Audrey Esparza Signs with APA

Audrey Esparza has new representation…

The 34-year-old Latina actress has signed with APA.

Audrey Esparza

Esparza, who has appeared as Tasha Zapata in the NBC crime drama Blindspot, has a number of television and film credits to her name. Additional titles include Blue Bloods, The Americans, Black Box, Public Morals and Amateurs.

Esparza, a New York Tisch graudate, also acted in the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater production of Underneath My Bed.

Julee Cerda Lands Recurring Role on NBC’s “Blindspot”

Julee Cerda is focusing on her blind spot

The 41-year-old half-Dominican actress is joining the Season 5 cast of NBC’s Blindspot in a recurring role. 

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Blindspot, from Warner Bros. Television, started off with a beautiful woman (Jaime Alexander) with no memories of her past being found naked in Times Squarewith her body fully covered in intricate tattoos. Her discovery sets off a vast and complex mystery that immediately ignites the attention of the FBI

Cerda will play Ivy Sands. Further character details are being kept under wraps 

Cerda was most recently seen in Showtime’s The Loudest Voice, as Wendi Deng, Rubert Murdoch’s (Simon McBurney) younger wife. 

On the big screen she’ll next be seen in Joker. 

Her other television credits include Orange is the New BlackHouse of CardsKevin Can Wait and Billions.

Castaneda to Star in CBS’ Untitled Family Cop Drama Pilot

May the force be with David Castaneda.

The Latino actor, who has fielded multiple offers this pilot season, has landed a key series regular role in CBS’ family cop drama pilot from Bull co-creator Paul Attanasio and Blue Bloods executive producer Leonard Goldberg & co-EP/director David Barrett.

David Castaneda

The Untitled Paul Attanasio Project centers on the multi-generational members of a Mexican-American family with deep roots in San Diego who intertwine personally and professionally due to their powerful careers in law enforcement.

Castaneda will play Bembe Medina, Chief Medina’s (TBD) son, a cop in Tijuana who works his beat with Yuni (TBD), his twin brother.

Rodrigo Garcia executive produces and directs.

Castaneda is coming off a starring role in feature Sicario. His other credits include a recurring role on Jane the Virgin and a guest role on Blindspot.

Nolasco to Star in ABC’s FBI Crime Drama Pilot “Deception”

Amaury Nolasco is practicing to deceive…

The 46-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American actor has been cast as a series regular opposite Lenora Crichlow and Jack Cutmore-Scott in ABC pilot Deception, an FBI crime drama procedural.

Amaury Nolasco

In Deception, when his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black (Cutmore-Scott) has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, illusion, and influence — the FBI. He’ll become the world’s first consulting illusionist, helping the government solve crimes that defy explanation, and trap criminals and spies by using deception.

Nolasco will play Mike Alvarez, a classic FBI agent and, secretly, a huge fan of magic.

Deception hails from Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak and the Blindspot team of creator Martin Gero and magician David Kwong, Warner Bros. Television and Greg Berlanti’s studio-based Berlanti Productions. The pilot was written by Chris Fedak and will be directed by David Nutter.

Nolasco is currently reprising his role of Fernando Sucre in Fox’s Prison Break event series. His other television credits include appearances on George Lopez, Mind of Mencia, CSI: Miami, Gang Related and Telenovela.

Carrero to Star in Freeform’s “Young & Hungry” Spinoff Series Starring Ashley Tisdale

Aimee Carrero is going for a spin(off)…

The 27-year-old Dominican-American actress will star opposite Ashley Tisdale in the Young & Hungry spinoff series, which is in development at Freeform.

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Carrero will reprise her role in the original series, Sofia Rodriguez, an ambitious banking intern and Gabi (Emily Osment)’s best friend and roommate.

The proposed Young & Hungry spinoff will reportedly follow Sofia (Carrero) as she lands a job working for an overbearing boss. Tisdale is playing lesbian magazine editor Logan Rawlings, a role she originated in two guest-starring appearances on Young & Hungry, which she executive produces, along with the spinoff.

