CBS All Access Renews Wilson Cruz’s “Star Trek: Discovery” for Fourth Season

There’s more trekkin’ in Wilson Cruz’s future…

A day after its Season 3 premiere, CBS All Access announced it has renewed Star Trek: Discovery, starring the 46-year-old Puerto Rica actor, for a fourth season.

Wilson Cruz, Star Trek: Discovery

Production is set to begin on November 2.

In a video clip, stars Sonequa Martin-Green and Doug Jones and executive producers/co-showrunners Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise share the news as they prepare to head back to work amid strict COVID-19 protocols.

In Season 3, after following Commander Burnham (Martin-Green) into the wormhole in the second-season finale, the 13-episode third season finds the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery landing in an unknown future far from the home they once knew. Now living in a time filled with uncertainty, the Discovery crew, along with the help of some new friends, must work together to restore hope to the Federation.

Cruz, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman and David Ajala also star in the Emmy-winning sci-fi drama series.

Seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream on CBS All Access, which will rebrand as Paramount+ next year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJkvk3Y4WCg&feature=emb_logo

The series is distributed by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and OTT service Crave.

Wilson Cruz to Take Part in Special “Star Trek: Discovery” Panel at This Year’s New York Comic-Con

Wilson Cruz will be beaming down to this year’s New York Comic-Com.

The 46-year-old Puerto Rican actor and his Star Trek: Discovery cast mates will be taking part in a special panel discussion at thevirtual confab, which will take place on October 8-11.

Wilson Cruz, Star Trek: Discovery

This year’s New York Comic-Con will be available to watch on YouTube and FindtheMetaverse.com.

The Star Trek: Discovery panel will kick off opening day of the NYCC and will feature Cruz and some cast members and producers from the series

This year’s New York Comin-Con will include suprise guests, news and exclusive inside looks at the shows.

Here are the details on the panels:

Thursday, October 8 at 12PM ET/9AM, PT

STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS 

Join the creator of Star Trek: Lower Decks, Mike McMahan, and series voice cast for a special edition of CBS All Access’ official Star Trek after-show, The Ready Room, as they dive into the season one finale with host Wil Wheaton. Voice cast appearing include Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells, Eugene Cordero, Dawnn Lewis, Jerry O’Connell, Fred Tatasciore and Gillian Vigman.

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY

Be the first to learn the latest about Star: Trek Discovery before season three premieres on October 15. Join series stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman and Cruz; new cast members David Ajala, Blu del Barrio and Ian Alexander; and series co-showrunners and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise, for an exclusive conversation on what’s in store for the U.S.S. Discovery crew. Moderated by Sarah Rodman of Entertainment Weekly.

Friday, October 9 at 12:40PM ET/9:40AM PT

THE STAND

Exclusive Q&A with Cast + Inside Look

Based on Stephen King’s iconic post-apocalyptic novel of the same name, the much-anticipated limited event series asks the question “where will you stand?” in the ultimate fight between good and evil. Join series stars Whoopi Goldberg, James Marsden, Greg Kinnear, Amber Heard, Jovan Adepo, Odessa Young and Owen Teague alongside showrunner Benjamin Cavell and executive producer Taylor Elmore, as they discuss bringing this epic story to life and what fans can expect when the series premieres December 17. Moderated by Anthony Breznican of Vanity Fair.

Wilson Cruz to Take Part in Classic “Superman” Radio Series Reenactments During Next Week’s ‘DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse’ Virtual Event

Wilson Cruz is preparing for a super project…

The 46-year-old Puerto Rican actor will take part in Warner Bros. and The Creative Coalition’s reenactments of the 1940s Superman radio series to take place during DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse on September 12. The acclaimed original long-running radio serial originally aired from 1940 to 1951.

Wilson Cruz

The reenactments of the Superman radio series will be available all day during the virtual confab and feature an all-star roster of actors toplined by Cruz, who stars on Star Trek: Discovery, Tim Daly and Daniel Dae Kim as the Man of Steel himself.

