Watch My Show: Netflix's 'Club de Cuervos' Is for Viewers Who Like 'Tacos and Orgies'
After Mexican director Gaz Alazraki created the series Club de Cuervos–Netflix’s first foray into Spanish-language TV–he made an unconventional hire to run the show.
Jay Dyer’s credits include Californication and Andy Richter Controls the Universe, so he’s got the comedy chops. But despite his job as showrunner, Dyer doesn’t speak or write in Spanish and didn’t know much about soccer before joining the show.
Club de Cuervos follows the exploits of a wealthy Mexican family that turns against each other after its patriarch dies–leaving their stake in a soccer team up for grabs.
But Dyer was hired to give Club de Cuervos the look and feel of an American series, with an eye toward creating an alternative to the still-dominant telenovela format. We asked Dyer to fill out our “Watch My Show” showrunner survey and explain why watching Club de Cuervos should be our goooooooal.
I've got room in my life to watch just one more show. Tell me why it should be yours.
Subtitles are an excellent way to increase your vocabulary.
Who should be watching?
TV-MA viewers with a smartphone, computer or tablet. Oh yeah, or a television. People still have those, right?
What happens if we don't watch your show?
You won’t find out if Mary Luz is a big, fat liar.
What's the best thing anyone has said or written about your show?
“This is the greatest show in the history of television.” - Jay Dyer
What's the worst thing?
“This couldn’t possibly be the greatest show in the history of television.” – person reading this interview.
Who was right?
Definitely Jay Dyer.
What's an alternate title for your show?
We were going to call both the team and the show Los Escorpiones, but then ads for Scorpion started popping up last summer. It’s a little show on CBS. You might have heard of it.
Give us an equation for your show.
Tommy Boy plus Any Given Sunday divided by football times fútbol plus Game of Thrones minus Flowers in the Attic.
Come up with a premise for the spin-off.
I’m all about prequels. Chava and Isabel as children. One father, two mothers, two children… I guess it would have to be a sitcom. Full Casa?
What credit of yours would you prefer we forget?
My searing portrayal of the Tin Man in a college production of The Wiz. I still have nightmares. As for writing credits, I have no regrets. At least none that I’m willing to talk about without several more years of therapy.
Tell me one thing about your cast.
No actors were harmed during the filming of this television program. A few soccer balls might have been.
What other series would you most like to be an executive producer on?
Is time travel an option? If so, 30 Rock. Just to be in the room when they pitched Avian Bone Syndrome.
Let's scare the network. Tell us an idea that didn't make it on to the screen.
Can’t. All the stuff that might have scared them already made it to screen.
Finish this sentence: "If you like _______, you'll love our show.”
Tacos and orgies.
Pick another show, any show, to start a fake feud with.
Bloodline. Our family feud vs. their family feud.
What other show would you like to do a cross-over episode with -- and how would that go?
The All New Mickey Mouse Club. The All New Mickey Mouse Club de Cuervos has a nice ring to it.
How will your show change the face of TV as we know it?
I’m pretty sure you mean, “How has it?”
All 13 episodes of Club de Cuervos is now available on Netflix.