Amanda Tavarez to Star in OWN’s Original Holiday Movie “First Christmas”

Amanda Tavarez is ready for her OWN Christmas

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has expanded its holiday season programming with the new original holiday movie First Christmas, starring the Dominican American actress.

Amanda Tavarez

First Christmas, which also stars Idara Victor and Tonea Stewart, will premiere on Tuesday, December 22. The movie joins the previously announced Our OWN Christmas gospel music special hosted by Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin, which airs on Tuesday, December 1 at 9:00 pm ET/PT.

Given up for adoption and placed in foster care at a young age, writer Halle Downing receives the blessing of a lifetime when she’s invited to spend Christmas in New Orleans with the biological family she never knew she had – The Moores. Halle’s grandmother “Memaw” welcomes the young woman with open arms, completely overwhelming Halle with emotion at the significance of finally finding her family. Extremely excited to meet her twin siblings Tiffany (Samantha Smith) and Glenn (Mason Beauchamp) along with younger brother Drew (Peyton Jackson) for the first time, Halle soon faces the hard reality that finding her place in this close-knit family is going to take longer than she thought, something that becomes particularly evident when she witnesses Tiffany’s apprehension about introducing her new girlfriend Paris (Tavarez) to the family for the first time. However, as Christmas approaches, Halle begins to gain perspective on the Moore family dynamic and ultimately comes to embrace and celebrate her first family holiday with a special gift that tells her she is right where she is supposed to be. 

First Christmas is produced for OWN by MarVista in association with Harpo Films.

Tavarez’s previous credits include Queen Sugar, Dynasty, Cake: The Series and The Resident.

Meagan Good to Direct & Star in the Indie Film “If Not Now”

Meagan Good is ready to pull double duty…

The 36-year-old part Puerto Rican actress will star in and direct the indie film If Not Now.

Meagan Good

The film will serve as the directorial debut for Goodand Tamara Bass.

In addition to Good and Bass, the film will also star Mekia Cox and Meagan Holder.

Written by Bass, the plot, described as a story of sisterhood and camaraderie, centers around four friends — Good, Cox, Holder, and Bass — who met while in high school and are bonded by an event that happens. Fifteen years later, they are suddenly forced to all come back together when one of them faces a crisis.

Valarie Pettiford, Edwin Hodge, Kyle Schmid, McKinley Freeman, Niles Fitch, Todd Williams and newcomer Lexi Underwood co-star in the pic which is slated to begin filming this month in LA.

Good, who recently starred in the Sundance Film Festival pic, A Boy. A Girl. A Dream, is producing the film with Bass under their Krazy Actress Productions banner.

Meagan Good’s “A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.” to Have Its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival

Meagan Good has her NEXT project all set for viewing…

Qasim Basir’s third feature film A Boy. A Girl. A Dream., starring the 36-year-old part-Puerto Rican actress, will have its world premiere this month at the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT section.

Meagan Good

In addition to Good, the drama also stars Power‘s Omari Hardwick.

It’s the story of two people who meet in Los Angeles on the night Donald Trump is elected President of the United States.

Hardwick is Cass, a USC grad stalled in his career, and Good is Frida, a visitor in town who is in the middle of a tough breakup. Their meeting is set with Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton as a backdrop, and they soon discover nothing will ever be the same.

The film also stars Jay Ellis, Kenya Barris, Dijon Talton and Wesley Jonathan. Basir co-wrote the script with Samantha Tanner, and Gook‘s Datari Turner is producer.

Valderrama’s “Minority Report” Receives “Most Exciting New Series” Honor

It looks like Wilmer Valderrama is one of the minorities to watch next season…

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association has named eight honorees for its Most Exciting New Series category, including Fox’s drama pilot Minority Report, starring the 35-year-old Colombian and Venezuelan American actor.

Wilmer Valderrama

In addition to Valderrama’s Minority Report, which also stars Meagan Good, the honorees include American Crime Story (FX), Aquarius (NBC), Blindspot (NBC),  The Muppets (ABC), Scream Queens (Fox), Supergirl (CBS), and UnREAL (Lifetime).