Superman Radio Series

Using original scripts from the long-running radio serial recently unearthed from the Warner Bros. Studios vault, this rare production will allow fans to experience one of their favorite superheros in a unique way.

“We are thrilled to join comic fans and creators at DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse to bring the original Superman to life and celebrate the arts,” said The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk. “We encourage Superman fans to learn more about The Creative Coalition’s mission to support the arts by visiting TheCreativeCoalition.org. We are grateful to Warner Bros. and DC for supporting that work.”

In addition to Cruz, Daly and Kim, the radio series will feature Jason Alexander, Troian Bellisario, Erich Bergen, Anthony Carrigan, Terry Crews, Sam Daly, Lea DeLaria, Giancarlo Esposito, Sean Giambrone, The Good Doctor’s Nicholas Gonzalez, Jason Isaacs, Richard Kind, Eric McCormack, Dean Norris, CCH Pounder, Anthony Rapp, Yolonda Ross, Caterina Scorsone, Tony Shalhoub, Tamara Tunie, Henry Winkler, Alfre Woodard and Constance Zimmer.

Click here to learn more about the DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse.

CBS All Access to Premiere Season Three of Wilson Cruz’s “Star Trek: Discovery” in October

Wilson Cruz will be trekking this October…

The third season of Star Trek: Discoverystarring the 46-year-old Puerto Rican actor and activist, will be available on CBS All Access in October. 

Wilson Cruz, Star Trek: Discovery

New episodes from the 13-episode third season will be available on the streamer weekly on Thursdays starting on October 15.

The premiere date for season 3 was unveiled with a video of Commander Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) planting a tattered Federation flag on a desolate planet — which seems to be picking up right where season 2 left off. 

If you remember from the season finale, Burnham traveled into a wormhole. Season 3 of Star Trek:Discovery finds the U.S.S. Discovery crew landing into an unknown future far from the home they once knew. Now living in a time filled with uncertainty, the U.S.S. Discovery crew, along with the help of some new friends, must work together to restore hope to the Federation.

In addition to Cruz, who portrays Dr. Hugh Culber and Martin-Green, the cast for the third season of Star Trek: Discoveryincludes Doug Jones (Commander Saru), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Commander Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Ensign Sylvia Tilly), David Ajala (Cleveland “Book” Booker) and Michelle Yeoh (Philippa Georgiou).

Star Trek: Discovery s is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.

Mj Rodriguez to Take Part in GLAAD’s “Together in Pride: You are Not Alone” Live Stream Event

Mj Rodriguezis bringing the pride to sheltering in place…

GLAAD will host the live stream event “Together in Pride: You are Not Alone” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the 29-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress and Pose star among the celebrities taking part.

MJ Rodriguez

The event will be available on GLAAD’s YouTube channel and Facebook Liveon April 26 at 8:00 pm ET. 

“Together In Pride” will raise funds for LGBTQ community centers impacted by the coronavirus.

In addition to Rodriguez, the event will include appearances by Billy EichnerMatt BomerAdam LambertLilly Singh, Bebe RexhaDan LevyWilson CruzGigi GorgeousNats GettyMichelle Visage, Javier MuñozSean HayesSharon Stone,Tatiana Maslany, with more guests being announced soon.

The event will include performances by Kesha and Melissa Etheridge.

Actor and producer Erich Bergen is working alongside GLAAD to bring the event to the masses.See More

 “At a time when some LGBTQ people could be isolating in homes that are not affirming, GLAAD is bringing together the biggest LGBTQ stars and allies to send messages of love, support and acceptance,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “So many LGBTQ people, especially our youth, depend on support from local community centers around the country, and during this time of financial distress, we must come together as a community to ensure that all LGBTQ organizations can continue their life-saving work.”

“Together in Pride: You are Not Alone” will also raise critical funds for CenterLink, a coalition of more than 250 LGBTQ community centers from 45 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, as well as Canada, China, Mexico, and Australia. 

