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Patito Feo
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A promotional logo image of Patito Feo.
Genre Youth Comedy
Created by Marcelo Tinelli - Alejandro Stoessel - Mario Schajris
Written by Mario Schajris and Marcela Citterio [1]
Directed by Jorge Montero [1]
Country of origin  Argentina
Language(s) Spanish
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 316
169 (first season)
147 (second season)
Production
Producer(s) Ideas del Sur
Broadcast
Original channel Canal 13
Original airing First Season: April 10, 2007 – December 14, 2007
Second season: April 23, 2008 – November 3, 2008
External links
Official website

Patito Feo (in English, Ugly Duckling) is a teen drama TV series from Argentina, starring Laura Natalia Esquivel, Brenda Asnicar, Juan Darthes, Griselda Sicilliani and Gastón Soffritti produced by Ideas del Sur for Canal 13. The show is distributed worldwide by Televisa.

The show started it's run on April 2007 on Canal 13 and had two seasons, with a total of 316 episodes. It was later picked up by Disney Channel Latin America, which started airing it in the entire continent.

The show became a huge success soon after its debut. The soundtrack was the best-selling album of 2007 according to CAPIF, over 70 licensed products were released and the cast toured Argentina (with stops in Buenos Aires, where over 160,000 people saw the live concert, Mendoza, Cordoba, Mar del Plata, Rosario, Salta, Tucuman and Santa Fe) and, subsequently, the rest of South America, North America and Central America with stops in Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, Panama, Dominican Republic, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Ecuador, El Salvador and Bolivia, selling out arenas and stadiums[2].

In 2008, Patito Feo won the Martin Fierro Award and received a nomination for the International Emmy Award for Best Children & Young Adults program.

Following the success of Floricienta, Canal 13 wanted another show in the same vein so it could achieve those ratings again. Floricienta was one of the few successes on the channel's afternoon slot and it had ended two years earlier, in 2005. After failing to achieve success with youth-oriented shows from Pol-ka (Media Falta) and Dori Media (El Refugio), they commissioned a show from Ideas del Sur, which like Floricienta, gave a modern spin on a classic fairytale.

Patito Feo started production in November and debuted six months later, in April 2007. It soon became a huge hit, winning its time slot and beating competitor show Casi Angeles, aired in Telefe. It was the first time in over 15 years Cris Morena did not have the #1 show among the young demographic and was beaten by another production targeted at this audience.

In its first year, Patito was a huge success. It was the leader in it time-slot, beating Casi Angeles and was a huge phenomenon among children, spawning merchandising and albums. According to CAPIF, Patito Feo soundtrack was the best-selling album in Argentina in 2007 and the DVD of the live Teatro Gran Rex musical was the best-selling musical DVD[3]. The song Las Divinas was the best-selling ringtone ever in the country.

A few months after its debut in Canal 13, the program debuted in Disney Channel all over Latin America and, later, on broadcast television. The show was a huge success all over the continent and the cast toured extensively, selling out arenas and stadiums in over 15 countries.

Although the show was incredibly well received by the audience, Patito Feo attracted huge criticism due to the fact it glamorized the villains, a group of mean and beautiful girls that called themselves Las Divinas (The Divines). Besides being superficial, Las Divinas were also mean and bullied Patito. The fact the villains were much more popular among young girls than the main character caused concern over some groups and the issue was even on the cover of important magazine Noticias under the headline "The Triumph of Discrimination"[4].

After a very well-received first season, the show was renewed for a second one. In May, the second season finally debuted. While its first week did well in ratings, viewership started to decrease significantly day after day. Meanwhile, Casi Angeles, which went through an extreme makeover after a lukewarm reception during its first year, became incredibly popular and it got to a point where it was almost doubling Patito's rating. In the end, Patito Feo second season was heavily beat by Casi Angeles second season and the show ended up being canceled by Canal 13 two months before the initial plan with the final episodes being aired only on the Disney Channel and on international markets. An inconsistent storyline and a huge quality drop in the scripts were blamed for the show big decline in popularity.

