Cris Abrego Named to Television Academy Foundation’s Board of Directors

Cris Abrego is joining the Board…

The Television Academy Foundation has added four new members to its board of directors, including the Latino television executive at Endemol Shine.

Cris Abrego

Abrego will be joined by fellow newcomers to the board: Bunim/Murray Productions co-founder Jonathan MurrayOWN president Tina Perry and composer Rickey Minor.

Abrego is chairman of Endemol Shine Americas, and CEO of Endemol Shine North America. He oversees shows in the U.S. including Big BrotherMasterChef and Lego Masters.

The Television Academy Foundation is the charitable arm of the Television Academy. Its board of directors also includes Netflix’s Cindy HollandNina TasslerEpix’s Michael Wright and Suzanne de Passe.

“Our incoming board members bring extensive business and creative acumen in key sectors of our television industry,” said Madeline Di Nonno, chair of the Television Academy Foundation. “We welcome their thought leadership, strategic guidance and support as the Foundation expands its educational programs and community outreach, which are designed to promote diversity and inclusivity within the television industry and deepen support for the next generation of entertainment leaders.”

Galavis and Girlfriend Nikki Ferrell to Appear on VH1’s “Couples Therapy”

Former Bachelor stud Juan Pablo Galavis is headed to counseling…

The 33-year-old Venezuelan American former pro soccer star, who found love on ABC’s reality dating competition show, and his love Nikki Ferrell have signed on to appear on VH1’s Couples Therapy.

Nikki Ferrell and Juan Pablo Galavis

Galavis and Ferrell, who have been dating since meeting in season 18 of The Bachelor, will talk about their relationship issues and get counseling from marriage and family therapist Dr. Jenn Berman on the show.

The pair join previously announced celebrity couples, including Jenna Jameson and her MMA coach boyfriend John Wood, former Jersey Shorestar Deena Cortese and her beau Chris Buckner,Big Brothervillain Dick Donato and Stephanie Rogness-Fischer, and Naughty by Nature‘s Treach and girlfriend Cicely Evans.

Galavis and Ferrell’s participation was teased in a promo released in mid-August, which features the arrival of “TV’s most controversial couple.” Their faces, however, are blurred in the video.

Despite their appearance on the show, the couple have claimed they are going strong. Ferrell said last month, “We’re doing great. We’re very happy together.” Galavis added, “She’s a wonderful woman – smart, caring, who treats my daughter amazingly well.”

Unlike many other “Bachelor” stars who proposed to the winning girl in the finale, Juan Pablo didn’t pop the question to Nikki. He addresses this in a preview video for Couples Therapy.

“I was criticized a lot for not saying ‘I love you’ to Nikki,” he admits, before explaining, “In the Venezuelan community, it means something. I mean, to propose to someone, it means something. Am I going to say ‘I love you’ to Nikki? I don’t know yet.”

Ferrell has no issue with that, saying, “Just because he hasn’t said it to me, doesn’t mean that I don’t say it to him. I don’t expect him to say it back when I say it. Maybe one day, he will. In all reality, we haven’t been together too long. But he does; he loves me. He’s committed to this.”

Galavis adds, “Is she the one or not? That’s a great question. I think she’s on the right track. Everything she does that I don’t like, I’m like, ‘Is this gonna work?’ It’s just a process, but I think we could communicate better; that’s one of the reasons why we’re here.”

Big Brother’s Villegas & Rachel Reilly Tie the Knot

Brendon Villegas is officially off the market…

The 32-year-old Latino high school swim coach and physicist from Riverside, California, who competed on Big Brother and The Amazing Race, married Rachel Reilly on Saturday in downtown Los Angeles, according to People.

Brendon Villegas & Rachel Reilly

“Brenchel,” as the couple is known in the reality television world, met while filming Big Brother 12 during the summer of 2010. Their alliance soon turned romantic and they got engaged less than a year later. The pair both returned to Big Brother 13, Reilly’s winning season.

In addition, Villegas and Reilly also guest-starred on The Bold and the Beautiful and competed on The Amazing Race earlier this year, where they placed third.

The couple’s sunset ceremony took place at the AT&T Center, where the bride, dressed in a floor-length, silver-sequined Missoni gown, arrived via helicopter. The groom sported a white dinner jacket and black tuxedo pants.

For the reception, which was planned by celebrity wedding planner and My Fair Wedding star David Tutera, guests dined on arugula and tomato salad, chicken breast with balsamic glaze and silvery and blue cupcakes from a display designed to look like a wedding cake.

Reilly and Villegas changed into a white sequined tutu and bedazzled loafers, respectively, for what Tutera described as a “retrospective of dance throughout time.”

Their wedding will be featured on the December 15 season finale of My Fair Wedding: Unveiled, which airs Saturdays at 9:00 pm ET on WEtv.

Image courtesy of Gordon Vasquez.