Fox Releases First Trailer for Gina Torres’ Drama “9-1-1: Lone Star”

Gina Torres is readying for an explosive return to television…

Fox has released the first trailer for Season 2 of its spinoff drama 9-1-1: Lone Star, starring the 51-year-old Cuban American actress and former Suits/Pearson star.

Gina Torres

In keeping with the franchise’s past season openers, a major disaster is hitting town — and it’s up to the first responders to keep their heads and save our souls.

The Los Angeles-set mothership 9-1-1 has launched previous seasons with an earthquake, a tsunami and a dam break, and now the Austin-set Lone Star team must deal with a volcanic eruption.

Season 2 sees the arrival of Torres in the series-regular role of Paramedic Capt. Tommy Vega, following Liv Tyler’s exit after the first season.

“Welcome to the 126,” Capt. Owen Strand (Rob Lowe) tells Vega in the teaser. “I think we’re gonna have some fun together.” She replies, “Oh, you bet we are.”

Ronen Rubinstein, Jim Parrack, Sierra McClain, Natacha Karam, Brian Michael Smith, Julian Works and Rafael Silva also star in 9-1-1: Lone Star, which will follow its parent series on Mondays this season. Both will launch on January 18.

9-1-1: Lone Star is produced by 20th Century Television in association with Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision.

Oz Rodriguez Signs Two-Year Producing Deal with Universal Television

There are more Universal projects in Oz Rodriguez’s future…

The Latino Emmy-winning Saturday Night Live director has signed an exclusive two-year producing deal with Universal Television.

Oz Rodriguez,

Rodriguez has been with SNL since 2013, first directing Digital Shorts. He went on to become head of the film unit, and won an Emmy for his behind-the-scenes series Creating SNL.

He’s next set to direct all six episodes of SNL star Michael Che’s new HBO Max sketch series from Universal Television.

“We feel so lucky to be solidifying our relationship with Oz, who has been in the family for many years and has played a key role in our success,” said Jim Donnelly, Universal Television EVP of Comedy Development. “He brings a creative vision and distinct visual style to every project he is involved in, and we couldn’t be more excited for all that’s to come.”

Rodriguez just wrapped the pilot of AMC’s Kevin Can F***k Himself. He directed the pilot and multiple episodes of AP Bio, in addition to the Kal Penn/Mike Schur pilot Sunnyside, both for NBC, as well as episodes of Last Man on Earth for Fox, Detroiters for Comedy Central, Shrill for Hulu, and Mixed-ish for ABC.

He most recently directed NBC & Peacock’s 30 Rock reunion, which aired on July 16.

On the film side, Rodriguez wrote and directed Vampires vs. the Bronx for Universal and Broadway Video, which premiered on Netflix earlier this month.

“I am very excited to continue my partnership with Universal Television,” said Rodriguez. “The studio has been my home for the last eight years, starting with my first season of Saturday Night Live. There are so many opportunities at the studio right now and we have a chance to tell stories that reflect characters that have been missing from television for far too long. It feels great to keep this creative partnership going with the studio that gave me my first big break.”

First Trailer Released for Ryan Guzman’s Fox Series “9-1-1”

It’s one natural disaster after another for Ryan Guzman

The season 4 premiere of Fox‘s 9-1-1, starring the 33-year-old half Mexican American actor, in keeping with a show tradition, will start with a major mudslide that hits Los Angeles.

Ryan Guzman

The show’s last two season premieres have featured an earthquake and a tsunami to kick things off.

Now, a Los Angeles dam breaks apart, flooding the city from the Hollywood Hills down and causing a massive mudslide that takes out a major landmark and threatens lives in the city.

The Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear procedural drama returns in January. It’s expected that the show will explore the issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, as well as other emergencies like the dam breaking.

Jorge Gutierrez Signs Overall Deal with Netflix

Jorge Gutierrez has more Netflix projects in his future…

The 45-year-old Mexican animator/writer/director has signed an overall deal with the streaming giant for original content.

Jorge Gutierrez

Under the pact, the Emmy-winning talent will write, direct, and produce new animated films, series and interactive projects across preschool, kids & family and adult animation via his Mexopolis production company.

