PenaVega to Star Opposite Lucy Hale in CW’s Dramedy Pilot “Life Sentence”

Carlos PenaVega has received a life setence…

The 27-year-old Spanish and Dominican American actor/singer will star as a series-regular opposite Lucy Hale in the CW’s dramedy pilot Life Sentence.

Carlos PenaVega

From Warner Bros. Television and Bill Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer Prods, the pilot was written by Significant Mother creators Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith.

Directed by Lee Toland Krieger, Life Sentence centers on Stella (Hale), a young woman diagnosed with terminal cancer. When she finds out that she’s not dying after all, she has to learn to live with the choices she made when she decided to “live like she was dying.”

PenaVega will play Darrius, Lucy’s brother-in-law. He’s the extremely positive and family-loving, pharmaceutical rep who Stella’s sister, Elizabeth, met during one of her hospital stays.

PenaVega, best known for starring on the Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush, most recently starred as Kenickie in Grease: Live.

He competed on the 21st season on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, finishing in fourth place.

Moreno Brooks to Appear on Freeform’s “Baby Daddy”

Jose Moreno Brooks is reporting for Daddy duty…

The Latino actor and breakout star of NBC’s Telenovela series has been cast in a recurring role on Freeform’s flagship comedy Baby Daddy.

Jose Moreno Brooks

Brooks will portray Roger, a handsome, enthusiastic though somewhat awkward paralegal who is the assistant to Riley (Chelsea Kane).

Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Derek Theler and Tahj Mowry star along with Kane in the series, which is created and executive produced by Dan Berendsen.

Brooks’ credits include Big Time Rush, The Nine Lives of Chloe King, The Game and Jane the Virgin.

Pena Hand-Jives in First Promo for Fox’s “Grease: Live”

Grease is the word for Carlos Pena, Jr.

Fox has released the first promo for the television adaptation of the 1978 film Grease, with a look at the 26-year-old Spanish, Venezuelan and Dominican American singer/actor and his Big Time Rush band member and other cast members of the live musical.

Carlos Pena, Jr.

Along with Pena, who now goes by Carlos PenaVega, the video introduces Julianne Hough (Sandy), Aaron Tveit (Danny), Vanessa Hudgens (Rizzo) and their co-stars, as they all do the hand jive at Rydell High.

Additionally, viewers also get a first look at Carly Rae Jepsen as Frenchie, Keke Palmer as Pink Lady Marty Maraschino, Pena as Kenickie, David Del Rio as T-Bird “Putzie”, and Kether Donohue as Jan.

The Fox live TV production which has been titled Grease: Live, also stars Mario Lopez as Vince Fontaine, the emcee of a national dance competition. Jessie J, meanwhile, is set to open the show with a performance of Barry Gibb‘s “Grease (Is the Word)” from the classic film.

In this TV version, the beginning of senior year means the end of Danny and Sandy’s summer romance – until Sandy unexpectedly transfers to Danny’s high school. With their friends pulling them in different directions, it’s up to Danny and Sandy to stay hopelessly devoted to each other as they make their way from Rydell High to a new frontier.

Grease: Live will air Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 7:00 pm ET on Fox.

Flores to Star Opposite Bella Thorne in ABC Family’s Drama Pilot “Famous in Love”

Georgie Flores is ready for a little fame

The Mexican American actress has joined the cast of the ABC Family drama pilot Famous In Love.

Georgie Flores

The project, based on Rebecca Serle’s romantic novel, was written by Serle and I. Marlene King, executive producer/co-showrunner of ABC Family’s flagship drama series Pretty Little Liars.

Famous In Love centers on Paige (Bella Thorne), an ordinary college student who gets her big break after auditioning for the starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster. She must now navigate her new star-studded life and undeniable chemistry with her two co-leads while uncovering the truth about what happened to a famous missing pop star.

Flores will play Cassandra, Paige’s roommate and close friend, who is straight-forward and a good friend.

Miguel Arteta is set to direct the pilot, which he will executive produce alongside King and Dan Farah.

Serle co-executive produces the drama from Warner Horizon Television.

Flores’ credits include appearances on CSI: NY, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Big Time Rush.

Mason to Star in ABC’s Midseason Drama “Of Kings and Prophets”

Jeanine Mason is the queen of kings

The 24-year-old Cuban American actress/dancer has been added to the cast of ABC’s midseason drama Of Kings and Prophets.

Jeanine Mason

The series, penned by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, is described as an epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny.

Mason will portray Merav, the eldest daughter of King Saul and Queen Ahinoam, and sister of Michal.

Mason, the winner of Season 5 of Fox’s competition series So You Think You Can Dance.

Her television credits include Bunheads, Major Crimes, Big Time Rush, as well as the recent Fox pilots Studio City and Delirium.

Moreno Brooks to Star Opposite Eva Longoria in NBC’s “Telenovela” Series

Jose Moreno Brooks is ready for a little melodrama in his life…

The Latino semi-pro-soccer-player-turned-actor has landed a series regular role in NBC’s 13-episode single-camera comedy series Telenovela.

Jose Moreno Brooks

Starring and executive produced by Eva Longoria, the series is based on an idea by Longoria.

Directed by Steve Pink, Telenovela stars Longoria as popular diva Ana Maria, star of Latin America’s most beloved telenovela who strives to stay on top in a world where the drama on-camera is nothing compared to the drama off-camera.

