Otmara Marrero to Star in NBC’s Quarantine-Themed Comedy Series “Connecting”

It’s a new connection for Otmara Marrero

The Cuban-American actress has been cast as the lead in NBC’s comedy series Connecting.

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Written and executive produced by Martin Gero and Brendan GallConnectingis an ensemble comedy about a group of friends trying to stay close (and sane) through video chats as they share the highs and lows of these extraordinary times.

Last month it received an eight-episode straight-to-series order.

Marrero will play Annie (fka Abby), who identifies as female. Her friends describe her as a hermit who would barely go out, even before the quarantine started.

Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios, is the studio.

Marrero played the female lead in Dick Wolf’s ABC drama pilot reboot New York Undercover, which was produced by Universal Television

She previously starred for three seasons on Sony Crackle’s series StartUp opposite Martin Freeman and Adam Brody

Her film credits include Vandal and Clementine

Crackle Renews Otmara Marrero’s Series “StartUp” for a Third Season

Otmara Marrero is starting up again…

Sony’s Crackle has given the greenlight to a 10-episode third season of its popular hour-long original series StartUp, starring the Latina actress.

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The sophomore season of the tech-infused thriller is currently the No.1 title on the free, ad-supported service.

StartUp has also been a hit internationally and well-received by fans in more than 50 countries, according to Crackle.

Created by Ben Ketai, the past season of StartUp took the narrative beyond the world of cryptocurrency and pulled the curtain back on the intersection between technology and the digital black market through a darknet prototype called Araknet.

In addition to Marrero, who portrays Izzy, season 2 stars Adam Brody and Ron Perlman, who also are producers, as well as Martin Freeman, Edi Gathegi and Addison Timlin.

“We are excited to open the writers room and partner with Crackle for Season 3 of StartUp,” said creator Ketai, also a writer, executive producer and director on the series. “This past season was exciting, with nods to relevant and timely topics like corporatization of the Internet, Bitcoin , after having paid attention to the bitcoin news now, and the darknet that made for some great storytelling. But the series works because those headlines are juxtaposed with the personal stories of our characters and how the cost of ambition impacts their lives and the lives of those around them. We will take that narrative even further in this next chapter and look forward to bringing the StartUp family back together again in the new year.”

StartUp is produced by Critical Content and Hollywood Gang Productions.

“Thanks to Ben Ketai for his vision and to our stellar ensemble cast — Martin, Adam, Ron, Edi, Otmara and Addison — whose tremendous performances gave this series the kind of weight and edge that viewers have come to expect from a Crackle original,” said Eric Berger, GM of Crackle and EVP and Chief Digital Officer at Sony Pictures Television Networks. “We are excited to continue the story in season three and expect that Ben and company will take us on another entertaining and wild ride.”

Molina to Star in Paramount Pictures’ Untitled Tina Fey-Margot Robbie Project

Alfred Molina is about to do the Taliban Shuffle

The 61-year-old half-Spanish actor has signed on to appear in Paramount Pictures’ Untitled Tina FeyMargot RobbieMartin Freeman project.

Alfred Molina

Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the film is based on the autobiography The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker. The book is being adapted by 30 Rock scribe Robert Carlock.

Production has already started in New Mexico.

Molina joins a cast that includes Billy Bob Thornton, Sheila Vand, Christopher Abbott, Nicholas Braun, Stephen Peacocke and Evan Jonigkeit.

Molina most recently appeared on the big screen in the drama Love is Strange.