“America’s Got Talent” Releases First Look Photo of Sofia Vergara at Judges Table

Sofia Vergarahas taken her seat at the table…

America’s Got Talent has released a first look photo of the NBC talent competition show’s season 15 judges panel, with the 47-year-old Colombian actress as a new addition and the first ever Latin judge.

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In addition Vergara, the photo shows AGT creator and judge Simon Cowell, longtime judge Howie Mandel, returning panelist Heidi Klum and returning host Terry Crews.

The revamped panel comes after the NBC competition series filled its two vacant chairs last week, following the exits of Gabrielle Unionand Julianne Hough, who were let go in November after one season.

This will be Modern Family star’s first turn as a judge. Klum was a panelist on AGTfrom 2013-2018.

The first round of production for America’s Got Talent: Season 15 will take place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium throughout the month of March.

The series is co-produced by Fremantle and Syco Entertainment

Sofia Vergara Named First Latin Judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”

Sofia Vergara’s got talent… and a new job…

The 47-year-old Colombian actress and Modern Family star has been added to the judges panel of  NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

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Vergara, a four-time Emmy nominee, will appear alongside Heidi Klum, who was a judge on AGTfor six seasons, from 2013-2018. 

They’ll be joined by returning judges Simon CowellAGTs creator and executive producer, and Howie Mandel, as well as host Terry Crews.

“I’m so happy to join my new family onAGT,” said Vergara, who’ll be making AGThistory. “This is a new and exciting next chapter for me and I’m extremely proud to be the first Latin judge on the show. I can’t wait to watch all the talent and have fun with all you guys!”

Vergara and Klum succeed Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough, who were let go in November after one season on AGT. Union’s ouster sparked controversy and triggered an investigation over allegations of a hostile work environment on the reality show. Results of the investigation, which was supposed to wrap by the end of January, have yet to be made public.

Shortly after Union and Hough’s exit, Vergara emerged as NBC’s top choice for a replacement. She met with executives from NBC and AGTproducer Fremantlein mid-December to discuss the possibility. By mid-January, word started getting out that Klum would be back, retaking her seat.

Klum never left the AGTfranchise — she’s been a judge on spinoff America’s Got Talent: The Champions since its launch last season.

Vergara is coming off an 11-season run as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on ABC’s hit comedy Modern Family,a role that has earned her four Emmy nominations.

“Sofia’s infectious energy and sharp wit will blend perfectly with returning favorites Heidi, Simon, Howie, and Terry. As both a respected actress and successful entrepreneur, she embodies the American dream that is synonymous with AGT’s transformative stage,” said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative & Reality Group, NBC Entertainment.

Christina Ochoa Signs with Buchwald Talent

Christina Ochoa has new representation…

The 34-year-old Spanish actress and producer has signed with Buchwald

Christina Ochoa

Ochoa currently appears in the recurring role of Ren Randall on TNT’s Animal KingdomShe most recently starred in the ABCdrama series A Million Little Things and was previously the lead on The CW’s Valor

She also has appeared on Modern FamilyI Hate My Teenage Daughter and The Neighbors. 

Off screen, Ochoa runs her production company – QE Productions – which was behind the 2011 short film Stay withMe that garnered awards at film festivals in the U.S. and Europe. 

Ochoa continues to be managed by Anonymous Content.

Sofia Vergara May Be Headed to the Judges’ Table on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”

Sofia Vergara may be on the hunt for new talent…

The 47-year-old Colombian actress, currently in her final season on ABC’s Modern Family, may be the newest judge on NBC’s summer reality series America’s Got Talent

Sofia Vergara

Vergara reportedly met with top executives at the network yesterday. It was a broad, general meeting to discuss a number of possible projects and collaborations, including Vergara joining the America’s Got Talent judging panel. 

According to TMZ, which first reported about the meeting, reps for AGTproducer Fremantlealso were present.

AGThas two vacancies after the reality hit created and executive produced by Simon Cowellopted not to bring back as judges Gabrielle Unionand Julianne Houghfollowing one-season stints.

The firings triggered a wave of controversy after it was revealed that Union had complained of a toxic work environment and racism before being let go. The backlash prompted NBC and Fremantle to launch an investigation, which is ongoing.

Vergara recently appeared in and executive produced 365 Days of Love, a daily docuseries for Facebook Watch. It came from Latino-focused entertainment company Raze, which Vergara co-founded with Emiliano Calemzuk and Luis Balaguer.

Vergara has earned four Emmyand four Golden Globe nominations for her role as Gloria on ABC’s Modern Familynow in its 11th and final season.

