Johnathan Fernandez to Star on HBO Max’s “Gossip Girl” Series Reimagining

Johnathan Fernandez is ready to spill the tea…

The 46-year-old Colombian and Honduran American actor joined Emily Alyn Lindin Gossip Girl, HBO Max’s upcoming series reimagining of the pop culture phenomenon that made household names of stars like Blake LivelyLeighton Meester, Penn BadgleyChace Crawford and Ed Westwick.

Johnathan Fernandez

Fernandez joins a roster of new cast additions that includes Whitney PeakEli Brown and Jason Gotay.S

The 10-episode series hails from Joshua SafranJosh Schwartzand Stephanie Savage’s Fake EmpireAlloy EntertainmentWarner Bros Televisionand CBS Television Studios.

Like the original series, the new iteration of Gossip Girl, written by Safran, is based on the book by Cecily von Ziegesar. Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. 

The prestige series will address just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has changed in the intervening years.

No official character descriptions for the quartet are being released. The new series is said to have a similar character dynamic to the original, with Peak, Brown and Lind as the leading trio and Fernandez and Gotay as members of the core ensemble.

Gossip Girlran for six seasons from 2007-2012 on the CW across 121 episodes. Its influence extended beyond television.Fernandez was a series regular on another WBTV series, Fox’s Lethal WeaponFor three seasons, he played the dry-toned medical examiner on the series reboot.  Fernandez will next appear in the Marvel feature Morbiusand the indie Together-ish.

Gina Torres to Star in ABC’s Supernatural Drama Pilot “The Brides”

Gina Torres is vampin’ things up…

The 50-year-old Cuban American actress will lead the cast of The Brides, ABC’s supernatural drama pilot from Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina developer/executive producer Roberto Aguirre-SacasaBerlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

Gina Torres

Written by Aguirre-Sacasa and directed by Maggie KileyThe Brides, a sexy contemporary reimagining of Dracula, is a family drama with a trio of powerful female leads at its heart. With strong horror elements, The Brides is a vampire soap about empowered, immortal women and the things they do to maintain wealth, prestige, legacy — and their nontraditional family.

Torres plays Cleo Phillips. One of the three Brides of Draculaand the leader of this vampire trio, Cleo is an imperious woman with a queenly manner —understandably, as she was a queen in her former life who was turned by Dracula after the death of her husband. Now a maven of New York City real estate, Cleo is challenged professionally by a mysterious newcomer — even as her ties to her sisters are dangerously fraying.

While the focus will be on the women, the character of Dracula is featured in the show.

Torres recently played Jessica Pearson, first on USA Network’s popular original series Suits and then in the network’s Chicago-set spinoff series Pearson, which Torres headlined and executive produced. The role has earned Torres an ALMA Award, an Imagen Awardand the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Award for Outstanding Performance in a Television Series.

At ABC, Torres co-starred on the Shondalanddrama series The Catch, recurred on Revenge and toplined the 2016 pilot The Death of Eva Sofia ValdezAngel and Firefly alumna Torres also did an arc on HBO’s Westwood.

Jason Diaz to Appear on the CW’s Sci-Fi Drama Series “The 100”

Jason Diaz has 100 reasons to celebrate…

The Latino actor has landed a recurring role on the upcoming seventh and final season of the CW’s sci-fi drama series The 100. 

Jason Diaz

Diaz will play Levitt, a brilliant mind who has always lived by the book, doing exactly what he’s told. But when life throws him a curveball, he’ll come to discover that there’s a bit of an artist — and a rebel — buried within. 

Based on the book series by Kass MorganThe 100hails from Alloy EntertainmentWarner Bros. Televisionand CBS Television Studioswith executive producers Jason Rothenbergand Leslie Morgenstein

The series follows a group of post-apocalyptic survivors who are among the first people from a space habitat, the Ark, to return to Earth after a devastating nuclear apocalypse. 

Diaz’s previous TV credits include guest-starring roles on The Handmaid’s Tale, The Detective’s Club: New Orleans and Paranormal Witness. 

Chelsea Rendon to Appear on New Season of Showtime’s “Shameless”

There’s a little Shame in Chelsea Rendon’s game…

The Latina actress has landed a recurring role on Showtime’s long-running series Shameless.

