Netflix to Premiere Second Season of David Castañeda’s “The Umbrella Academy in July

David Castañeda is headed back to the Academy in July…

Netflix has announced that the second season of The Umbrella Academy, starring the 30-year-old Mexican-Americn actor, will premiere on Friday, July 31. 

David Castañeda The Umbrella Academy

Based on the Dark Horse Comics created and written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel BáThe Umbrella Academy stars Castañeda, who portrays Diego Hargreeves, aka The Kraken, Ellen PageTom HopperEmmy Raver-LampmanRobert SheehanAidan Gallagher, and Justin H. Min as  the titular group of unlikely heroes. 

In The Umbrella Academy, on the same day in 1989, 43 infants inexplicably are born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by a billionaire who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. In the first season, we saw the six surviving members reunite when they learned of the passing of their father. Together, they worked to solve the mystery surrounding his death but the estranged family began to unravel due to their divergent personalities, abilities and a global apocalypse.

Ritu AryaMarin Ireland and Yusuf Gatewood have joined the 10-episode sophomore season.

The Umbrella Academy is produced by UCP (Universal Content Productions) for Netflix.

The first season of The Umbrella Academy dropped on February 15, 2019 and was ranked third on the list of Netflix’s most popular series releases of 2019. It was one of only three series to crack Netflix’s overall Top 10 list of its most popular 2019 releases.

USA Network to Premiere Rosario Dawson’s “Briarpatch” Series in February

Rosario Dawsonis heading to the small screen this February…

USA Network has set the mid-winter premiere date for Sam Esmail’s new anthology drama Briarpatchled by 40-year-old Puerto Rican and Cuban American actress on Thursday, February 6.

Rosario Dawson

Briarpatchfollows Allegra Dill (Dawson), a no-nonsense professional who returns to her quirky hometown to solve her sister’s murder. 

The inaugural season celebrates the genres represented by Ross Thomas’ book — a stylish blend of crime and pulp fiction — while updating his sense of fun, danger and place for a new generation. 

Jay R. FergusonEdi GathegiBrian Geraghty and Kim Dickens also star.

The 10-episode Briarpatchwas written for television by Greenwald, who executive produces alongside Esmail through his production company Esmail Corp and Anonymous Content’s Chad Hamilton

Dawson also is a producer on the series from UCP and Paramount Television.

Marianly Tejada to Star in YA Mystery Drama Pilot “One of Us is Lying”

Marianly Tejada won’t be Lying low for long…

The Dominican-American actress has been cast in One of Us is Lying, the YA mystery drama pilot fo PeacockNBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming service.

Marianly Tejada

In addition to Tejada, the ensemble cast includes Cooper van Grootel, Annalisa Cochrane, newcomer Chibuikem Uche, Jessica McLeod, Barrett Carnahan and Puerto Rican/Spanish actress Melissa Collazo. 

The project hails from NBCU’s UCP and John Sacchi’s 5 More Minutes Productions banner.

Written by Erica Saleh and based on Karen M. McManus’ bestselling novel, One of Us is Lying is the story of what happens when five high schoolers walk into detention and only four make it out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Tejada will play Brownyn. Top of her class, Bronwyn is so focused on the future she rarely thinks about the present. Most classmates admire her more than they like her, and a few rivals wonder how far she’d go to get ahead.

van Grootel will portray Nate, the school’s most notorious drug dealer, a delinquent who lives alone with his alcoholic father. But that’s not the only reason he’s the police’s prime suspect.

Cochrane will play Addy. Addy makes high school look easy, but you don’t become the school’s most popular cheerleader without hiding secrets. If people really knew her, she fears, her whole world might fall apart.

Uche will portray Cooper. A dominant high school baseball pitcher, scouted by the major leagues, Cooper is on the verge of signing a life-changing professional deal – unless something (or someone) gets in his way.

McLeod is Janae. A punk outsider who hates her fake classmates, Janae is left angry and alone when her only friend is murdered. Rather than simply grieve his death, she promises to honor his bitter legacy.

Carnahan will play Jake, the captain of the football team and the boyfriend of Addy (Cochrane). Jake seems to have it all, but it’s never enough.

Collazo will portray Maeve, Bronwyn’s little sister, who developed a tough demeanor while losing years to a childhood fight with Leukemia. In remission now, she’s hungry to make up for lost time.

Jennifer Morrisonwill direct the pilot and also executive produce.

Tejada’s television credits include recurring roles on Orange Is The New Black and The Purge

Collazo recently recurred in Swamp Thing and plays the lead role in the upcoming feature film Lena and Snowball. 

