Fox Renews Roselyn Sanchez’s “Fantasy Island” Reboot for Second Season

Roselyn Sanchez’s fantasy continues…

Fox has ordered a second season of its popular summer drama series Fantasy Island, starring the 48-year-old Puerto Rican actress/singer.

Roselyn Sanchez

The renewal follows strong ratings for the contemporary version of the classic 1977-84 series, from writer-producers Liz Craft and Sarah Fain.

This past summer, the reboot starring Sanchez and Kiara Barnes ranked as the No. 1 new scripted program among adults 18-49 and was Fox’s most streamed new drama series since 9-1-1: Lone Star in January 2020.

Fantasy Island takes place at a luxury resort, where literally any fantasy requested by guests is fulfilled, although they rarely turn out as expected. Delving into the “what if” questions — both big and small — that keep us awake at night, each episode will tell emotional, provocative stories about people who arrive with dreams and desires.

The series stars Sanchez as Elena Roarke, a descendant of the iconic Mr. Roarke, who set aside her own ambitions, and the love of her life, to uphold her family’s legacy. Barnes plays Ruby Akuda, a young woman with an old soul who arrived on Fantasy Island with a terminal illness and was given a new lease on life as Roarke’s right hand.

Fans won’t have to wait until next summer for more Fantasy Island, however. Fox has ordered a special two-hour holiday episode, “Welcome to the Snow Globe,” which will air at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, December 21. Lindsay Craft, Eddie Cahill and Mackenzie Astin will guest star. In the episode, a businesswoman’s (Craft) fantasy of a perfect Christmas and meeting “Mr. Right” (Cahill) tests Roarke in unexpected ways. Meanwhile, Mr. Jones (Astin) faces his past, while a new Secret Santa tradition has Ruby and Javier (John Gabriel Rodriguez) looking to the future.


Fantasy Island 
hails from Sony Pictures Television, Gemstone Studios and Fox Entertainment.

“We’re really high on it, and it’s been exciting for us to cross-pollinate some of the stars that we have in other series and do other exciting turns on Fantasy Island,” said Thorn. “We definitely see a potential second season and it’s something that we’re talking about now. We’re very pleased with the show and Liz and Sarah did a very good job,” said Fox executives.

Juan Carlos Coto Developing First-Responders Drama Series for CBS, “Rescue: MIA”

Juan Carlos Coto is coming to the rescue

The Latino producer, writer, and veteran film and television showrunner is developing Rescue: MIA, a first-responders series for CBS.

Juan Carlos Coto

Coto, executive producer on 9-1-1 who also served as consulting producer on 9-1-1: Lone Star, wrote the pilot from a story co-written by NCIS: Los Angeles director James Hanlon who also has directed episodes of Station 19 and Chicago Fire.

The drama is executive produced by a star of one of CBS’ hit procedurals, NCIS: Los Angeles’ Eric Christian Olsen, via his Cloud Nine Productions.

Somewhat in the vein of CBS’ juggernaut Blue Bloods, Rescue: MIA revolves around a legendary family of first responders that works together to rescue the citizens of Miami from emergencies and disasters, even as long-buried secrets threaten to tear apart their familial bonds.

Hanton was a NYC firefighter on the ground during and in the aftermath of 9/11, and his documentary film 9/11 won a Peabody Award as well as two Emmys.

Coto, Hanlon and Olsen executive produce Rescue: MIA. CBS Studios where Cloud Nine has a deal, is the studio.

Coto is writing and serves as executive producer/showrunner on The Ledgeran action drama at Will Packer Media headlined by Cobra Kai’s Xolo Maridueña.

Known for his work as showrunner on Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, Coto also previously co-executive produced the CW’s Nikita and worked on NBC’s Heroes and Fox’s 24.

Xolo Maridueña to Star in & Executive Produce the Action Drama Series “The Ledger”

Xolo Maridueña is livin’ on the ledge(r)

The 20-year-old Mexican, Cuban and Ecuadorian American actor and Cobra Kai star has been cast in and will executive produce the action drama series The Ledger, which hails from veteran showrunner and producer Juan Carlos Coto and Will Packer Media.

