Moreno Cast as “Abuelita” in NBC’s “Welcome to the Family”

Rita Moreno will have Family duty in the near future…

The 81-year-old Puerto Rican actress/singer/dancer has joined the cast of NBC‘s new sitcom Welcome to the Family.

Rita Moreno

Moreno, who’ll receive the SAG Award‘s Life Achievement statue in January, will play Abuelita, the sassy grandmother of Lisette (portrayed by Justina Machado), who looms large over the Hernandez family.

Moreno’s character, expected to first appear in November, is described as extremely religious, judgmental, tough, perpetually scowling and rude. The thought of disappointing Abuelita is so unappealing that Lisette and her family tell her elaborate lies about their lives whenever she comes to visit.

Moreno is best known for her roles in West Side Story, The Electric Company and Oz. She’s also among an elite group of performers to have won an Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy.

In addition to Moreno and Machado, the new comedy series also stars Ricardo Chavira, Joey Haro and Fabrizio Guido.

Welcome to the Family premieres Thursday, October 3 at 8:30 pm ET on NBC.

Zayas Starring in George Lopez’s New FX Series “Saint George”

David Zayas is one of the saints

The 51-year-old Puerto Rican actor, best known for playing Homicide Lieutenant Angel Batista on Showtime‘s serial killer drama Dexter, has joined the cast of FX‘s George Lopez comedy Saint George, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

David Zayas

The comedy centers on the chaotic life of a recently divorced working-class Mexican-American man who becomes a successful entrepreneur.

Lopez is set to portray the man who struggles to balance his demanding ex-wife, his 11-year-old son, his overbearing mother who just moved in and his uncle as well as his new role as a philanthropist “giving back” by teaching history once a week at night school.

Zayas will appear in the recurring role of Junior, Tio’s (Danny Trejo) son and George’s cousin. Junior, like Tio, is a bit quirky and off-center. Both admire the other and take advantage of George’s success and are always brainstorming ways to make money — sometimes legally.

Saint George was co-created by Lopez, Matt Williams and David McFadzean, with the trio set to co-write the first episode of the project, which begins production this month.

Lionsgate Television is set to produce the series.

In addition to Dexter, which wraps its run on Sunday, Zayas most recently guest starred on Fox‘s The Following. His credits include Grimm and Person of Interest.

Serratos Lands Recurring Role on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”

Christian Serratos will be seeing (walking) dead people…

The 22-year-old Latina actress has landed a high-profile role on AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Christian Serratos

Serratos, best known for portraying Angela Weber in The Twilight Saga franchise, will play the tough and beautiful Rosita Espinosa, a character introduced in Issue 53 of the comic book, in the blockbuster zombie drama upcoming fourth season.

Rosita is one of the survivors of the mysterious undead apocalypse that has taken over the planet.

Serratos will recur on Season 4 with an option to become a regular cast member in Season 5.

Serratos’ other credits include guest-starring roles on Zoey 101, 7th Heaven, Hannah Montana and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Jenner Featured in New Trailer for the “Glee” Beatles-Themed Episode

Blake Jenner is experiencing a case of Beatlemania

The 21-year-old half-Cuban American actor/singer and his fellow Glee cast mates appear in the latest trailer for Fox’s hit musical dramedy, as they prepare to celebrate the music of the Beatles.

Blake Jenner

In the trailer, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) tells the New Directions members at McKinley High that they’ll be embarking on a two-week assignment tackling the music of the Fab Four.

Glee‘s Season 5 premiere is slated for September 26 at 9:00 pm ET on Fox.

Guzman Returning for “Step Up 5” Film…

Ryan Guzman is steppin’ up for another dancetastic film…

The 25-year-old half-Mexican actor and Step Up Revolution star will star opposite  Step Up 2: The Street’s Briana Evigan in the Summit Entertainment dance franchise Step Up 5.

Ryan Guzman

Guzman and Evigan will reprise their roles as Sean and Andie, respectively, as the fivequel reunites more than a dozen cast members from previous films in the franchise.

Despite being rumored for another franchise appearance, original Step Up star Channing Tatum is not among the returning cast confirmed by the studio.

Fan favorites Adam Sevani (Moose), Misha Gabriel (Eddy), Alyson Stoner (Camille), Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss (Jason), Mari Koda (Jenny Kido), Chris Scott (Hair), Luis Rosado (Monster), Chadd Smith (Vladd AKA Robot Guy), and Martin & Facundo Lombard (The Santiago Twins) will return for the fifth film in the franchise.

Series dancers Marc “Marvelous” Iniss, Nolan Padilla, Phillip Chbeeb, Bianca Brewton, Tony Bellissimo, Josue “Beastmode” Figueroa and Brandy Lamkim will also return for the sequel being directed by Trish Sie.