In early 2008, under the name De Tout Mon Coeur, Patito Feo started airing on children channel Gulli in France. It soon became a huge success, being the most-watched show on the channel. A few months later, Elastic Rights bought the rights to distribute the show in Italy, Portugal and Spain.

In Italy, Il Mondo di Patty and debuted on the Disney Channel and soon became a gigantic hit. Due to the big popularity, a huge merchandising line was unveiled and Laura Esquivel visited the country to promote the show. The rights were bought by terrestrial Mediaset-owned Italia 1 which started airing the show in the Summer of 2009. Il Mondo di Patty became an even bigger success in the country, being one of the most-watched shows on the channel.[5]

Also in 2008, Patito Feo debuted on Cartoon Network in Spain. It was very well-received and became one of the top shows among young girls on cable. In 2009, it debuted on the Disney Channel and became one of the highest-rated shows on cable in Spain, topping Hannah Montana and other shows ratings[6].

Finally, it debuted in SIC in Portugal under the name O Mundo da Patty. It also became a huge success there, being the leader in its time-slot and one of the highest-rated show among kids[7].

There are plans for a US version and MTV Networks is currently developing a pilot[8].

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Legal problems

In late 2008, Alessandro Stoessel, creator of Patito, was fired. Disagreements between him and the production company started after two shows he was in charge of, the second season of Patito Feo and the teen-oriented show Atraccion x 4, failed to reach expectations and ended up being canceled. After parting ways with the company, he started a lawsuit against Ideas del Sur asking for a part of Patito Feo profits because he claims he was responsible for creating the entire concept. The lawsuit not only was the reason a new leg of a Latin American tour was canceled but also a European tour, where the show was also enjoying huge popularity.

After his dismissal, Alejandro Stoessel was hired by Dori Media to develop a new show targeted to kids and teenagers.

At the same time, Ideas del Sur started to develop a new youth-oriented show, Malcriados (now titled Consentidos), and chose Brenda Asnicar, which had enjoyed high popularity in her role as Antonella, as one of the lead actresses. At the same time, Dori Media and Stoessel wanted her to star in their new show, Ñeka.

Brenda finally decided to do the Dori Media project and, not satisfied with being turned down, Ideas de Sur started a lawsuit against Brenda's management since her contract stipulated she should prioritize Ideas del Sur projects over other production companies[9].

Finally, Ñeka was renamed Mia, mi Amiga Invisible and will debut at Mipcom in Cannes starring Brenda. But the show is also facing various lawsuits: besides Ideas del Sur, Valeria Britos, the creator of the original script (when it was titled Ñeka), is also suing Dori Media.

Plot

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First Season

The beginning of the story introduces single mom Carmen and her daughter Patricia, simply known as Patito (Patty). They live in San Carlos de Bariloche, a small town in Argentina. Patito falls in love at first sight with Matias - she meets him just after falling off her bike, he helps her up. Matias is there on vacation, but he soon returns to his hometown of Buenos Aires. Patito names her dog after him (Mati).

Soon after, Carmen and Patito travel to Buenos Aires for medical exams. There, Patito meets the hospital director, Leandro Díaz Rivarola. It turns out that he is her estranged father. Neither Patito nor Leandro know this, however. Carmen and Patito remain in the city for Patito's medical treatment. Leandro learns of Patito's desire to sing and suggests that she apply to the fine arts school directed by his mother, the Pretty Land School of Arts. Patito agrees.

As time passes, Leandro suspects that Patito is his daughter and takes a DNA test, which is a positive, but Leandro's girlfriend, Bianca, pays one of his employees to change the result to a negative to avoid Leandro leaving her. Bianca wants to marry Leandro, but only for his status; she does not love him. She did the same thing years before with another rich man, the father of her two children, Fabio and Antonella, she then told her children that their father is dead. Bianca does everything she can to make sure Leandro stays with her with the help of her 'friends', Dorina and Paolo, from paying Leandro's employees to tell him that Patito is not his daughter to pretending to be pregnant. When Carmen and her best friend Ashley find out Bianca is not pregnant, Bianca threatens to take Patito away from Carmen, as she did repeatedly in the past to keep Carmen from telling Leandro what she knows. Bianca's daughter, Antonella, goes to the same school as Patito and is Matias's girlfriend.