One of Us is Lying is one of three pilot orders from Peacock, joining Punky Brewster, also from UCP, and Straight Talk.

Oliver De Los Santos to Star in Peacock’s “Punky Brewster” Pilot

Oliver De Los Santos is punking out…

The Latino actor has been cast as a series regular opposite Quinn CopelandLauren DonzisNoah Cottrell and Soleil Moon Frye, in Peacock‘s Punky Brewster reboot pilot from UCP and Universal Television.

Oliver De Los Santos

In the multicamera/hybrid continuation of the iconic 80s sitcom about a bright young girl raised by a foster dad, Punky (Frye) is now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets Izzy (Copeland), a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self.

Copeland’s Izzy is a street-smart, headstrong and adorable Punky-like girl for a new generation. Recently abandoned by her mother, Izzy tries to hide her vulnerability, but finds a kindred spirit in Punky (Frye). Donzis will play Hannah, Punky’s fashion-forward teenage daughter, who often feels like she’s the parent and Punky’s the kid. De Los Santos as Daniel and Cottrell as Diego will play Punky’s adopted sons, who are 10 and 12 years old, respectively. Even though they are brothers, they are complete opposites except when it comes to annoying their older sister, Hannah (Donzis).

In addition to Frye, they join previously announced cast Freddie Prinze Jr. and Cherie Johnson, reprising her role from the original series.

Produced by UCP and Universal Television, Punky Brewster is written and executive produced by Steveand Jim Armogida. Frye will also serve as executive producer. Jonathan Judge is directing and executive producing the pilot.

The original series, created by David W. Duclon, ran for four seasons from 1984-1988, two on NBC and two in syndication.De Los Santos is set to star in the feature film Occupation: Rainfall and will play the lead role in the upcoming feature film Home PlateHe also stars in the web series Junior Executive.

Eduardo Franco to Star in the USA Network’s “Masters of Doom” Drama Pilot

Eduardo Franco has found a new Master-y

The Mexican-American actor has been cast as one of the leads in USA Network’s Masters of Doom pilot, a drama based on David Kushner’s non-fiction book, from James and Dave Franco’s Ramona Films, The Gotham Group and UCP

Eduardo Franco

Franco will star opposite Patrick GibsonJohn Karna, Jane Ackermannand Siobhan Williams in the project. Peter Friedman is set to recur, and Rhys Thomas has been tapped to direct.

Written and executive produced by Tom BissellMasters of Doom is the true story of two computer geniuses in an obscure corner of America who, along with a group of rebellious misfits, created one of the biggest franchise hits of the ’90s, the video game Doom. Franco and Gibson play best friends who became bitter rivals, as they created a video game empire and transformed pop culture forever.

Franco’s John Romero is a brilliant young programmer and designer determined to become the video game industry’s first rock star.

Franco is best known for his role as Theo in the Olivia Wilde-directed feature Booksmart, as well as his role as Jeremy in the feature The Package, directed by Jake Szymanski

Franco recurred on the first season of the series American Vandal, and his other television credits include Adam Ruins EverythingYou’re the Worstand The Skinny. 

He’ll next be seen in feature The Binge directed by Jeremy Garelick

USA Network Renews Alice Braga’s “Queen of the South” for Fifth Season

Alice Braga’s reign continues…

USA Network has picked up a fifth season of its hit drama series Queen of the South, starring the 36-year-old Brazilian actress. The announcement comes on the heels of the show’s Season 4 finale.

Alice Braga

Now that Suits is coming to an end, Queen of the South will take the mantle of USA’s longest-running scripted series on the air.

Despite running largely under the radar with no major awards recognition or big name film stars, Queen of the South has been one of USA’s most reliable ratings performers.  A co-production between Fox 21 Television Studiosand UCPQueen of the South is Thursday’s #1 cable drama in P18-49, P18-34, P25-54, and P2+ year to date.

Starring Braga, Queen of the South is based on the bestselling book La Reina del Surby Arturo Pérez-Reverte. It tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza (Braga), a woman who’s forced to run from the Mexican cartel and seek refuge in America. In Season 3, Teresa struck out on her own, determined to build a new empire for herself. But as enemies old and new closed in, she realized that being queen would require more work — and more sacrifice — than she ever imagined.

Queen of the Southmarked Braga’s first big U.S. television role. 

Trailer Released for Season 2 of Paola Nuñez’s Series “The Purge”

Paola Nuñezis feeling the urge to Purge

USA Network has released the trailer for The Purge Season 2, starring the 41-year-old Mexican actress.

