Melissa Fumero Taking Part in NBCUniversal’s New “The More You Know” Social Justice, Equality and Equity PSAs

Melissa Fumero is helping people get in the know

NBCUniversal will launch a new series of its popular The More You Know PSAs that tackle systemic racism and speak up for social justice, equality and equity, with the 38-year-old Cuban American actress and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star among the artists taking part.

Melissa Fumero

Fumero joins a roster of NBC talent that includes Dulé Hill, James Roday Rodriguez and Kelly Clarkson, among others.

The campaign was developed in collaboration with social and racial justice organizations Fair Count, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP, the National Action Network and the National Urban League, and focuses on standing up against injustice, teaching children about equity, and the importance of voting and completing the census, especially for how it impacts the Black community and communities of color.

The campaign kicked off this week on NBC’s Today with a spot on teaching children about inclusion and acceptance. The campaign will be rolling out over the next few weeks, with spots now available on TheMoreYouKnow.com and YouTube.

The More You Know site also includes comprehensive resources and educational guides.

“For over 30 years, ‘The More You Know’ has sought to bring light to the nation’s most pressing social issues,” said Craig Robinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, NBCUniversal, “and we hope this new iteration will continue to educate, encourage and inspire people of all ages to take an active role in improving the world we live in.”

In addition to Fumero, Hill, Roday Rodriguez and Clarkson, stars participating in the campaign include: Carlos Adyan (En Casa con Telemundo), Freema Agyeman (New Amsterdam), Notah Begay III (NBC Sports), Gizelle Bryant (The Real Housewives of Potomac), Kandi Burruss (The Real Housewives of Atlanta), Victor Cruz (E! News), Dexter Darden (Saved by the Bell), Ester Dean (Songland), Ryan Eggold (New Amsterdam), Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster), Damon Hack (Golf Channel), Zuri Hall (Access Hollywood), Ana Jurka (“En Casa con Telemundo and Titulares y Más), Aneudy Lara (100 Días Para Enamorarnos), Howie Mandel (America’s Got Talent), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Organized Crime), Wendy Osefo (The Real Housewives of Potomac), Jeimy Osorio (Telemundo), Nina Parker (E! News’ Nightly Pop), Nichole Sakura (Superstore), Jocko Sims (New Amsterdam), Chris Sullivan (This Is Us”), Justin Sylvester (E! News’ Daily Pop), Elyfer Torres (Enemigo Íntimo) and Reno Wilson (Good Girls).

Netflix to Launch Felipe Esparza’s English & Spanish Comedy Specials “Bad Decisions / Malas Decisiones” Next Month

It’s decision(s) time for Felipe Esparza

The 44-year-old Mexican American stand-up comedian and actor will be bringing the laughs to Netflix with his first original comedy special Felipe Esparza: Bad Decisions.

Felipe Esparza

And, the bilingual special will go by the title: Felipe Esparza: Malas Decisiones in Spanish

Esparza’s specials will be released globally on Tuesday, September 1.

Filmed in Santa Ana, California as two separate performances — one in English and one in Spanish — the specials showcase Esparza’s edgy style of humor as the perfect vehicle to weave through difficult anecdotes of his childhood and mistakes in his adult life with ease.

Bad Decisions/Malas Decisiones mark the first time a Netflix comedian has recorded a stand up special in two languages that are set to be released simultaneously.

The comedian won Last Comic Standing in 2010. Prior to Bad Decisions/Malas Decisiones, Esparza had two comedy specials including They’re Not Gonna Laugh At You(2012) on Showtime and Translate This (2017) on HBO.

He can be seen in the upcoming Steve Byrne comedy feature The Opening Act, as well as the feature 7th & Union. His television credits include NBC’s Superstoreand the Netflix series GentefiedHe’s also the host of the podcast What’s Up Fool, where he talks to random people he finds interesting.

HBO Max to Premiere Anjelah Johnson-Hosted Latinx Comedy Special This Month

Anjelah Johnson is bringing the laughs to HBO Max.

The 38-year-old Mexican & Native American stand-up comedian, actress and former MADtv cast member is hosting a multi-act special filmed during San Antonio’s HA Comedy Festival, the biggest Latinx comedy festival in the world.

Anjelah Johnson

HBO Max will premiere the special, filmed at the Empire Theatre in February, on Thursday, August 20.

The featured acts include Gina Brillon, David Del Rosario, Carmen Lynch, Monique Marvez, Pedro Salinas, Jesus Trejo and Mark Vierq.

Johnson, known her characters of Vietnamese nail salon employee Mỹ Linh/Tammy and rude fast food employee turned music star named Bon Qui Qui,has appeared on television in Superstore and Ugly Betty.

NBC Orders Additional Episodes of America Ferrera’s “Superstore,” Bringing Total to 22

America Ferrera’s shift is being extended…

NBC has prdered four additional episodes of the 35-year-old Honduran American actress and Emmy-winner’s blue-collar comedy Superstore, bringing its Season 5 total to 22.

