ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL 2019
Los Espookys Is “Scooby-Doo for the Modern Age”
By Allison Picurro
The cast of the new series hosted a panel discussion at Austin’s ATX Television Festival and gave the audience a preview of what to expect from the horror-inspired Spanish-language comedy.
When Los Espookys co-creators and stars Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live, Documentary Now!), Julio Torres (Saturday Night Live) and Ana Fabrega (At Home with Amy Sedaris) were crafting their surrealist comedy about four friends who turn their love of horror into a business, a classic cartoon became their primary reference.
“It’s sort of the other side of Scooby-Doo,” Armisen began after a screening of the series’ pilot episode at ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas. “The part we never really get to see.”
Armisen, who plays LA-based valet driver, Tico, was joined by Torres and Fabrega, along with cast members Bernardo Velasco, Cassandra Ciangherotti. The conversation was moderated by Derek Waters of Comedy Central’s Drunk History.
“It’s horror in a warm, cartoony way,” added Torres, who stars as the mysterious Andrés, who’s heir to a chocolate empire and obsessed with spooky things, much to his boyfriend’s chagrin.
Armisen, Torres and Fabrega, who co-wrote the pilot episode together, said a comedy about “people who scare people” was something they have been wanting to capture for a while. And having Los Espookys almost entirely in Spanish (with English subtitles) was a “non-negotiable” as the series came to fruition.
“Just because it’s in Spanish doesn’t mean it’s only for people who speak Spanish,” said Fabrega, who plays Los Espookys test dummy, Tati.
The creators notably drew inspiration from other Spanish-language series, including otherworldly stories sometimes found in telenovelas.
“My mom used to watch Brazilian telenovelas, which are very different from Mexican telenovelas in that there’s a lot of magical realism,” Torres said. “There was this one character who was in love with the moon. I loved the idea of a world that goes by the beat of its own drum like that.”
As Velasco, who plays Renaldo, summed it up, “It’s a world with its own roots. No logic.”
Watch new episodes of Los Espookys Fridays at 11 pm.