Fugitivos centers around a team of bounty hunters who track down criminals all over Southern California.
It’s another huge success for the Latino cable network. The program, which airs Sunday nights at 8/7c, has captured more than 3 million viewers since its January 13th premiere. That makes it the leading original series of 2013 to date and the #1 most-watched program in its time slot among Hispanic cable networks with total viewers
The concept of bringing bad guys to justice is nothing new, but the cast was quick to point out what separates them from your run-of-the-mill Dog the Bounty Hunter.
“It’s different because we are actual bail and fugitive recovery agents,” Monique, the only female on the team explained. “We have actual officers. We are adequately trained. This is our field. This is what we do. We are professionals. We’re after the bad guys. We’re going to go and get them, regardless of what it may be.”
Week after week, the team comes face-to-face with criminals from all walks of life. They’ve dealt with drug dealers, car thieves, murderers, you name it.
Roman Morales, a former marine and police officer, got back into the business for the high he gets from nabbing some of LA’s worst criminals.
“I’m an adrenaline junkie! This fits perfectly. It’s looking for the scums of the earth,” he said. “A lot of these people still think they can take the system by skipping out. We’re there to scoop them back up.”
“With the economy being so jacked up, I mean, people are doing some crazy stuff right now and so this business is booming,” Lou said. “And right now, we’re showing everybody what not to do. You know, there’s other alternatives than to go out there and do crime.”
The crew ventures deep into some of LA’s most dangerous neighborhoods, including South Central, East Los Angeles, and The Avenues.
“You’ll see us in your backyard,” said Bombero, who’s also a firefighter. “I mean, if you live in LA, you’ll recognize the streets that we pass by, the perps that we get.”
This tough guy act isn’t just for the cameras. The crew came in fully prepared with their weapons and bulletproof vests ready to go!
“It’s my little sweetheart,” Monique laughed as she showed off her pink handgun. “Nothing comes in loaded, don’t worry! You’re good, Carson!”
Things can get dangerous out there, but the team uses their smarts to avoid violence at all costs.
“It’s really who has the better tactics, you know? But if you have the better strength than the guy that has tactics, then you can still throw him around a little bit. That’s where me and Roman, we just pretty much sandwich whoever is out there! It’s no problem, you know?” Bombero told Carson.
“We do carry weapons, obviously,” Monique added. “That’s one of our main protections, but when you use your intelligence, your smarts, and don’t jump the gun as they say, you always have to think before you act. So trying to come off as a hard ass all the time, it just doesn’t work that way.”
Many of the scenes have to be re-enacted for television purposes, which allows some of the show’s biggest fans to participate in the re-filming. Sometimes the line between what’s real and what’s fake becomes a little blurred, but Lou gave Carson a helpful hint.
“If you see something that looks like The Young & The Restless, that’s a dramatization. If you see Training Day, baby, you know that’s the real stuff right there!”
And while it may look like a souped-up game of Cops and Robbers on TV, it’s serious business to the cast that puts their lives on the line to do what’s right.
“We’re pretty much showing a side of the streets that not everybody gets to see,” Monique said. “This something that we do. It’s our job. It’s our profession. It’s something we have chosen to do and we do it very well.”