Maurice Benard to Appear on the Daytime Emmy Awards

Maurice Benard has special plans this Friday…

The 57-year-old Salvadorian and Nicaraguan American actor and General Hospital star is set to appear on the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards this Friday on CBS.

Maurice Bernard

Benard, who has portrayed Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital since 1993, is a two-time Daytime Emmy Award winner, including a win last year in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category.

Bernard joins a presenters and performers roster that includes Kelly Ripa and Ryan SeacrestKelsey GrammerGayle King, Melody Scott ThomasKathie Lee Gifford, Cookie MonsterScott EvansPatrika Darbo, Kevin FrazierWayne BradyMichael Strahan, James ReynoldsJacqueline MacInnes WoodNate BurlesonSunny Hostin and Eric Braeden.

The event’s hosts will be Sharon OsbourneSheryl UnderwoodEveCarrie Ann Inaba and Marie Osmond.

This year, awards in the leading categories will be presented virtually, with recipients and other guests appearing from home. Additional categories will be announced on the Daytime Emmys’ social media accounts simultaneously with the CBS broadcast, with some immediately following the broadcast and others streamed in separate virtual ceremonies on July 19 and July 26.

The 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast Friday, June 26, 8:00 – 10:00 pm ET/PT) on CBS.

Categories scheduled for the CBS broadcast include:

Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Entertainment News Show
Outstanding Writing Team for a Drama Series
Outstanding Digital Drama Series
Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
Outstanding Game Show Host
Outstanding Game Show
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show
Outstanding Informative Talk Show
Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series
Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program
Outstanding Special Class Special
Outstanding Culinary Series
Outstanding Morning Show
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Lindsey Morgan to Star in The CW’s “Walker, Texas Ranger” Reimagining “Walker”

Lindsey Morgan has found a new home on the range(r).

The 29-year-old half-Mexican American actress has been cast as the female lead opposite Jared Padalecki in the CW’s Walker, a reimagining of CBS’ 1990s action/crime series Walker, Texas Ranger

Lindsey Morgan

Like the original series, created by Albert S. Ruddyand Leslie Greif, the reboot will explore morality, family, and rediscovering our lost common ground. 

Written and executive produced by Anna Fricke, it centers on Cordell Walker (Padalecki), a widower and father of two with his own moral code, who returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home. He’ll attempt to reconnect with his children, navigate clashes with his conservative family, and find unexpected common ground with his new partner Micki (Morgan), one of the first women in Texas Rangers’ history, while growing increasingly suspicious about the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death. 

Morgan’s Micki was born and raised in San Antonio. Focused and perceptive, her family has been in Texas since before it was Texas. She’s been in the Army and on the police force and knows first-hand what it’s like to be singled out and discriminated against because of her gender.

Morgan currently portrays Raven Reyes on the CW’s The 100, which is wrapping up its seventh and final season. She’s also starred on General Hospital.  

Martin to Star in Ryan Murphy’s FX Limited Series “Versace: American Crime Story”

Ricky Martin is bracing for a life of American Crime

The 45-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actor has been cast in Versace: American Crime Story, the third installment in the FX limited series from Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson.

Ricky Martin

Martin, who starred on ABC’s General Hospital back in 1994-1995, will co-star opposite Édgar Rarmirez, Penélope Cruz and Darren Criss.

The 10-episode Versace examines the shocking July 1997 assassination of Gianni Versace (Ramirez) on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by sociopath and serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Criss).

Martin will play Versace’s longtime partner Antonio D’Amico; Cruz plays Versace’s sister Donatella.

This is a reunion for Martin and Murphy, who first cast the Latin music superstar in an episode of his Fox series Glee.

Versace, from Fox 21 and FX Productions, is based on the book Vulgar Favors by Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth.

Tom Rob Smith is writing the first two and multiple subsequent episodes, and Murphy, who received an Emmy nomination for directing the opening episode of The People v. O.J. Simpsonwill direct the first hour.

Versace will begin production later this month in Los Angeles and Miami for a 2018 premiere. It will follow the second installment in the franchise, Katrina: American Crime Story.

American Crime Storys core producing team — Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, all Emmy winners for People v O.J. Simpson as Best Limited Series — executive produce Versace alongside Smith.

Martin has sold more than 70 million albums and has done runs on Broadway in Evita and Les Miserables. The “Livin’ la Vida Loca” singer’s most recent 10th studio album, 2015’s A Quien Quiera Escuchar, won Best Latin Pop Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards.

A dedicated global advocate for tolerance via his Ricky Martin Foundation, Martin can be seen in Las Vegas at his residency at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino.

Lozano Lands Role on Netflix’s “Narcos”

Florencia Lozano is joining the war on drugs, so to speak…

The 46-year-old Argentine American actress, best known for portraying Téa Delgado on the soap opera One Life to Live and General Hospital, has landed a series regular role opposite Wagner Moura and Pedro Pascal on Season 2 of the Netflix drama series Narcos.

Florencia Lozano

Written by Chris Brancato and directed by Jose PadilhaNarcos is the true-life story of the growth and spread of cocaine drug cartels across the globe and attendant efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict.

Lozano will play DEA agent Claudia Messina.

She appeared in the feature film Amok alongside Josh Hamilton and Juliet Rylance. She’ll next be seen in Amy Makes Three.

Her television credits include appearances on The Mysteries of Laura, Blue Bloods, Royal Pains, Ugly Betty and Gossip Girl.

