The CW Developing Gonzalez’s Latino-Themed Drama Project “Casa”

Ed Gonzalez is coming home to The CW

Warner Bros Television and producer Greg Berlanti are developing the drama project Casa, which was co-penned by the Mexican American writer, for the network.

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Written by Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft, the series will touch on the hot-button issue of immigration.

Casa centers on six siblings in a Hispanic family who have to band together to survive when their parents get unjustly deported.

Writing partners Gonzalez and Haft got a break when they were selected as the 2014 Fox Writers Intensive Fellows, leading to a script development deal with Fox Broadcasting Co and 20th Century Fox Television and a staffing job on the first season of the hit Fox drama Empire.

The CW has scored high marks for its depiction of illegal immigration and its toll on families in dramedy Jane the Virgin.

Gonzalez & Haft recently wrote the feature film All Eyez On Me, a biopic directed by Benny Boom about Tupac Shakur for Morgan Creek Productions.

Osorio Signs Talent Holding Deal with Fox Broadcasting Co. & 20th Century Fox Television

Veronica Osorio may be heading to the small screen in the near future…

The Venezuelan-American comedian, writer, actress and improviser has signed a talent holding deal with Fox Broadcasting Co. and 20th Century Fox Television.

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As part of the deal, the Upright Citizen’s Brigade New York member would be cast in a comedy pilot for the network and studio this development season.

“We met Veronica and were instantly captivated by her story, drive and passion for comedy,” said Fox SVP casting Tess Sanchez. “She’s performed with the very best in sketch and improv, and we’re so excited to catch her on the rise as we begin casting our next slate of comedy projects.”

Born in Florida and raised in Venezuela, Osorio moved back to the U.S. about 5 years ago to perform sketch and improve comedy. She was a finalist in the 2013 NBC/UCB Diversity Showcase.

She is currently filming the Coen Bros. feature, Hail, Caesar!

Here is one of her Kate’s Craft Corner craft tutorial parody videos:

Carey Leaving the American Idol Judges’ Table After One Season

It’s official… Mariah Carey is bidding adieu to American Idol.

43-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer confirmed via Twitter today that she’s leaving the Fox reality singing competition after one season.

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“W/ global success of #Beautiful (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol,” said a tweet Carey retweeted from her publicist PMK BNC.

Carey’s exit as an Idol judge doesn’t come as a big shock though. Her husband Nick Cannon essentially said she’d be leaving the show back in May because of the on- and off-screen drama with fellow judge Nicki Minaj.

In addition, change has seemed to be on the horizon for the once dominant Idol after seeing double-digit ratings declines and an all-time finale low this year.

“Mariah Carey is a true global icon — one of the most accomplished artists on the planet — and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the American Idol contestants this season. We know she will remain an inspiration to Idol hopefuls for many seasons to come,” said Fox Broadcasting Co. and FremantleMedia in a statement.

Carey follows in original judge Randy Jackson’s footsteps. He announced earlier this year that he wouldn’t be back for season 13.

Calleros to Participate in Fox’s Writers Intensive Program

Sal Calleros’ professional life is about to get intensive…

The Latino writer, who was most recently a story editor on ABC’s Private Practice, has been selected as one of the 10 finalists to participate in the Fox network’s Fox Writers Intensive, an advanced writers program for experienced writers from diverse backgrounds.

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The finalists were chosen from more than 400 nominations and submissions by talent representation and arts organizations, including the National Hispanic Media Coalition, the Sundance Institute, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Outfest, Film Independent, the NAACP, Women in Film LA and the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and Visual Communications.

Calleros, who graduated from the ABC Writing Fellowship in 2006, says his first true writing gig was for the domestic violence clinic in the San Fernando courthouse, drafting restraining orders to prevent harassment, molestation and abuse. He also worked three years in Family Law, and as a court interpreter, giving him a wealth of legal and life experience, perspective and stories.

Calleros and his fellow finalists will spend the next 13 weeks attending seminars and workshops with executives, writers and showrunners. At the conclusion of the intensive, Fox will select one finalist as the Fox Writers Intensive Fellow, whose submitted original script will be purchased and developed jointly by Fox Broadcasting Co., 20th Century Fox Television and FX. The Fox Writers Intensive Fellow will be announced across all Fox entertainment businesses and will receive one-on-one meetings with network and studio heads, as well as priority staffing efforts across Fox properties.