Gutierrez is the creator, writer and director of the upcoming Netflix animated limited series Maya and the Three, a Mesoamerican fantasy epic set to premiere globally in 2021. Set in a mythical Mesoamerican inspired world, in Maya and the Three, a warrior princess embarks on a quest to recruit three legendary fighters to help save the world of men and gods.

Gutierrez is the director and co-writer of the Guillermo Del Toro produced animated feature The Book of Life for Fox, which earned him a 2014 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Animated feature film. He’s also the writer and director of the Emmy-nominated Son of Jaguar VR short for Google.

Along with his wife and muse, Sandra Equihua, they created the multiple Annie and Emmy­–winning animated television series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera for Nickelodeon. Born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana, Gutierrez has completed various films, cartoons, illustrations, and paintings exploring his love with Mexican pop and folk culture.

“Jorge was one of the first creators to join Netflix Animation and has been an incredible partner ever since,” said Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Original Animation, Netflix. “He is committed to authenticity in his work, creating fantastical stories and characters inspired by his culture that are universally resonant and a tireless champion and mentor to the next generation of storytellers. We are honored that he’s chosen Netflix as his home and we can’t wait to share his work with kids and families around the world.”

“Dang! I could not be more thankful to extend my creative love affair with my beloved Netflix!,” said Gutierrez. “Melissa Cobb and the entire Netflix Animation team match my endless passion for diversity and inclusion in front and behind the camera. After all the kindness that has been shown to me, I look forward to mentoring and empowering diverse storytellers from not only North America, but also Central and South America. My mustached heart has a six pack and I can’t wait to create new stories and bold new worlds. What a time to be alive!”

Jencarlos Canela to Star Opposite Kevin Hart in the Action Comedy “Man From Toronto”

Jencarlos Canela is the Man of the moment…

The 32-year-old Cuban American actor-singer will join the ensemble cast of the Sony Pictures’ action comedy Man From Toronto, starring Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson.

Jencarlos Canela

Kaley Cuoco and Melanie Liburd also star.

The film revolves around a case of mistaken identity after the world’s deadliest assassin, known as the “man from Toronto,” and a stranger, played by Hart, run into each other at an Airbnb. Chaos soon ensues as the assassin’s world comes crashing down on Hart.

Patrick Hughes, who directed Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson’s 2017 action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard, is on board to helm.

Robbie Fox and Chris Bremner wrote the script from a story he conceived with Jason Blumenthal.

The film will open in theaters on September 17, 2021.

Canela most recently starred in Netflix’s The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia. His other credits include NBC’s comedy Telenovela, starring Eva Longoria, The Grand Hotel, also starring Longoria, and the live musical The Passion, which aired on FOX.

Tracy Vilar to Star in the Netflix Dramedy “Maid”

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Tracy Vilar is maid to order…

The 52-year-old Latina actress has been cast as a series regular opposite Margaret Qualley in MaidNetflix’s dramedy series from writer Molly Smith Metzler, John Wells Productions, Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television.

Tracy Vilar

Written by Metzler, Maid is inspired by Stephanie Land’s bestselling memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive. It revolves around Alex (Qualley), a single mother who turns to housekeeping to — barely — make ends meet as she battles against poverty, homelessness, and bureaucracy. Told primarily through her point of view, Maid is described as a beautiful, alive, gritty and inspiring exploration of poverty in America.

Vilar will play Yolanda, the owner of “Value Maids,” the cleaning business that eventually employs “Alex” (Qualley). A woman who suffers no fools and runs a tight ship, Yolanda has managed to survive in a world (and economy) that is not always kind to her.

In addition to Qualley, Vilar joins previously cast Andie MacDowell, Nick Robinson and Anika Noni Rose. Maid is currently filming in Vancouver.

Vilar co-starred on the CBS comedy series Partners. Her television series credits include  major roles on Fox’s House and TNT’s Saved and guest shots on three Shondaland/ABC series, Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away with Murder and For the People. She also appeared in the features Grace of My Heart and K-Pax.

Natalie Morales to Make Solo Feature Directorial Debut with “Plan B”

Natalie Morales is heading behind the camera…

The 35-year-old Cuban American actress, who most recently starred in the second season of Netflix’s Emmy-nominated series Dead to Me, will make her solo feature directorial debut with Plan B, a Counterbalance Entertainment and American High comedy that’s set up at Hulu.

