Luis Guzmán to Appear on Season 2 of Starz’s Crime Drama Series “Hightown”

Luis Guzmán is coming to (High)town

The 64-year-old Puerto Rican actor has been cast for a season-long arc on the second season of Starz’s crime drama series Hightown, starring Monica Raymund, from Jerry Bruckheimer and Lionsgate Television.

Luis Guzman

Production is currently underway on the 10-episode second season of the series created by Rebecca Cutter, who will make her television directorial debut this season. Oscar–nominated filmmaker Rachel Morrison will return to direct two episodes. Raymund, Dawn WilkinsonRadium Cheung and Eagle Egilsson are also tapped to direct this season.

Guzmán will play Jorge Cuevas, Frankie’s (Amaury Nolasco) cousin. A charming and hilarious yet dangerous sociopath. Also joining the recurring cast are Jona Xiao as Daisy, a stripper at Xavier’s. Bubbly and working class with a hard edge. She’s got swag and can handle herself. Charline St. Charles as Henriette, first generation Haitian-American, wife of Sgt. Saintille (Dohn Norwood) and Dominic L. Santana as Chuleta, Jorge (Guzman) & Frankie’s (Nolasco) muscle.

They join returning cast members Raymund, James Badge Dale, Riley Voelkel, Nolasco, Atkins Estimond and Dohn Norwood. Tonya Glanz also returns in a heavily recurring role as Leslie Babcock, Jackie’s (Raymund) partner in the Narcotics Unit.

“I’m so in love with this cast and the way they brought my vision to life in Season One,” said Cutter, who recently entered an overall deal with Lionsgate Television. “Now I feel inspired to create in a whole new way, through directing. I will be learning from some of the best in the business – Rachel Morrison and Monica Raymund — and I can’t wait to showcase Cape Cod in a new light as we focus on the off-season. We are thrilled to be back in production and bringing you the next chapter in this story.”

Monica Raymund to Reprise Her Role on “Chicago Fire”

Monica Raymund is headed back to the station…

The 33-year-old half-Dominican American actress is set to reprise her role as Gabby Dawson on Chicago Fire

Monica Raymund

Raymund, whose departure after six seasons left fans of the NBC drama series devastated, will appear in the Season 8 midseason finale on November 20, according to Deadline.

When Gabby last appeared in the season 7 premiere, she’d returned from Puerto Rico, where she had accepted a full-time job working on hurricane relief efforts, and had asked her then-husband Matt Casey to leave his life in Chicago and move with her to the island, but he declined. The couple later filed for divorce.

In the upcoming episode, Gabby returns to Chicago to help raise money for her aid organization and stops by the firehouse to see her former co-workers, including Matt.

“Fans can expect sparks to fly from the Dawson and Casey reunion,” Raymund tells EW.com, which first reported her casting. “Dawson and Casey will always have an unbreakable bond, and their love is a special love that I think will forever stay alive. The fans don’t want to miss this episode — we get to see Dawson and Casey’s love in a new light.”

Raymund was one of five original Chicago Fire series regulars whose initial contracts expired after Season 6 and among the three, including Eamonn Walker and David Eigenberg, who had not been approached about signing new deals ahead of time.

Monica Raymund to Star in Starz’s Opioid Epidemic-Themed Drama “P-Town”

Monica Raymund has landed her next starring role…

The 32=year-old half-Dominican American actress and former Chicago Fire has been cast as the lead in P-TownStarz’s drama that touches on the current opioid epidemic.

Monica Raymund

From former Gotham writer-producerRebecca CutterPower executive producer Gary Lennonand Jerry Bruckheimer Television, the project was originally picked up for development last fall.

Now that it’s been ordered to series, P-Town will begin production in March.

Written and executive produced by Cutter, P-Town centers on Jackie Quinones (Raymund), a lesbian National Marine Fisheries Services officer, happy to use her gun and badge to pick up tourist chicks in “P-Town” — the gay mecca of Provincetown, MA. But when she finds a body washed up on the beach — collateral damage of the opioid epidemic – Jackie’s life begins to circle the drain. As she faces her own addictive behaviors, she becomes increasingly obsessed with solving the murder. Jackie’s forced to confront the dark side of the idyllic summer spot – all the while putting herself and her sobriety in danger.

