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Colombian TV writer Juan Camilo Ferrand, on an appearance on Telemundo's "Enfoque" news talk show, said the TV show "Pablo Escobar, El Patrón del Mal" has many lessons for today's Mexico.
The show about Colombia's once top drug lord is airing on Telemundo at 10 p.m. weeknights.
Ferrand said he was not worried about glorifying Escobar. He said two of Escobar's victims are producers of the show; Escobar kidnapped the father of one and the mother of the other.
Substitute "Enfoque" host Roger Mora Tagle asked whether the show is airing at an opportune time because of the drug violence now occurring in Mexico. Ferrand replied, "Remember, Pablo Escobar died almost 20 years ago. That is how much time it cost us Colombians to bring it to the small screen. We couldn't have done it in 1995 or 2000. From what I see happening in Mexico, you won't see this for another 20 years."
He said the Mexican situation today and Colombia's 20 years ago have many similarities and thought the show could help people understand what is happening in Mexico.
Ferrando said the show was the most expensive TV production in Colombian history, with each of 63 episodes costing an average of $150,000.