Ferrer is “NCIS: LA” Bound

Miguel Ferrer won’t be out of work when his stint on Desperate Housewives comes to an end.

The 56-year-old Puerto Rican-American actor has signed on to appear in a recurring role on CBS’ military drama/crime procedural NCIS: Los Angeles, which stars LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell.

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The former Crossing Jordan will play NCIS Assistant Director Allan Granger, a high-ranking federal agency supervisor.

Ferrer, who was a series regular on Lifetime’s drama The Protector earlier this year, is currently appearing on ABC’s Desperate Housewives as Susan Mayer’s (Teri Hatcher) college art teacher.

Diaz’s American Career Lifts Off…

Aaron Diaz’s career is about to take flight on American television…

The 29-year-old Mexican actor and singer will guest star on this week’s episode of ABC’s Pan Am.

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Diaz—who rose to fame after starring in the telenovela Teresa—will play a passenger named Miguel, “a dashing, charming and wealthy entrepreneur,” on the 1960s-set series about the now-defunct airline.

“He’s a businessman and frequent client of the airline…and on one flight that he takes from New York to Caracas, something happens that forces the plane to land in another country, in Haiti,” says Diaz of his appearance in the episode entitled “Unscheduled Departure.” “I‘m not going to tell you more so that you watch it, but things happen that force him to change drastically. And he interacts and has scenes with all the stewardesses, captains, everyone.”

Diaz says the guest-starring role came at a perfect time, just as he was arriving in Miami to prepare for his role in the telenovela Talismán.

“This was like a first step into another language,” says Diaz, who speaks perfect English. “And I hope that projects will keep coming my way and that the timing is right to continue advancing [in the American market].”

In addition to his music and acting careers, Diaz is also a fashion designer, who introduced his PERRA clothing line in 2009.

Diaz’s Pan Am episode will air this Sunday, November 13 at 10:00 pm ET.

Breaking Ground? Twilight’s First Spanish Song

There’s a little sabor Latino on the soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

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Along with part-Puerto Rican doo-wop singer Bruno Mars’ “It Will Rain,” the new album features a Spanish track written and performed by Argentinean actress/singer Mia Maestro, who plays the matriarch of the vegetarian Denali coven in the much-anticipated film.

The ballad  “Llovera” is the only Spanish-language song to ever be featured on any of the Twilight soundtracks.

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“It’s nice to know that millions of people who are going to go see this film are going to hear my song,” Maestro told Latina.com about the song. “It’s quite exciting!”

So  how did the 33-year-old actress/singer—who starred opposite Jennifer Garner on ABC’s Alias—end up scoring the first Spanish song on the Twilight soundtracks ?

“I was working on my album while I was shooting the movie,” recalls Maestro. “Everyone was aware that I was finishing my record and [the film’s director] Bill Condon wanted to hear it. He did and he really loved it and he said he was going to see if there was any part in the film where he could find placement for it.”

Well, it appears he has… But Maestro can only hint at where in the movie it appears:

“A beautiful moment in the film—I can’t say which one, but I hope people will love it.”

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 soundtrack is available now.

Meanwhile, the film opens nationwide on November 18.

Ten Hut… Martinez Scores All 10s!

J.R. Martinez may have received lower-than-normal scores during last week’s Halloween-themed episode of Dancing with the Stars, but he was back with a vengeance during this week’s show.

The 28-year-old wounded-Iraq-veteran-turned-actor and his dancing partner Karina Smirnoff shook off last week’s poor showing to land atop the leader board with two perfect scores on a night of strong performances by the remaining five contestants.

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Striving to receive Season 13’s first perfect score, Martinez and Smirnoff performed a picture perfect waltz to “What the World Needs Now Is Love”

“You were getting a standing ovation during the dance,” stated Dancing host Tom Bergeron.

After earning 10s from the judges—including Len Goodman’s first 10 of the season—for a perfect 30, J.R. exclaimed, “Justin Bieber, I will never say never!”

But Martinez and Smirnoff didn’t stop there…

After performing their second dance—an instant-jive number to “Tutti Frutti,” where the team only had 20 minutes to prepare—the judges award the couple another 30, giving the recent People magazine cover star and Smirnoff a perfect 60 for the night and putting them eight points ahead of the next best teams.

So it looks like Martinez has cemented his status as the frontrunner after this week’s episode.

Could that coveted mirror ball trophy be within his grasp?

Valderrama’s Next Role: Sexy New Age Guru

Goodbye city life! It looks like Wilmer Valderrama is headed to the ‘burbs…

The 31-year-old part-Colombian/part-Venezuelan actor has signed on to appear on ABC’s new comedy series, Suburgatory. He’ll guest-star as Yoni, a sexy New Age guru who helps provide a little spiritual—and sexual—healing to the town’s soccer moms.

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In the episode set to air early next year, the former That ‘70s Show star is described as a cross between the Dalai Lama and Richard Gere’s character in American Gigolo.

“He is highly spiritual, with a great head of hair. Self-trained in the art of Reiki, Yoni stands alone as Chatswin’s new age guru, making him extremely popular with moms,” series creator Emily Kapnek tells TVGuide.com. “He’s also great in bed.”

Valderrama co-stars in NBC‘s upcoming midseason drama Awake, about a police detective who is involved in a traumatic car accident and awakens in two fractured realities. He recently guest-starred in the mid-season finale of Royal Pains as a hallucinating art enthusiast who may or may not be dead when the series resumes next year.

Valderrama also voices the title character of Disney’s animated series Handy Manny.