As opiate-related overdose deaths have skyrocketed in the U.S. since 2001, Massachusetts has been hit hard, with more than 1,250 deaths from heroin overdose in 2014. The 2015 HBOdocumentary Heroin: Cape Cod, USA, depicted the dire situation in Cape Cod where 85 percent of the crimes are opiate-related.

Raymund played Gabriella Dawson for six seasons on NBC’s Chicago Fire. She was one of five original series regulars whose initial contracts expired after Season 6 and the most prominent female cast member on the Wolf Entertainment/Universal Televisiondrama. Raymund played Paramedic in Charge/Firefighter Candidate Gabriela “Gabby” Dawson.

Raymund is also known for her role as Dana Lodge on CBS The Good Wife.

Raymund Earns Best Actress/Television Prize at the Imagen Awards

Monica Raymund has a brand new imagen

The 27-year-old half-Dominican American actress has earned her first-ever Imagen Award.

Monica Raymund

Raymund was named Best Actress/Television for her portrayal of paramedic Gabriela Dawson on the NBC drama Chicago Fire.

Her previous television credits include roles on Lie to Me and The Good Wife.

But Raymund wasn’t the only first-time winner…

Jon Huertas picked up the award for Best Actor/Television for his role on ABC’s Castle, which was named Best Primetime Television Program.

The awards, which honor and recognize the positive portrayals of Latinos in film, television and the internet, are doled out by an independent panel of entertainment industry executives and Latino community leaders.

Here’s a look at the complete list of winners:

Best Primetime Television Program: Castle (ABC Studios)

Best Primetime Program, Special or Movie-of-the-Week: We Love Jenni Special (Blank Paige Productions/mun2)

Best Actor/Television: Jon Huertas, Castle (ABC)

Best Actress/Television: Monica Raymund, Chicago Fire (NBC)

Best Supporting Actor/Television: Carlos Gómez, The Glades (A&E)

Best Supporting Actress/Television: Constance Marie, Switched at Birth (ABC Family)

Best Young Actress/Television: Raini Rodriguez, Austin & Ally (Disney Channel)

Best Children’s Programming: Handy Manny (Nelvana/Disney Channel)

Best Documentary/Film or Television: Harvest of Empire (Onyx Films/ EVS Communications/ Loquito Productions)

Best National Informational Program: Oprah’s Next Chapter (Harpo Studios)

Best Local Informational Program: Vista L.A. (ABC7/Los Angeles, California)

Best On-Air Advertising: Univision Educate! – De Pandilleros a Panaderos (Univision)

Best Variety or Reality Show: 24/7 Chavez Jr./Martinez (HBO Sports)

Best Feature Film: Bless Me, Ultima (Monkey Hill Films/Gran Via Productions/Monarch Pictures/Tenaja Productions)

Best Actor/Supporting Actor – Feature Film: Luke Ganalon, Bless Me, Ultima (Monkey Hill Films/Gran Via Productions/Monarch Pictures/Tenaja Productions)

Best Actress/Supporting Actress – Feature Film: Miriam Colon, Bless Me, Ultima (Monkey Hill Films/Gran Via Productions/Monarch Pictures/Tenaja Productions)

Best Theatrical Short or Student Film: POV: Sin Pais (American Documentary | POV)

Best Web Series, Drama: Caribe Road (Helu Films Entertainment)

Best Web Series, Comedy: Oh Noah! (Thirteen/WNET)

Best Web Series, Reality or Informational: Sin Vergüenza (Kavich Reynolds/Altamed)

Gomez Among This Year’s Imagen Award Nominees

Selena Gomez’s return to the wizard world has resulted in critical acclaim…

The 20-year-old half-Mexican American actress/singer has received an Imagen Award nomination for reprising her role as Alex Russo in the Disney Channel’s The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex.

Selena Gomez

Gomez will face off against Once Upon a Time’s Lana Parrilla, Meddling Mom’s Sonia Braga and Chicago Fire’s Monica Raymund in the Best Actress/Television category.

