Ayora to Appear on Cinemax’s “Banshee”

Ana Ayora is reporting for Banshee duty…

The Colombian-American actress has landed a season-long arc on Season 4 of Cinemax’s Banshee.

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The drama series from Alan Ball centers on Lucas Hood (portrayed by Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA, where he continues his criminal pursuits while enforcing his own code of justice.

Ayora, who starred in The Big Wedding and Chop Shop, will portray Nina Cruz, a smart, tough, streetwise deputy for the Banshee Sheriff’s Department who really is an inside plant working for Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen). Skilled with lethal fighting techniques and a killer instinct, she is a perfect blunt instrument for carrying out Proctor’s more nefarious and violent errands.

Ayora will next appear on the big screen in Ride Along 2.

Rodriguez’s “Jane the Virgin” Named to the American Film Institute’s List of Best TV Shows of 2014

The kudos keep coming in for Gina Rodriguez’s latest project…

The 30-year-old Puerto Rican actress’ critically acclaimed CW series Jane the Virgin has been named to the American Film Institute’s list of the best television shows of the year, which it calls “culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image.”

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Rodriguez’s Jane the Virgin is among five freshman series named to the AFI’s 10 choices, along with ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder, Cinemax’s The Knick, HBO’s Silicon Valley and Amazon’s Transparent.

Also making the list are FX’s The Americans and Fargo, HBO’s Game Of Thrones, Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black and AMC’s Mad Men.

“We celebrate these… television programs as more than just milestones in a year of excellence.” AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale said. “They are a part of our American cultural heritage – collectively, a new chapter in the story of the art form and of our nation.”

In October, Jane the Virgin received a full-season order after garnering overwhelming support from critics and viewers alike. Additionally, it turned Rodriguez into one of these season’s breakout stars.

Jane The Virgin, based on a Venezuelan telenovela, is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Electus.

Annable to Star in ABC’s Summer Drama “Astronaut Wives Club”

Odette Annable’s next role is out of this world

The 28-year-old half-Cuban American actress has landed one of the lead roles in ABCs 10-episode summer drama series Astronaut Wives Club.

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Based on Lily Koppel’s novel The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story, it tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. The script for The Astronaut Wives Club was written by Stephanie Savage.

Annable will portray Trudy Cooper, the youngest of the wives, a licensed pilot herself. She’s described as a tomboy with great aspirations of her own. Her forward-thinking challenges not just her husband but the other wives.

Annable was an early choice for the role, which marks her second consecutive pilot-season casting at ABC.

Last year, she starred in the drama pilot Westside. Annable has been recurring on Cinemax’s Banshee and CBS Two and a Half Men.

Her other credits include Fox’s House, New Girl and Breaking In, FX’s Anger Management and ABC’s Brothers & Sisters and October Road.

Rodriguez Cast in Cinemax‘s Drama Pilot “Blanco,” Starring Shiloh Fernandez

Everything’s comin’ up Blanco-hot for Elizabeth Rodriguez…

The Latina actress, best known for her role as Carmen Morales on All My Children, has joined the cast of Cinemax‘s drama pilot Blanco, starring Shiloh Fernandez.

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Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo from a script by Mark Rosner, the pilot from Fox Television Studios and Lakeshore Entertainment centers on Ruben (Fernandez), an uptown gangster — nicknamed Blanco for being a light-skinned Dominican — who uses his status as a confidential informant to turn the tables on law enforcement and build his criminal empire.

Rodriguez, currently appearing on the Netflix Original Series Orange Is The New Black, will play New York Police Department detective Stephanie Gomez.

Along with Rodriguez and Fernandez, the cast includes Amaury Nolasco, Franka Potente, Sebastian Arcelus, Audrey Esparza, Erik LaRay Harvey, and Alex Hernandez.

Fresnadillo to Direct Cinemax’s Drama Pilot “Blanco”

It’s an extra special Blanco Christmas for Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

Cinemax has given a pilot greenlight to Blanco, a drama pilot project to be directed by the 45-year-old Spanish filmmaker.

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The project, which stars Shiloh Fernandez centers on Ruben (portrayed by Fernandez), an uptown gangster — nicknamed Blanco for being a light-skinned Dominican — who uses his status as a confidential informant to turn the tables on law enforcement and build his criminal empire.

Written by Mark Rosner, Blanco hails from 20th Century Fox Television Studios and Lakeshore Entertainment.

