Eva Noblezada Among Broadway Stars to Guest Star on NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” While Curtains Remain Closed

There’s some law and order in Eva Noblezada’s future…

The half-Mexican American actress and Broadway star will appear on next week’s episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

The Tony Award-nominated Hadestown actor is among several Broadway stars who will appear on the long-running series.

“We are trying to hire every Broadway actor we can while we and they wait for the curtains to rise again,” says showrunner Warren Leight to Deadline.com.

“We know how hard the community has been hit here. The goal is to get as many jobs to as many theater actors as we possibly can.”

The National Endowment for the Arts recently released figures indicating that while the overall unemployment rate has averaged 8.5 percent, the average among actors was 52 percent. (The figures do not distinguish between Broadway, film and TV performers.)

The NBC New York-based Law & Order franchise has long been known as a steady source of employment for the city’s theater performers – rare is the stage actor whose Playbill credits don’t include at least one of the L&O series – but the coronavirus pandemic has pushed Leight’s team to ramp up even those efforts for the current Season 22.

Stage actors already cast in parts for this season include the Tony-winning Adriane Lenox, Elizabeth Marvel, Jane Bruce, Jelani Alladin, Michael Mastro and Betsy Aidem.

Even Raúl Esparza, a four-time Tony nominee known to the wider television audience for his six-season SVU run as Assistant D.A. Rafael Barba, is making a temporary franchise comeback to reprise the role for this week’s episode “Sightless in a Savage Land.”

Leight says the Broadway-filled roles range in scope from one-day parts to more substantial turns, but have an important practical impact for the actors, adding to the work day minimums required for Actors Equity-Broadway League health insurance.

The casting offers a significant logistical benefit to the show as well: casting New York actors is the more practical and efficient option during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the prospect of long-distance flights from Hollywood and required quarantine protocols can complicate using Los Angeles-based actors.

“In the past we’ve done what you could call Hollywood stunt casting,” Leight says, “but a lot of those players aren’t going to be willing to get on a plane and quarantine right now. We realized early on that we’ll have to cast locally much more.”

The Broadway shutdown also allows the show to get around the planning issues that Broadway’s usual performance schedule demands: Coordinating a shoot around the identical eight-performance weeks of working stage actors is daunting. There’s only so much guest-starring that can be crammed into a dark Broadway Monday.

Carter to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honors at This Year’s Gracie Awards

Lynda Carter has a special reason to be Gracie-ous…

The 64-year-old part-Mexican and part-Spanish American actress, best known for her portrayal of the original Wonder Woman, will be presented with a lifetime achievement award at the 41st annual Gracie Awards Gala.

Lynda Carter

The Gracie Awards recognize programming created by, for and about women in all media.

Carter starred as the titular female superhero in Wonder Woman, an adventure-drama series that aired on ABC and later CBS from 1975-1979.

In the 2000s she guest starred on television shows including Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Smallville and Two and a Half Men.

Carter also appeared in the 2005 movie reboot of Dukes of Hazzard alongside Johnny Knoxville and Jessica Simpson, and she later lent her voice to video games like The Elder Scrolls series and Fallout 4.

Aside from acting, Carter devoted herself to singing, beauty pageants and charity work.

“Lynda is the definition of a trailblazer as she has paved the way for women in media, carrying a national television show as Wonder Woman, and producing and starring in five highly rated network television specials,” Kristen Welch, the senior VP of global content operations at Discovery Communications, said in a statement. “Her success on screen, on the music charts and on stage showcase her talent and drive to break down barriers.”

Carter, along with this year’s other national honorees, will be recognized in a May 24 ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire. Local, public and student Gracie Award winners will be honored at the Gracies Luncheon on June 21 at Cipriani in New York City.

Cruz Kanye to Star Opposite Wilmer Valderrama in Military Drama Pilot “Four Stars”

Ana Cruz Kayne is seeing stars…

The Latina actress has been cast in Four Stars, a drama pilot from playwright/TV writer Becky Mode, CBS Television Studios, and studio-based Timberman/Beverly Productions.

Ana Cruz Kayne

Four Stars centers on two powerful rival families in the military community of Tampa, Florida who make decisions at the highest levels in the interest of national security.

Cruz Kayne will play Syd, the daughter of four-star General Rodriguez (not yet cast), who is a foreign policy wunderkind and hardcore policy wonk.

She joins Wilmer Valderrama, who plays Matt, Rodriguez’s son and a military rock star in his own right.

Cruz Kayne’s other television credits include appearances on Louie and Law & Order.

Navedo Signs with Agency for the Performing Arts (APA)

Andrea Navedo has new representation…

The 38-year-old Puerto Rican actress has signed with the Agency for the Performing Arts (APA).

Andrea Navedo

Navedo portrays Gina Rodriguez’s mom Xiomara on the beloved CW series.

She earned her this year’s Imagen Award for best supporting actress as well as HOLA’s Elizabeth Pena Breakthrough Artist Award for her breakthrough role.

She previously recurred as a detective for three seasons of Law & Order and appeared in half of How to Make It in America’s series run on HBO.