Young and Hungry just had its third season finale this week and returns with new episodes June 1.

Along with role role on Young & Hungry, Carrero voices the title character in the upcoming Disney Junior animated princess series Elena of Avalor. She also has appeared on FX’s The Americans and currently on NBC’s Blindspot.

Carrero’s feature credits include The Last Witch Hunter and The Devil’s Due.

NBC Renews Ferrera’s “Superstore” for Second Season

America Ferrera is still on Cloud Nine

NBC has given an early renewal to midseason comedy Superstore starring the 31-year-old Honduran American actress.

Superstore

The comedy joins breakout fall drama Blindspot, solid new Chicago addition Chicago Med and fellow midseason entry Shades of Blue as the freshman NBC series that have already secured Season 2 pickups.

Superstore has done well for NBC, which has struggled in the comedy genre for the past couple of seasons. After a promising ratings start in the preview behind The Voice, Superstore has held up well as the 8:00 pm Monday anchor, pulling in very respectable numbers with no lead-in, both in Live+same day and delayed viewing.

Season to date, Superstore is averaging a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.9 million viewers overall in Live+7, making it NBC’s highest rated first-year comedy in two years.

Superstore also delivers an upscale audience, indexing at a 112 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes.

Superstore is set behind the scenes of a big box retail megastore, Cloud 9. It centers around Amy (Ferrera), the megastore’s most stalwart employee as well as the glue holding the place together, and newly hired Jonah (Ben Feldman), a naive dreamer determined to prove work doesn’t have to be boring. Their fellow associates include the sardonic Garrett (Colton Dunn), the ambitious Mateo (Nico Santos) and the sweet pregnant teenager Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom). Overseeing them all are Glenn (Mark McKinney), the store’s affable, clueless store manager, and Dina (Lauren Ash), the aggressive assistant manager who lives by a very specific code — namely the store’s employee handbook.

Superstore was created by Justin Spitzer, who serves as an executive producer with director Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad and Gabe Miller & Jonathan Green.

“We’re thrilled to renew a show that’s so incredibly funny and relatable, full of great characters who are brought to life by an amazing cast and creative team,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer  Salke said.

Superstore is produced by Universal Television, Spitzer Holding Company and The District.

Valderrama’s “Minority Report” Receives “Most Exciting New Series” Honor

It looks like Wilmer Valderrama is one of the minorities to watch next season…

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association has named eight honorees for its Most Exciting New Series category, including Fox’s drama pilot Minority Report, starring the 35-year-old Colombian and Venezuelan American actor.

Wilmer Valderrama

In addition to Valderrama’s Minority Report, which also stars Meagan Good, the honorees include American Crime Story (FX), Aquarius (NBC), Blindspot (NBC),  The Muppets (ABC), Scream Queens (Fox), Supergirl (CBS), and UnREAL (Lifetime).

All are dramas except for comedy The Muppets and horror comedy Scream Queens, which stars  Lea Michele and Diego Boneta.

The honorees were chosen by BTJA members from pilots, early episodes and trailers from series premiering after May 1.

The fifth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards will air live May 31 on A&E from the Beverly Hilton. Cat Deeley is hosting.

Esparza to Star in NBC Drama Pilot “Blindspot”

Audrey Esparza is paying extra attention to her blindspot

The Latina actress has landed a series regular role in the NBC drama pilot Blindspot.

Audrey Esparza

The project follows a woman (Jaimie Alexander) found in Times Square with her memory wiped and no clue as to what the extensive tattoos on her body mean and an FBI agent (Sullivan Stapleton) and his Critical Incident Response Group who investigate her.

Esparza will play a CIRG team members: She is the sharp Tasha Oslo.

Esparza’s credit include appearances on Public Morals, Black Box, and The Americans.