CenterLink strengthens, supports, and connects LGBTQ community centers, which serve over 2 million people each year. Participating community centers will also share the livestream on their social platforms.

“LGBTQ centers are the heart of the community, and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic these centers have continued to provide vital connectivity and services, pivoting to virtual programming, modifying in-person services when possible, and ensuring that their communities have resources and support when they need it the most,” said Denise Spivak, Interim CEO of CenterLink.

In March, GLAAD joined over 100 LGBTQ organizations in an open letter calling on U.S. public health officials and media to address the heightened vulnerability of LGBTQ people to COVID-19. Amongst other factors, the LGBTQ community experiences higher rates of cancer, HIV, and tobacco use — all which factor into higher susceptibility to negative outcomes from COVID-19. Additionally, LGBTQ people continue to experience discrimination and unwelcoming attitudes in medical settings, and as a result, many are reluctant to seek medical care. On Wednesday, Centerlink released a letter signed by over 160 LGBTQ community centers to House and Senate leaders, urging them to include nonprofits who serve the LGBTQ population in future relief packages.

Wilson Cruz to Executive Produce Apple’s New LGBTQ-Themed Docuseries “Visible: Out On Television”

Wilson Cruzis bringing out the visible

The 45-year-old Puerto Rican actor and gay rights activist will executive produce Apple’s new docuseries Visible: Out On Television to its growing slate of original series on Apple TV+.

Wilson Cruz

The five-part television event shines a spotlight on how the LGBTQ movement shaped television and comes from Emmy-nominated filmmakers Ryan White and Jessica Hargrave

Visible: Out on Televisioninvestigates the importance of television as a medium that has shaped the American conscience, and how the LGBTQ movement influenced what we watch on TV.

Each hour-long episode will explore themes like invisibility, homophobia, the evolution of the LGBTQ character, and coming out in the television industry. 

The docuseries includes archival footage as well as interviews with key players from the movement and the screen. 

Visible will feature Janet MockMargaret ChoAsia Kate DillonNeil Patrick Harris and Lena Waithe as narrators. It will also include never-before-seen interviews with Ellen DeGeneresOprah WinfreyAnderson CooperBilly PorterRachel Maddow, Don LemonSara RamirezJesse Tyler Ferguson, among others in the community.

In addition to Cruz, the docuseries will be executive produced by Wanda Sykes.

Visible: Out On Television willdebut on February 14, 2020, exclusively on Apple TV+.

Cruz is known for playing Rickie Vasquez on My So-Called Life, and Angel in the Broadway tour production of Rent. His other credits include Star Trek: Discovery, Noah’s Arc, and Party of Five.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Receives Saturn Awards Nomination for “Mary Poppins Returns”

It’s an out of the world honor for Lin-Manuel Miranda

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican actor, composer/lyricist and Broadway legend has earned his first-ever Saturn Awards nomination.

Lin-Manuel Miranda 

Miranda earned the nod for in the Best Supporting Actor in a Film category for his acclaimed role in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns.

Last year, Miranda earned his first-ever Golden Globesnomination in an acting category his the same role.

Wilson Cruzhas also picked up his first Satellite Awards nomination…

The 45-year-old Puerto Rican actor is nominated in the Best Supporting Actor in Streaming Presentation category for his role in CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery.

The Saturn Awards prides itself in honoring genre entertainment since 1973 when it was started by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, who will retool the fan-favorite awards show by moving it from June to September 13. 

Because of that change, the eligibility window for this year’s nominations is based on a 16-month eligibility period from March 1, 2018 to July 7, 2019, rather than the usual 12 months. 

As part of the reorganization, the show also will move to the Avalon Theatrein Los Angeles. A first-time streaming partner will be announced shortly in order to increase the global reach of the show as well.

