Monica Barbaro Signs with United Talent Agency (UTA)

Monica Barbaro has new representation…

The 29-year-old part-Mexican American actress has signed with United Talent Agency (UTA).

Monica Barbaro

Barbaro will appear as ‘Phoenix,’ the sole female fighter pilot, in the upcoming Paramount/SkydanceTom Cruisesequel Top Gun: Maverick set for release on June 26.

Barbaro recently appeared in ABC’s Stumptownand reprised her recurring role in Splitting Up Together for the same network.

Additionally, Barbaro starred in the Netflix series The Good Cop opposite Josh Groban and Tony Danza. She’s best known for her role as Yael on the second season of Lifetime’s critically acclaimed series UnREAL

She continues to be represented by Main Title Entertainmentand Meyer & Downs.

Sarah Shahi to Star in Netflix’s Dramedy “Sex/Life”

Sarah Shahi is livin’ the life… 

The 40-year-old part-Spanish actress has been cast as the lead on Netflix’s eight-episode dramedy series Sex/Life.

Sarah Shahi

Written by Stacy Rukeyserand inspired by BB Easton’s self-published memoir 44 Chapters About 4 Men, Sex/Life is the story of a love triangle between a woman, Billie Connelly (Shahi), her husband, and her past, which takes a deliciously steamy new look at female identity and desire.

Shahi’s Billie Connelly is a woman with everything to lose, a suburban mother of two who goes in search of that sexy, single girl in the city she used to be ten years ago. She takes a fantasy-charged trip down memory lane that sets her very married present on a collision course with her wild-child past.

UnReal alumna Rukeyser serves as showrunner on Sex/Life and executive produces with Oscar-winning producer J. Miles Daleand Larry Robins.

Shahi, a former NFLcheerleader, starred on Showtime’s drama series City on a Hill and on ABC’s The Rookie. Her other credits include Fairly Legal,The L WordReverie and Life.

At Netflix, Shahi recently starred in the Dolly Partonanthology series Heartstrings.She’ll next be seen in the indie film Language Arts, set to premiere at the Manchester International Film Festival.

Nathalie Kelley to Star in ABC’s rom-com pilot “The Baker and the Beauty”

Nathalie Kelleyhas landed a beauty of a role…

The 34-year-old Peruvian-Argentine actress and former Dynasty reboot star has been cast as the female lead in ABC’s pilot The Baker and the Beauty, an hour-long romantic comedy based on the Israeli series, from Keshet StudiosUniversal Television and ABC Studios.

Nathalie Kelley

Written by Dean Georgarisand to be directed by David Frankel, The Baker and the Beauty follows the impossible Miami love story between a simple baker and an international superstar, Noa Hollander (Kelley) has it all: She’s the most famous woman in the country, the beautiful daughter of a real estate magnate, a successful model with an international career and, up until now, one half of a Hollywood power couple. The son of Cuban immigrants, Daniel Garcia is a simple guy who still lives with his parents and works at the family bakery. A chance encounter at a fancy restaurant — where Daniel may or may not propose to his eager girlfriend of eight years and where Noa is avoiding public speculation about a breakup from her Hollywood lover – leads to unexpected sparks and an even more unlikely love story.

Kelley’s Hollander is an international superstar recognized all over the world and one of the most famous and desired women on Earth. Noa was a young heiress, who turned her modeling career into a fashion empire and now is making the jump to acting. She has all the qualities you’d expect to find in an international superstar: She’s fickle, guarded, entitled — but underneath all that, there is a real warmth to her. She’s a woman with a lot of love to give but no real idea how to do that.

In the original Israeli series, which aired for two seasons, Noa Hollander was played by Rotem Sela.

Kelley played one of the leads, Cristal Flores, on the first season of the CW’s Dynasty reboot. Her exit triggered strong reaction from fans. Kelley also is known for her work on The Vampire Diaries and UnReal. 

This marks her return to ABC and ABC Studios after a recurring role on Body of Proof. 

On the big screen, Kelley played Neela in The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift

Alejandro Muñoz to Star in Lifetime’s “UnReal”

It’s about to get (un)real for Alejandro Muñoz

The Spanish actor has joined the cast of Lifetime’s UnReal for Season 4.

Alejandro Muñoz

Set against the backdrop of the hit dating competition show Everlasting, UnReal is led by flawed heroine Rachel Goldberg (Shiri Appleby), a young producer whose sole job is to manipulate her relationships with, and among, the contestants in order to get the vital dramatic and outrageous footage that the program’s dispassionate executive producer, Quinn King (Constance Zimmer), demands.

