Xica, the Brazilian Slave Who Became Empress, Is Back on US TV

Taí­s Araújo is Xica da Silva in Brazilian soap operaTen years after becoming a hit in Brazilian TV, the novela (soap opera) Xica da Silva, renamed to simply Xica, is going to be released through US TV network Azteca America to the Spanish-speaking public in the United States.

The novela is based on a true Brazilian story, which narrates the 18th century rise of a beautiful and ambitious slave, Xica, who uses her wit and power of seduction to climb out of poverty and eventually be crowned Empress.

Xica is the illegitimate daughter of the town Comendador (commander), the ranking authority appointed by the crown of Portugal in the Brazilian diamond mining town of Tijuco.

Unwilling to recognize Xica as his daughter, the Comendador sells her into slavery, first to the local brothel and then to an elderly Sergeant Major.

However, Xica’s true love is the young, new Comendador, João Fernandes, who buys Xica from her former owner and frees her, taking her in as his lover.

Xica, written by Walcyr Carrasco and directed by Walter Avancini was first shown in Brazil from September 1996 to August 1997 and helped breath some life in a moribund Manchete TV network, which has since folded.

Taí­s Araújo became a worldwide household name in the role of the pretty and sensual black slave. Besides Araújo also starring in the novela are Victor Wagner, Drica Moraes and Carlos Alberto.

Xica debuts November 13, a Monday, at 10:30 pm EST and PST / 9:30 pm CST.

According to their press release, Azteca America is the fastest-growing Hispanic network in the United States. The network is a wholly owned subsidiary of TV Azteca S.A. de C.V., one of the two largest producers of Spanish-language television content in the world.

Azteca America currently has presence in 52 Hispanic markets, including: Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Chicago and Dallas.

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  • ALEJANDRA

    my sIsters crazIe!!
    MY MOM ND MY SiSTER HAVE BEEN WATCHiNG THiS NOVELA FOR WEeKS ND THEY’RE ADdIcTED!! i DUNDERSTAND WHY iVE SEEN iT A FEW TiMES ND CAN NEVER WALK AWAY FROM iT! ONLiE PROBLEM iS MY MOM RECORDS THEM FOR MY SiSTER WHiLE SHE’S AT WORK ND THE DVR WAS NOT WORKiNG FOR A FEW DAYS ND NOW i AM AFRAiD iTS OVER ND SHE DidNT GET TO SEE THE ENDiNG SHES GOiNG TO KiLL US WEN SHE FiNDS OUT!! :]] iF ANYONE KNOES WHERE i CAN BUY THEM PLEASE LET ME KNOE…..!!!! …MY SiSTERS CRAZiE!!! LOL :]]

  • frank Barrera

    INFO
    for those intrested in buying Xica DVD go to this wed site in “you tub” and there is this guy who is saleing them. Watch the small clip to see more or less how the DVD is put together.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63S7zs44biQ

  • Rebe

    XICAAA..!!
    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS NOVELA!! I remember watching it when i was younger and i was totally ecstatic when i discovered that it’s airing again tonite and i just had to get on to c if any DVDs or even VHS’ r out, are they going to be out anytime soon??? Does anyone kno??

  • frank Barrera

    Where can i buy the DVD? I looked through the internet but can’t find it any where, please put it up on DVD.

  • Gerardo

    Xica for Christmas gift
    Hi everyone!

    My wife loves this novela, and I am thinking on giving her out the dvd(s) or VHS’s for christmas. PLEASE let me know if any of you have had the chance of buying it before, I really need to know if it is available out in the market.

    Thank you

    Gerardo

  • Kenia

    Well I love this novela but I’ve tride to by this novela where I need to go and by it please let me know thaks and love ya Xica

  • Lia Fernandez

    Azteca America is not longer showing Xica in Houston………….
    Where can I buy this sopa opera to continue the show to the end??? I do not have any other option since Azteca America is not the owner of Channel 57 anymore. I WANT THIS SOPA OPERA BACK!!!! 🙁 Somebody give me a clue!!!! I love Xica and I hate Violante too!!!
    I am so sad 😥 Thanks, Lia.

  • Rashard

    I love Xica and i only know a handfull of Spanish!

  • cindy

    We all love it!
    I love the story and I hate Violante!!! 🙁

  • eva

    I am lucky enough to be bilingual and even more lucky to have been able to watch it for a second time. I discovered Xica back in 1996 and found her again in 2007. I would love to buy this novela. even though i know how it will end i look forward to every episode.

  • daniel hidalgo

    xica
    i’m nuts about this show xica …i love the entire cast..especially xica and the commandor

  • Hilda Borrego

    XICA
    Can I get copy of the soap opera of XICA if so please let me know how! Love it! I find it educational, it’s history of the past, Tais did an excellant job and the novela is the max. Any freebees like posters, autographs ect. of “XICA” Tais? Thank you for putting XICA on the air (T.V.).

  • leda duffy

    where can I buy xica online because I dont have time to watch anymore

  • Aly

    I love this novela i started watching it the first day it aired in azteca america. But unfortunally I dont have the time to watch the novela anymore so I would like to know if and where i can buy this version of the novela :-).

  • mimi

    I want to buy this sopa opera
    Hi, can you please tell me where I can buy this dvd or vhs? I really wish to buy it. I want this version not the one from 1983…… I like this version.

    Thank you
    Mimi 🙂

  • andrea bermeo

    Xica da Silva
    I started watching the novela about a month ago. It is great, but I would like to know if it is going to come out on DVD or VHS? I didn’t see the beginning and I would like to if I can purchase it.

  • lequisha

    is there a site where i can read the scprit in english. i remember try to watch it about 5 or 6 years ago (maybe more or less) when i first start taking spanish. i start watching it again but i can only get some of the words. i know what going on but i like to know the script word by word. :-

  • Eli

    What happened
    Why did XIca not come out yesterday, 11/14/06. Was it cancelled?

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