Francia Raisa to Star in Freeform’s “Black-ish” Spinoff, “Grown-ish”

Francia Raisa is Grown-ing up…

The 29-year-old Honduran and Mexican American actress has joined the cast of Freeform’s Grown-ish, the spinoff of ABC’s acclaimed sitcom Black-ish.

Francia Raisa

Grown-ish, from Black-ish executive producer Kenya Barris, is a contemporary take on the current issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education. Yara Shahidi portrays Zoey – Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) popular, entitled, stylish and socially active 17-year-old daughter — as she heads off to college and quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest.

Raisa will portray Ana, an outspoken conservative freshman at Southern California University.

Raisa joins previously announced cast members Shahidi, Deon Cole, Chris Parnell, Emily Arlook and Trevor Jackson.

The 13-episode comedy series is set to start production next week for an early 2018 premiere on Freeform.

Raisa, who rose to acclaim on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, previously appeared on Dear White People, The Mindy Project and In Plain Sight.

Raisa Signs with Abrams Artists Agency…

Francia Raisa has new representation in Hollywood

The 26-year-old Honduran and Mexican American actress has signed on with Abrams Artists Agency.

Francia Raisa

Raisa was a regular on ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager throughout its five-season run and appeared in the telefilms A Snow Globe Christmas and Christmas Bounty.

Other television gigs include The Mindy Project, CSI and In Plain Sight. She next appears in the Lifetime series Un-Real and the features Dirty Lies and Beyond Paradise.

Serratos Upped to Series Regular on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”

Expect to see more of Christian Serratos on AMC’s The Walking Dead

The network has upped the 23-year-old part-Mexican actress to series regular for The Walking Dead’s fifth season.

Christian Serratos

Serratos joined the cast of the blockbuster zombie apocalypse in September, portraying Rosita Espinosa beginning in the series’ tenth episode of Season 4.

Her character is one of the military crew trying to escort a scientist to Washington, DC with hopes of finding a cure for the zombie infection.

Serratos is best known for portarying Bella’s (Kristen Stewart) best friend Angela in Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga series. Her other credits include appearances on The Secret Life of the American Teenager and American Horror Story.

The fifth season of The Walking Dead Season 5 is set to debut in October.

Castillo Expecting Her First Child

General Hospital star Teresa Castillo will be heading to a local hospital sometime this May…

The 30-year-old Latina actress and her husband Shane Aaron are expecting a baby girl, the happy couple tells People magazine. The baby’s due date is May 24.

Teresa Castillo

“It feels wonderful. This is the most joyous time of my life. It feels great to finally be able to share it with the world,” she gushes.

Castillo also recalls the moment she found out that she got pregnant.

“He knew I was taking a test and realized the outcome when he heard my screams from the bathroom,” she says jokingly.

 

The couple adds that they wanted to know the baby’s sex so they could “get to know it already,” but they have not decided a name for their unborn baby.

“[We’re] just going to let the right name come to us,” Castillo explains.

According to the magazine, the actress’ pregnancy will be written into the ABC drama’s plot.

Castillo and Aaron tied the knot in 2008.

Along with her role as Sabrina Santiago on General Hospital, Castillo;s other credits include guest-starring roles on How I Met Your Mother, iCarly and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Anthony-Rodriguez Cast in Fox’s Midseason Drama “Gang Related”

Philip Anthony-Rodriguez is going undercover…

The Latino actor has landed a recurring role on Fox’s midseason series Gang Related.

Philip Anthony-Rodriguez

The action drama centers on Ryan Lopez (portrayed by Ramon Rodriguez), a gang member sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department.

Anthony-Rodriguez, best known for portraying Ruben Enriquez in the ABC Family television series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, will play Agent Billy Cabrera, an undercover agent working for the Treasury Department.

His other credits include guest-starring roles on the Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana and Shake It Up, as well as ABC’s Castle.

Serratos Lands Recurring Role on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”

Christian Serratos will be seeing (walking) dead people…

The 22-year-old Latina actress has landed a high-profile role on AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Christian Serratos

Serratos, best known for portraying Angela Weber in The Twilight Saga franchise, will play the tough and beautiful Rosita Espinosa, a character introduced in Issue 53 of the comic book, in the blockbuster zombie drama upcoming fourth season.

Rosita is one of the survivors of the mysterious undead apocalypse that has taken over the planet.

Serratos will recur on Season 4 with an option to become a regular cast member in Season 5.

Serratos’ other credits include guest-starring roles on Zoey 101, 7th Heaven, Hannah Montana and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Lopez’s “The Fosters” Gets Series Order at ABC Family

Jennifer Lopez is bringing the drama to ABC Family

The network has greenlighted the 43-year-old Puerto Rican multi-hyphenate’s The Fosters to series.

Jennifer Lopez

Executive produced by la Lopez, the scripted drama is a one-hour drama that revolves around a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum). Wizards of Waverly Place‘s  Jake T. Austin, Hayden Byerly, David Lambert, Maia Mitchell, Danny Nucci and Girl in Progress star Cierra Ramirez co-star. It was co-created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige.

