Carlos Correa Hits Game-Winning Home Run to Keep the Houston Astros Alive in the American League Championship Series

It’s a swing and a win for Carlos Correa

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican professional baseball player and Houston Astros shortstop smacked his sixth home run of the postseason, a walk-off homer to centerfield, to propel his team to a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday at San Diego’s Petco Park.

Carlos Correa

 

Game 6 of the series, which the Rays lead 3-2, will take place at 5:07 p.m. on Friday.

“I don’t want to go home yet,” Correa said in TBS‘ on-field interview. “We were down 0-3, we had a players meeting in the clubhouse and we said we don’t want to go home yet, so we better do something about it. We’re down 2-3 and still have a lot of work to do, but it’s a good start.”

The Astros held on a to slim 3-2 lead heading into the eighth before Ji-Man Choi blasted a ball off Astros reliever Josh James 447 feet to right field to tie the game.

The Astros got off to a quick start when George Springer took the first pitch from Rays starter John Curtiss deep to left field for a solo home run.

The Rays tied things up with a Brandon Lowe homer off reliever Blake Taylor in the third.

The Astros regained the lead with a Michael Brantley single to right that scored Josh Reddick and Martin Maldonado.

The Rays’ Randy Arozarena hit a solo homer off Astros reliever Enoli Paredes in the fifth.

The Astros used seven different pitches with the first five being rookies. Luis Garcia, who had made just one start in his big league career, pitched two shutout innings, despite loading the bases in the second. From there, Taylor got a couple outs before handing off to Paredes, who got five outs. Andre Scrubb got four outs, then Brooks Raley threw a scoreless inning. James gave up the homer in the eighth before Ryan Pressly entered to get the game’s final four outs.

The Astros will have Framber Valdez on the mound for Game 6 with a fully rested Lance McCullers ready to go in a Game 7 if they get that far.

Gina Rodriguez’s “Scoob!” to Stream on HBO Max Next Week

Gina Rodriguez’s latest project is headed to HBO Max

Warner Bros. feature animated film Scoob!, featuring the 35-year-old Puerto Rican actress voicing the character of Velma, will stream on HBO Max on June 26.

Scoob!

Scoob!opted to have a PVOD and digital ownership release instead of a theater rollout due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, 

The film was first scheduled for theaters on May 15 before segueing for a 48-hour rental PVOD period price of U.S. $19.99, and EST price of $24.99.

“HBO Max is the perfect home for these ‘meddling kids’ and their dog,’” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max, president TNT, TBS, and TruTV

Scoob!tells the backstory of how these beloved friends met and formed Mystery Inc. It’s a perfect addition to our kids and family offering and will sit alongside beloved original Scooby-Doo episodes.”

Unlike Universal’s near $100M grossing (probably more now) domestic PVOD release of Trolls World Tourno numbers were leaked out about how Scoob! did, it reportedly made about 35% to 40% less than Trolls World Tour.

In addition to Rodriguez, the film’s voice vast includes Zac EfronWill Forte and Amanda Seyfried.

Ricky Martin Among the Presenters for This Year’s SAG Awards

Life’s a SAGfor Ricky Martin… 

The 47-year-old Puerto Rican singer and actor has been added to the list of presenters for Sunday’s SAG Awards at the Beverly Hilton.

Ricky Martin

He’s part of a second group of presenters that includes AwkafinaAlex BaldwinMatt BomerLaverne Cox, Richard MaddenTracy MorganChris Pineand Keri Russell.

Previously announced presenters include the top stars from five of this awards season’s biggest movies, who will introduce clips from their films that are nominated for the marquee Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picturetrophy.

They are:

A Star is Born
Bradley Cooper
Sam Elliott
Lady Gaga

Black Panther
Angela Bassett
Chadwick Boseman

BlackKklansman
Adam Driver
John David Washington

Bohemian Rhapsody
Ben Hardy
Gwilym Lee
Rami Malek
Joe Mazzello

Crazy Rich Asians
Henry Golding
Ken Jeong
Constance Wu
Michelle Yeoh

Megan Mullally will host the silver anniversary SAG Awards ceremony, which will air live from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditoriumon TNT and TBSstarting at 8:00 pm ET on Sunday. 

Allen Maldonado to Star in Sony’s “Superfly” Remake

Allen Maldonado is flying high…

The 34-year-old part-Puerto Rican actor will star as Litty in Sony’s Superfly remake, which has Director X at the helm.

Allen Maldonado

Alex Tse will pen the screenplay based on the original Gordon Parks Jr.-directed blaxploitation crime drama, which follows an African American cocaine dealer who tries to secure one more deal before getting out of the business.

Lex Scott Davis, Andrea Londo, Jacob Ming-Trent, and Omar Chapparo will co-star.