Xolo Maridueña

Coto, who has worked on 9-1-1 and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, will write and serve as showrunner. Will Packer will produce and Alvie Hurtado, Director of Development, WPP will oversee the project. Brandon Guzmán will executive produce.

The series will be shopped to streaming networks and premium cable.

Maridueña stars as Miguel Diaz on Netflix’s Cobra Kai, which is heading into its fourth season.

He is also set to star as Blue Beetle for Warner Bros. and DC. Maridueña is represented by UTA, Valor Entertainment and John Meigs

Best known for his work as showrunner on Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, Coto currently is executive producer on Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear’s hit Fox drama series 9-1-1. He also served as consulting producer on 9-1-1: Lone Star. Coto previously co-executive produced the CW’s spy thriller Nikita and has written and produced critically acclaimed series including NBC’s Heroes and Fox’s 24.

Miguel Pinzon to Appear on Second Season of Hulu’s Comedy Series “Woke”

Miguel Pinzon is officially woke

The Latino actor has landed a recurring role on the second season of Hulu’s comedy series Woke.

Miguel Pinzon

Co-created by Keith Knight and Marshall ToddWoke centers on Keef Knight (Lamorne Morris), an African-American cartoonist who finds himself on the verge of mainstream success when an unexpected incident changes his life. With a newfound consciousness, Keef must navigate the new voices and ideas challenging him, all without setting fire to everything he’s already built.

Pinzon will play Tommy, a blunt and inscrutable un-housed artist with a sharp wit who challenges Keef and his view of activism.

Knight and Todd executive produce Woke, alongside Anthony King, Maurice “Mo” Marable, Richie Schwartz, John Will, Will Gluck and Eric Christian OlsenWoke is a co-production between Sony Pictures Television and ABC Signature.

Pinzon’s recent credits include guest starring on 9-1-1: Lone Star, recurring on YouTube Red’s Swipe Right, Freeform’s Mystery Girls, and the Melissa McCarthy/Ben Falcone pilot Amy’s Brother.

Gina Torres to Star in Netflix’s Romantic Comedy “The Perfect Find”

It’s a perfect find for Gina Torres

The 52-year-old Cuban-American actress has joined the cast of Gabrielle Union and Keith PowersNetflix romantic comedy feature The Perfect Find

Gina Torres

Torres is reportedly stepping in for Niecy Nash, who departed the project due to a scheduling conflict.

The Leigh Davenport- and Numa Perrier-scripted movie, based on the Tia Williams novel, follows a 40-year-old woman with everything on the line: Her high-stakes career, ticking biological clock, bank account as she risks it all for an intensely lusty secret romance with the one person who could destroy her comeback. Perrier also directs.

Torres stars as Tommy Vega on 9-1-1: Lone Star and also starred on ABC’s The CatchNBC’s HannibalUSA’s Suits and Firefly and its feature movie Serenity, as well as the Matrix franchise movies.

Constance Marie to Star in Amazon’s Rom-Com Series “With Love” from Gloria Calderón Kellett

It’s a lovely time for Constance Marie

The 55-year-old Mexican American actress will star in Amazon’s one-hour romantic comedy series With Love from Gloria Calderón Kellett, GloNation Studios and Amazon Studios.

Constance Marie

Constance Marie joins a list of new cast additions that includes Benito Martinez and Vincent Rodriguez III.

They will be series regulars opposite Emeraude Tobia and Mark Indelicato in Amazon’s one-hour romantic comedy series.

Created and written by Calderón Kellett, With Love follows the Diaz siblings, Lily (Toubia) and Jorge (Indelicato), who are on a mission to find love and purpose. The Diaz siblings cross paths with seemingly unrelated residents during some of the most heightened days of the year — the holidays.

Marie plays Beatriz Diaz, Jorge and Lily’s mother. She’s going through a midlife/identity crisis with her kids getting older and her marriage being on auto-pilot.

Martinez is Jorge Diaz Sr. He’s a hug in human form, a loving and caring father and husband, even if he has gotten a bit too comfortable in his relationship.

Rodriguez plays Henry, Jorge’s charismatic boyfriend who is about to meet the Diaz family and be the first man that Jorge has brought home ever. Henry is a Filipino dreamboat and the perfect guy but will he and Jorge have a happy ending?

