Resort's poolside singers (1984)
  • Ricardo Cañamar as Javier
  • Sofia Ruiz as Monica
    • Ruiz also plays the 1981 version of Monica.
  • Erick Zavala as Emilio, owner of a record store and potential love interest of Nora (1984)
  • Marco Terán as Eduardo
  • Jessica Balsaneli as Sestina
  • Eliana Jones as Becca Rosenthal, Maximo's first "wife" who he met and had a fling with at Las Colinas Resort who was vacationing with her parents from New York (1984)
  • Samantha Orozco as Gabriela (5 episodes)[4]

Guest stars[edit]

  • Sally Pressman as Mrs. Bennett, a guest as Las Colinas Resort who take a shining to Maximo and friend of Diane (1984) ("Pilot")
  • Steve Monroe as Mr. Bennett, a guest as Las Colinas Resort who take a shining to Maximo and friend of Diane (1984) ("Pilot")
  • Caleb Foote as Jessie, a guest as Las Colinas Resort who Maximo helps (1984) ("Jessie's Girl")
  • Simon Templeman as Bronte de Fils, a guest at Las Colinas Resort a fashion designer and owner of a modelling agency and friend of Diane (1984) ("Invisible Touch")
  • Juan Pablo Espinosa as Rodolfo, a singing superstar and guest at Las Colinas Resort (1984) ("Crazy Little Thing Called Love")
  • Jeff Meacham as David, Rodolfo's manager and guest at Las Colinas Resort (1984) ("Crazy Little Thing Called Love")
  • Gillian Vigman as Marcia Rosenthal, a rich New Yorker vacationing at Las Colinas Resort with her husband Barry and daughter Becca. ("Uptown Girl")
  • Kevin Kilner as Barry Rosenthal, a rich New Yorker vacationing at Las Colinas Resort with her wife Marcia and daughter Becca. ("Uptown Girl")
  • Alizée Gaillard as Yvonne, co-owner of Las Colinas Resort (1949) ("Time After Time")
  • Marco Zunino as Don Antonio, Head of Operations at Las Colinas Resort (1949) ("Time After Time")

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast released
110October 8, 2021 (2021-10-08)December 3, 2021 (2021-12-03)
210October 21, 2022 (2022-10-21)December 16, 2022 (2022-12-16)
310May 1, 2024 (2024-05-01)June 26, 2024 (2024-06-26)

Season 1 (2021)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Pilot"Richard ShepardAustin Winsberg and Eduardo Cisneros & Jason ShumanOctober 8, 2021 (2021-10-08)
When he's hired at Acapulco's hottest resort, Maximo thinks he's scored his dream job-but quickly learns there's more to it than he thought.
22"Jessie's Girl"Jay KarasMichael Lisbe & Nate RegerOctober 8, 2021 (2021-10-08)
Maximo strives to master the art of the upsell while attempting to help a wealthy man propose to his girlfriend.
33"Invisible Touch"Jay KarasMichael Colton & John AboudOctober 15, 2021 (2021-10-15)
Don Pablo teaches Maximo how to become an elite waiter so he can work an important dinner. Julia tries to impress a fashion editor.
44"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"Roberto SneiderBecky Mann & Audra SielaffOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)
A pop superstar staying at the resort takes an interest in Julia, which concerns Maximo. Nora goes on her first date in a long time.
55"All Night Long"Roberto SneiderMara Vargas JacksonOctober 29, 2021 (2021-10-29)
Maximo and Chad go on an all-night journey outside the resort, while the staff must come together for a never-ending wedding reception.
66"Uptown Girl"Dean HollandEduardo Cisneros & Jason ShumanNovember 5, 2021 (2021-11-05)
Maximo has a magical dream date with an American tourist. Memo bonds with his coworkers over a soccer game.
77"For Your Eyes Only"Jay KarasTamara YajiaNovember 12, 2021 (2021-11-12)
When he learns that an eye doctor is staying at the resort, Maximo sneaks Nora in for the day. Diane discovers problems with the hotel.
88"Time After Time"Jay KarasEddie QuintanaNovember 19, 2021 (2021-11-19)
As Diane shows a group of journalists a photo exhibit of Las Colinas' history, the story of Don Pablo's long tenure at the resort is revealed.
99"The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"Tristram ShapeeroJoe CristalliNovember 25, 2021 (2021-11-25)
Chaos erupts at the Christmas staff dinner when Maximo and Memo's plans backfire. Julia pieces together the truth behind her birthday gift.
1010"You Should Hear How She Talks About You"Tristram ShapeeroChris HarrisDecember 3, 2021 (2021-12-03)
Season finale. Las Colinas hosts a big New Year's Eve bash. Maximo tries to dazzle Diane so he'll earn a promotion. Chad makes a bold gesture.

