By Francisco Salazar ( | First Posted: Jan 06, 2013 07:33 PM EST

Aracely Arambula in "La Patrona" (Photo : Telemundo)

On January 8th Telemundo will air the first chapter of their new soap opera "La Patrona." The telenovela marks the new partnership between Telemundo and star Aracely Arambula and also marks the return of the great Argentine actress Christian Bach who last appeared on television in 2010.

"La Patrona" is a remake of the Venezuelan telenovela "La Duena" written by Jose Ignacio Cabruias, Julio César Mármol, and José Salas; the new Telemundo was adapted by Valentina Parraga. The title "La Patrona" is a reflection of the power struggle between the protagonist Gabriela (Arambula) and the antagonist Antonia Guerra (Bach). The two women fight for the authority and respect of a mining company traditionally deemed to be a man's job.

The series also stars Jorge Luis Pila, Gonzalo Garcia Vivanco, Ericka de la Rosa and Alisa Velez. Production started in October 2012 in Zacatecas, Mexico and in Mexico City with half of the cast. In November 2012, the entire cast was working on the production. 

Aracely Arambula recently hit headlines when she got married to the Argentine actor Sebastian Rulli over the summer after the two worked on the play "Perfume de Gardenia."  Her last soap opera was "Corazon Salvaje" in 2009, which got her a nomination for best actress at the prestigious Mexican award show "Premios Telenovela."

The novela will air at 9 p.m. EST and will replace the largely popular "Corazon Valiente" which has its finale on Monday, January 7th. The production was developed under Telemundo Studios, Miami and Argos Communications. 

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