Gomez earned five nominations for her star-turning role on the network’s Wizards of Waverly Place, winning the award in 2011.

Presented by the Imagen Foundation, the awards honor portrayals of Latinos and Latino cultures in television and film.

Trophies will be handed out August 17 at the Beverly Hilton and air on PBS SoCal as an hourlong special later.

Here’s the list of nominees:

Best Primetime Television Program
Castle
Chicago Fire
Dallas
Grey’s Anatomy
Private Practice
Switched at Birth

Best Primetime Program: Special or Movie-of-the-Week
George Lopez: It’s Not Me, It’s You
Meddling Mom
We Love Jenni Special

Best Actor/Television
Benjamin Bratt, Private Practice
Guillermo Diaz, Scandal
Jon Huertas, Castle
Danny Pino, Law & Order: SVU

Best Actress/Television
Sonia Braga, Meddling Mom
Selena Gomez, The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex
Lana Parrilla, Once Upon a Time
Monica Raymund, Chicago Fire

Best Supporting Actor/Television
Kevin Alejandro, Golden Boy
Nestor Carbonell, Bates Motel
Carlos Gómez, The Glades
Joe Minoso, Chicago Fire
Oscar Nuñez, The Office
Jon Seda, Treme

Best Supporting Actress/Television
Jordana Brewster, Dallas
Wanda De Jesus, Sons of Anarchy
Julie Gonzalo, Dallas
Constance Marie, Switched at Birth
Aubrey Plaza, Parks and Recreation
Gina Torres, Suits

Best Young Actress/Television
Victoria Justice, Victorious
Cierra Ramirez, The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Raini Rodriguez, Austin & Ally
Brittany Underwood, Hollywood Heights
Bella Thorne, Shake It Up!

Best Children’s Programming
Dora The Explorer
Handy Manny
The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex

Best Documentary/Film or Television
Cubamerican
Granito: How to Nail a Dictator
Harvest of Empire
Mariachi High
Precious Knowledge
Voces: Tales of Masked Men
We Women Warriors
Who is Dayani Cristal?

Best Variety or Reality Show
24/7 Chavez-Martinez
Latino 101
Project Runway
Real Time with Bill Maher
The Voice

Best Feature Film
Bless Me, Ultima
Border Run
Dreamer
Tio Papi
Trouble in the Heights

Best Actor/Supporting Actor – Feature Film
E.J. Bonilla, Four
David Castro, Tio Papi
Joey Dedio, Tio Papi
Luke Ganalon, Bless Me, Ultima
Rayniel Rufino, Trouble in the Heights
Jeremy Ray Valdez, Dreamer

Best Actress/Supporting Actress – Feature Film
• Miriam Colon, Bless Me, Ultima
Veronica Diaz-Carranza, Blaze You Out
Eva Mendes, The Place Beyond the Pines
Fatima Ptacek, Tio Papi
Patricia Rae, The Big Wedding
Elizabeth Rodriguez, Tio Papi

Best Theatrical Short or Student Film
POV: Sin Pais
The Shooting Star Salesman
Viva America

Best Web Series: Drama
Caribe Road
Fixing Paco
Sin Vergüenza

Best Web Series: Comedy
Noah Comprende
East WillyB
When the Bomb Drops

Best Web Series: Reality or Informational
Energy House Calls
Sin Vergüenza

Seda to Guest Star on NBC’s “Chicago Fire”

Jon Seda may be experiencing a case of sibling rivalry soon…

The 41-year-old Boricua actor—who stars in HBO’s Treme—  will guest star on NBC’s upcoming firefighter drama Chicago Fire.

Jon Seda

In his three-episode arc, Seda will play Detective Antonio Dawson, the brother to Monica Raymund’s paramedic character Gabriela Dawson.

Seda, who rose to acclaim playing Chris Perez opposite Jennifer Lopez in the Selena biopic, has most recently appeared in Hawaii Five-O, The Closer, Burn Notice and HBO’s The Pacific miniseries.

He’ll next be seen in the Walter Hill feature Bullet to the Head.

 

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