America Ferrera

Superstorecontinues to be the unsung hero of the network’s Thursday comedy lineup with its solid ratings performance, leading to the additional episode order.

That is considered a full-season order, and, besides the first season, which was short as Superstore started off as a midseason replacement, the comedy has gotten full-season orders every year. It is expected to be the only NBC comedy series this season to produce 22 episodes.

It’s unclear why Superstore had a 18-episode fifth season pickup to begin with, but the back order is a vote of confidence to the series following the showrunner change at the end of Season 4, with creator Justin Spitzerstepping down and Gabe MillerJonathan Greentaking over.

So far in its fifth season, Superstore is averaging a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.9 million viewers overall in Live+7. It is NBC’s highest rated series on Thursday and the highest rated comedy.

The Season 5 premiere of Superstore has surged to a 2.8 rating in 18-49 and 6.7 million viewers to date when viewing on all platforms is counted, easily tripling the episode’s next-day Live+Same Day 0.8 rating in 18-49. Superstore ranks as one of NBC’s strongest digital performers with a 17% gain in its 18-49 audience on digital platforms this season versus last.

Superstore stars Ferrera, Ben FeldmanMark McKinneyLauren Ash,Colton DunnNico SantosNichole Bloomand Kaliko Kauahi. The comedy centers around Amy (Ferrera), who recently was promoted to be the store manager and is the glue holding the place together, and Jonah (Feldman), a dreamer determined to prove work doesn’t have to be boring.

Superstore was created by Spitzer, who serves as an executive producer with director Ruben FleischerDavid Bernadand Ferrera. Miller & Green serve as executive producers and co-showrunners. The series is produced by Universal TelevisionSpitzer Holding Companyand The District.

Vladimir Caamaño To Star in CBS’ Drama Series “Tommy”

Vladimir “Vlad” Caamaño is joining the force…

The Dominican American comedian and actor has been added to cast of CBS’ upcoming drama Tommy as a series regular.

Vladimir “Vlad” Caamaño

Tommy, from the Bull team of co-creator Paul Attanasio and producer Amblin Television, stars Edie Falco as Abigail “Tommy” Thomas, a former high-ranking NYPD officer who becomes the first female Chief of Police for Los Angeles. She uses her unflinching honesty and hardball tactics to navigate the social, political and national-security issues that converge with enforcing the law.

Caamaño plays an ebullient Dominican transplant from Tommy’s home city of New York, who becomes part of her security detail but also her off-the-shelf investigator as she solves crimes in pursuit of the truth.

The series-regular cast also includes Michael ChernusAdelaide ClemensRussell G. JonesThomas SadoskiOlivia Lucy Phillipand Joseph Lyle Taylor.

Caamaño previously wrote, produced and headlined his own semi-autobiographical comedy pilot for NBC, A Bronx Life.

His other credits include television appearances on Superstore, Marvel’s Runaways and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

NBC Renews America Ferrera’s Comedy Series “Superstore” for Fifth Season

There’s more in (super)storefor America Ferrera

NBC has ordered a fifth season of its critically acclaimed comedy series Superstorestarring the 34-year-old Honduran American actress.

America Ferrera Superstore

The series has maintained solid ratings in its current season to date. In Live+7, Superstore is averaging a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.4 million viewers overall its Thursday 8-8:30 pm timeslot against rival programming as The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy and NFL Thursday Night Football. 

In delayed viewing, Superstore’s next-day 0.85 rating in adults 18-49 increases by 154% to 2.16 rating after seven days of linear and digital viewership.

The series also is a strong digital performer, deriving 44% of its live plus seven day plus digital rating in adults 18-49 from non-linear sources, the second biggest percentage on the NBC schedule behind only Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

“Week after week Justin Spitzer, our amazing writers, and cast and crew masterfully deliver a comedy that not only makes us laugh but speaks to the larger issues of the day,” said Lisa Katzand Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment.

Created and written by Justin Spitzer, Superstore centers around Amy (Ferrera), the store’s most stalwart employee as well as the glue holding the place together. Jonah (Ben Feldman), who is often the target of his colleagues ribbing, is joined on the floor with his fellow associates, including sardonic Garrett (Colton Dunn), the ambitious Mateo (Nico Santos) and sweet teenager and new mom Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom).

Superstore is produced by Universal Television in association with the Spitzer Holding Company and The District

Superstore returns to the NBC lineup for the remainder of its fourth season at 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 7.

Alejandro Patiño Starring Opposite Matt Bomer in the Heartfelt Drama “Papi Chulo”

It’s Papi time for Alejandro Patiño

The Latino actor stars opposite Magic Mike hunk Matt Bomer in the heartfelt drama Papi Chulo, a story that explores a friendship between two very different people.

Alejandro Patiño

Making its World Premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on September 8, Papi Chulois writer-director John Butler’s third feature to premiere at TIFF.