ABC Renews Sofia Vergara’s “Modern Family” for 11th and Final Season

Sofia Vergara’s extending her Family time…

ABC has picked up its flagship comedy series Modern Family, starring the 46-year-old Colombian actress, for an eleventh and final season.

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family,

The Emmy-winning family comedy will reportedly consist of at least 18 episodes, and could expand to 22 episodes, according to Deadline.com/

Modern Family’s renewal was all but assured when the original adult cast, stars Ed O’NeillJulie BowenTy BurrellJesse Tyler FergusonEric Stonestreet and Vergara, agreed to new deals in December with producing studio 20th Century Fox Televisionto return. 

Since then, the studio also has signed co-creators/executive producers Steve Levitanand Christopher Lloydfor another season, and also has made new deals with the original child actors — now all young adults —  Sarah HylandAriel WinterNolan Gould and Rico Rodriguez

Ten seasons in, Modern Family remains ABC’s top rated comedy (2.1 adults 18-49 rating in Live+3) and second highest rated series on the network only behind Grey’s Anatomy (tied with The Good DoctorThe Bachelorand The Conners).

“Chris and Steve have created one of the most seminal and iconic comedies in television history,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. “In its final season, there will be more milestone events that anyone who has been a fan of the series won’t want to miss.”

A five-time Emmy winner for Outstanding Comedy SeriesModern Family stars O’Neill as Jay Pritchett, Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Vergara as Gloria Pritchett, Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Gould as Luke Dunphy, Winter as Alex Dunphy, Rodriguez as Manny Delgado, Aubrey Anderson-Emmonsas Lily Tucker-Pritchett and Jeremy Maguireas Joe Pritchett.

“For 10 years, our characters have bravely faced turning points in life and moved through them to great personal enrichment; we have chosen a different path by doing one more season of Modern Family,” said Lloyd.

Added Levitan, “Even after 10 years together, we realized there are still some things our writers don’t yet know about each other’s sex lives.”

JoAnna Garcia Swisher to Star in ABC’s Comedy Pilot “Happy Accident”

JoAnna Garcia Swisher has found her Happy place…

The 39-year-old half-Cuban American actress has landed a leading role opposite Matt Walshin Happy AccidentABC’s single-camera family comedy pilot from Modern Family writers Abraham Higginbotham and Jon Pollack20th Century Fox Television.

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Written and executive produced by Higginbotham and Pollack, Happy Accident revolves around two Pittsburgh families — a father, Bud (Walsh), with three adult daughters, and a hotel lounge singer with her med student son — who are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed.

Swisher will play Eleanor Bennett, a professor at Pitt who is also Bud’s (Walsh) oldest daughter.

Swisher most recently starred as Amy Cabrera in Kevin (Probably) Saves the World)which aired for one season on ABC. She previously recurred as Arielon ABC’s Once Upon A Time and played a lead on the network’s limited series The Astronaut Wives Club

On the film side, Swisher most recently appeared in Warner Brothers’ comedy Fist Fight.

Facebook Watch to Launch Sofia Vergara’s Daily Docuseries “365 Days of Love” on New Year’s Day

Sofia Vergara is making a Loveconnection…

Facebook Watch has scheduled a New Year’s Day premiere for its new daily docuseries 365 Days of Love, featuring the 46-year-old Colombian actress and Modern Family.

Sofia Vergara 

The project—hailing from New Form and Latino-focused entertainment company Raze, co-founded by Vergara, Emiliano Calemzuk and Luis Balaguer—was developed by New Form CEO Kathleen Grace.

365 Days of Love will feature a new story of love and human connection daily throughout 2019. The stories hail from top talent, influencers, emerging filmmakers and everyday people and take on different forms, with each storyteller offering their own perspective of what love means to them.

Vergara will serve as executive producer, along with Balaguer for Raze, and will be the subject of several stories.

“When I founded Raze with Emiliano and Luis, our goal was to always provide a place where people can share passionate stories and make a difference. The 365 Days of Love daily documentary series does just that by allowing us to create a movement that challenges the world to contemplate the things that make us connected as humans,” said Vergara. “I am excited to partner with New Form and Facebook Watch to help bring the world closer together in a conversation about unity, love and what we all share in together.”

The series is currently in production and is actively seeking stories. More information can be found on the Facebook Watch landing page.

Cardi B Earns Three People’s Choice Awards Nominations

Cardi B is a people’s choice

The 2018 People’s Choice Awards finalists have been revealed, with the 25-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar earning the first nods of her career. Three nominations to be exact.

