On Monday afternoon, El Último Rey: El Hijo Del Pueblo producer Juan Osorio said that despite the network receiving the letter from the Fernández family’s lawyer, the series would still air Monday night. Earlier, he said that Doña Cuquita should see the show before she criticized it.
“I knew that the Fernández family did not agree very much, but I have always trusted my work, I trust a lot in the adaptation of the writers who are making great scripts,” Osorio said. “I do not see why it is such a problem if we are taking it to the screen the life and the effort that was made in this Fernández family.”
Although Doña Cuquita made it clear after releasing her statement that no further comment would be made on the issue, it looks like her family will have to continue their fight against those they believe are misusing Fernández’s name and image and hurting his legacy.
And despite receiving an order to suspend the broadcast of its unauthorized Vicente Fernández TV series, Televisa premiered the first episode at its scheduled time Monday evening (March 14).
Lawyers had sent a letter at the behest of Fernández’s family, including his widow, María del Refugio Abarca Villaseñor, better known as “Doña Cuquita,” who released a statement Sunday (March 13) calling the unauthorized Televisa series “theft.”
Before he died, Fernández signed a contract for his bioseries with Caracol and Netflix to produce and distribute a TV series on his life and career. That series is called The Idol of the People and will star actor Jaime Camil (Jane the Virgin) as Fernández.
El Último Rey is based on the controversial book of the same name by Argentine writer Olga Wornat. The book links Vicente Fernández and his family to alleged drug trafficking and other devious behavior.