The film follows a single TV weatherman (Bomer) living in Los Angeles who is put on leave from work. While on leave, he tries to enjoy his time alone but realizes this solitary lifestyle isn’t for him. When he drives past a hardware store, he spots Ernesto (Patiño, in his first leading feature role), a middle-aged Latino migrant with a friendly face, and hires him to do some home repairs. Despite the language barrier, they develop an unexpected but profound friendship based on the everlasting need for connection.

The film is a new take on the buddy comedy with two very different people as it provides commentary on empathy, stereotypes, and xenophobia — two of today’s very timely topics.

Patiño’s previous credits include appearances on Superstore, Life in Pieces, The Bridge and East Los High.

Click here to see the trailer.

Raúl Castillo Lands Recurring Role on Starz’s “Vida”

There’s new life in Raúl Castillo’s career…

The 40-year-old Mexican American actor has landed a recurring role on Starz’s Latinx half-hour series Vida.

Raúl Castillo

From creator/showrunner Tanya Saracho, Vida centers around two Mexican-American sisters from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn’t be more different from each other. Saracho will make her directorial debut in season two, which will delve deeper into the lives of Lyn (Melissa Barrera) and Emma (Mishel Prada), who return home to face the past and secrets left behind by their late mother as they search for their future.

Castillo, rose to acclaim after starring on HBO’s Looking, will portray Baco, the bar’s new handyman with a questionable past.

Meanwhile, Adrian Gonzalez has also landed a recurring role on the show.

The Latino actor will appear as Rudy, an L.A. city councilman who Lyn meets at a gym class.

Production is set to begin in and around the Los Angeles area on the expanded 10-episode second season.

Castillo’s credits include Atypical, Amexicano andWe the Animals; Gonzalez’s credits include Superstore and Your Family or Mine.

In addition to Barrera and Prada, Vida also stars Ser Anzoategui, Chelsea Rendon, Carlos Miranda and Roberta Colindrez.

Saracho executive produces alongside Big Beach Television’s Robin Schwartz, Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub with Stephanie Langhoff.

NBC Renews America Ferrera’s “Superstore” for Fourth Season

America Ferrera isn’t letting her Super time end…

NBC has renewed hit comedy Superstore for a 22-episode fourth season, starring the 33-year-old Honduran American actress.

Superstore

Created and written by Justin Spitzer, Superstore centers around Amy (Ferrera), the store’s most stalwart employee as well as the glue holding the place together. Jonah (Ben Feldman), who is often the target of his colleagues ribbing, is joined on the floor with his fellow associates, including sardonic Garrett (Colton Dunn), the ambitious Mateo (Nico Santos) and sweet teenager and new mom Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom). Overseeing the store is Glenn (Mark McKinney), the affable, clueless store manager, and Dina (Lauren Ash), the aggressive assistant manager who enforces Cloud 9 policy with an iron fist.

Superstore is one of our signature NBC comedies, and we’re so pleased to be bringing it back for the 2018-19 season,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.

The early renewal comes in the middle of Superstore’s 22-episode third season.

“This clever comedy, featuring America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, and an incredibly talented ensemble cast, is a source of pride for the comedy team at NBC and I’m personally gratified that it has connected with audiences and critics alike,” added Tracey Pakosta, Co-President, Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment.

Season to date, Superstore is up 6% versus one year ago in adults 18-49 (1.7 rating) and +3% in total viewers (5.195 million), according to “most current” ratings averages from Nielsen.

Superstore is also a strong performer on alternative platforms, growing to a 2.9 in 18-49 when 35 days of non-linear viewership is included in the rating.

America Ferrera Developing Comedy “American Alien” for NBC

America Ferrera is readying an Alien invasion…

NBC has put in development the comedy American Alien, from the 33-year-old Honduran American actress/producer and Superstore star, Superstore co-executive producer Sierra Teller OrnelasTeri Weinberg and Universal Television.

America Ferrera

Written by Teller Ornelas, American Alien centers around Denise “Dee Dee” and Sonny Mendoza, a small-town brother-and-sister team who struggle to keep their working-class jobs while also protecting vulnerable space aliens from everyday pitfalls in their hometown of Tucson, Arizona.

Teller Ornelas will executive produce with Ferrera and Weinberg. Universal Television, where Ferrera and Weinberg’s new production banner is based, is the studio.

Teller Ornelas is a Navajo-Mexican writer who began her television career in the Disney Fellowship Program. She is currently a co-executive producer on NBC’s Superstore, in which Ferrera stars and also executive produces. Teller Ornelas previously served as a producer on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine and ABC’s Happy Endings. This is her first network sale.

This is Ferrera and Weinberg’s second sale under their new, yet-to-be-named  production banner, which just signed a first-look deal with Universal Television. The duo has also have an untitled legal drama with former Revenge showrunner Sunil Nayar set at NBC.