Selena's Secret

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El secreto de Selena
El secreto de Selena poster.png
Created by
  • David Jasqui[1]
  • Alejandro Aimetta[1]
Based onEl secreto de Selena
by María Celeste Arrarás
Screenplay byLeonardo Aranguibel[1]
Directed by
  • Alejandro Aimetta[1]
  • Natalia Beristain[1]
Opening theme"Que la vida vale"
by Natalia Lafourcade
Country of originUnited States
Original languageSpanish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
ProducerMariano Carranco
Production companies
Original networkTNT
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatStereophonic sound
First shown inLatin America
Original release23 September (2018-09-23) –
16 December 2018 (2018-12-16)
Related showsSelena: The Series (2020)
External links

El secreto de Selena (English: Selena's Secret) is an American television series produced by BTF Media and co-produced by Disney Media Distribution for Telemundo,[1][2] and it is based on the bestselling book by Emmy Award-winning journalist María Celeste Arrarás. The series follows the story behind the murder of singer Selena Quintanilla.[3] It stars Maya Zapata as the titular character.[4] It premiered in Latin America on TNT on 23 September 2018 and ended on 16 December 2018.[5] On Telemundo the series premiered on 25 August 2019.[6]

Production began on 9 April 2018, and 13 episodes of an hour were confirmed.[1]


Selena Quintanilla was a successful singer who had a tragic end when she was killed by Yolanda Saldívar, president of her fan club and personal friend. The dramatic outcome had a great impact on the media and generated all kinds of rumors about what really happened. The series delves into three characters who suffer as a result of their obsessions and passions. Selena, who gives everything to achieve success, Yolanda who has a fixation with her idol and Maria Celeste, the journalist who seeks to shed light on all the obscurities of the case.


U.S. ratings[edit]

Viewership and ratings per season of Selena's Secret
Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired Avg. viewers
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Sunday 10:00 p.m. 8 25 August 2019 (2019-08-25) 1.31[10] TBA TBD 0.90 TBD


No.TitleOriginal air dateU.S. air dateU.S. viewers
1"Supernova"[11]23 September 2018 (2018-09-23)25 August 20191.31[10]
The chaos generated by the murder of Selena at the hands of Yolanda, breaks into the lives of María Celeste Arrarás and the Quintanilla family.
2"Al acecho"[12]30 September 2018 (2018-09-30)1 September 20190.88[13]
Yolanda points a gun to her head, while the police negotiate her surrender. She seems to go crazy, when she finds out about Selena's death and accuses Abraham Quintanilla of being the culprit of everything.
3"Paralelos"[14]7 October 2018 (2018-10-07)8 September 20190.92[15]
Selena and Yolanda, work tirelessly to provide sustenance to their families. Although they seem polar opposites, they have so much in common that they feed their ambition at the expense of the other.
4"Tormento"[16]14 October 2018 (2018-10-14)15 September 20190.84[17]
Selena wants to keep the people she loves with her without sacrificing anyone.
5"Atrapada"[18]21 October 2018 (2018-10-21)22 September 20190.81[19]
María Celeste begins field research and focuses on the struggle of the Hispanic people to defend respect for their culture, which has a new identity symbol: Selena.
6"Batallas"[20]28 October 2018 (2018-10-28)29 September 20190.83[21]
Tinker, the new defense lawyer, struggles to get a fair trial, while María Celeste tries to interview Yolanda. Selena struggles to grow in her career.
7"Verdades"[22]4 November 2018 (2018-11-04)6 October 20190.83[23]
María Celeste reports the initial arguments of the trial. The prosecution seeks the maximum penalty and the defense promises to prove Yolanda innocent.
8"Irreversible"[24]11 November 2018 (2018-11-11)13 October 20190.76[25]
During the trial it is revealed why Yolanda decides to buy a weapon. María Celeste's research shows that after Abraham fired Yolanda, Selena sought her out to keep her by her side in secret.
9"Espejismos"[26]18 November 2018 (2018-11-18)20 October 2019N/A
The testimonies of the employees of the Days Inn motel and a two of the nurses present a view of what happened during the last hours of Selena's life, through her disenchantment with Yolanda and a mysterious attack that occurred in Mexico.
10"Confesiones"[27]25 November 2018 (2018-11-25)27 October 2019N/A
The defense presents the tapes of the Yolanda's standoff with law enforcement.
11"Espectros"[28]2 December 2018 (2018-12-02)3 November 2019N/A
The statements of doctors and experts explain what happened through the behavior of Selena and the marks on her body.
12"Condena"[29]9 December 2018 (2018-12-09)10 November 2019N/A
The defense presents, unsuccessfully, the case of Yolanda to try to prove that she accidentally killed Selena. The jury sentenced her to life imprisonment.
13"Infinita"[30]16 December 2018 (2018-12-16)17 November 2019N/A
María Celeste interviews Yolanda. In 2012, Dr. Martínez confesses his love affair with Selena, corroborating what Yolanda confessed to María Celeste.


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