Cardi B

Cardi B’s chart-topperInvasion of Privacy is in the running for Album of 2018, while her single “I Like It,” featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin, is up for Song of 2018. Additionally, the “Bodak Yellow” singer is nominated for Female Artist of 2018.

Camila Cabello, a two-time People’s Choice Award winner as a member of Fifth Harmony, has earned his first three nods as a solo artist. Her debut album, Camila, is up for Album of 2018, while her official video for “Never Be the Same” is nominated for Music Video of 2018. Cabello, meantime, is nominated for Female Artist of 2018.

Selena Gomez, a one-time People’s Choice Award winner, has three chances this year. The 26-year-old Mexican American singer is nominated for Song of 2018 and Music Video of 2018 for her single “Back to You.” Gomez is also up for Social Celebrity of 2018.

Nikki Bella has earned two nominations. The 34-year-old half-Mexican American wrestler and reality television star, one half of The Bella Twins, is up for Competition Contestant of 2018 for her appearance on Dancing with the Stars, as well as Reality TV Star of 2018 for her E! series Total Bellas.

Bad Bunny and J Balvin both have two nominations. Along with their shared nod for “I Like It” with Cardi B in the Song of 2018 category, they’re also nominated for Latin Artist of 2018, alongside Becky GCNCO and Shakira.

Bruno Mars, a previous PCA winner, is nominated for Male Artist of 2018, while Lele Pons is up for Social Star of 2018.

Sofia Vergara, a previous winner is nominated for Comedy TV Star of 2018, for her role on Modern Family, while Riverdale’sCamila Mendes is up for Female TV Star of 2018.

Voting is now open, and ends October 19. The People’s Choice Awards will be broadcast on November 11 on E! live from theBarker Hangarin Santa Monica, Calif. starting at 9:00 p.m ET/PT, with “E! Live From The Red Carpet: The E! People’s Choice Awards” beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

MUSIC

ALBUM OF 2018
Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy
Camila Cabello, Camila
Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes
Ariana Grande, Sweetener
Nicki Minaj, Queen

SONG OF 2018
Ariana Grande, “No Tears Left to Cry”
Shawn Mendes, “In My Blood”
Selena Gomez, “Back to You”
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, “I Like It”
BTS, “Idol”

MUSIC VIDEO OF 2018
Selena Gomez, “Back to You”
Ariana Grande, “No Tears Left to Cry”
Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
Camila Cabello, “Never Be the Same”
BTS, “Idol”

MALE ARTIST OF 2018
Drake
Keith Urban
Ed Sheeran
Shawn Mendes
Bruno Mars

FEMALE ARTIST OF 2018
Taylor Swift
Cardi B
Ariana Grande
Camila Cabello
Nicki Minaj

GROUP OF 2018
Twenty One Pilots
Panic! At the Disco
5 Seconds of Summer
BTS
Super Junior

COUNTRY ARTIST OF 2018
Thomas Rhett
Luke Bryan
Carrie Underwood
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

LATIN ARTIST OF 2018
Becky G
CNCO
J Balvin
Bad Bunny
Shakira

CONCERT TOUR OF 2018
Béyonce & Jay Z, On the Run II Tour
Taylor Swift, Reputation Tour
Britney Spears, Piece of Me Tour
Katy Perry, Witness Tour
Super Junior, Super Show 7

MOVIES 

MOVIE OF 2018
Black Panther
Avengers: Infinity War
Incredibles 2
Fifty Shades Freed
A Quiet Place

COMEDY MOVIE OF 2018
Love, Simon
Blockers
The Spy Who Dumped Me
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
Crazy Rich Asians

ACTION MOVIE OF 2018
Black Panther
Avengers: Infinity War
Deadpool 2
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Ocean’s 8

DRAMA MOVIE OF 2018
Fifty Shades Freed
12 Strong
Red Sparrow
Midnight Sun
A Quiet Place

FAMILY MOVIE OF 2018
Incredibles 2
A Wrinkle in Time
Hotel Transylvania 3
I Can Only Imagine
Christopher Robin

MALE MOVIE STAR OF 2018
Chris Hemsworth, Avengers: Infinity War
Robert Downey Jr., Avengers: Infinity War
Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther
Chris Pratt, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Nick Robinson, Love, Simon

FEMALE MOVIE STAR OF 2018
Scarlett Johansson, Avengers: Infinity War
Sandra Bullock, Ocean’s 8
Anne Hathaway, Ocean’s 8
Lily James, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
Bryce Dallas Howard, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

DRAMA MOVIE STAR OF 2018
John Krasinski, A Quiet Place
Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place
Jennifer Lawrence, Red Sparrow
Chris Hemsworth, 12 Strong
Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades Freed

