Aguilar to Headline TR3s’ Next “MTV Unplugged” Special

Pepe Aguilar is about to get unplugged

The 45-year-old Mexican American ranchera and mariachi singer-songwriter has been chosen to be part of TR3s’ (formerly known as MTV TR3s) next MTV Unplugged special.

Pepe Aguilar

Aguilar, known for his velvety voice and refined arrangements, has long alternated between pop and ranchero. But he’s best known for the latter, especially since he’s almost always wearing a charro outfit.

Aguilar also has rocker roots though, and has long talked about delving in that genre. His MTV Unplugged special could be the perfect opportunity.

“I normally fuse Mexican music with other rhythms and concepts,” Aguilar told Billboard in an exclusive interview. “Here it’s going to be the other way round. I’m going to have a traditional musical foundation—drums, bass, guitars, piano, organ—and we will incorporate mariachi to that.”

But it won’t only be mariachi. Although Aguilar and TR3s are still fine-tuning the production details, Aguilar’s MTV Unplugged special will be a fusion of sounds, produced by Emmanuel “Meme” del Real, one of the founding members of Mexican alt band Café Tacuba (and co-producer of Juanes’ latest album). This will mark the first time Aguilar is produced by someone other than himself, much less a rocker.

“Meme comes from a completely different background than mine, so joining these two experiences will be very interesting,” says Aguilar, who plans on covering several of his big hits.

Aguilar’s MTV Unplugged album is slated for release later this year.

TR3s’ last MTV Unplugged was Juanes’ 2012 MTV Unplugged, which earned album of the year honors at the 2012 Latin Grammys Awards.

Jesse & Joy Nominated for First-Ever MTV Video Music Award

Jesse & Joy could be corriendo to the stage at MTV Video Music Awards

The Mexican pop-rock duo – who reached a whole new level of success with their massive hit single ¡Corre! – have been nominated in the Best Latino Artist category.

Jesse & Joy

It’s the first MTV Video Music Award nod for the brother and sister act comprised of Jesse Huerta and Joy Huerta, who were last year’s Latin Grammy darlings.

Jesse & Joy are up against Alejandro Sanz, Pitbull, Daddy Yankee and Don Omar.

The winner will be determined in a public vote held via the MTV Tr3s website. And the winner will collect the award at the MTV VMAs ceremony, which will be held at New York’s Barclays Center on August 25.

Lopez to Star in FX Series “Saint George”

It’s official… George Lopez is returning to sitcom television.

The 51-year-old Mexican American comedian and actor will star in the FX series Saint George.

George Lopez

Lopez will be portraying a successful engineer with a demanding ex-wife and an overbearing mother, as well as an 11-year-old son and an uncle.

The “Saint” part of the series’ name stems from his character’s new role as a philanthropist; he likes “giving back” by teaching history weekly at night school.

Saint George was created by Lopez and his producing partners Matt Williams and David McFadzean.

Under the deal, FX has given an initial 10-episode order to the project. If it meets pre-set ratings thresholds over the 10-episode run, the network will order an additional 90-episode pickup, the way it did last year with Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management sitcom.

The new show will reflect Lopez’s “no-holds-barred comedic take on the tensions surrounding race, class, sex and family life in Los Angeles through the eyes of a man straddling two separate cultures,” said Lionsgate Television’s president Kevin Beggs.

It’s Lopez’s first starring role in a sitcom since his ABC series George Lopez, which ended in 2007. It aired for six seasons and 120 episodes; and it has enjoyed a strong afterlife in syndication. A decade after its ABC premiere, the show continues to perform well in primetime on cable, Nick at Nite and a Spanish-language version on MTV Tr3s, as well as the afternoon in broadcast syndication.

Santos Named MTV Tr3s’ Latino Artist of the Year

Demi Lovato isn’t the only Hispanic artist to pick up a first-ever Moonman

Romeo Santos, who released his debut solo album last month after serving as the front man for Aventura, earned MTV Tr3s’ Mejor Artista Latino 2012 award during a Spanish-subtitled transmission of the MTV Video Music Awards.

Romeo Santos

The 31-year-old Dominican-American, who sold out Madison Square Garden twice last year, beat out some serious competition for the award: Jennifer Lopez, Wisin y Yandel, Pitbull and Juanes.

“To receive the award leaves me speechless,” says Santos in a statement. “I owe it to all the votes [I received] from my fans. Thank you, what a blessing!”

The Spanish-subtitled transmission of the MTV VMA show will be broadcast on September 15 at 9:00 pm ET on MTV Tr3s.

Earlier this year, Santos picked up two awards at the Premios Juventud, including Most Played Album for his first solo venture, Fórmula Vol 1.

Valderrama Signs Talent Deal with 20th Century Fox Television

Wilmer Valderrama could soon return to the small screen full-time…

The 32-year-old Venezuelan/Colombian American actor has signed a one-year development and talent holding deal with 20th Century Fox Television.

Wilmer Valderrama

As part of the deal, the studio will develop a television project for the former That ‘70s Show actor to star in and produce.

Valderrama will reportedly start meeting with writers next week to consider potential comedy and drama projects. He could also bring his own show ideas or elect to join a project already in development at the studio.

Should the project Valderrama gets attached to not get a pick up, the studio has the option to cast him in another pilot for next season.

Valderrama, who recently starred on the studio’s NBC drama series Awake, has had a similar development/holding deal in the past.

He’s already set to guest star on the 20th/Fox comedy series Raising Hope where he’ll play Melanie Griffith’s boyfriend.

“Wilmer is that great cousin who is funny and charming and talented, and you want him to come to every gathering,” said 20th Television’s head of casting Sharon Klein. “He is a breath of fresh air, all light and fun and smart.”