The Fosters

The Fosters will begin production this spring for a summer launch. The series order for The Fosters is in line with the network’s typical pickups, usually in the range of eight to 12 episodes.

The Fosters joins ABC Family’s growing scripted slate of popular original programming that includes Pretty Little Liars, Switched at Birth, Baby Daddy and the outgoing The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Mason to Appear on ABC Family’s “Bunheads”

Jeanine Mason is about to plié her way onto the small screen…

The 21-year-old first-generation Cuban-American dancer has landed a recurring role on ABC Family’s ballet drama Bunheads, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Jeanine Mason

Mason and newcomer Niko Pepaj will play close-knit siblings, a well-traveled, educated and artistic duo new to the town of Paradise.

Mason, the season five winner of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, was the youngest winner in the show’s history. She next stars in Default with David Oyelowo and The Muddy, due next year. Her past credits include CSI, Big Time Rush and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Bunheads returns 9 p.m. Monday, January 7 on ABC Family.

Mason’s first episode will air on January 14.

Walsh Cast as the Lead in “The Hunger Games” Spoof

It looks like Maiara Walsh is the latest tribute headed to the arena… Well, sort of!

The 24-year-old half-Brazilian actress has been cast as the female lead in a parody of Jennifer Lawrence’s blockbuster film The Hunger Games.

Maiara Walsh

In the film entitled The Starving Games, Walsh will portray a character named Kantmiss Evershot, based on Lawrence’s character Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.

Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the duo behind Date Movie, Meet the Spartans and Vampires Suck, wrote the script and will direct the parody. Along with mocking Suzanne Collins book series, the film will also spoof The Avengers, Sherlock Holmes and the finale of the Harry Potter franchise.

Pretty Little Liars actor Brant Daugherty has already been cast as the parody version of Gale, played in The Hunger Games by Liam Hemsworth.

Shooting on The Starving Games begins this week in New Orleans.

Walsh, known more for her dramatic roles, co-stars as the devious Simone Sinclair on ABC Family’s Switched at Birth and has appeared on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, the CW‘s The Vampire Diaries and ABC’s Desperate Housewives.

Lovato Scores Three Teen Choice Award Nominations…

The second wave of 2012 Teen Choice Awards nominations have been announced and Demi Lovato leads the pack of Latino nominees.

The 19-year-old part-Mexican singer/actress and new X Factor judge received three nods this round. She’s nominated for Choice Summer Music Star: Female, Choice Love Song and Choice Summer Song.

Lovato had previously received a nomination for Choice Twit, bringing her grand total of  Teen Choice Awards nominations to four.

But Lovato’s late surge wasn’t enough to move past Jennifer Lopez as the overall top Latino nominee.

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actress received an additional nod this round in the Choice Summer Music Star: Female category, bringing her Teen Choice Awards nomination total to six.

Other Latino/a nominees in this second wave include: Lea Michele, Noomi Rapace, Tyler Posey, Michael Trevino, Lana Parrilla, Francia Raisa and Pitbull.

Meanwhile, previously announced nominees Selena Gomez and Victoria Justice are some of the first presenters announced by event organizers.

The Teen Choice Awards air Sunday, July 22 on Fox. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on July 21.

Here’s a look at all the Latino/a nominees and their competition:

Choice Movie Scene Stealer: Female
Elizabeth Banks, The Hunger Games
Ashley Greene, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Lea Michele, New Year’s Eve
Nikki Reed, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Nicole Scherzinger, Men In Black 3

Choice Movie Breakout
Sam Claflin, Snow White & The Huntsman
Julianne Hough, Rock of Ages
Joe Manganiello, What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Noomi Rapace, Prometheus
Rihanna, Battleship

Choice Summer TV Star: Male
Ken Baumann, The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Baby Daddy
Michael Ealy, Common Law
Daren Kagasoff, The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Tyler Posey, Teen Wolf

Choice TV Villain
Joseph Morgan, The Vampire Diaries
Lana Parrilla, Once Upon a Time
Janel Parrish, Pretty Little Liars
Krysten Ritter, Don’t Trust the B— in Apt. 23
Michelle Trachtenberg, Gossip Girl

Choice TV Female Scene Stealer
Candice Accola, The Vampire Dairies
Dianna Agron, Glee
Sarah Hyland, Modern Family
Francia Raisa, The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Casey Wilson, Happy Endings

Choice TV Male Scene Stealer
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Gabriel Mann, Revenge
Michael Trevino, The Vampire Diaries
James Van Der Beek, Don’t Trust the B— in Apt. 23
Damon Wayans Jr., Happy Endings

MUSIC

Choice Summer Song
“All Around the World,” Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris
“Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen
Give Your Heart a Break,” Demi Lovato
“Glad You Came,” The Wanted
“Scream,” Usher

Choice Love Song
“Die In Your Arms,” Justin Bieber
Give Your Heart a Break,” Demi Lovato
“Home,” Phillip Phillips
“I Won’t Give Up,” Jason Mraz
“What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction

Choice Summer Music Star: Female
Carly Rae Jepsen
Jennifer Lopez
Demi Lovato
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Choice Summer Music Star: Male
Justin Bieber
Flo Rida
David Guetta
Pitbull
Usher