2 April 2005 | ars3
Hated by intellectuals, Always in the Top 10 for over 4 years
"Ana and the 7" (TVE) is a show that beat "Gladiator" and week by week gets near a 30% of the share side by side with "C.S.I." (Antena3 TV). Both TV series defeat the Movie Premiere (Tele 5) almost as a routine and fight with each other to be the Top Prime Time program on Mondays.
The audience has been hooking to the series week by week for over 4 years now. By the results, it is safe to state that the professionals behind it know what they are doing even though some people don't seem to grasp what's their key for perpetual success. (Many series don't last a mere 3 weeks in Spain).
But how would it be to judge Cinderella under dramatic parameters for an adult drama? It would be nonsense as it is nonsense all the judgments "Ana and the 7" gets from people forgetting the key tone is very similar to a story tale. The tone seems to work out perfectly for the audience and so explains the fidelity of over 30% of the share for so many years, from children to seniors.
So why is it so hatred by some? Apart from those frustrated by their incapability to discern between an adult drama and a tale story some people can not stand the main actress, Ana Obregon, who originated the series and every now and then still dares to declare she writes it, when it's well known she does not put a single coma in the scripts.
However, aligning a personal dislike of the actress as a person with the judgment of the show, only generates passionate statements that fall out of reason. Those passionate militants against the series despite its continuous success from many years, fail to understand that what hooks such a broad audience week by week is the magic rooted in tale classics.
Judging by results, the producers and writers know what they are doing and those who express surprise for its big appeal only show they can not understand about the elements necessary to generate a successful TV series. If they ever consider to go further than being an astonished tele-viewer in disagreement with the broad public it would be wise for them to examine the elements of the series far over their dislike and observe what is that triggers in the audience that keeps them coming back for more, no matter if there is a big movie or a CSI episode in other TV channel.