COMEDY MOVIE STAR OF 2018
Melissa McCarthy, Life of the Party
John Cena, Blockers
Nick Robinson, Love, Simon
Amanda Seyfriend, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
Mila Kunis, The Spy Who Dumped Me

ACTION MOVIE STAR OF 2018
Chris Hemsworth, Avengers: Infinity War
Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool 2
Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther
Danai Gurira, Black Panther
Chris Pratt, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 

TV

SHOW OF 2018
This is Us
Grey’s Anatomy
The Big Bang Theory
13 Reasons Why
Shadowhunters: The Moral Instruments 

DRAMA SHOW OF 2018
This is Us
Grey’s Anatomy
13 Reasons Why
Riverdale
The Handmaid’s Tale

COMEDY SHOW OF 2018
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Black-ish
Orange Is the New Black
The Good Place

REVIVAL SHOW OF 2018
American Idol
One Day at a Time
Queer Eye
Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
Dynasty

REALITY SHOW OF 2018
Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
Queer Eye
Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Chrisley Knows Best
Vanderpump Rules

COMPETITION SHOW OF 2018
The Voice
Ellen’s Game of Games
Big Brother
RuPaul’s Drag Race
America’s Got Talent

MALE TV STAR OF 2018
Andrew Lincoln, The Walking Dead
Cole Sprouse, Riverdale
Justin Chambers, Grey’s Anatomy
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
Harry Shum Jr., Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments

FEMALE TV STAR OF 2018
Ellen Pompeo, Grey’s Anatomy
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Camila Mendes, Riverdale
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Katherine McNamara, Shadowhunters: The Moral Instruments

DRAMA TV STAR OF 2018
Ellen Pompeo, Grey’s Anatomy
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
KJ Apa, Riverdale
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why

COMEDY TV STAR OF 2018
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Kristen Bell, The Good Place
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Drew Barrymore, Santa Clarita Diet

DAYTIME TALK SHOW OF 2018
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Steve
Live With Kelly and Ryan
The Real
Red Table Talk With Jada Pinkett Smith

NIGHTTIME TALK SHOW OF 2018
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen

COMPETITION CONTESTANT OF 2018
Nikki Bella, Dancing With the Stars
Maddie Poppe, American Idol
Brynn Cartelli, The Voice
Cody Nickson, The Amazing Race
Eva Igo, World of Dance

REALITY TV STAR OF 2018
Khloe Kardashian, Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Antoni Porowski, Queer Eye
Joanna Gaines, Fixer Upper
Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio, Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
Nikki Bella, Total Bellas

BINGEWORTHY SHOW OF 2018
Outlander
Queer Eye
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
13 Reasons Why
Shameless

SCI-FI/FANTASY SHOW OF 2018
Supernatural
The Originals
The Expanse
Wynonna Earp
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments

POP CULTURE

BEAUTY INFLUENCER OF 2018
NIKKIETUTORIALS
Bretman Rock
Brooklyn and Bailey
Jackie Aina
James Charles

SOCIAL STAR OF 2018
Shane Dawson
JennaMarbles
Amanda Cerny
The Dolan Twins
Lele Pons

ANIMAL STAR OF 2018
Lil Bub
Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund
Gone to the Snow Dogs
Cole & Marmalade
April the Giraffe

SOCIAL CELEBRITY OF 2018
Ellen DeGeneres
Chrissy Teigen
BTS
Taylor Swift
Selena Gomez

COMEDY ACT OF 2018
Kevin Hart
Tiffany Haddish
Ali Wong
Marlon Wayans
Amy Schumer

STYLE STAR OF 2018
Zendaya
Blake Lively
Emma Watson
Beyoncé
Harry Styles

GAME CHANGER OF 2018
Colin Kaepernick
Serena Williams
Cristiano Ronaldo
Aly Raisman
Nia Jax

POP PODCAST OF 2018
Amy Schumer Presents: 3 Girls, 1 Keith
Scrubbing in With Becca Tilley & Tanya Rad
Anna Faris Is Unqualified
LADYGANG
Chicks in the Office

Disney Channel Releases Trailer for Myrna Velasco’s Animated Series “Star Wars Resistance”

Myrna Velasco is joining the resistance

Disney Channel has released a new trailer for its upcoming animated show Star Wars Resistance, featuring the Mexican American actress.

Myrna Velasco

“Can you imagine what it’s like to be an ace pilot?” Kazuda Xiono (“Kaz”) asks in the new trailer. Audiences will follow Kaz and some familiar Star Wars faces as he does just that — become a top pilot, not to mention spying on the rising threat of the First Order for the Resistance.