Paola Nuñez

“Commencing at the siren, all crime will be legal for 12 continuous hours.” So begins the first trailer for the second season of The Purge, which is based on the hit movie franchise.

The Purge revolves around a 12-hour period when all crime, including murder, is legal. 

Season 2 explores how a single Purge night affects the lives of four interconnected characters over the course of the ensuing year, all inevitably leading up to the next Purge. 

The second season of the anthology series opens on Purge night but dives deeper than ever before in to what the Purge world looks like the other 364 days of the year.

In addition to Nuñez, previously announced cast include Derek LukeMax Martiniand Joel Allen.

The Purge has generated solid ratings for USA. Its first season was the #1 scripted series in P18-49, P25-54 and P18-34 in 2018.

From Blumhouse Televisionand UCP, season 2 premieres this fall on USA.

Nuñez’s previous credits include appearances on television in La reina del sur and The Son, and on film in Bad Boys for Life

Sofia Lama to Recur on Season 4 of USA Network’s “Queen of the South”

Sofia Lama is South-bound…

The 31-year-old Mexican actress has landed a recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of USA Network’s Queen of the South, from Fox 21 Television Studios and UCP.

Sofia Lama

Starring Alice BragaQueen of the South is based on the bestselling book La Reina del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. It tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza (Braga), a woman who is forced to run from the Mexican cartel and seek refuge in America. 

In Season 3, Teresa struck out on her own, determined to build a new empire for herself. But as enemies old and new closed in, she realized that being queen would require more work — and more sacrifice — than she ever imagined.

Lama will portray Emilia, Boaz Jimenez’s (Joseph T. Campos) nervous & frightened former fiancee with a secret that could cause things to turn ugly fast.

Dailyn Rodriguez and Ben Lobato will serve as co-showrunners for Season 4 and will executive produce alongside David T. Friendly.

Lama’s recent credits include guest-starring roles on NCIS: Los AngelesChicago P.D.and Designated Survivor.

Isabel Arraiza to Star in USA Network’s “Suits” Spinoff Series with Gina Torres

Isabel Arraiza is Suits-ing up…

The Latina actress has joined the cast of USANetwork and Universal Cable Prods.’s upcoming Suits spinoff series starring Gina Torres.

Isabel Arraiza

Arraiza joins a cast that includes Bethany Joy Lenz, Chantel Riley, Eli Goree, Simon Kassianides and Morgan Spector.

Centered on powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson (Torres) as she adjusts to the dirty world of Chicago politics, the spinoff hails from UCPand is executive produced by Suitscreator and executive producer Aaron Korsh alongside executive producer and showrunner Daniel Arkin.

The project was introduced in the Season 7 finale of Suits, which served as a backdoor pilot for the spinoff. It featured four main characters at the center of the offshoot, played by Torres, Kassianides, Spector and Rebecca Rittenhouse.

The role played by Rittenhouse in the backdoor pilot is being recast with Lenz. Riley will reprise a character that she played as a guest star in the backdoor pilot, while Arraiza and Goree play new characters.

Arraiza will portray Yoli Castillo, Jessica’s passionate assistant who will learn from the best how to most effectively channel her intensity.

The series is starting production in Los Angeles.

Arraiza’s previous credits include television appearances on The Oath, Elementary and American Dreamer.

Roday to Direct Two Episodes of Syfy’s Grindhouse-Inspired Drama “Blood Drive”

James Roday has extra Drive

The 40-year-old Mexican American actor and former Psych star has been hired to direct two episodes of Blood DriveSyfy’s 13-episode straight-to-series, grindhouse cinema-inspired drama.

James Roday

Set in a near-apocalyptic future, the series revolves around Arthur Bailey (Alan Ritchson), the last good cop in Los Angeles, and Grace (Christina Ochoa), his dangerous femme fatale partner with an agenda of her own. When Grace is forced to partner with Arthur, she’s not thrilled, to say the least. But soon she might learn that this genuinely moral, nice guy is also a determined survivor, with whom she might have more in common than she had ever imagined.

The gruesome thriller is from UCP, and James Roland, who created the series and penned the pilot, will serve as co-executive producer.

The series is in production in South Africa.

Roday is best known for his eight-year run as the hyper-observant consultant detective Shawn Spencer on UCP’s and USA Network’s hit comedy Psych, for which he also wrote and directed several episodes.

He made his theatrical directorial debut with the horror-comedy Gravy and has directed TV series including Fox’s Rosewood and CBSRush Hour.