Here’s a look at the Latino nominees:

Best Supporting Actor in a Film: 
Josh Brolin Avengers: Infinity War (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
John Lithgow Pet Sematary (Paramount)
Lin-Manuel Miranda Mary Poppins Returns (Walt Disney Studios) 
Lewis Pullman Bad Times at The El Royale (20th Century Fox) 
Jeremy Renner Avengers: Endgame (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios) 
Will Smith Aladdin (Walt Disney Studios) 
Steven Yeun Burning (Well Go USA)

Best Supporting Actor in Streaming Presentation: 
Wilson Cruz Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access) 
Michiel Huisman The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix) 
Timothy Hutton The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix) 
Doug Jones Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access) 
Ethan Peck Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access) 
Maxwell Jenkins Lost in Space (Netflix) 
Michael Sheen Good Omens (Amazon)

Wilson Cruz to Star in CBS’ “Star Trek” Prequel “Star Trek: Discovery”

It’s a new discovery for Wilson Cruz

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican actor will star on the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery.

Wilson Cruz

The series takes place 10 years before Captain Kirk’s Star Trek, and the two series will connect aesthetically, according to the show’s executive producer Alex Kurtzman.

Cruz will play Dr. Hugh Culber, the better half of Anthony Rapp’s Lt. Stamets, the first openly gay Star Trek character on television.

“I’m very proud of that and that he’s a scientist,” said Rapp.” I can announce that Wilson Cruz will play my love interest and my partner in the series.”

The 15-episode Star Trek: Discovery will premiere Sunday, September 24, with a special broadcast premiere on CBS.

The first and second episodes will be available on CBS All Access immediately after the broadcast premiere, with subsequent new episodes released Sundays on All Access.

Cruz, best known for playing Rickie Vasquez on My So-Called Life, previously appeared on Ally McBeal, Sister, Sister, Grey’s Anatomy and Mistresses.

Fox Orders Additional Scripts of Sotillo’s Hospital Drama “Red Band Society”

It looks like Nolan Sotillo could be in the red a little longer this season.

Fox has ordered four additional episodes of its freshman drama Red Band Society, starring the 20-year-old half-Cuban American actor and singer-songwriter.

Nolan Sotillo

Despite solid reviews, the hospital drama has been soft in the ratings. But, a couple of weeks into the new season, its numbers stabilized, and last Wednesday the series (1.0 among adults 18-49 in Live+SD) actually logged a one-tenth week-to-week increase. Additionally, the drama has been a major DVR gainer, getting 70-80% ratings increases in Live+7.

Backup script orders are used by the broadcast networks for freshman series they feel have shown some promise but haven’t yet proven their case for a full-fledged episodic order. Commissioning extra scripts keeps writers on the shows working, buying the network execs extra time to evaluate the series’ performance before having to make a decision on ordering more episodes.

Soltillo portrays Jordi Palacios on the series, which also stars Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Astro and Ciara Bravo. Wilson Cruz and Catalina Sandino Moreno also appear on Red Band Society in recurring roles.

10/23

National Coming Out Day: Eight Out & Proud Latino Celebrities…

It’s National Coming Out Day, a day to celebrate gay pride and promote government and public awareness of gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender rights.

Founded by Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary on October 11, 1988 in celebration of the second gay march in Washington D.C. a year earlier, many choose this day to come out to their family, friends and co-workers.

To commemorate National Coming Out Day, here’s a look at eight out and proud Latino celebrities.

 
Ricky Martin
Rumors swirled about Ricky Martin’s sexual orientation well before he came out of the closet. During an interview with Barbara Walters, the journalist even grilled Martin about his sexuality. He refused to confirm or deny the rumors, until March 29, 2010. That’s the day the 39-year-old Puerto Rican singing sensation announced on his website that he is “a fortunate homosexual man.” So what prompted Martin to come out? He credited the twin sons he fathered with an egg donor and surrogate with giving him the courage to make the decision, as well as the process of penning his autobiography. “Writing this account of my life, I got very close to my truth,” he professed. “And this is something worth celebrating.”

