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La Plaza; Blind And On Her Own


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La Plaza
Blind And On Her Own
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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

Patricia and Ana Lucia Vlieg are the blind daughters of a successful Panamanian ophthalmologist. Six years ago both young woman moved to the United States to study. The girls live a sheltered life protected by their mother. But since their arrival in this country both women have developed a desire for independence. In very American fashion Patricia and Ana are venturing out on their own for the first time, challenging Latin American convention and upending their family dynamic.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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