The film is slated to open in theaters on June 15.

Maldonado, who recurs on ABC’s Black-ish, co-stars opposite Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish on TBSJordan Peele-created comedy series, The Last O.G, which premieres in April.

Stephanie Beatriz’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” to Make Its Syndication Debut on TBS in January

Stephanie Beatriz is expanding her (police) force field…

Fox’s police action-comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, starring the 36-year-old Argentine-born actress of Colombian and Bolivian descent, will make its syndication debut on TBS in January.

Stephanie Beatriz

Earlier this year, TBS finalized a deal with NBCUniversal for the cable syndication rights to the first five seasons the of Golden Globe-winning series starring Andy Samberg, Beatriz and Melissa Fumero. The deal includes exclusive linear and associated on-demand rights, including rolling episodes on TV Everywhere.

The pilot episode, which originally aired on Fox in September 2013, will air at 7:00 pm ET/PT starting January 4, 2018. The show will air consecutive episodes on TBS every Thursday from 7:00-11:00 pm ET/PT. Episodes will also be available on the TBS app.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a beloved comedy series driven by a talented ensemble cast, which will be an excellent complement to TBS’ slate of character-driven programs,” said Michael Quigley, executive vice president of commercial operations, content strategy and monetization for TBS and TNT. “We are delighted to welcome creators Dan Goor and Michael Schur’s television family to their second home on cable!”

“I couldn’t be more excited that the ultimate detectives slash geniuses of Brooklyn’s 99 are coming to TBS, home of the ultimate TV fans slash humans,” said show co-creator and executive producer Dan Goor.

Beatriz portrays Detective Rosa Diaz, Fumero plays Detective Amy Santiago and Samberg plays Detective Jacob “Jake” Peralta. The show’s other stars include Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio and Andre Braugher.

TBS to Premiere Season 2 of Ginger Gonzaga’s “Wrecked” in June

Ginger Gonzaga is a wreck all over again…

TBS has given its survival comedy Wrecked, starring the part-Latina actress, a launch date. It will premiere Tuesday, June 20, with back-to-back episodes at 10:00 pm ET on TBS.

Ginger Gonzaga

Wrecked is about a diverse group of airplane passengers stranded on an uninhabited island, a dangerous new world where they must face many threats – mostly brought on by themselves. No longer plugged into the rest of the world, the group struggles to navigate their makeshift society while also learning to live without such modern comforts as indoor plumbing, wi-fi, social media and Chipotle.

In addition to Gonzaga, the ensemble cast includes Asif Ali, Zach Cregger, Rhys Darby, Brooke Dillman, Will Greenberg, Jessica Lowe, Ally Maki and Brian Sacca.

The first season of Wrecked was executive produced by Justin Shipley & Jordan Shipley, along with Jesse Hara and Moses Port.

Maldonado to Star Opposite Tracy Morgan in Still-Untitled TBS Comedy Series

Allen Maldonado is ready for a little family bonding.

The half-Puerto Rican actor will star opposite Tracy Morgan in Morgan’s straight-to-series comedy at TBS.

Allen Maldonado

The untitled series centers on Tray (Morgan). After being released on good behavior from a 15-year prison stint, he’s shocked to see how much the world has changed in his absence. Returning to his newly-gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood, Tray discovers that his former girlfriend has married an affable, successful white man, who’s helping raise the twin sons Tray never knew existed. Wanting nothing more than to connect with his children, but having no money to support them or himself, Tray falls back on the skills he learned in prison to make ends meet.

Maldonado will play Cousin Bobby, Tray’s loyal cousin, not the brightest tool in the shed. He was just 15 when Tray first went to prison, and he’s grown up to be a small-time hustler who is always looking for the latest scam. He helps Tray adjust to life on the outside.

The project, executive produced by Jordan Peele, was first set up at FX with a pilot order. It was picked up by TBS after FX opted not to move forward.

Maldonado has starred for the past three seasons as Curtis on ABC’s Black-ish. He previously played DeShauwn on Survivor’s Remorse and also appeared in the feature Straight Outta Compton.

Fox Brings Special Trump-Inspired Boots on Conan O’Brien’s “Made in Mexico” Episode of His TBS Late-Night Show

Vicente Fox is giving Donald Trump the boot…

One year after the 74-year-old former president of Mexico told the then-presidential candidate, in an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, “I’m not going to pay for that f*cking wall,” Fox taped another such message to Trump via Conan O’Brien’s upcoming “Made in Mexico” episode of his TBS late-night show.

Vicente Fox & Conan O'Brien

In January, the always-on-point Fox tweeted to Trump, “When will you understand that I am not paying for that f*cken wall. Be clear with US taxpayers. They will pay for it.”