Muñoz will portray Rodrigo, a cocky, international soccer star and former suitor who will have all the girls vying for his affection.

UnReal Season 3 was originally set to set to debut this summer, but it will now premiere on February 26, 2018 at 10/9c.

No premiere date for Season 4 has been announced.

Muñoz’s credits include the Spanish television series El secreto de Puente Viejo and the TV movie Ein Sommer in Barcelona.

Callica to Star in Lifetime’s “UnReal”

Jaime Callica’s life is about to get (un)real

The part-Spanish actor has joined the cast of Lifetime’s critically acclaimed series UnReal for its upcoming third season.

 Jaime Callica

Callica, who has appeared in Wayward Pines, will portray Xavier, a hottie dancer and Jay’s (Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman) new love interest.

Co-created by Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, UnReal gives a fictitious behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program, Everlasting.

Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Josh Kelly and Genevieve Buchner are all set to return for Season 3.

Callica will next be seen in Lionsgate’s Power Rangers feature based on Saban Brands’ long-running kids series, slated for a March release.

Kelley to Star in NBC’s Cruel Intentions-Revival Pilot

Nathalie Kelley has some cruel intentions…

The 30-year-old Peruvian-Argentine American actress has landed a series regular role on NBC’s Cruel Intentions revival pilot, according to Variety.

Nathalie Kelley

Kelley joins a growing cast that includes original star Sarah Michelle Gellar, who is reprising her role as Kathryn Merteuil in the potential series.

Kelley will play Carmen, the stunning chief of staff for Kathryn and her husband Pascal. She lives in their mansion, along with her teenage brother.

Cruel Intentions kicks off 15 years after the film ended, revolving around Kathryn (Gellar), as she vies for control of Valmont International, as well as the soul of Bash Casey (newcomer Taylor John Smith), the son of her brother, the late Sebastian Valmont (the character that was played by Ryan Phillippe in the ’90s film) and Annette Hargrove (the character played by Reese Witherspoon). Upon discovering his late father’s legacy in a hidden journal, Bash is introduced to a world of sex, money, power and corruption he never could have imagined.

Best known for her season-long starring role in Lifetime’s UnReal, Kelley is also known for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and a long arc on Body of Proof.

Cruel Intentions marks Kelley’s second movie-turned-TV-series reboot this season, as she was cast in a leading role in Fox’s Urban Cowboy project, which was also in contention for 2016-17, but was abruptly scrapped.

NBC’s Cruel Intentions was co-written by the movie’s original writer/director Roger Kumble, Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross. Kumble will direct the pilot for Sony Pictures Television.

Valderrama’s “Minority Report” Receives “Most Exciting New Series” Honor

It looks like Wilmer Valderrama is one of the minorities to watch next season…

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association has named eight honorees for its Most Exciting New Series category, including Fox’s drama pilot Minority Report, starring the 35-year-old Colombian and Venezuelan American actor.

Wilmer Valderrama

In addition to Valderrama’s Minority Report, which also stars Meagan Good, the honorees include American Crime Story (FX), Aquarius (NBC), Blindspot (NBC),  The Muppets (ABC), Scream Queens (Fox), Supergirl (CBS), and UnREAL (Lifetime).

All are dramas except for comedy The Muppets and horror comedy Scream Queens, which stars  Lea Michele and Diego Boneta.

The honorees were chosen by BTJA members from pilots, early episodes and trailers from series premiering after May 1.

The fifth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards will air live May 31 on A&E from the Beverly Hilton. Cat Deeley is hosting.

Francia Raisa Cast in Lifetime’s Drama Pilot “Unreal”

Francia Raisa’s next project really is unreal

The 25-year-old Honduran and Mexican American actress has joined the cast of Shiri Appleby’s Lifetime’s drama pilot Unreal.

Francia Raisa

The project goes behind the scenes of a hit competition dating series to follow the experiences of a young staffer (Life Unexpected‘s Appleby) whose lone job is to manipulate the relationships with (and among) the contestants in order to get the vital dramatic and outrageous footage producers demand.

Raisa will play Inez, a lesbian producer behind the scenes of the unscripted show who has a knack for finding great talent for the show.

Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro penned the pilot, which is based on the latter’s short, Sequin Raze.

Raisa’s credits also include The Mindy Project, The CW pilot Company Town and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.