Season 2 (2022)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
111"Break My Stride"Jay KarasAustin WinsbergOctober 21, 2022 (2022-10-21)
Maximo is determined to start the new year with a clean slate; Julia struggles with Chad's surprise proposal.
122"Hit Me With Your Best Shot"Jay KarasJonathan Green & Gabe MillerOctober 21, 2022 (2022-10-21)
Desperate to pay off his family's debt, Maximo seizes an opportunity to wait on rival tennis stars; Diane tries to derail Julia and Chad's nuptials.
133"Glory Days"Nicole Treston AbranianJoe CristalliOctober 28, 2022 (2022-10-28)
Maximo gets swept up in a busy night with Isabel's family. Chad's fraternity brothers surprise him.
144"Love Is A Battlefield"Nicole Treston AbranianTamara YajiaNovember 4, 2022 (2022-11-04)
On Valentine's Day, Maximo and Julia have to decorate a romantic suite together; Memo and Lorena beg Lupe to let them spend time alone.
155"We Don’t Need Another Hero"Victor Nelli, Jr.Mara Vargas JacksonNovember 11, 2022 (2022-11-11)
Maximo takes Memo to a club to find his favorite soccer star. Sara spends an eventful night at Las Colinas.
166"Hollywood Nights"Jay KarasEduardo Cisneros & Jason ShumanNovember 18, 2022 (2022-11-18)
Diane’s past catches up with her as Las Colinas hosts the wrap party for a big Hollywood movie. Maximo faces a moral dilemma.
177"Always Something There to Remind Me"Victor Nelli, Jr.Eddie QuintanaNovember 23, 2022 (2022-11-23)
Chaos ensues on the night of Chad and Julia’s joint bachelor and bachelorette party.
168"Money Changes Everything"Victor Nelli Jr.Ilse ApellanizDecember 2, 2022 (2022-12-02)
Maximo is tasked with taking care of a billionaire investor. Chad and Julia discover a secret about Diane.
199"The Power of Love"Jay KarasMaggie Feakins, Nico Correia and Carla Olivia TorresDecember 9, 2022 (2022-12-09)
Maximo doubles down on his new life with Isabel. Sara receives a potentially life-changing offer.
2010"Against All Odds"Victor Nelli Jr.Chris HarrisDecember 16, 2022 (2022-12-16)
Season finale. Maximo gets a second chance at Las Colinas. Julia learns to go after what she wants.

Season 3 (2024)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten by [5]Original release date [6]
211"Just the Two of Us"Jay KarasSam LaybourneMay 1, 2024 (2024-05-01)
Maximo learns a hard lesson about how to balance being a manager and a friend to the staff at Las Colinas.
222"Mamma Mia"Jaime Eliezer KarasJason BellevilleMay 1, 2024 (2024-05-01)
On Mother's Day, Maximo wrestles with an opportunity to get closer to Diane despite his promise to spend the day with his mum.
233"Dead Man's Party"Nicole Treston AbranianHailey ChavezMay 8, 2024 (2024-05-08)
Don Pablo comes to Maximo with a task that puts his training to the test; Julia faces a tough decision over whether to be honest with Nora.
244"Private Dancer"Nicole Treston AbranianRob SudduthMay 15, 2024 (2024-05-15)
In an attempt to relieve Julia's work stress, Maximo invites her to dinner; Esteban realizes Sara has a hidden talent; Nora makes a big step.
255"Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This"TBAIlse ApellanizMay 22, 2024 (2024-05-22)
266"Take A Chance On Me"TBAFrancisco Cabrera-FeoMay 29, 2024 (2024-05-29)
277"Video Killed The Radio Star"TBACeleste KlausJune 5, 2024 (2024-06-05)
288"Amor Eterno"TBABernardo CubriaJune 12, 2024 (2024-06-12)
299"Rock You Like A Hurricane"TBATBAJune 19, 2024 (2024-06-19)
3010"Burning Down The House"TBATBAJune 26, 2024 (2024-06-26)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In December 2020, Apple gave a series order for Acapulco, created by Austin Winsberg, Eduardo Cisneros, and Jason Shuman with inspiration from the 2017 film How to Be a Latin Lover. Winsberg is said to be the showrunner, along with Chris Harris, who are both executive producing along with Shuman, Cisneros, Eugenio Derbez, Benjamin Odell, Eric Tannenbaum, and Kim Tannenbaum.[7]