Natalie Morales

Set to begin production next month in Syracuse, NY, the film follows a straight-laced high school student and her slacker best friend who, after a regrettable first sexual encounter, have 24 hours to hunt down a Plan B pill in America’s heartland.

Prathi Srinivasan and Joshua Levy penned the screenplay.

Morales has directed and starred in multiple episodes of HBO’s Room 104 from creators Jay and Mark Duplass. On the big screen, her recent credits include Fox’s Stuber with Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Warner Bros.forthcoming The Little Things drama with Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Rami Malek.

Camila Cabello Among This Year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards Winners

Camila Cabello has some extra heart

This year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards have been announced on iHeartRadio stations and on the iHeartRadio app, with the 23-year-old Mexican & Cuban singer picking up an award.

Camila Cabello

Cabello and Shawn Mendes won the Best Collaboration award for their chart-topping single “Señorita.”

It’s the third iHeart Music Award of Cabello’s career. She previously won the Fangirls award in 2018, and Best Lyric for her single “Consequences” in 2019.

Banda Los Sebastianes earned two awards…

The Mexican band was named Best New Regional Mexican Artist and took home the Regional Mexican Song of the Year prize for their hit single “A Través Del Vaso.”

Bad Bunny’s X 100PRE was named Latin Album of the Year, Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry’s “Con Calma” earned the Latin Pop/Reggaeton Song of the Year, and the Regional Mexican Artist of the Year award went to

Christian Nodal.

Rosalia was named Best New Latin Pop/Reggaeton Artist, and Ozuna earned the Latin Pop/Reggaeton Artist of the Year prize.

The awards, honoring the most-played artists and songs on iHeartRadio stations and the iHeartRadio app throughout 2019, were originally set to take place on March 29 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Usher was set to host the Fox broadcast, but COVID-19 restrictions thwarted that plan. On March 16, iHeart postponed the show. On Aug. 24, it canceled the event and announced the plan to reveal the winners over the Labor Day weekend.

The show is set to return to Fox in 2021.

The Labor Day rollout, in which winners in 50 categories were announced one per hour, featured acceptance speeches from many winners.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

General categories:

Song of the Year “Truth Hurts” – Lizzo
Female Artist of the Year Billie Eilish
Male Artist of the Year Post Malone
Best Duo/Group of the Year Jonas Brothers
Best Collaboration “Señorita” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
Label of the Year Republic Records
Most Thumbed Up Artist of the Year Post Malone
Most Thumbed Up Song of the Year “Sunflower” by Post Malone & Swae Lee
Producer of the Year Finneas
Songwriter of the Year Louis Bell
Tour of the Year Elton John
Best Lyrics “10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
Best Cover Song Sam Smith & Normani – “Dancing With A Stranger” – 5SOS cover
Best Fan Army BTSArmy – BTS
Best Music Video “Boy With Luv” – BTS featuring Halsey
Social Star Award Asher Angel
Best Remix “Trampoline” – Shaed featuring Zayn
Favorite Tour Photographer Zack Caspary (Why Don’t We)
Favorite Music Video Choreography “Kill This Love” (Blackpink) – Kyle Hanagami & Kiel Tutin

Genre specific categories:

Pop Album of the Year Lover – Taylor Swift
Best New Pop Artist Lizzo
Alternative Rock Song of the Year “Bad Guy” – Billie Eilish
Alternative Rock Artist of the Year Billie Eilish
Alternative Rock Album of the Year When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – Billie Eilish
Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist Shaed
Rock Song of the Year “Ghost” – Badflower
Rock Artist of the Year Disturbed
Rock Album of the Year Fear Inoculum – Tool
Country Song of the Year “Beautiful Crazy” – Luke Combs
Country Artist of the Year Luke Combs
Country Album of the Year What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs
Best New Country Artist Morgan Wallen
Dance Song of the Year “Close to Me” – Ellie Goulding, Diplo featuring Swae Lee
Dance Artist of the Year Marshmello
Dance Album of the Year World War Joy – The Chainsmokers
Hip-Hop Song of the Year “Suge” – DaBaby
Hip-Hop Artist of the Year Drake
Hip-Hop Album of the Year Death Race for Love – Juice WRLD
Best New Hip-Hop Artist DaBaby
R&B Song of the Year “No Guidance” – Chris Brown featuring Drake
R&B Artist of the Year H.E.R.
R&B Album of the Year Free Spirit– Khalid
Best New R&B Artist Summer Walker
Latin Pop/Reggaeton Song of the Year “Con Calma” – Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry featuring Snow
Latin Pop/Reggaeton Artist of the Year Ozuna
Best New Latin Pop/Reggaeton Artist Rosalía
Regional Mexican Song of the Year “A Través Del Vaso” – Banda Los Sebastianes
Regional Mexican Artist of the Year Christian Nodal
Latin Album of the Year X 100PRE – Bad Bunny
Best New Regional Mexican Artist Banda Los Sebastianes