Chelsea Rendon

The 10th season of the William H. Macy-fronted series from Warner Bros. Televisionpicks up six months after last season’s finale with Frank (Macy) using his leg injury to collect as many prescription drugs as possible and his exploits leading him to an old friend. Meanwhile, Debbie (Emma Kenney), emboldened by the $50,000 left to her by Fiona, has stepped in as the new matriarch, ruling over the Gallagher household with an iron fist. Lip (Jeremy Allen White) navigates his relationship with a newly affectionate Tami (Kate Miner). Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) has to decide what to do with his life as he finishes military school and heads back to the South side. Liam is committed to learning more about black history and culture under the tutelage of V (Shanola Hampton) as Kev (Steve Howey) faces an identity crisis. Gallavich returns this season as Ian (Monaghan) and Mickey (Noel Fisher) rekindle their romance in prison as both cellmates and lovers.

Rendon will portray Anne, the charismatic — and dangerously fun — new coworker of Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) at Captain Bob’s. Early on, the two have contentious relationship but then she shows Carl a different perspective on being poor on the South Side.

Shameless returns on Sunday, November 3 on Showtime.

Rendon stars in Tanya Saracho’s critically acclaimed Starzseries Vida as well as theSundancedrama The Infiltrators from Cristina Ibarraand Alex Rivera.

Julee Cerda Lands Recurring Role on NBC’s “Blindspot”

Julee Cerda is focusing on her blind spot

The 41-year-old half-Dominican actress is joining the Season 5 cast of NBC’s Blindspot in a recurring role. 

Julee Carda

Blindspot, from Warner Bros. Television, started off with a beautiful woman (Jaime Alexander) with no memories of her past being found naked in Times Squarewith her body fully covered in intricate tattoos. Her discovery sets off a vast and complex mystery that immediately ignites the attention of the FBI

Cerda will play Ivy Sands. Further character details are being kept under wraps 

Cerda was most recently seen in Showtime’s The Loudest Voice, as Wendi Deng, Rubert Murdoch’s (Simon McBurney) younger wife. 

On the big screen she’ll next be seen in Joker. 

Her other television credits include Orange is the New BlackHouse of CardsKevin Can Wait and Billions.

Julie Gonzalo Joining the Cast of the CW’s “Supergirl” as Acrata

Julie Gonzalo is headed to National City…

The 37-year-old Argentine actress and former star of TNT’s Dallas reboot, is joining the cast of the CW’s Supergirl for its upcoming fifth season.

Julie Gonzalo

Gonzalo will portray iconic DC Comics character Andrea Rojas (aka Acrata). A polished businesswoman and heir to a Central American tech empire, Andrea Rojas is now making a hostile advance into the world of media. Unapologetic and unafraid to make waves, she also holds a mystical secret.

Gonzalo will make her debut during the season’s premiere episode on Sunday, October 6 at 9:00 ET on the CW.

Produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and based on DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe ShusterSupergirl stars Melissa Benoistas Kara Danvers/Supergirl.

In addition to Dallas, Gonzalo’s credits include Veronica Mars and Eli Stone.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Signs New Multi-Year Deal with Warner Bros. Television

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasahas landed a major deal…

The 44-year-old Nicaraguan-American playwright, screenwriter, and comic book writer who is currently the Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics and the key creative force behind Warner Bros. Television’s growing Archie comics-based TV universe, has signed a massive new multi-year overall deal with the studio. 

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

No details are being disclosed but the pact is said to be for five years, and it’s in the high eight figures. 

Under the agreement, Aguirre-Sacasa will develop, write, and produce new series through his banner, Muckle Man Productions, while also continuing as executive producer/showrunner on WBTV series Riverdale and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,as well as pilot Katy Keene, co-developed with Michael Grassi.

Shortly after he was named Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics in 2014, Aguirre-Sacasa teamed with WBTV-based Berlanti Prods. to bring the Archie characters to television. He is the developer/executive producer behind Riverdale, which has been a major hit for the CWand Netflix, and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which quickly established itself as a breakout for Netflix, and the co-developer/executive producer on the Riverdale spinoff pilot Katy Keene, which has been garnering solid early buzz at the CW.

Before becoming Archie Comics COO, Aguirre-Sacasa wrote two of the company’s best-selling horror series: Afterlife With Archie and Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina. He previously worked for Marvel Comics, scripting the adventures of Spider-Man, Nightcrawler, and the Fantastic Four.

Aguirre-Sacasa’s TV series writing-producing credits include Fox’s GleeHBO’s Looking and Big Love, as well as a stint on WBTV/Berlanti Prods.’ Supergirl.