Originally, Gaz Alazraki was set to executive produce and direct the pilot episode, but in March 2021, it was reported that Richard Shepard would instead direct the pilot.[7][8]

The series premiered on Apple TV+ on October 8, 2021.[9] On March 4, 2022, Apple renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on October 21, 2022.[1][2] Apple Music released the season’s official soundtrack to promote the renewal. The list includes the song Sombrero which was performed by Mexican Dubwiser and written by David Asante.

On January 30, 2023, Apple renewed the series for a third season, which premiered on May 1, 2024.[3][10]

Casting[edit]

When the series was ordered in December 2020, Eugenio Derbez was announced as headlining.[7] In March 2021, Enrique Arrizon, Raphael Alejandro, Damián Alcázar, and Camila Perez joined the cast.[8] Additionally, Jessica Collins, Chord Overstreet, Vanessa Bauche, Rafael Cebrián, Fernando Carsa, and Regina Reynoso joined in April 2021.[11]

Filming[edit]

Production began on April 7, 2021, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and wrapped filming on June 20, 2021.[12][13]

Reception[edit]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 100% of 15 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 7.4/10. The website's consensus reads: "Buoyed by its talented ensemble and smart, genial humor, Acapulco is as sweetly nostalgic as it is utterly charming."[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cordero, Rosy (March 4, 2022). "'Acapulco' Renewed For Season 2 At Apple TV+". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 4, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Apple TV+ Announces Critically-Acclaimed Bilingual Comedy Series "Acapulco" to Return for Second Season on Friday, October 21" (Press release). Apple. August 26, 2022. Retrieved August 30, 2022 – via The Futon Critic.
  3. ^ a b Cordero, Rosy (January 30, 2023). "'Acapulco' Renewed For Season 3 At Apple". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 30, 2023.
  4. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13567344/fullcredits [user-generated source]
  5. ^ "Acapulco - WGA Directory". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved March 2, 2024.
  6. ^ "Shows A-Z – Acapulco on Apple TV+". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 21, 2022.
  7. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (December 1, 2020). "Eugenio Derbez To Star In Apple TV+ Bilingual Comedy Series Inspired By 'How to Be A Latin Lover' Movie". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on December 1, 2020. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  8. ^ a b Del Rosario, Alexandra (March 31, 2021). "'Acapulco': Enrique Arrizon, Damian Alcázar, Camila Perez & Raphael Alejandro Join Apple Comedy Series, Richard Shepard To Direct". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 31, 2021. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  9. ^ "Apple's Bilingual Comedy Series "Acapulco," Starring Eugenio Derbez, to Make Global Debut Friday, October 8 on Apple TV+" (Press release). Apple Inc. September 15, 2021 – via The Futon Critic.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (February 5, 2024). "Apple TV+ Sets Spring & Summer Release Dates For Series Including 'Acapulco', 'The Big Door Prize', 'Loot' & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 6, 2024.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (April 13, 2021). "'Acapulco': Jessica Collins, Chord Overstreet Among Six Cast In Apple Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  12. ^ "Acapulco - Production". Variety Insight. Archived from the original on April 25, 2021. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  13. ^ Reynoso, Regina [@reginareynoso11] (June 20, 2021). "Its a wrap 💓🎞🎞🎞🎞 Words cant even explain how thankfulll i am. Gracias. Amigos los amo mucho!!! #ACAPULCO #season1 #comingsoon". Retrieved June 29, 2021 – via Instagram.
  14. ^ "Acapulco: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved November 21, 2021.

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