I loved Gitanas. At the Telemundo upfront that year the four actresses were present in their fabulous gypsy finery and I told a network employee that the NBC Store should be selling replicas of their jewelry.
Why was your mother disappointed in the ending? I personally thought that the babies in two of the photos were rather ugly; there was no way I could believe that Jovanka and Juan (or Sashenka and Jonas) would ever have had such ugly kids.
Don Francisco also gets on my last nerve. I watched Sabado last Saturday because my client had two segments in it and (much more importantly) because Pablo Montero was on the show. Nothing else motivates me to watch this program! After seeing how many product segments were in it I concluded that if they were stripped out, the show would be only 1 hour. BTW, I understand he has a 5-hour version of this that airs in Chile, his native country.
I haven't watched a Telemundo novela since El Cuerpo del Deseo. I tried watching its replacement, Tierra de Pasiones, but I don't like Gabriella Spanic. There is something incredibly cheap about her, especially when her hair is dyed a color not found in nature.
Sometime in 2007 Telemundo will have a novela based on Isabel Allende's Zorro novel (which I have to read soon). Casting so far is Christian Meier and Paola Rey, but that could have changed since the pilot scenes were shot for the upfront presentation. I hope to have a TiVo by then.