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La Plaza
Judge To Janitor
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Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

In his native Colombia Luis Velez was a model of success. A professor, lawyer and judge, Luis rode to work in a chauffeured car and mingled with the country's elite. But in 1998 Velez gave it all up and moved to the U.S. In the process Velez lost everything that he held dear—-his status, his wife and his daughter. The once rising star of the Colombian judiciary had become a lowly immigrant worker——parking cars, cleaning bathrooms. He had lost everything, but in the process learned what kind of person, at his core, he really was.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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