‘Queen of the South’ show runner: expect drama

Natalie Chaidez
Natalie Chaidez

Natalie Chaidez calls the shots.

The veteran show runner who has worked on such shows as “Heroes,” Syfy’s “12 Monkeys,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” and “Skin” is now over at “Queen of the South,” which returns for season 2 at 10 p.m. Thursday on USA. Based on Auturo Pérez-Reverte’s best-selling novel, “Queen of the South” tells the story of Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga), a “queenpin” in America. We caught up with Chaidez when she was in Miami recently:

What exactly is a showrunner?

The person in charge of all creative decisions on a TV series. From script, to casting, to production, to editing, the buck stops with me -- though I do have an amazing team of writers, producers, studio executives and crew working with me.

How did you begin your career?

I attended UCLA film school, and then did the Disney Fellowship Program in its inaugural year. My first job in television was writing for a ground-breaking show on Fox called “New York Undercover.”

What can we expect for Season 2?

More action and thrills as we follow the rise of Teresa. Her Culiacan boyfriend Guero (Jon Ecker) returns — and they will be reunited in a surprising way. There will also be some amazing guest stars, including the return of Telemundo’s Rafael Amaya (“El Senor De Los Cielos”), as well as new faces like Michel Duval (“Senora Acero”), and musicians Sno Tha Product (The Hamilton Mixtape) and M.C. Lyte.