All are dramas except for comedy The Muppets and horror comedy Scream Queens, which stars  Lea Michele and Diego Boneta.

The honorees were chosen by BTJA members from pilots, early episodes and trailers from series premiering after May 1.

The fifth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards will air live May 31 on A&E from the Beverly Hilton. Cat Deeley is hosting.

Valderrama to Star Opposite Meagan Good in Fox’s Drama Pilot “Minority Report”

Wilmer Valderrama is (minority) reporting for duty…

The 35-year-old Colombian and Venezuelan American actor has been cast opposite Stark Sands and Meagan Good in Fox’s drama pilot Minority Report.

Wilmer Valderrama

The project is a sequel to the Steven Spielberg-directed movie set 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C.

One of the three Precogs, Dash (Sands), struggles to lead a “normal” human life but remains haunted by visions of the future when he meets a detective, Lara Vega (Good), who’s haunted by her past and just might help him find a purpose to his gift.

Valderrama, best nown for the role of Fez in the sitcom That ’70s Show, will play Will Blake, a new police detective at the precinct who fills in for Vega when she’s out on leave, and when Vega sizes him up, she decides she doesn’t like him.

The pilot, written/exec produced by Max Borenstein and directed by Mark Mylod, comes from 20th Century Fox Television, Paramount Television and Amblin Television.

This marks the latest drama turn for Valderrama. He’s also returning for Season 2 of El Rey Network’s From Dusk Til Dawn.

Good Lands Lead Role in Fox’s Drama Pilot “Minority Report”

Meagan Good is in the Minority

The 33-year-old part-Puerto Rican actress has signed has landed the female lead role in Fox’s drama pilot Minority Report, a sequel to the Steven Spielberg-directed movie set 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C.

Meagan Good

One of the three Precogs, Dash, struggles to lead a “normal” human life, but remains haunted by visions of the future, when he meets a detective, Lara Vega (portrayed by Good), who’s not afraid to break a few rules. Haunted by her past, Vega just might help him find a purpose to his gift.

The pilot, written by Max Borenstein and directed by Mark Mylod, comes from 20th Century Fox Television, Paramount Television and Amblin Television.

Good joins Laura ReganDaniel London and Li Jun Li.

The Think Like a Man franchise actress recently been announced as a recurring on NBC’s upcoming comedy series Mr. Robinson.

Good Lands Recurring Role on NBC’s Upcoming Comedy Series “Mr. Robinson”

Meagan Good has been Rob(inson)ed..

The 33-year-old part-Puerto Rican actress has signed on for a major recurring role on NBC’s upcoming comedy series Mr. Robinson.

Meagan Good

The six-episode sitcom stars The Office alum Craig Robinson as a journeyman musician who gets a job as a music teacher at a middle school.

Good, who guest-starred on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU, will play Victoria Wavers, a successful former Wall Street trader who left to pursue her true calling as a high school English teacher.

She replaces Lenora Crichlow, who played the part in the project’s new pilot under executive producers/showrunners Mark Cullen and Rob Cullen.

Good will have a recurring status on Mr. Robinson, making her available for pilot season.

She’s already been approached under her talent holding deal with NBC, which reunites her with the network where she toplined drama series Deception.

Good to Guest Star on NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU”

Meagan Good is ready for a little law and order

The 33-year-old part-Puerto Rican actress has signed on to guest star on Law & Order: SVU.

Meagan Good

Good and The Walking Dead actor Chad Coleman will appear on NBC‘s long-running police procedural in the November 19 episode, “Spousal Privilege,” playing a couple in an abusive relationship.

Coleman will play a former sports-star-turned-reporter accused of assaulting his girlfriend (Good). Despite photographic evidence of the abuse, the case becomes complicated when the couple tries to keep the charges under the radar.

“Domestic violence, with a push from [star] Mariska Hargitay‘s No More campaign, has recently sparked a long-needed national dialogue,” said executive producer Warren Leight. ” ‘Spousal Privilege’ explores the personal and legal complexities of this intractable problem. We are thrilled that Chad and Meagan are joining us to take on this challenging episode.”

It’s a return to NBC for Good, who starred in the short-lived series Deception.