Nolasco’s “American Crime” to Premiere on January 6 on ABC

Elvis Nolasco is ringing in the New Year with a little Crime

ABC has slated John Ridley’s American Crime, starring the Dominican actor, to premiere on January 6.

Elvis Nolasco

The second season of the critically acclaimed series will return for a second season on a new night, Wednesday, where it will air in Nashville’s 10:00 pm time slot while the country music drama is on winter hiatus. 

American Crime‘s second season is set in the U.S. Midwest at two high schools, one public and one private.

The first season of the show, which followed a racially charged murder and the subsequent trial, aired in the Thursday 10 PM slot, succeeding How To Get Away With Murder, which has shorter (18-episode) seasons per star Viola Davis’ contract.

This season, the plan is to keep the Shondaland branding on the night intact with the latest Shonda Rhimes-produced drama, The Catch, following HTGAWM in the 10:00 pm hour.

In Season 2, issues of sexual orientation and socioeconomic disparity come to a boil when lurid photos of a high school boy are posted on social media following a school party. Circumstances become more complicated when the boy accuses two players on an elite private high school’s championship basketball team of drugging, assaulting and then posting the pictures of him online.

Many of the Season 1 cast members are back, including stars Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton, as well as co-stars Regina King — who won an Emmy for her role — Lili Taylor and Nolasco, who are joined by Trevor Jackson, Connor Jessup, Joey Pollari and Angelique Rivera.

Maestro Lands Recurring Role on ABC’s “Scandal”

It’s a scandalous time for Mia Maestro

The 37-year-old Argentine actress and singer-songwriter, who currently stars on FX’s The Strain, has landed a major recurring role on the upcoming fifth season of ABC’s Washington, D.C., drama series Scandal.

Mia Maestro

As is the case with most castings on Shonda Rhimes’ series, the character Maestro will play is being kept under wraps.

This marks Maestro’s return to ABC, where she had a heavily recurring role on another popular drama series, Alias, as Jennifer Garner’s sister.

Maestro starred in the The Twilight Saga as Carmen.

ABC Sends Souza’s Legal Thriller “How to Get Away with Murder” to Series

Karla Souza is about to get away with murder

ABC has given a series pickup to the legal thriller How to Get Away with Murder, featuring the 29-year-old Mexican actress in a series regular role.

Karla Souza

Executive produced by Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes, the series Viola Davis as the brilliant, charismatic and seductive Professor Annalise Keating, who gets entangled with four law students from her class “How to Get Away with Murder.” Little do they know that they’ll have to apply what they’ve learned to real life, in this masterful, sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller.

In addition to Davis and Souza, who portrays Laurel, How to Get Away with Murder also stars Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Katie Findlay, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Charlie Weber and Liza Weil.

Written by executive producer Peter Nowalk, the pilot was directed by Michael Offer and produced by ABC Studios.

Ramirez Renews Her “Grey’s Anatomy” Contract for Two More Years

Sara Ramirez will be on call for a little longer…

The 38-year-old half-Mexican actress/singer has signed a new two-year deal to continue portraying Dr. Callie Torres on Grey’s Anatomy.

Sara Ramirez

Ramirez joins the ABC medical drama’s lead actors Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo, who inked new deals in January.

Ramirez joined the cast of Grey’s Anatomy as a recurring star for the show’s second season in 2006. She was then promoted to series regular in the third season.

Ramirez provided a cappella vocals in the song “Silent Night” for the soundtrack of the show’s sixth season episode “Holidaze,” which airied November 19, 2009. On December 21, 2009, that version of the song was released as a single on iTunes. Ramirez’s voice was also showcased in the musical episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Ep. 718 “Song Beneath the Song“, which aired March 31, 2011.

In addition to Ramirez, Dempsey and Pompeo, James Pickens Jr., Chandra Wilson and Justin Chambers renewed their contracts as well.

Now that the majority of t show’s stars have signed new deals, an 11th season renewal for the series from Shonda Rhimes is considered a formality.

Díaz’s “Scandal” Headed to BET

Guillermo Díaz is bringing some serious scandal to BET

The network has licensed rights to air current season episodes of ABC’s Scandal, which stars the scene-stealing 38-year-old Cuban-American actor.

Guillermo Díaz

The agreement calls for each episode to air on BET no earlier than eight days after its original broadcast on ABC, exclusively starting in the fall.

BET also will debut the first two seasons of the series this summer and is also licensing exclusive off-network cable rights to the series starting in fall 2014.

Scandal, created by Shonda Rhimes and starring Kerry Washington, has been a hit for ABC, posting a series-high 9.1 million viewers for its second season finale on May 16.

It’s a big attraction among BET’s core audience, averaging 2.8 million African American viewers per week to rank as broadcast’s top series in the demo.

Ramos to Guest Star on “Private Practice” Series Finale

Sarah Ramos will be seeking professional help this month…

The 21-year-old half-Latina actress will guest star in the series finale of ABC‘s Private Practice, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sarah Ramos

In the final installment of Shonda Rimes’ long-running series, titled “In Which We Say Goodbye,” Ramos will portray a patient of Dr. Violet Turner’s (Amy Brennenman).

