"Avenida Brasil" became a phenomenom when it aired in Brazil in 2012. The tale of a young woman coming back years later to avenge her father captivated a nation came together Monday through Saturday for 8 months to follow the life of Nina and her wicked step mother Carminha. "Avenida" was an original screenplay developed by João Emanuel Carneiro who proved he was able to unite a country by telling a story that reflected society. "I felt that Brazil's new rising class wasn't so interested in watching more and more shows about the country's super-elite," he told the Los Angeles Times earlier this year. "This new class isn't interested in the values or culture of the rich. They're interested in seeing themselves."
"Avenida Brasil" has aired in many Latin countries and is set to premiere stateside on January 6 at 12 Noon on the Telemundo network. The telenovela was originally set to air in primetime, but in the end the programming director opted to air a re-run of "La Reina del Sur." The Brazilian melodrama centers on Rita and her father played by Tony Ramos. After the death of Rita's mother, her father marries Carminha (Adriana Esteves), a conniving and gold-digging woman who acts like a perfect step mother in front of her husband and changes her personality when he's not around. Rita can see through her and overhears Carminha having a conversation with her accomplice and lover, about fleeing with her husband's money after he sells the house they live in. Rita warns her father and he later confronts his wife. In a turn of events and while walking down the "Avenida Brasil" he gets run over by Tufão (Murilo Benicio) and tries to tell him that his wife is a bad person. Tufão, a famous soccer player, doesn't understand him well and belives he is trying to tell him to take care of his wife but he soon dies.
Tufão looks for Carminha and she lets him believe she is a sad widowed woman. She seduces him and later tells him that she is pregnant. This forces Tufão to break things up with his girlfriend and marry Carminha. Rita, now an orphaned, is abandoned by Carminha in a landfill where she meets a young boy like her who is named Batata. The children fall in love but are soon seperated when an Argentine couple adopt Rita and take her back to their home country. Batata is later adopted by Carminha and Tufão and this adoption was not a coincidence. Rita grows up but with resentment in her heart towards Carminha and all the bad she did in her life. When her adoptive father dies, she masterminds a plan to take Carminha down and unmask her in front of her whole family. Will she succeed? Watch the trailer down below and tell us what you think!
"AVENIDA BRASIL" TRAILER