NBC Developing Latino Immigrant-Family Comedy Inspired by Chris Garcia’s Own Upbringing

Chris Garcia is looking to bring his story to the small screen… 

NBC has put in development a semi-autobiographical immigrant-family comedy from the Cuban American comedian-writer-actor and Mr. Iglesias creator Kevin Hench.

Chris Garcia

Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, is the studio.

Written and executive produced by Garcia and Hench, the multi-generational immigrant-family comedy, inspired by Garcia’s life, is about an anti-communist Cuban father who enrolls in ESL classes at the same high school as his sensitive poetry-loving son.

Garcia is a comedian, television writer, actor, and podcaster from Los Angeles, who has appeared on his own half-hour special on Comedy Central, The Late Late Show with James Corden, This Is Not Happening, Adam Devine’s House Party, and @Midnight.

Garcia was named a New Face at the 2016 Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and a “Comedian You Should and Will Know” by Vulture.

He has written for Comedy Central, Adult Swim, Broadway Video, and Netflix. Garcia’s podcast Scattered was named one of the “10 Best Podcasts of 2019” by TIME Magazine.

Daddy Yankee to Be First-Ever Spanish-Language Performer on “The Late Late Show With James Corden”

Daddy Yankee is bringing Spanish to late night…

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican rapper superstar will perform on The Late Late Show With James Corden.  

Daddy Yankee

In doing so, Daddy Yankee will be the first-ever Spanish-language performer on the show when it airs Wednesday on CBS.

Daddy Yankee will perform his hit single “Con Calma,” featuring Snow, which rose to No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart dated March 16.

In 2018, Daddy Yankee earned 10 Guinness World Recordtitles for his achievement as the first Latin artist to reach No. 1 on Spotify, confirmed as of July 9, 2017. He received seven Guinness World Record titles for the success of the global smash hit “Despacito,” performed alongside Luis Fonsi, and two additional titles for topping Billboard‘s Latin Rhythm Airplay chart.

Plácido Domingo to Co-Produce Remake of the popular Hungarian Classical Music Format “Virtuosos”

Plácido Domingo is looking for the world’s next best virtuosos…

The 77-year-old Opera singer is working with The Late Late Show with James Corden co-producer Fulwell 73 to remake the popular Hungarian classical music format Virtuosos in the United States and United Kingdom.

Plácido Domingo

Domijngo, part of the Three Tenors with José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, has become a shareholder in Virtuosos Holding, the company that owns global rights to the eponymous format.

The show, which has aired on Hungary’s MTVA since 2014, sees children and young adults compete by playing classical pieces, as well as movie themes, while they’re judged by five professional judges.

The series is produced by Mariann Peller.

Fulwell 73, which is partly backed by Corden and also produces series including Comedy Central’s Roast Battle and BBC’s Sounds Like Friday Night, is to develop adaptations in the U.S. and UK following the format deal.

Domingo said, “The Virtuosos talent show and activities that surround it are a wonderful addition to the world of classical music, the encouragement of young musical talent and broadening the appeal of classical music.

“Since my very first involvement I have been incredibly impressed by the talent discovered in Hungary alone and am sure this will be repeated in other countries as the format finds new audiences and new lovers of classical music, presented in a contemporary way. I hope that by becoming an active shareholder in Virtuosos Holding I can lend further encouragement to both the talent we discover and the management of the company with my experience and connections around the world.”

Fulwell 73 partner Leo Pearlman added: “Virtuosos is a phenomenon in Hungary discovering and then showcasing the undiscovered stars of the classical music world, from all walks of life. Plácido Domingo is undoubtedly an integral part of the show and he alongside the talented young musicians, their incredible backstories and the confluence of a mainstream entertainment format and classical music are what we believe will make this a success in the UK and U.S. Classical music has long been hugely influential for artists in many different genres of popular music and now for the first time we’ll be highlighting this fact through a popular entertainment format in the way we know best.”

John Tejada Partners with Reggie Watts on the Single “Runnin'”

John Tejada is runnin’ wild…

The 43-year-old half-Mexican electronic music artist, music producer and DJ has joined forces with comedian and musician Reggie Watts on their new single “Runnin’

John Tejada

Released on Friday, November 24 via Comedy Dynamics Records, the single combines Watt’s improvisational lyrics with Tejada’s layered dance driven audioscapes.

A mashup of Watts and Tejada’s names, Wajatta will officially release the single next week.

“Runnin'” is a mix of electronic dance with roots in Detroit techno and the Chicago house music scene, infused with a ’70s funk and soul. Much of Watt’s vocals were improvised, showcasing his looping skills and wide range for unique vocal noises and non-words, paying homage to influences like Cocteau Twins’ singer Elizabeth Fraser.

“She was really the first one that when I heard the music, I was like, what language is this in?” Watts tells Billboard. “She has this weird mixture that oscillates between sounds. I think there’s something more interesting about hearing something that sounds kind of close to something else, but you’re not sure what it is, until you start to develop your own meaning.”

Nearly all of Watts’ vocals were improvisational, responding live to Tejada’s compositions, with Watts telling Billboard, “it’s hard to find people who likes to work like that. I like to freely improvise and rely on John and his sense of curation, and have someone whose tastes I trust.”

Tejada describes Watts vocals on “Runnin’” as “male house diva” and while both had concerns about releasing a straight forward music album on a comedy label, Watts said Comedy Dynamics has been supportive of the duo’s vision.

“I’ve wanted to be involved in some sort of electronic project for a very very long time. Just because it’s my favorite music to dance to,” Watts said.

Watts, who currently stars as the bandleader on CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden, said he had been a fan of Tejada’s music and met him at one of his shows in L.A. and eventually teamed up to record an album in Tejada’s home studio in Sherman Oakes, using loops Watts created for Lot Radio Brooklyn.

Tejada is a Vienna-born, Los Angeles-based electronic music composer and high demand remixer for The Postal Service, Bomb the Bass and Télépopmusic.

“I have so many loops stored and we pulled them in that sessions, picking and choosing,” Watts said. “And then he went in and really attacked it, and I just laid down a bunch of random vocals,” adding that he and Tejada had a similar creative process, working quickly, “being able to just flow what was in my head in response to his music and him locking onto that and crafting something great around/with it.”