Given these circumstances, rivalries crop up between Carmen and Bianca as well as Patito and Antonella. Within the school, this leads to the creation of two rival musical dance groups - Las Divinas (The Divines) led by Antonella, and Las Populares (The Populars) led by Patito. As time passes, Antonella does more and more things to Patito to make her life miserable from almost drowning her to making sure she can't release her CD. Eventually, the two become friends because of one very important thing they have in common: they both grew up without a father. Meanwhile, Bianca, who learns that Carmen had found out that she isn't pregnant and planned to tell Leandro, commands Paolo to eliminate her. Paolo, trying to please her, hires a man to hit Carmen with a car, but their plan goes haywire when Antonella sacrifices herself to save Carmen, ending up in Leandro's hospital in a coma. She eventually wakes up, and her 'friend', Pia, and Bianca tell her that Patito is happy that Antonella is hurt so that she can have her CD published. The two go back to being enemies, and Antonella, who has some of Bianca's lying genes, helps keep Leandro with her mother by pretending to be unable to walk. Matias later realizes his feelings for Patito much later and decides to become her boyfriend. An eager Patito accepts.

Patito is not the only one who gets a boyfriend: Leandro, despite his marriage to Bianca, gives his heart to Carmen, who accepts. However, their relationship comes to a crashing end when Carmen tells him the truth: Patito is his daughter. They decide to tell her at the right time together, but when Antonella and Patito are having a competition on television, Leandro announces it when the third judge was telling Patito that he did not want to give her a 10 (like he had just done with Antonella) because of her appearance. An enraged Patito then moves in with her father and refuses to forgive Carmen, until Carmen's birthday arrives, and mother and daughter make peace after Carmen told her everything that kept her from telling her the truth.

Second Season

In the second season Patty fully enjoy their family and love of Matias. The Popular and the Divine intercolastico participating in the tournament with a musical comedy divine The most popular, representing the Pretty Land School of Arts. A famous music stars perform sees them and offers them to join the international tour that will begin shortly, but the refusal of Antonella - now converted into a diva of pop music - to work with Patty, unleash the worst comparisons between two groups, see which one will be the support act for this star. Soon, the love of Matias will again be a source of dispute between them and everything is going to complicate. New boys and girls come to Pretty Land School of Arts and comrades already known (Josefina and Guido, Tamara and Fabio, Bruno and Pia, G, and Santiago) will have to deal with complicated situations and funny. The love story of Carmen and Leandro best time to go through their pregnancy and its promise only happy moments. However, Carmen has put on weight so incredible and White will use this as the Achilles heel to try to separate them. Carmen takes a nanny who is nothing but a sister of Bianca unrecognized. It also appears White's mother, actress and showgirl frustrated that will help his daughter and his niece Antonella to achieve all its objectives, regardless of means, but will not know the appearance of this daughter who has remained in oblivion, giving rise to complications in the life of Bianca, Antonella and society. Carmen and Leandro in the middle of this season were married.

Central Characters

  • Patito - Laura Natalia Esquivel
  • Matías - Gaston Soffritti
  • Leandro - Juan Darthes
  • Carmen - Griselda Siciliani
  • Blanca - Gloria Carra
  • Antonella - Brenda Asnicar
  • Josefina - Thelma Fardin
  • Luciana - Nicole Luis
  • Sol - Maria Sol Berecoechea
  • Pía - Camila Outon
  • Tamara - Eva Quattrocchi
  • Caterina - Camila Salazar
  • Belén - Maria Belen Berecoechea
  • Paloma - Rafaela Rodrigues

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