Netflix and Univision Just Say Yes to a Drama Series About El Chapo

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Joaquin Guzman, a.k.a. El Chapo. Photo: Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg Finance LP/Getty Images

One taste, and it's hard to stop. This is true of cocaine, and (in Netflix's case) dramatic television about drug lords. The company, with the help of Univision, is co-producing a series about El Chapo, the notorious drug kingpin famous for being interviewed by Sean Penn and also for establishing a reign of terror through the Sinaloa Cartel before he was caught by Mexican authorities. El Chapo will air on UniMás in 2017, and then be available to Netflix subscribers shortly thereafter. Netflix's Narcos, which focuses on Pablo Escobar, is heading into its second season after a few showrunner changes. The History Channel, meanwhile, is developing its own El Chapo series called #Cartel. All in all, television is not winning the war on drugs.