Serricchio to Star Opposite Brandy in BET’s Comedy Series “Zoe Ever After”

Ignacio Serricchio is ready for a memorable ever after

The 33-year-old Argentine actor.has been cast in BET Networks’ comedy series Zoe Ever After, starring and co-executive produced by Brandy Norwood.

Ignacio Serricchio

Zoe Ever After centers on Zoe Moon (Norwood), a newly single mom stepping out of the shadow of her famous boxer ex-husband Gemini Moon (Dorian Missick) while trying to balance dating, motherhood, a complicated relationship with her ex and finally fulfilling her career dream of starting a cosmetics line.

Serricchio, best known for his role as Diego Alcazar on General Hospital and as Alejandro “Alex” Chavez on The Young and the Restless, will portray sexy contractor Miguel.

His other credits include the film The Wedding Ringer, as well as appearances on Witches of East End, Bones and Covert Affairs.

Production is underway in Atlanta for premiere in January.

It’s Official… Mota to Compete on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”

It’s official… Bethany Mota will be shaking her tailfeather on television soon.

The 18-year-old half-Mexican YouTube vlogger and fashionista, as previously rumored, has been selected to compete on Season 19 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.

Bethany Mota

Mota, who recently won Choice Female Web Star at the Teen Choice Awards, is among the 13 new dancers for the upcoming season of DWTS, which will premiere on Monday, September 15.

The beauty guru’s YouTube channel — macbarbie07 (7 million subscribers) — features hair, makeup, fashion and DIY tutorials. It earned her a fashion line at Aéropostale, and she was featured as part of a YouTube ad campaign.

Paired with professional dancer Derek Hough, Mota will compete for the coveted mirror ball trophy against the likes of Olympian Lolo Jones, Mean GirlsJonathan Bennett, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘s Alfonso Ribeiro and NASCAR great Michael Waltrip.

Other competitors include Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Robertson, actress Lea Thompson of Back to the Future, Ultimate Fighting Champion Randy Couture, legendary comedian Tommy Chong, celebrated talk show host Tavis Smiley, as well as famed fashion designer Betsey Johnson, Pretty Little Liars actress Janel Parrish and General Hospital alum Antonio Sabato, Jr.

Co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews announced the celebrity cast live Thursday morning on Good Morning America in Times Square.

The addition of Julianne Hough, named as the fourth judge last month, will add some pizazz this season. Hough won two mirror-ball trophies as a pro during her DWTS run, and will have a permanent spot at the judges’ table next to veterans Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

 

Castillo Gives Birth to First Child

Teresa Castillo has added a new role to her resume: first-time mom.

The 30-year-old Latina actress and General Hospital gave birth to her first child last Thursday, the soap opera star revealed on Twitter.

Teresa Castillo

“My husband and I are happy to announce the arrival of our baby girl, Victoria Milani,” she wrote. “She was born on May 29th. We are in LOVE.”

Castillo and her husband Shane Aaron tied the knot in 2008.

The actress, who has played Sabrina Santiago on General Hospital since 2012, has also guest-starred on How I Met Your Mother and Franklin & Bash.

Cruz to Appear in Recurring Role on El Rey Network’s “Matador”

Jonny Cruz has locked up a new role…

The 31-year-old Mexican-American actor, producer and filmmaker has landed a recurring role on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network’s Matador.

Jonny Cruz

Created by Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the action drama series chronicles the unlikely rise of Antonio “Matador” Bravo (portrayed by Gabriel Luna), a popular soccer star who in reality uses his sports career as a cover for his real job: a skilled covert operative executing missions for a little-known branch of the CIA.

Cruz will portray Ricky Bravo, Tony’s younger brother who’s currently in prison.

Cruz’s previous television credits include appearances on General Hospital, Prison Break, The Closer and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23.

Serricchio’s “The Wedding Ringer,” Starring Kevin Hart, Opening Next January

Make your calendar! Ignacio Serricchio latest film project is headed for the big screen next January.

The 31-year-old Argentine actor and soap opera star’s The Wedding Ringer, starring comedian Kevin Hart, will hit theaters on January 16, 2015, during Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.

Ignacio Serricchio

Serricchio, best known for his roles on The Young and the Restless and General Hospital, stars as Edmundo in the film.

The Wedding Ringer is described as a comedy about a loner and the friendship he forms with the guy he hires to pose as the best man at his upcoming wedding.

The Screen Gems/Miramax film, directed by Jeremy Garelick, also stars Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco and Jorge Garcia.

Lamas Expecting Second Child with Husband Nik Richie

Shayne Lamas is expanding her family circle…

The 28-year-old part-Argentine American actress, best known for her role as a young Carly Corinthos on General Hospital, is pregnant with her second child with husband Nik Richie, according to Us Weekly.

Shayne Lamas

“Shayne’s 12 weeks pregnant,” Richie tells the magazine. “Like the great husband I am, I knocked her up during her birthday trip to Maui, Hawaii last November. Definitely a love baby”

The former The Bachelor contestant, the winner of the twelfth season of the reality dating competition series, was previously engaged to Season 12 Bachelor Matt Grant. She gave birth to her first child, Press Dhal Lamas-Richie, on Nov. 11, 2011.

Richie and Lamas, who split with Grant in 2008, eloped in April 2010.

The daughter of hunktastic actor Lorenzo Lamas, Shayne is also known for her role on her family’s E! reality series, Leave it to Lamas.