In addition to Toubia and Indelicato, they join previously announced series regulars Rome Flynn, Isis King, Todd Grinnell and Desmond Chiam.

All episodes will be written and executive produced by Calderón Kellet. The pilot episode will be directed and executive produced by Meera Menon.

Known for her longtime run on the ABC comedy George Lopez and as a lead for five seasons on Freeform’s Switched At Birth, Constance Marie can currently be seen on Amazon series Undone opposite Rosa Salazar.

She recently recurred in the Netflix comedy Alexa & Katie and starred in the NBC miniseries Law & Order True Crime: Menendez Murders

Martinez portrayed David Aveveda for seven seasons on The Shield and played multiple roles over three seasons in John Ridley’s anthology series American Crime. He was most recently seen in recurring roles on 9-1-1: Lone Star and The Mayor.

Fox Releases First Trailer for Gina Torres’ Drama “9-1-1: Lone Star”

Gina Torres is readying for an explosive return to television…

Fox has released the first trailer for Season 2 of its spinoff drama 9-1-1: Lone Star, starring the 51-year-old Cuban American actress and former Suits/Pearson star.

Gina Torres

In keeping with the franchise’s past season openers, a major disaster is hitting town — and it’s up to the first responders to keep their heads and save our souls.

The Los Angeles-set mothership 9-1-1 has launched previous seasons with an earthquake, a tsunami and a dam break, and now the Austin-set Lone Star team must deal with a volcanic eruption.

Season 2 sees the arrival of Torres in the series-regular role of Paramedic Capt. Tommy Vega, following Liv Tyler’s exit after the first season.

“Welcome to the 126,” Capt. Owen Strand (Rob Lowe) tells Vega in the teaser. “I think we’re gonna have some fun together.” She replies, “Oh, you bet we are.”

Ronen Rubinstein, Jim Parrack, Sierra McClain, Natacha Karam, Brian Michael Smith, Julian Works and Rafael Silva also star in 9-1-1: Lone Star, which will follow its parent series on Mondays this season. Both will launch on January 18.

9-1-1: Lone Star is produced by 20th Century Television in association with Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision.

Gina Torres to Star on Season Two of Fox’s Drama Series “9-1-1: Lone Star”

Gina Torres is Texas bound…

The 51-year-old Cuban American actress has been cast as a series regular for the second season of Fox’s 9-11 spinoff series 9-1-1: Lone Star.

Gina Torres

Torres, best known for her role as Jessica Pearson on USA Network’s Suitsand Pearson, will star opposite Liv Tyler and Rob Lowe on the series.

9-1-1: Lone Star hails from 9-1-1 creators/executive producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear.

Set in Austin, it follows Owen (Lowe), a sophisticated New York firefighter who, along with his son, relocates to the Texas capital and must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in his own life.

Torres will play Paramedic Captain Tommy Vega, who was at the top of her game when she hung up her uniform to raise her twin daughters. For eight years life was great, until COVID-19 changed her life. With her husband’s restaurant going under, Tommy has no choice but to re-enter the workforce to support her family. Though it breaks her heart to be apart from her little girls, Tommy will show the world that no matter how much time has passed, when she puts on that uniform, she’s still a boss.

The role reunites Torres and Minear, who worked together on Fox’s sci-fi drama series Firefly.

“We are so excited to be expanding our 9-1-1-verse with the addition of Gina Torres,” said Minear. “I’ve been dying to write for her again ever since Firefly. Gina brings warmth, intelligence and command to everything she does. 2020 is finally looking up.”

9-1-1: Lone Star is produced by 20th Century Television in association with Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision.

Season 2 is scheduled to begin production in Los Angeles later this fall for a premiere in early 2021 as part of the network’s midseason schedule.

Torres earned an ALMA Award, an Imagen Award and the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Award for Outstanding Performance in a Television Series for her role as Jessica Pearson.

She most recently was cast as the lead of the Dracula reimagining drama pilot The Bridesat ABC. The Alias and Angel alumna also did an arc on HBO’s Westworld.