Doña Bárbara is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by Hugo León Ferrer for Telemundo in 2008-09. It is based on the Venezuelan novel Doña Bárbarawritten by Rómulo Gallegos in 1929. As with most of its soap operas, the network broadcast English subtitles as closed captions on CC3 until late October, when the network canceled the translations. This show was the first to regain the subtitles when captions were restored in late March, 2009.Edith González, Christian Meier and Génesis Rodríguez star as the protagonists, Katie Barberi and Arap Bethke as co-protagonists. Set in the plains of Venezuela and Colombia, this melodrama features a courageous, beautiful and strong-willed woman who must rise above heartbreak, betrayal and tragedy. Her troubled past haunts her, as she confronts her own deep-seated vulnerabilities in the face of an impossible love. She falls passionately for a dashing man and must face her memories head-on. She must fight to keep her secrets from destroying her chance of happiness, fulfillment and true love. "The best stories feature strong women", says the show's English trailer. "This is the story that started it all.