Fresnadillo’s credits include directing 28 Weeks Later and Intacto, which earned him a Goya Award for Best New Director in 2002.

Cinemax to Premiere Season 2 of Ruivivar’s “Banshee” in January

It’s official! Anthony Ruivivar is headed back to television early next year…

Cinemax has scheduled the start of the 10-episode second season of the pay cable network’s drama Bashee, which stars the 42-year-old part-Spanish American actor, for Friday, January 10 at 10:00 pm.

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The series stars Antony Starr (Rush) as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA, where he continues his criminal activities, even as he’s being hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier.

Banshee was renewed just three weeks into its freshman season. Its Season 1 finale drew 455,000 viewers during its initial airing and 655,000 during repeats – the largest audience ever for a Cinemax original series finale.

Along with Ruivivar and Starr, the list of cast regulars includes Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison, Rus Blackwell and Ryann Shane, Ben Cross.

The series, which earneda Special Visual Effects Emmy Award, is executive produced by Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi, Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler and Greg Yaitanes.

Ruivivar is best known for his portrayal of FDNY paramedic Carlos Nieto on NBC’s Third Watch, as well as other law enforcement roles in different TV series.

Annable Cast Opposite Jennifer Beals in ABC’s “Venice”

Odette Annable is about to experience forbidden love…

The 27-year-old half-Cuban American actress has landed a role in ABC’s drama pilot Venice, which stars Jennifer Beals.

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The Romeo & Juliet-inspired project, which was written by Byron Balasco, is a soap about the haves and the have-nots in California’s most enchanting beach city, Venice.

Directed by McG, Venice focuses on two rival families, the Nances and the Carvers, and a forbidden and dangerous romance that emerges between the two as the families battle for control of Venice.

Annable, who currently appears in a recurring role on CBSGolden Boy and guest-starred on Cinemax’s new series Banshee, will portray Sophie Nance, the owner of the hippest boutique in Venice, who falls in love with the offspring of her family’s archenemies, Chris Carver.

Annable, who co-starred on the final season of Fox’s House, has appeared on Brothers & Sisters, October Road and Breaking In.  

Annable to Guest Star on Fox’s “New Girl”

Odette Annable may be bringing the drama to Fox’s New Girl

The 27-year-old half-Cuban American actress has landed a guest-starring role on Zooey Deschanel’s hit sitcom.

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Annable will play a potentially recurring love interest for Nick (Jake Johnson), according to TVLine, which could throw a wrench in the blossoming love between Nick and Jess (Deschanel).

Annable will play Shane, a perky and preppy management school grad who is Nick’s new boss at the bar. Per the casting notice for the role, Shane “unabashedly” starts having a fling with her new subordinate.

Annable’s casting comes less than a week after Nick and Jess shared their first kiss.

Annable, whose credits also include Breaking In and Brothers & Sisters, will soon kick off a multi-episode arc in Cinemax’s new drama Banshee. She’s also set to appear in CBS’ new series Golden Boy later this year, as well begin shooting the film The Truth About Lies.

Annable to Star in “The Truth About Lies”

Odette Annable is about to find out the truth…

The 27-year-old half-Cuban American actress has landed a role in The Truth About Lies, the story of an emotional but self-centered drifter.

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Directed by Phil Allocco, the film centers on Gilby, an aimless guy who’s fired from a dead-end job, dumped by his girlfriend and forced to move in with his mother when his apartment building burns down.

Annable will portray Rachel, a restless twentysomething stunner married to money.

Annable, who has a recurring role on Cinemax’s new series Banshee, has previously appeared on television in House, Brothers & Sisters and Breaking In.

Annable to Appear on CBS’ “Golden Boy”

Odette Annable is wasting no time lining up work after Fox pulled the plug on her last television project, House

On the heels of her casting for a multi-episode arc on Cinemax’s new drama Banshee, the 27-year-old half-Cuban American actress has signed on for a recurring role on CBS’ midseason series Golden Boy.

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The new drama centers on the meteoric rise of a cop (Theo James) from his days as an officer to detective to police commissioner.

Annable will play Kat O’Connor, a young, attractive assistant district attorney with a complicated marital history who prosecutes cases brought by the squad.

This marks the second straight year that Annable will have to juggle two series simultaneously, after working on House and Breaking In last season.