Along with his acting work on recent shows like Suburgatory and Are You There, Chelsea?, the actor is creator/executive producer of MTV Tr3s’ Ricardo Laguna Project and the webseries King Of The Floor for the YouTube channel NuevOn.

He’ll next be seen in Spike Lee’s The Girl Is In Trouble.

Lopez Nominated for MTV Tr3s’ Latino Artist of the Year Award

In recent years, Jennifer Lopez has joined forces with Pitbull to create instahits like “On The Floor and “Dance Again”…

But now the 43-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actress faces off against the 31-year-old Cuban American rap superstar for the title of “artist of the year.”

Jennifer Lopez

Lopez and Pitbull have been nominated for MTV Tr3s’s Latino Artist of the Year, along with Romeo, Juanes and Wisin & Yandel, who collaborated with Lopez on “Follow the Leader” earlier this year.

Through September 5, fans can vote for their favorite artist at in the competition, which celebrates this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

The winner will be announced during a Spanish-subtitled transmission of the awards show on September 15 at 9:00 pm ET on MTV Tr3s.

Meantime, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull’s “Dance Again” video has been nominated for Best Choreography.

The show will be hosted by comedian Kevin Hart live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on September 6 at 8:00 pm ET/PT (Live ET/Tape delayed PT).

Dulce María Singing Theme for MTV Latin America’s “Ultimo Año”

If you’ve been longing for new Dulce María music, you’re in luck

The 26-year-old Mexican singer/actress is returning to the Latin music scene in the coming weeks with the single “Es un drama,” the official  theme song for MTV Latin America‘s new novela Ultimo Año.

Dulce Maria

“Dulce María has proven to be one of the most popular Latin music performers and a favorite of MTV Latin America’s audience,” said Marc Zimet, Vice President of Music and Talent for VIMN The Americas. “’Es un drama’ is the perfect combination of original, entertaining and distinctive music for MTV’s new novela”.

Dulce María, a former member of the Mexican band RBD, will release a music video in support of “Es un drama,” which was written by Mexican singer Paty Cantu. Taped last May in Mexico City, the music clip shows Dulce María and the novela‘s cast at an after party tearing a house apart. In addition, the video reportedly includes some steamy scenes featuring Dulce Maria as never seen before.

The music video will premiere as part of El Making of special on MTV Latin America on Tuesday, August 7th at 8pm, with the video available via social media websites and online the next day.

Es un drama” is Dulce María’s triumphant return to music after the release of her successful solo debut in 2009 with Extranjera and in 2011 with Extranjera p2. This new theme song features more of a “rock” vibe than her previous work.

Currently, she’s hard at work on a new album, which will be released in late 2012.

Meanwhile, Ultimo Año—a youthful psychological thriller, which tells the story of a group of students belonging to the high class—will premiere on MTV Latin America on September 3rd, 2012 and subsequently in the US through MTV Tr3s.

The novela’s main cast includes Kendra Santa Cruz, Martín Barba, Iliana Gomez and Mauricio Henao.

MTV Tr3s Announces Best Latino Actor Nominees

It’s time to cast your vote for Best Latino Actor, to be announced at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards

MTV Tr3s announced the nominees in the category; and the bilingual entertainment channel is urging the public to vote for their favorite.

2012 MTV Movie Awards

This year’s nominees include Zoe Saldaña for her role in Colombiana, Diego Luna for Casa de Mi Padre, Demian Bichir for A Better Life, Penelope Cruz for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Harmony Santana for Gun Hill Road.

Between now and June 2, MTV Tr3s viewers can vote online for this year’s Best Latino Actor at

2012 MTV Movie Awards

The winner will be announced on MTV Tr3s on June 10, during the Spanish-subtitled rebroadcast of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.

MTV will broadcast the MTV Movie Awards live on June 3, with Kid Cudi this year’s lone Latino nominee.

Last year, film fans selected actress Alexa Vega as Best Latino Actor for her role in the comedy From Prada to Nada.

Lopez Filling His Resume with Producing Credits

Mario Lopez is beefing up his resume with more producing credits…

The 38-year-old Mexican American actor and Extra host has lined up a number of series projects as a producer.

Mario Lopez

Lopez, the host of MTV’s dance completion American’s Best Dance Crew, has a 10-episode commitment at MTV Tr3s for Golden Boys, a docu-series following some of the world’s top young Latino boxers. Lopez is executive producing with boxing star Oscar De La Hoya.

Lopez also has a series commitment for Conversations with Mario at Comcast’s Latin-driven channel NuVo. The series takes an in-depth look at some of the most influential Latino celebrities in the world.

At ABC Family, Lopez is the man behind Back To Badass, a pilot for a reality series that aims to take former star athletes back to the top of their game.

Lopez’s latest projects are in addition to the upcoming Mario Lopez And Courtney Mazza Wedding Special, a two-hour special for TLC chronicling the preparations leading to Lopez and Mazza’s December wedding.

In addition, Lopez is working in post on an untitled boxing documentary he’s producing and appearing in, along with Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson, De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington and others. And, Lopez’s Los Angeles radio show, On With Mario Lopez, has just gone national.

Valderrama to Launch Singing Career?

Wilmer Valderrama is adding another role to his already diverse resume… Singer!

The 32-year-old Venezuelan American actor, television host and producer—who recently guest-starred on NBC’s Are You There, Chelsea?—is preparing to launch his singing career.

Wilmer Valderrama

“I’m working on a musical project… I’m going to star to make music in English and Spanish,” announced the That ‘70s Show star during an interview with the Associated Press. “I’m launching myself as a singer!”

Although he didn’t get into specifics, Valderrama did say he’s hoping to release an album sometime in the middle of the year.

In the meantime, he’s currently serving as the executive producer of The Ricardo Laguna Project, which debuted on MTV Tr3s last week.