Also joining Step Up 5 is Izabella Miko in a supporting role. Miko will play Alexxa, the entertainment director for luxury Vegas hotel Valhalla, who hosts a dance contest to find the best crew in the world. The winning team inks a three-year contract to perform in Vegas.

Serricchio Joins Cast of “The Wedding Ringer”

Ignacio Serricchio is reporting for wedding duty…

The 31-year-old Argentine American actor has been added to the cast of Kevin Hart and Josh Gad’s comedy The Wedding Ringer, which is currently in production.

Ignacio Serricchio

Helmed by Jeremy Garelick in his feature directorial debut, the film centers on Hart, a charismatic guy named Jimmy who provides best man services for socially challenged guys who can’t get somebody to agree to stand by them on the day of their wedding.

Gad portrays a groom-to-be who finds himself in just such a situation. To make matters worse, he makes up the names of not only a best man but nine groomsmen as well. When all else fails, he seeks out Jimmy’s services to carry out a charade designed to make him look his best but threatens to destroy everything if it fails.

The film was written under the title The Golden Tux by Garelick and Jay Lavender during the time they were writing partners on films like The Break-Up.

No word on Serricchio’s role in the film, but our money’s on him playing one of Gad’s groomsmen.

Along with Hart, Gad and Serrichio, who is best known for playing Diego Alcazar on General Hospital and as Alejandro “Alex” Chavez on The Young and the Restless, the film also stars Kaley Cuoco, Olivia Thirlby, Jorge Garcia and Cloris Leachman.

Coixet Reuniting with Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson for “Learning to Drive”

Isabel Coixet must’ve really liked working with Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson…

The 53-year-old Spanish filmmaker is reunting with Kingley and Clarkson on Learning to Drive, which is currently shooting in New York.

Isabel Coixet

Coixet previously worked with the actors previously on the film Elegy.

Learning to Drive is based on a Katha Pollitt essay first published in The New Yorker in 2002.

The film also stars Jake Weber, Grace Gummer and Sarita Choudhury.

Clarkson will portray a Manhattanite who takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor (Kingsley) who is living in Queens under political asylum.

Coixet’s other directing credits include a segment in Paris, je t’aime, My Life Without Me and The Secret Life of Words.

Loren Joins the Cast of Fox’s “Gang Related”

Lela Loren will have to choose between two hunky Latinos this upcoming television season.

The Latina actress has been cast in a major recurring role on Fox’s new drama Gang Related.

Lela Loren

Starring Ramon Rodriguez, the series centers on Ryan Lopez, a gang member sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department.

Loren will portray Sylvia, a woman caught between her ex-boyfriend Ryan, and her current fiancé Dante Acosta (portrayed by Jay Hernandez), gang lord Javier Acosta’s son and Ryan’s best friend since childhood.

Loren’s credits include television appearances on Covert Affairs, The Closer, The Mentalist and Lost, as well as a film role in The Hangover Part III, which was released earlier this year.

Diaz to Serve as Producer on CBS’ Comedy “Bad Teacher”

Cameron Diaz is officially a bad producer… The 41-year-old half-Cuban American actress will serve as a producer of CBS’ midseason comedy Bad Teacher, which is based on her hit 2011 Columbia Pictures film of the same name. Cameron Diaz Diaz reunites with the film’s writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, who serve as executive producers on the series. The single-camera Bad Teacher centers on hot, fearless and unapologetic former trophy wife Meredith Davis (Ari Graynor) who masquerades as a teacher in order to find a new man after her wealthy husband leaves her penniless. The role was played by Diaz in the movie where the character was named Elizabeth Halsey. Diaz will next star in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor and she’s currently filming Columbia Pictures’ Sex Tape. Her upcoming projects include The Other Woman and Annie. Her first foray into television producing was Trippin, a 10-episode environmental adventure series for MTV, which premiered in 2004. Bad Teacher is being produced by Sony Television, CBS Television Studios and Mosaic.

The Launch of Cabral’s New Series “Enlisted” Moved to January

It looks like Angelique Cabral won’t be enlisting until 2014…

Fox has postponed the premiere of Enlisted, which stars the 34-year-old part-Latina actress, to midseason.

Angelique Cabral

The comedy series was originally slated to premiere on Friday, November 8 following Raising Hope.

Instead, the new comedy series will premiere on Friday, January 10 at 9:30/8:30c.

Until then, the network will air back-to-back original episodes of Raising Hope on Fridays starting on November 8. The network hopes to give the new series the benefit of higher viewing levels in January, bolstered by Fox’s winter sports lineup.

The comedy stars Geoff Stults as a military man who has been in combat for several years, but is forced to join his dysfunctional brothers’ (Chris Lowell and Parker Young) squad at a base in Florida.

Cabral, who wed her longtime love this summer, portrays Jill Perez on the series.