In the hour-long premiere, Poe and BB-8 assign Kaz to go undercover on the Colossus, a massive aircraft home to new aliens, droids, and other creatures. He makes new friends, like Poe’s old buddy Yeager, as well as a battered astromech droid called Bucket. With challenges like dangerous sky races and keeping his mission a secret from his newfound crew, Kaz is in over his head as he tries to avoid the danger of the First Order.

Star Wars Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni created the series, which will see Oscar Isaac reprising his big screen role as pilot Poe Dameron, while Christopher Sean voices Kaz. Gwendoline Christie will return to voice the villainous Captain Phasma, and Rachel Butera plays General Leia Organa.

In addition to Velasco, other supporting voice actors include Suzie McGrath, Scott Lawrence, Josh Brener, Donald Faison, Jim Rash and Bobby Moynihan.

The adventure series will have a one-hour premiere on Sunday, October 7 at 10:00 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW, and Disney Channel VOD, with further airings on Disney XD.

Velasco’s credits include Elena of Avalor, Descendants: Wicked World and Modern Family.

Sofia Vergara’s Latin Digtal Media Company Raze Closes Development Deals with Netflix, Hulu & TNT

Sofia Vergara’s razing the roof…

Raze, the Latino digital media company co-founded by the 45-year-old Colombian actress and Modern Family star, has struck production and development deals with NetflixHulu, and TNT.

Sofia Vergara

Co-founded by Latin World Entertainment founder Luis Balaguer, and industry leader Emiliano Calemzuk, the fast-growing company will roll out three series across the aforementioned platforms.

Raze is moving forward into production with the original series Catrina, la Santa Muerte for Netflix. They are also developing Mi Hermanastro for Hulu and Black Veil for TNT.

“In just one year, Raze has jumped to a leadership position as a multi-purpose Latino creative engine capable of growing a digital media and social platform, as well as supplying high-quality long-form product to top distributors in the US and Latin America,” said Calemzuk. “As we move forward with this original programming slate, we will bring the best content to our viewers through their favorite platforms.”

“At Raze, we continue working to develop and produce original content that changes the narrative on how Latin-centered stories are told,” adds Mari Urdaneta Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer. “We work with an excellent team of creative writers and producers who will provide unique and innovated plots that will resonate with viewers across key demos.”

Raze has teamed with Hollywood leading creative writers Natasha Ybarra-Klor, Liz Sczudlo, and Luisa Leschin to bring the Latino stories to the market

Here’s the programming slate:

Catrina: La Santa Muerte is heading to production at Netflix. Starring international star Blanca Soto, the series marks Soto’s comeback to the small screen. The action series is set on the geographical border between Mexico and the United States, at a time when the metaphysical border between the world of the living and the Land of the Dead is beginning to blur. Produced by Raze, the series is executive produced by Blanca Soto and is written by Natasha Ybarra-Klor whose credits include Netflix hit series Ingobernable, Cadena 3, Las Aparicio and Infames, and Fox/Argos Dos Lunas, among others.

Mi Hermanastro (My Step-brother) is set up as a script at Hulu. Based on the online Latin American smash hit series with the same name, Mi Hermanastro is about two teenage step-siblings at odds with each other and struggling to find their place in life, who accidentally sleep together during a debauched game of seven minutes in heaven. Produced by Raze, the script is written by Liz Sczudlo whose credits include Lifetime’s Sea Change, Freeform’s Switched at Birth, Fox’s The Following, and CW’s 90210.

The Black Veil is set up at TNT. The events and characters depicted in The Black Veil are fiction, though inspired by actual events described in newly-released Inquisition documents from the Vatican regarding a criminal case against an Italian order of nuns, around 1800. The series centers around the cloistered Convent of St. Agatha’s, nestled in New Mexico’s Blue Mountains overlooking the town of Sagrado. As the U.S. enters WWII and New Mexico readies to send over 1800 of its rough-hewn cowboy, Navajo and Mexican- American soldiers overseas, the hierarchical population of nuns, novitiates and staff living behind the high stone walls of the convent struggle to remain solvent and unaffected by the war. To maintain their sanctuary hidden from the outside world, the nuns live in symbiotic collusion under the strong hand of a cultish Abbess. The isolation and constant search for enlightenment creates a hothouse atmosphere of religious ecstasies, miracles, sexual repression and powerful intrigue. A sophisticated, authentically depicted, nighttime series, The Black Veil features forbidden love, lust, poisonings, feigned miracles and murder. Produced by Raze, the script is written by Luisa Leschin whose credits includes Amazon’s Just Add Magic, Hulu’s East Los High, and ABC’s George Lopez, among others.