Gina Torres to Star on Season Two of Fox’s Drama Series “9-1-1: Lone Star”

Gina Torres is Texas bound…

The 51-year-old Cuban American actress has been cast as a series regular for the second season of Fox’s 9-11 spinoff series 9-1-1: Lone Star.

Gina Torres

Torres, best known for her role as Jessica Pearson on USA Network’s Suitsand Pearson, will star opposite Liv Tyler and Rob Lowe on the series.

9-1-1: Lone Star hails from 9-1-1 creators/executive producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear.

Set in Austin, it follows Owen (Lowe), a sophisticated New York firefighter who, along with his son, relocates to the Texas capital and must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in his own life.

Torres will play Paramedic Captain Tommy Vega, who was at the top of her game when she hung up her uniform to raise her twin daughters. For eight years life was great, until COVID-19 changed her life. With her husband’s restaurant going under, Tommy has no choice but to re-enter the workforce to support her family. Though it breaks her heart to be apart from her little girls, Tommy will show the world that no matter how much time has passed, when she puts on that uniform, she’s still a boss.

The role reunites Torres and Minear, who worked together on Fox’s sci-fi drama series Firefly.

“We are so excited to be expanding our 9-1-1-verse with the addition of Gina Torres,” said Minear. “I’ve been dying to write for her again ever since Firefly. Gina brings warmth, intelligence and command to everything she does. 2020 is finally looking up.”

9-1-1: Lone Star is produced by 20th Century Television in association with Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision.

Season 2 is scheduled to begin production in Los Angeles later this fall for a premiere in early 2021 as part of the network’s midseason schedule.

Torres earned an ALMA Award, an Imagen Award and the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Award for Outstanding Performance in a Television Series for her role as Jessica Pearson.

She most recently was cast as the lead of the Dracula reimagining drama pilot The Bridesat ABC. The Alias and Angel alumna also did an arc on HBO’s Westworld.

Kenny Ortega Signs with A3 Artists Agency

Kenny Ortega has new representation…

The 70-year-old Spanish American prolific director, choreographer and producer has signed with A3 Artists Agency.

Kenny Ortega

Ortega earned a Primetime Emmy for choreography and a DGA Award for his work on the Disney Channel’s High School Musical.

High School Musical 2 drew over 17 million viewers when it premiered on Disney Channel, making it the most watched program in cable telecast history. He’s also the executive producer for the film’s soundtracks.

Disney’s High School Musical 3, which made the leap from television to the big screen, opened to $42M at the domestic B.O., marking the biggest theatrical box office opening for a musical in history. The film earned more than $252M globally off an $11M budget.

Ortega directed and choreographed the Descendants trilogy, Newsies, and Hocus Pocus, and choreographed classic films like Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Pretty in Pink, among others.

Other recent work includes A Change of Heart, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again for Fox and The Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Special for Freeform.

On September 10, Netflix will release Ortega’s next directorial project Julie and the Phantoms, a family musical comedy based on a Brazilian television series.

It’s the first title under Ortega’s new multi-year deal with Netflix. He’s also set to direct and produce a feature musical adaptation of Elise Primavera’s book series Auntie Claus, under the pact.

In addition to his Emmy for High School Musical, Ortega earned two others for choreography and variety/music/comedy program direction for the XIX Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony. Last year he received the prestigious Disney Legends Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His other honors include The Fred & Adele Astaire Lifetime Achievement Award, Bob Fosse Award, American Choreography Lifetime Achievement Award, MTV Video Music Award, American Music Award, among many others.