Bailon’s High-Octane Dance on “Mira quién baila”

There’s no denying Adrienne Bailon knows how to shake her groove thing…or that she could easily be a contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

The former Cheetah Girl strutted her stuff during a high-energy performance on Univision’s Mira quién baila—a dance competition similar to Dancing with the Stars.

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The 28-year-old half Puerto Rican/half Ecuadorian singer/actress/dancer may not have belted out a song, but she definitely shook her bon bon during her appearance. Backed by a crew of male dancers, the former star of Disney’s The Cheetah Girls movies—dressed in a black leather jumpsuit and rhinestone-covered harness—descended from a swing before bustin’ a move on the dance floor.

After her performance, the former member of the girl group 3LW talked about her  career with the show’s hosts, including being discovered by Ricky Martin.

Bailon, who appears in Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” video, says she’s a huge fan of the show. But she remain tight-lipped about who she’s hoping wins the title.

Contestants still in the hunt are Puerto Rican telenovela star Adamari Lopez, Puerto Rican American actor Erik Estrada and Mexican-American actress/model Elizabeth Gutiérrez.

An American “Soy Tu Dueña” Remake in the Works?

It looks like ABC will try its luck all over again with adapting a smash Latin American telenovela

With help from Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria, ABC is developing an English-language remake of the hit Mexican telenovela Soy Tu Dueña, according to Deadline. Longoria will serve as an executive producer on the project.

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Co-produced by Televisa—the company behind the Mexican version—the American version will center on a Texas heiress who loses her fortune and is forced to move back to the ranch she grew up on. Soy Tu Dueña, which translates to “I’m Your Owner,” will be called A Woman Of Steel.

A remake of the 1995 telenovela La Dueña, Soy Tu Dueña—which starred Mexican telenovela royalty, Fernando Colunga and Lucerowas a ratings hit when it aired on Univision last year, ranking as the network’s most-watched telenovela ever.

ABC is the only American network to successfully adapt a Latin American telenovela with Ugly Betty. Based on the Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea, the dramedy ran for four seasons on the network.

America Ferrera won a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy for her portrayal of the fashionably challenged title character.

No word on who will star in ABC’s adaptation of Soy Tu Dueña. But Longoria wouldn’t be a bad choice… After all, she’s from Texas and her schedule should open up now that Desperate Housewives is going off the air this season.

Happily Ever After for Parrilla’s Evil Queen

ABC has only aired two episodes of Once Upon a Time… But the network has given the insta-hit show—starring Puerto Rican-American actress Lana Parrilla—a full-season pickup…

Once—a fairy tale drama about a group of fairy-tale characters trapped in a New England town—is the highest-rated new drama of the fall, averaging 12.3 million viewers and a strong 4.0 rating in the crucial Adults 18-49 demographic. And the show seems to be holding up well, despite stiff competition from NFL football and more.

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So what’s the key to the show’s success? Experts credit the series’ originality and family-friendly feel. By tapping into a family audience with its fanciful tale of a prince, a lonely adopted boy and Parrilla’s oh-so-evil queen, Once seems to be filling a void in primetime television. It’s a tale of good and evil, involving more than poisoned apples and sleeping curses. The fairy tale characters have been banished to live in the “real world” by the Evil Queen with no idea of their true identities.

Along with scene-stealer Parrilla as the Evil Queen and conniving town mayor Regina Mills, Once stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold.

Parrilla doesn’t see her character as being that cruel or evil…

“As Regina, I come from a place of love, really, and fear of losing a son, and the threat posed by Emma Swan coming into this town. Sometimes, when you’re faced with that kind of threat, it doesn’t bring out the best in someone,” explains Parrilla. “She feels this kind of possession over Henry, and she really wants him to love her. But he hates her. He just hates her. And we’ll get into why, further down the road.”

And now that Once has been picked up for a full season, it looks like we’ll get the full story as the show progresses. And that’s a happily ever after the show’s growing fan base can really appreciate!

Once Upon a Time airs Sundays on ABC at 8:00 pm ET.

Images courtesy of ABC.

Rodriguez Starring in Racing Film with Leo…

Freddy Rodriguez is heading “over the wall” with an Academy Award-winning actress…

Melissa Leo—this year’s Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Fighter—has signed on to star in Rodriguez’s upcoming project, Over the Wall.
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The racing film is a love story set in the world of stock car racing. Written by Steven Christopher Young, it follows a husband, wife,
surrogate mother and best friend dealing with a tragic event.

Over the Wall will also star Nick Stahl and Hayden Panettiere.

The movie, executive produced by Rodriguez and Steven Beer and Rodriguez, will shoot in Ohio and North Carolina in the spring.

Rodriguez is best known for playing “Rico” Diaz on HBO’s Six Feet Under and as Giovanni “Gio” Rossi on ABC’s Ugly Betty.

Anthony’s Date with the AMAs…

He’s getting major radio airplay as a featured guest on Pitbull’s “Rain Over Me”… And, now Marc Anthony is preparing to make a splash
at this year’s American Music Awards.

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican salsa singer has been added to the star-studded line-up of performers at this year’s show, along with Chris Brown and LMFAOMarc Anthony Performing at the AMAs

Anthony joins previously announced acts Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry and
Maroon 5.

Adele received the most nominations this year with four. Meanwhile, Bruno Mars and Pitbull ranked as the top Latino nominees with two nods each.

Online voting is underway at the AMA voting website.

ABC will broadcast the AMAs live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater on Sunday, November 20 at 8:00 pm ET.