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CONCEPT OF THE SHOW

A saying or proverb is a behavioral guideline or generalized description of an everyday event; a synthesis of the wisdom that is used by common people everywhere. So much in fact, that quite often the same saying is equally understood in Mexico, Spain, Germany, Italy, and many other countries.


Sayings are a constant part of our lives, always ready to jump in at the slightest provocation. Sayings or proverbs can be applied to virtually every situation in our life; there seems to be one for every occasion. There is probably no one who hasn’t, at some point, used a saying to explain, justify, or condemn a certain person or event.

Even though they are open to different interpretations, each proverb or saying has a precise meaning and can be applied only to certain situations. It follows then that, logically and naturally, when we hear a certain saying we immediately think of an appropriate situation and a story that may lie behind it. This is the basis for proposing this TV series called “Como dice el dicho…” (As the saying goes…), which aims to create the vast number of stories that these proverbs can inspire; stories that will surely captivate the audience, because in each episode, characters and viewers will establish an immediate rapport.

Don Tomas a kind man in his sixties who owns the cozy "Café DEL DICHO AL HECHO” (“The Fine Words Cafe”), and his granddaughter Isabel, 18, who helps him run the place, will be our hosts for the stories that are linked to the proverbs. The café´s special feautures are its white walls, where customers are welcome to write any saying or proverb they choose to express the current situation in their lives; each proverb will be the synthesis of a person’s story, a different one for each episode.

Every story will begin with the first part of the saying or proverb being written on the wall of the café, either by Don Tomas, Isabel, a customer, or appearing spontaneously through special effects. After this, the dramatization of the story begins and, after the conclusion, we return to the café for the final reflection or epilogue of the episode, which ends with the proverb being completed on the wall.

The possibilities for stories will be enormous, always within the melodrama genre, with shadings that will range from touches of light comedy to the deepest, most searing drama. Nonetheless, as varied as the dramatic treatment of the stories might be, the underlying intention will invariably be to end each show on a positive note. Not only will the viewer have been entertained for an hour, but even if the topic has been intensely dramatic, there will always be an outcome that will point to a happy resolution to the conflict, no matter how difficult the problem might appear.

Each episode´s title will be only the first half of a saying, since the viewer will automatically complete the saying in his or her head. Following along this line, a show might start with the title “He who serves two masters…”, and in the end the concluding half will flash on the screen: …will invariably fall short with one. Strictly speaking, each saying embodies the central theme of the episode and fulfills the expectations of the audience. But there are a number of sayings that are open to discussion and questioning, because they are expressed in absolute terms which are not always true in real life. One example of this “The leopard… doesn´t change its spots,” which negates any possibility of redemption. Therefore, in cases such as this, the concluding half will probably be couched in the form of a question: “The leopard… doesn´t change its spots?” By addressing a saying this way, we are leaving the door open to reinterpretation and updating, giving hope and eliminating the rigidity of outdated thinking.

By the same token, the unfinished saying Better alone… will lead us along the lines of the show to its conclusion: …than in bad company. The story can be about a teenager surrounded by people who are a bad influence on him and are driving him down a path of bad choices. It will most likely be a story where this young man will realize, on his own or with someone else’s help that it’s best to steer clear of these negative influences and seek out other, healthier ones.

The above is just one example of the huge potential of deeply moving stories with positive life lessons that, can spring out from the wisdom of our everyday sayings and proverbs.

 

THE CAFE

A quaint coffee shop, with bookshelves filled with books and magazines, round tables with comfortable chairs, where coffee, tea, cakes and sandwiches are served. There are table games and Internet access available to customers. People of all sorts come here: from children and teenagers who do their homework, to ladies who chat and read magazines, and elderly retirees who are happy to spend their time here.

 

THE FIRST STORIES

Easier said than done/saying is one thing, doing is another

By: Vittoria Zarattini and José Antonio Olvera

This is the story of the “Saying and Doing” Café (o:“Fine Words Cafe”), the setting where the rest of the stories in the series are presented. Just when Tomas and his wife Lupe are about to open the café they always dreamed of owning together, she dies. His children, who are living in Guadalajara, are worried that their father is alone and decide to bring him to live with them, eventhough he doesn’t want to leave his home. Tomas slowly sinks into a deep depression, which his children mistake for the first signs of Alzheimer’s. Feeling unable to give him the care he needs, they check him into a retirement home. After a number of unpleasant incidents in this place, Tomas enlists the aid of his granddaughter Isabel to get away and return to his home in Mexico City. Isabel stands firmly by his side when he confronts his children, who then realize that he is as healthy and strong as he ever was, and has the right to live his life as he sees fit. Don Tomas is now free to open his café, which he names “Del dicho al hecho…” “Saying and Doing” Café (o:“Fine Words Cafe”), the name chosen by his beloved wife before she passed away.