Ramos has had a recurring role on NBC’s Parenthood. She’s beenportraying Haddie Braverman, who this season was sent off to college and briefly returned home after her mother, Kristina, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Private Practice will wrap its six-season run on January 22 with an episode that will also feature Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) and Dr. Jake Reilly’s (Benjamin Bratt) wedding. Ramos joins guest stars including Diane Farr ad the return of original cast member Audra McDonald.

Ramos’ credits include American Dreamsand Robot Chicken.

First Image Surfaces of Bratt’s “Private Practice” Nuptials

Bells will definitely be ringing for Benjamin Bratt this month…

The first image has hit the internet of Private Practice’s highly anticipated series finale this month, which will feature the previously reported nuptials between 48-year-old half-Peruvian American actor’s character Dr. Jake Reilly and Kate Walsh’s Dr. Addison Montgomery.

Benjamin Bratt & Kate Walsh

The image features the groom and bride sharing a kiss, presumably after they exchange their vows. The nuptials will be attended by their Seaside Health and Wellness coworkers, including Addison’s best friend Naomi (Audra McDonald), who makes her way back to Los Angeles from New York. Naomi was last seen on the show’s fourth season.

“It was great to spend time with everyone,” Walsh recently gushed about the final episode. “That’s what the last few episodes were about – soaking up the moments.” Hinting that there will be a tear-jerking moment, she advises fans, “Keep the Kleenex handy!”
Private Practice Wedding
It will be the second marriage for Addison, who was previously married to Patrick Dempsey‘s Dr. Derek Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy. The couple got divorced after she cheated on him with his best friend Dr. Mark Sloan (Eric Dane).

Walsh previously said why her character deserved the happy ending, “After all Addison has suffered and struggled with throughout the series – all the heartache and hardship — Shonda [Rhimes, Private Practice’s creator and showrunner] really wanted to have her find a meaningful relationship and she got to have her child and find a guy that was her match. It will be very emotional for fans and very satisfying.”

The final episode of Private Practice is called “In Which We Say Goodbye” and will air Tuesday, January 22 at 10 P.M. on ABC.

Bratt to End His “Private Practice” with Wedding Bells

Benjamin Bratt will be hearing wedding bells next month…

The 48-year-old half-Peruvian American actor will be at the center of Private Private’s series finale in January as his character, Dr. Jake Reilly, ties the knot with Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) in a dream wedding, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Benjamin Bratt

Shonda [Rimes] had hinted and indicated that that‘s probably where it would go and I knew that she’d deliver and make it an amazing episode,” star Walsh told The Hollywood Reporter of the show creator’s finale plans. “It was clear she wanted to give Addison her happy ending. After all Addison has suffered and struggled with throughout the series — all the heartache and hardship — Shonda really wanted to have her find a meaningful relationship and she got to have her child and find a guy that was her match.”

After beginning the series’ sixth season with the decision to pick Jake over Sam (Taye Diggs), Addison — who adopted son Henry in season five – inched  closer towards having the fairy tale life she’s dreamed of for more than eight and a half years, dating back to the character’s origin on Grey’s Anatomy.

“The show is about Addison Montgomery’s life and it’s kind of a fairy tale so it’s certainly an appropriate ending that she gets the baby and the marriage — she gets the guy and she gets the happiness,” Bratt told THR. “Audiences have not only been rooting for that but they’ll be gratified to see that’s finally what she does receive.”

Showrunner Rhimes told The Hollywood Reporter in August ahead of what would become the final season of Private Practice that the character deserved “some semblance of a happy ending.”

“We’re not going to end the show and the 13 episodes with Addison dead; that’s not going to happen,” she said ahead of the season six premiere. “That character has been on such a journey and started out so hated by audiences and became so beloved by audiences that I feel like she’s been on an emotional journey to change who she is from being this woman who cheated on her husband to a different person. You’re just going to see what happens. I don’t think it’s going to be a dark ending.”

The series finale, aptly titled “In Which We Say Goodbye,” airs January 22 at 10:00 pm on ABC.

Zúñiga to Guest Star on “Burn Notice”

José Zúñiga is about to get burned

The Honduran-born American actor is set to appear on an upcoming episode of USA’s Burn Notice, according to TVLine.

José Zúñiga

Zúñiga will play Vasquez, a “clever and sadistic” cocaine smuggler who doesn’t shy away from torture. Zúñiga’s character will be introduced in Episode 11 of the sixth season.

It’s the latest television role for Zúñiga, who has appeared on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the short-lived NBC series The Event and Desperate Housewives.

He most recently appeared as General Benicio Flores on ABC’s new Shonda Rimes series Scandal.

In addition, Zúñiga has appeared on the big screen in Alive, Con Air and Twilight.

Burn Notice airs Thursdays at 9/8c on USA.