Reality Series 'The Riveras,' Featuring Late Singer Jenni Rivera's Kids Debuts On NBC Universo
The children of the late Mexican-American music icon Jenni Rivera star in their own celebrity reality series. (Photo: NBC Universo)
When Mexican-American music icon Jenni Rivera died in a plane crash four years ago, she was on the verge of mainstream stardom, just having signed a deal to star on an ABC television series.
But the 43-year-old singer, actress and entrepreneur was already famous in the Spanish-language media world, where she even had her own reality show. For three seasons, I love Jenni showcased the behind-the-scenes of the singer’s professional and family life, featuring her five children.
Those children are now starring in the new celeb-reality series The Riveras, which premieres on NBC Universo Sunday, October 16 at 10 p.m. The cable network, formerly known as mun2, was also the home of I Love Jenni and her daughter’s reality spin-off Chiquis ‘N Control.
The 10-episode season, produced by NBC Universo and Blank Paige Productions, picks up almost four years after their mother’s tragic death. The show takes viewers into the lives of Rivera’s five children: Chiquis, Jacqie (who has an uncanny resemblance to her mother Jenni), Mikey, Jenicka and Johnny as they pursue their dreams.
It’s been a roller coaster of emotions, but here we are,” shares Chiquis about life after Jenni’s death and again exposing the inner workings of her family on TV. “This is a good way to show the world that we’re going to be ok – that we’re going to do the best to be ok for my mom.
The Rivera family poses for an ‘I Love Jenni’ promotional photo in 2012. Pictured with the kids is Jenni’s third husband Esteban Loaiza, whom she filed for divorce from shortly before her death. (Photo: mun2, now NBC Universo)
The Riveras, whose ages range from 15 to 31 years, are trying to figure out how to stay united as a family, while honoring their mother’s legacy. Chiquis, the eldest sibling, takes on a parental role. In one of the episodes, for example, she calls a family meeting to explain why they must sell the mansion bought by Jenni Rivera at the peak of her career, but that they can no longer afford to own.
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While the show is airing on one of NBC Universal’s Hispanic channels, the Riveras hope their show can create a cross-market appeal.
What I love most about the show is that they’re allowing us to be ourselves. We’re Mexican-American. We’re very connected to our roots and heritage, but we were born in America. I think people are going to be able to identify with that,” says Chiquis. “The show is primarily in English, but there’s subtitles in Spanish and we’re very Mexican, very Latino, so people are going to be able to see that. We’re not faking anything. It’s a reality show.
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