A bad penny always turns up again

By: Vittoria Zarattini

Pepe holds a deep resentment against his uncle Fermin, a cop, because he found out through some neighborhood thugs, that he killed. Pepe lives with his grandmother, who does her best to guide him and keep him out of trouble, but his inner conflict has made him angry and rebellious. Pepe steals a wallet from a petty drug dealer named Neto, and uses the money to buys a necklace for his girlfriend Graciela. When Neto discovers the theft, he goes after Pepe because his own life is at stake if he doesn’t pay his suppliers. Fermin hears about the incident and tries to help his nephew, but Pepe hates him for having killed his father. Fermin tells Pepe what really happened and how his father asked him to look after him with his last breath. Fermin is wounded in a shooting trying to save Pepe. In the end, the truth comes to light and Pepe, his grandmother, his girlfriend, and his uncle, find the peace and harmony they all deserve.

As bad to steal a horse… as to stand by and look on

By: Elvin Rivera

Güicho hits a kid on a bicycle while driving under the influence. His brother Lalo, who is with him, wants to stop and call for help, but Güicho flatly refuses and drives on, leaving the little boy (Beto) lying in the street. Feeling guilty, Lalo visits Beto in the hospital, defying his brother’s wishes. This creates serious trouble for him at home. Lalo scrapes together enough money to pay for Beto’s surgery, otherwise, the boy would be paralyzed for life. Through a series of circumstances, Lalo and Güicho tell their mother (Teresa) the truth and turn themselves in. The surgery is successful, and after some time, the two brothers are able to return home.

Nobode knows what he has until he has lost it

By: José Antonio Olvera

Gerardo fancies himself of being the biggest stud on campus. He’s popular, good looking, and all the girls chase him. His girlfriend (Sofia) adores him and would do anything for him, even forgive his many one-night affairs. Her friend Natalia, however, finally persuades her to break up with him. Gerardo wants to get back with her, but only because he has to hand in an assignment and she is the one who always does them for him. Things go back to how they were before, until Brenda shows up on the scene. She is beautiful, a little older than he, and Gerardo falls head-over-heels for her. She agrees to sleeps with him if he breaks up with Sofia for good. Gerardo doesn’t think twice about breaking the innocent girl’s heart and dumps her. When he goes looking for Brenda, she coldly turns him down, saying she just seduced him to avenge her cousin, one of Gerardo’s many conquests. Gerardo tries to get back with Sofia; however, this time she refuses to forgive him and cuts him completely out of her life. Gerardo now knows how it feels to be rejected; he realizes the huge mistake he made and the harm he caused to his sweet girlfriend.

No company is better than bad company

By: Agnieszka Kawecka

Javier, a talented Web designer, is in business with his girlfriend Lulu and his best friend Beto. He is planning to marry Lulu once their business takes off. Lulu is having an affair with Beto, who feels superior than Javier and pressures her to break off her engagement. What he doesn’t know is that Lulu is playing both sides to see what she can get for herself. Javier’s grandfather tries to warn him about Lulu, but he won’t listen. Beto and Lulu steal one of Javier’s web designs for an important client but are unable to make a convincing presentation. Javier discovers their betrayal and manages to win back the client. He splits the earnings three ways with Lulu and Beto, and then dissolves the partnership. Putting them behind him for good, he goes on to start up a new business on his own.

Better a reformed thief… than a corrupted honest man

By: Itzia Pintado

Mauro returns to his home town, Lago Escondido, after spending several years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. His father is less than happy to see him, for he considers him a bad influence for his younger sisters, one of whom is engaged to Jacinto. Jacinto is the rising star in the town, but behind his honest façade lurks a dark heart that wishes to be elected mayor only to satisfy his greed. In fact, he has already used his connections to sell the rights of the town’s water supply to a transnational company. Mauro uncovers Jacinto’s corrupt dealings and exposes him, also proving that it was Jacinto who framed him years ago.