Her film credits include Remember Me, Once Upon a Time in Queens and the Fast and Furious parody Superfast! (as the Michelle Rodriguez analogue).

Navedo continues to be represented by LEG Management and Morris Yorn.

de la Garza to Star in CBS’ “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”

Alana de la Garza is going beyond borders…

The 39-year-old half-Mexican American actress has booked a series regular role opposite Gary Sinise on CBS’ Criminal Minds planted offshoot Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.

Alana de la Garza

Like Criminal Minds, which centers on the FBI’s Analysis Unit, Beyond Borders focuses on a division of the FBI. It follows agents helping American citizens who find themselves in trouble abroad.

de la Garza, who recently landed a recurring role on CBSScorpion, will play Clara, a smart, well-traveled cultural anthropologist on the International Response Team.

de la Garza played the female lead on ABC’s Forever. Her previous television credits include Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Los Angeles, as well as the short-lived series Do No Harm.

Like the original series, Beyond Borders hails from ABC Studios, CBS Television Studios and the Mark Gordon Co.

de la Garza Lands Recurring Role on CBS’ Drama Series “Scorpion”

Alana de la Garza is about to feel the sting

The 39-year-old half-Mexican American actress has been cast in a recurring role on the second season of CBS’ drama series Scorpion.

Alana de la Garza

de la Garza, who recently played the female lead on the ABC drama Forever, will portray the smart, tough and driven new Head of Homeland Security who needs the Scorpion team to be successful. But is it because it’s best for the team or because it’s best for her?

de la Garza’s character will succeed Homeland Security Director Merrick (David Fabrizio) who in the Season 1 finale relegated Cabe (Robert Patrick) to a desk job at the Pomona airport, prompting Cabe to quit.

The Season 2 opener, slated for September 21, will find Cabe taking a job as a Hollywood tech advisor until he is summoned back by the new head of Homeland Security to reassume his old position as a liaison for the Scorpion team.

Scorpion is executive produced by Roberto Orci and more for CBS Television Studios.

de la Garza’s previous television credits include Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Los Angeles, as well as the short-lived series Do No Harm.

Rodriguez to Appear on the Fourth Season of NBC’s “Grimm”

Elizabeth Rodriguez’s acting prospects look grimm

The 33-year-old Latina actress and Tony Award nominee has landed a recurring role on NBC’s supernatural crime drama Grimm, co-created by Angel co-creator David Greenwalt.

Elizabeth Rodriguez

Rodriguez will portray Special Agent Chavez, an FBI agent with a hidden agenda and a secret identity.

Rodriguez, who starred on All My Children, can currently be seen as Aleida Diaz on Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black.

Her other credits include television appearance on Power, Cold Case, FlashForward, Law & Order, The Shield and ER.

Grimm was renewed for a fourth season in March.

Aspillaga to Appear in Recurring Role on Starz’s Drama “Flesh and Bone”

Vanessa Aspillaga is seeing Starz

The 41-year-old Latina actress has landed a guest recurring role on Starz‘s ballet drama Flesh and Bone.

Vanessa Aspillaga

The series follows Claire (portrayed by Sarah Hay), a young dancer with a distinctly troubled past, as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York.

Aspillaga will portray Monica, the company’s assistant manager, who is stable, extremely good at her job and at managing her boss.

Aspillaga’s previous credits include television appearances on Law & Order, Elementary, The Good Wife and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Her film credits include Gun Hill Road, Morning Glory and Love & Other Drugs.

de la Garza to Star in ABC’s Drama Pilot “Forever”

Alana de la Garza has landed a forever role…

The 37-year-old Half-Mexican American actress has landed the female lead role opposite Ioan Gruffudd in ABC’s drama pilot Forever.

Alana de la Garza

Written by Matthew Miller and directed by Brad Anderson, the project centers on Dr. Henry Morgan (Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner.

What no one knows is that he studies the dead for a reason — he’s immortal.

His investigative work with recently widowed detective Jo Martinez (portrayed by de la Garza), a recovering alcoholic, and relationship with best friend Abe (Judd Hirsch) will peel back the layers of Henry’s colorful and long life.

de la Garza, best known for her role as ADA Connie Rubirosa on the television series Law & Order, most recently co-starred on NBC’s short-lived series Do No Harm. Her other credits include All My Children, JAG, Charmed, Two and a Half Men, Las Vegas and CSI: Miami.

Gomez Cast in NBC’s Comedy Pilot “Ellen More or Less”

There may be more or less of Joshua Gomez on television in the near future…

The 38-year-old Latino actor, who earned three ALMA Award nominations for his performance on NBC’s long-running spy series Chuck, has been cast in the NBC pilot Ellen More or Less.

Joshua Gomez

Written by JJ Philbin and directed by Peyton Reed, the comedy project centers on Ellen (portrayed by Stacey McGunnigle), an average-size woman who, after losing 100 pounds, begins reinventing herself in life and love.

Gomez will portray Craig, a co-worker of Ellen’s in the Billing Department.

Along with his role on Chuck, Gomez’s previous television credits include appearances on Castle, Without a Trace, Invasion and Law & Order.