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"The steamy USA drama, premiering on Thursday, June 23, is an adaptation of the Telemundo series “La Reina del Sur,” which, in turn, is based on the Spanish novel of the same name by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. The pilot episode begins with the shooting of the main character — not usually a good sign, but a richly detailed flashback keeps our attention on Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga), a young Mexican woman who has been eking out a living as an illegal money changer when she meets a dashing Texan drug runner named El Guero (Jon-Michael Ecker). “Queen of the South” is one of the more effective adaptations of a telenovela, thanks to an action-heavy plot and a complicated, appealing central character. Braga is terrific in the lead role, and the supporting cast is equally capable, which helps counterbalance the unnaturally hurried pacing of the pilot. [...] a lot of stuff happens in the first episode, too much to be believed, but the character of Teresa", www.sfchronicle.com
"'Queen of the South” is likely to draw quick comparisons to Netflix’s “Narcos” for its premise: The story of a cocaine queenpin in-the-making, who is forced to flee Mexico and learn the tools of the drug trade — eventually positioning herself as the leader of the cartel that had her on the run. And playing lead Teresa Mendoza is another Brazilian-born actor, Alice Braga, starring in her first TV series. “What is really funny is Wagner Moura, who plays Pablo Escobar [in ‘Narcos’], is a dear friend of mine, we’re very close,” Braga, 33, tells The Post. “So it’s kind of funny that I’m playing the queenpin, the female cartel leader, and he’s playing Pablo Escobar. The comparison is definitely going to exist because of the cocaine world, but the difference is the path for these characters.” For one, “Queen of the South” (premiering Thursday at 10 p.m. on USA) is a", nypost.com
"All fairytales have to end some time — especially when a massive drug empire expire is involved, as the action-packed premiere of the new USA drama Queen of the South proves. Although the show’s title might sound like a Bravo reality show about a sorority mom in Alabama, it actually follows a tough-as-nails Mexican woman named Teresa (Alice Braga) as she gets swept up in the drug world after hooking up with a cartel member, Güero (Jon Ecker), who defends her honor after exchanging just one seductive look. It’s romantic and exciting and… completely doomed.", www.ew.com
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