And, to make sure his position was perfectly clear, Fox also presented O’Brien with a pair of boots on which were decorated the words “No F*cking Wall.”

Turning to the camera, Fox told Trump, “Don’t mess around with us … because if you look for it, you’re going to find it.”

“President Fox, I appreciate that you keep talking to Trump, but I think he switched channels very early in this program,” the host quipped.

In a previously released clip of Wednesday night’s “Conan Without Borders: Made in Mexico” special, O’Brien held a Border Wall Pledge Drive to collect cash to build the wall.

O’Brien announced in January that he was heading back to the eye of a political storm for his next road trip. The announcement came just hours after the current president of Mexico cancelled plans to meet with newly sworn in President Trump, after Trump signed an executive order expediting construction of the wall and again insisted Mexico is going to pay for it.

Louis C.K. Partners with Netflix for Two New Stand-Up Specials

Louis C.K. is taking a stand(-up)…

The 49-year-old Mexican American comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and editor has inked a deal with Netflix for two new stand-up specials.

Louis C.K.

Louis C.K.’s first, titled 2017, was filmed in Washington D.C., and will premiere April 4, everywhere Netflix is available.

“Louis has been one of the most innovative comedy voices in this new era of stand-up,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “He has also been a thought leader in the business of comedy.”

Louis C.K. and Netflix hinted at a potential future collaboration back in August, when his most recent stand-up special, the 2015 Live at the Comedy Store, quietly launched on Netflix. Like his 2011 special, Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater, Live at the Comedy Store was produced independently by Louis C.K. and distributed directly to consumers through his website for $5. A few months after its original release online, Live From the Comedy Store premiered on FX. The pickup by Netflix came more than a year later.

One of the most respected stand-up comedians working today, the six-time Emmy winner has also done specials for HBO, Showtime and Epix.

In January 2015, he became the first comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden three times for the same tour. The third show was recorded and released as a digital audio download on his website, which went on to take home a 2016 Grammy for Best Comedy Album. The following year, as part of an international tour that culminated in this latest special, Louis C.K. broke his own record by selling out Madison Square Garden five times over, as well as arenas all over the country.

Louis C.K. also has ramped up production via his company Pig Newton. Independently, the company produced drama Horace and Pete, which Louis C.K. wrote directed and starred in. The show, which debuted in January 2016 and was directly distributed through his website, was recently acquired by Hulu for streaming. Via his overall deal at FX Productions, Pig Newton produces the upcoming animated series The Cops for TBS, which he co-created and voices, FX comedy series Baskets and Better Things and Amazon’s One Mississippi. And he’s the executive producer, writer, director, editor and star of FX’s acclaimed comedy series Louie, which is on an indefinite hiatus after five seasons.

Ortiz to Guest Star on TBS’ “The Guest Book”

John Ortiz has signed in…

The 48-year-old Puerto Rican actor will guest star on TBSThe Guest Book, the new 10-episode comedy series from My Name Is Earl’s Greg Garcia.

John Ortiz

The Guest Book emerged from Garcia’s habit of writing fictitious stories in the guest books of various rental cabins in an effort to freak out the next renters. Now he is bringing some of those stories to life on screen centering on the vacation home Froggy Cottage and its visitors. While the house and cast of characters living in this small mountain town remain the same, each episode will feature a different set of vacationing guests.

The anthology-style show, written by Garcia and executive produced by him and Alix Jaffe, will premiere in August.

It will star Kellie Martin (Army Wives), Charlie Robinson (Hart of Dixie), Aloma Wright (Suits), Carly Jibson (Broadway’s Hairspray), Lou Wilson (Tween Fest), Garret Dillahunt (The Mindy Project), Laura Bell Bundy (Scream Queens) and Eddie Steeples (My Name Is Earl).

Martin will play Officer Kimberly Leahy, who serves on the police force in the small mountain town of Mount Trace. Robinson is Wilfrid, an easygoing, friendly gentleman who manages a group of mountain rental cottages with his wife, Emma, played by recurring guest star Wright. Jibson is Vivian, a tough, strong-willed woman who runs a bikini bar called Chubbys with her stepson Frank, played by Wilson.

In addition to Ortiz, other guest stars include Danny Pudi (Community), Jenna Fischer (The Office), Tommy Dewey (The Mindy Project), Lauren Lapkus (Orange Is the new Black), Michaela Watkins (Casual), Mary Lynn Rajskub (24), Michael Rapaport (Sully), Kate Micucci (Raising Hope), Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl), Stockard Channing (The Good Wife), Andrew J. West (The Walking Dead), David Zayas (Gotham), Shannon Woodward (Westworld), Margo Martindale (The Good Wife) and Stephnie Weir (The Comedians).