 

Christian Chávez
Long before Ricky Martin declared himself a “proud homosexual man,” 28-year-old Mexican pop singer and actor Christian Chávez—then a member of popular Mexican music group RBD—came out of the closet publicly in 2007. “Don’t judge me for being honest,” Chávez wrote in the group’s website. Earlier this year, he released a video for his song, “Libertad,” a glossy five minute-plus video that notched more than 1 million views on YouTube in only three days, aided along the way by heavy props from Pérez Hilton, who makes a cameo appearance. It’s all part of his outspoken support of gay rights and opposition of homophobia.

Nicholas Rodriguez
Even though he’s a seasoned Broadway veteran who has appeared in “Tarzan” and “Evita,” Nicholas Rodriguez is best known for playing the role of Nick Chavez on ABC’s One Life to Live. The openly gay actor from Austin, Texas formed part of the first gay love triangle on American daytime television. “The character was just supposed to come in and get between [same-sex couple] Kyle and Fish and go away,” recalls the 34-year-old Rodriguez. “But people liked it and everything started to happen really fast. They started writing new scenes and tackling all these subjects. I didn’t have time to think about being out actor Nick Rodriguez playing a gay character. I was just supposed to be there for four days!” Since leaving “One Life to Live,” Rodriguez has volunteered for several youth organizations, a cause important to him. “We’re able to be out and have more of a presence as a gay community,” he says, “and kids are able to come out earlier and earlier. But then what happens to them? Some of them get kicked out and bullied in school. While I’m excited that they’re able to come out at 10, 11, 15, 16 they still need guidance. These kids need role models.”

Vicci Martinez
She has been performing since the age of 16, but the Tacoma, Washington native rose to fame this summer when she appeared on NBC’s reality singing competition “The Voice.” Martinez, who ended up coming in third on the hit show, came out to her devoutly religious mom and dad while a teenager. “It was hard for me coming out to my parents,” recalls Martinez, who says she’ll never hide who she is. “I’ve already gone through that hurdle and I’m not going to go through it again. I’ve had people say, ‘Well, why don’t you just keep them guessing? You can hit all the markets.’ No. Especially if you’re with somebody; it’s so disrespectful.” 

 
Perez Hilton
Mario Lavandeira, better known as Perez Hilton, is the self-proclaimed “Queen of all Media.” The openly gay celebrity gossip blogger writes about celebrities all the time on his notorious gossip blog PerezHilton.com. The 33-year-old Cuban-American has earned plenty of praise from his fans, even from fellow gossip columnist Michael Musto. “Perez is great because he’s fearless, rambunctious and gayer than Ikea on Super Bowl Sunday,” he says. “He’s the new me!”


Wilson Cruz
He rose to fame playing gay high school student Rickie Vasquez on MTV’s critically acclaimed and gone-to-soon series, “My So-Called Life.” As an openly gay actor, the 37-year-old Puerto-Rican-American has served as an advocate for gay youth, especially gay youth of color. Having been reportedly kicked out of his home by his own father, Cruz has helped raised awareness about homelessness among gay teens.

Richard Rodriguez
Mexican-American writer Richard Rodriguez is Catholic, Republican and gay. He has received acclaim and criticism for his works Hunger of Memory, Days of Obligation—a Pulitzer Prize finalist—and Brown. In 2008, the 67-year-old Rodriguez spoke to Salon.com about being a gay Latino, explaining, “In my own my family…it would have been impossible for them to have dealt with the words ‘gay’ or ‘homosexual’ in my relationship with them. They didn’t want it said, they didn’t want it named or defined, but they assumed it and accepted it. These communities have very intricate ways of dealing with these things and they are not necessarily the highly politicized tactics that you see in traditional middle-class society in America.”

Mondo Guerra
Fashion designer Mondo Guerra rose to fame after appearing on the eighth season of the popular “Project Runway” reality series. But the 33-year-old Mexican-American won’t be known as the contestant who came in second place, he’ll be remembered as the person who bravely revealed his HIV Positive status to the panel of judges, and that had been keeping his HIV status a secret for ten years. Since appearing on the show, the the Denver-native has served as a positive role model in the game community and helped raise awareness for GLBT issues, including commemorating World AIDS Day