Sara Ramirez Lands Series Regular Role on CBS’ “Madam Secretary”

Sara Ramirez is headed to the White House

The 42-year-old Mexican actress and former Grey’s Anatomy star has joined the cast of CBS’ Madam Secretary as a new series regular.

Sara Ramirez

Ramirez will play Kat Sandoval, a brilliant political strategist, legendary in D.C. for her talent and for abruptly dropping out of politics until Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) manages to coax her back into the State Department.

CBS says Ramirez’s character will be introduced the November 19 episode.

“We’re very excited that Sara is joining the cast,” said Barbara Hall, executive producer and series creator. “She brings a fresh perspective and a fun, energetic quality to the State Department staff.”

“We are thrilled to have Sara join the Madam Secretary State Department team,” said Lori McCreary, executive producer. “From the moment she walked on set with her talent, intellect and spirit, she became part of the family!”

This is Ramirez’s first series regular televisoin role since her departure last year from ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, where she appeared for over a decade as Dr. Callie Torres.

 

She’s currently the voice of Queen Miranda on Disney Jr.’s hit animated series Sofia the First and the voice of Mamá Calaca in Vampirina.

 

Ramirez previously won a Tony Award for her performance in Monty Python’s Spamalot.

 

Madam Secretary airs Sundays at 10 PM on CBS.

Carrero to Voice Lead Princess on Disney Junior’s “Elena of Avalor”

It’s a royal opportunity for Aimee Carrero

Disney Junior has announced plans to launch an animated spinoff from Sofia The First, with the 26-year-old Dominican actress voicing the lead character.

Aimee Carrero

Entitled Elena of Avalor, it centers on Princess Elena of Avalor, a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairytale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore.

The title character will be introduced in a special episode of its mothership series Sofia The First, in a story arc that will usher in the 2016 launch.

Elena of Avalor

Carrero’s journey as Princess Elena began long ago when her parents and kingdom were taken from her by the evil sorceress, Shuriki. She bravely faced the sorceress to protect her little sister, Princess Isabel, and grandparents but in the process, her magical amulet pulled her inside its enchanted jewel, saving her life but imprisoning her at the same time. Decades later, Princess Sofia of Enchancia discovers the truth about the amulet she has worn since joining her royal family and sets out to restore Elena to her human form and help her return to the kingdom of Avalor.

The series will be presented in 25 languages on Disney Junior channels and daily programming blocks for kids age 2-7 on Disney Channels, among other platforms, in 154 countries around the world.

Disney Television Animation is producing Elena Of Avalor and Sofia The First‘s Craig Gerber is executive producing. Silvia Cardenas Olivas (Moesha, The Brothers Garcia), is the story editor, and Elliot M. Bour (The Little Engine That Could) is the supervising director.

Carrero’s credits include television appearances on The Americans, The Mentalist, Lincoln Heights, Young & Hungry, Hannah Montana, Men of a Certain Age, The Middle, Greek, Zeke and Luther and Baby Daddy.

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Miranda Earns His First-Ever Daytime Emmy Award Nomination for His Bilingual “Sesame Street” Song

Lin-Manuel Miranda 
can tell you how to get, how to get to Sesame Street… And, he may soon have the hardware to prove it.

The 34-year-old Puerto Rican composer, rapper, lyricist and actor, a Grammy and Tony Award winner for the hit Broadway musical In the Heights, has earned the first Daytime Emmy Award nomination.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Miranda received the nod in the Outstanding Original Song category for composing “Rhymes with Mando” for PBS’ long-running Sesame Street program. He’s nominated alongside Luis Santeiro, the bilingual song’s lyricist.

Miranda, who appeared in the show’s season 40 premiere of Sesame Street as real estate agent Freddy Flapman and voiced a lamb in a season 42 episode, starting composing songs for the show in season 42.

“Rhymes with Mando,” performed by Ismael Cruz Córdova, the show’s new Latino character, will face off against 
“30,000 Reasons to Love Me”
from Let’s Make A Deal, the “ABC’s of Moving”
from Sesame Street, “I Belong”
from Sofia the First, and “Spring Has Sprung”
from Peter Rabbit.

Meanwhile, Joseph Rosendo could soon be expanding his Daytime Emmy collection. The 67-year-old Cuban American travel journalist and broadcaster, a three-time Daytime Emmy Award-winner, has earned two nominations this year.

Rosendo is nominated in the Outstanding Host in a Lifestyle/Travel Program and Outstanding Directing in a Lifestyle/Culinary/Travel Program categories.

Other Latino nominees include El Gordo y la Flaca’s 
Carlos Calderon, Alejandra Espinoza, Lili Estefan and Rodner Fugueroa and Nuestro Mundo’s Patricia Janiot, all nominated in the Outstanding Daytime Talent in Spanish category.

The nominations were announced by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

There is still no TV network for the ceremony, which will be held at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, June 22

Ramirez’s “Sofia the First” Returning for Second Season

It looks like Sara Ramirez’s reign on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior will continue…

The network’s animated television series Sofia the First, which features the 37-year-old Mexican & Irish-American actress/singer’s voice, has been renewed for a second season.

Sara Ramirez

The Tony-winning Grey’s Anatomy star voices the character of Queen Miranda on the smash-hit series, which continues to hit series highs week after week.

Sofia the First, which airs on the Disney Channel’s daily programming block for preschoolers Disney Junior as well as the 24-hour channel Disney Junior, is the top cable television series among Kids 2-5, Girls 2-5 and Boys 2-5.

Sofia the First

The series stars Modern Family’s Ariel Winter as the titular character, a young 7-year old girl on the verge of becoming a princess.

It launched with the ratings records-breaking TV movie Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess and has spawned a successful soundtrack album. Sofia The First toy and apparel lines and theme park attractions are currently in the works.

Ramirez Lending Her Voice to Disney’s New Princess Project…

Sara Ramírez will reportedly be experiencing a little royal treatment in the future

Sara Ramirez

The 36-year-old Mexican-American Grey’s Anatomy actress will reportedly voice the role of the mother in a new television series about Disney’s newest princess Sofia, the company’s first non-adult princess.

Sofia the First is Disney’s upcoming made-for-TV movie and follow-up television series, which centers on the young girl whose mother marries a king. Sofia—who gains two stepsiblings, Amber and James, in her mother’s union—must learn how to maneuver in the oh-so-posh world of royalty.

Disney Sofia The First

Disney’s Senior Vice President and Original Programming and General Manager of Disney Junior Worldwide Nancy Kanter calls Sofia a “peer to peer princess” – a “relatable” girl who experiences the same social issues as Disney Junior’s young viewers.

Lessons will reportedly include how to make friends and build relationships with siblings.

The television movie for Sofia the First is set to premiere next year. Meanwhile, the series, with Ramírez’s remarkable voice, is reportedly set to launch in 2013.