Aguirre-Sacasa is an accomplished screenwriter and playwright. He penned the feature remakes of Carrie and The Town That Dreaded Sundown, as well as the musical adaptation of American Psycho, which had runs in London and on Broadway

Aguirre-Sacasa was part of the team that was brought in to overhaul Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark. This summer, Pasadena Playhouse will produce his prep school thriller, Good Boys and True, and he wrote the book to the Broadway-bound Magic Mike the musical, with Brian Yorkey (lyrics) and Tom Kitt(music).

Freddie Prinze Jr. to Star in the CW’s Untitled Nancy Drew Pilot

Freddie Prinze Jr.is reporting for (daddy) duty…

The 43-year-old part-Puerto Rican actor has been cast as a lead opposite Kennedy McMann in the CW’s untitled Nancy Drew pilot inspired by the classic mysteries about the brilliant young sleuth. 

Freddie Prinze Jr.

The project hails from Josh Schwartzand Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empireand CBS Television Studios.

Written/executive produced by Noga Landau, Schwartz and Savage and directed by Larry Teng, the untitled Nancy Drew project centers on 18-year-old Nancy Drew (McMann) and is set in the summer after her high school graduation. She thought she’d be leaving her hometown for college, but when a family tragedy holds her back another year, she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation — and along the way, uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined.

Prinze will play Nancy’s dad, Carson Drew, a dynamic attorney who has become estranged from Nancy following the recent death of his beloved wife. But his attempts to reconnect with his daughter run aground when Nancy’s murder investigation reveals unsettling secrets from Carson’s own past.

In the 2007 movie starring Emma Robertsas Nancy Drew, Carson Drew was played by Tate Donovan.

In addition to McMann and Prinze Jr., Tunji KasimLeah LewisMaddison Jaizaniand Alex Saxonare set as series regulars in the pilot.

Prinze Jr. recently wrapped shooting a role as one of the two male leads on the CBScomedy pilotI Mom So Hard from former2 Broke Girlsexecutive producer Michelle NaderRob Thomasand Warner Bros. Television

His other recent television credits include voice roles in Star Wars Rebels and Robot Chicken.

Marissa Cuevas to Appear on Netflix’s Series “What/If”

There’s a big What/If in Marissa Cuevas‘ future…

The 26-year-old Latina actress has landed a recurring role on What/If, Netflix’s social thriller anthology drama series.

Marissa Cuevas

Starring Renée ZellwegerJane Levyand Blake Jenner, the series hails from Revengeand Swingtowncreator Mike Kelley.

Written by Kelley, directed by Phillip Noyceand produced by Page FrightAtlas Entertainmentand Compari Entertainmentin association with Warner Bros TelevisionWhat/Ifexplores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. 

The first season focuses on a mysterious woman’s lucrative but dubious offer to a cash-strapped pair of San Francisco newlyweds.

Cuevas’ credits include Midnight, Texas and a co-starring role in Netflix feature #Realityhigh.

Vanessa Rubio to Star in Netflix’s “Dolly Parton’s Heartstings: JJ Sneed”

Vanessa Rubio will soon be pulling at our heartstrings…

The Colombian actress has been cast in Dolly Parton’s Heartstings: JJ Sneed, an episode of Netflix’s upcoming eight-episode anthology series that showcases the stories, memories and inspirations behind Parton’s most beloved songs.

Vanessa Rubio

Colin O’Donoghue, Willa Fitzgerald, David Denman and Mac Davis round out the cast, joining Parton in the series, which launches in 2019. Each episode is a standalone story with a different cast.

In this JJ Sneed episode, written by Jim Strain and directed by Terry McDonough, O’Donoghue plays JJ Sneed, Fitzgerald portrays Maddie, Denman is Deke Fletcher, Davis will play Reverend Riggs and Rubio is Cimmaron.

Set in the 1880s, the episode centers around a feisty young woman trapped in a mundane existence who dreams of more, until a seductive outlaw pulls her into the adventure of a lifetime.

Scored by new and classic Parton music, each stand-alone episode in Dolly Parton’s Heartstringswill begin with an introduction by Parton talking/singing to camera (as herself) about the meaning behind each song. Each episode will feature a different cast, and Parton will star/guest star in some. They’ll vary in tone, from love stories and inspirational tales to family dramas, Westerns, and revenge comedies.

The series is produced by Magnolia Hill Productionsand Sandollar Productionsin association with Warner Bros. Television.

Rubio’s previous credits include Cobra Kai, Master of None and Deception.