Moreno Brooks will portray Gael Garnica, a masculine soap star who happens to be gay, married and not in the closet. He’s one of Ana’s best friends.

Jencarlos Canela and Diana Maria Riva co-star.

Longoria and Ben Spector executive produce for Universal Television. The project is written/executive produced by Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein.

Moreno Brooks’s other television credits include appearances on Big Time Rush, The Nine Lives of Chloe King, The Game and One Bad Choice.

Fifth Harmony Named Favorite Band on Social Media at the Shorties

Camila Cabello, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke Hernandez and their Fifth Harmony band mates are the queens of social media.

The all-girl group, created by Simon Cowell on the second season of Fox’s now cancelled The X Factor, has picked up a Shorty Award.

Fifth Harmony

The Shorties, as they’re called, ar doled out annually to honor the best short-form content creators on Twitter and on other social media sites.

Fifth Harmony was named favorite band on social media, beating out One Direction, The Script, Emblem3, Big Time Rush, 5 Seconds of Summer and Tokio Hotel.

Since finishing third on The X Factor, Fifth Harmony has managed to earn a loyal following on social media. The band has 1.17 million followers on Twitter, 436,000 followers on Instagram and 2,768,848 likes on Facebook.

Here’s a look at this year’s Shorty Award winners in the key categories:


Aaron Paul, @aaronpaul_8
#Actress Retta, @unfoRETTAble
Fifth Harmony, @FifthHarmony
Sir Ian McKellen, @IanMcKellen
Patton Oswalt, @pattonoswalt
Paul Feig, @paulfeig
Modern Seinfeld, @SeinfeldToday
News for TV Majors, @N4TVM
Questlove, @questlove
Cancellation Bear, @TheCancelBear
Questlove, @questlove
Scandal, @ScandalABC

News & Media

Billie Jean King, @BillieJeanKing
Jamie Oliver, @jamieoliver
Sarah Jones, @SarahJReports
Kickstarter of the Year
The Veronica Mars Movie Project
Newsworthy Photo of the Year
Pope Francis Introduction by Roberto Luigi
Tyler Graham, @_Tyler_Graham_
Los Angeles Dodgers, @Dodgers
Buck Wolf, @wolfb

Tech & Innovation

Digg, @digg
Boston University’s College of Communication, @comugrad
Terrance Gaines, @BrothaTech
Guy Kawasaki, @GuyKawasaki
Polygon, @Polygon
This American Life, @ThisAmerLife
Black Girls Code, @BlackGirlsCode; Neil deGrasse Tyson, @neiltyson
The Brooklyn Circus, @TheBKcircus
Tumblr of the Year
Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls at the Party
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, @Jerry Seinfeld

Arts & Design

Rachel Ryle, @rachelryle
Neil Gaiman, @neilhimself
Man Repeller, @ManRepeller
Trent Nelson, @trenthead
GIF of the Year
Matrix Cat
Instagram Video of the Year
I Look Good by Paul Zedrich
Dukk Deuce, @Dukk2
Museum Nerd, @museumnerd
David Guttenfelder, @dguttenfelder; Liz Eswein, @newyorkcityliz
Jullien Gordon, @JullienGordon
Vine of the Year
My reflection is cooler than me by Chad Jaxon Perez
Cupcake Dude, @TheDudeBakes; Pinot, @Pinot
Kid Fury, @KidFury

Global Issues

Against Suicide, @AgainstSuicide
Nature Conservancy, @nature_org
Paulo Pirula, @Pirulla25
NASA Goddard, @NASAGoddard
Sustainable Cities, @sustaincities
Buddy Project, @ProjectBuddy; New York Life’s #KeepGoodGoing; Dr. Jen Arnold, @JenArnoldMD

Pena to Host Nickelodeon’s Summer Game Show “Web Heads”

It’s game on for Carlos Pena

The 24-year-old Spanish, Venezuelan and Dominican American singer-songwriter/actor and Big Time Rush member, who married actress Alex Vega earlier this year, will serve as the host on Nickelodeon‘s new Ryan Seacrest-backed game show.

Carlos Pena

The Big Time Rush television series alum will lead the competition series, which revolves around child contestants competing in challenges centered on viral videos, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

The 40-episode summer game show, formerly titled Go Viral, will now be called Web Heads.

Production on the half-hour, studio-based show will begin next week.

“I grew up on Nickelodeon game shows and always dreamed of being a contestant,” said Pena in a statement to THR. “I’m excited to be doing something fun and unique that captures the heart and slime of Nick.”

The new job keeps Pena in the Nickelodeon family, where he was a lead in the music comedy series Big Time Rush from 2009 to 2013.

He recently wrapped production on George Lopez’s indie La Vida Robot, based on a Wired article about four undocumented Mexican-American high school students who form a robotics club and compete against MIT in a national robotics competition.

Lamas to Compete on the New Season of Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice”

Lorenzo Lamas is getting trumped

The 56-year-old half-Argentine American actor will reportedly be among the contestants on the upcoming seventh season of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, according to Us Weekly.

Lorenzo Lamas

It’s not the first reality television show appearance for Lamas, best known for portraying Lance Cumson on the popular 1980s primetime sudser Falcon Crest. He previously starred in his own reality show, Leave it to Lamas, a series that centered on his real-life family.

His most recent credits include a recurring role on Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush and appearances on The Joe Schmo Show and The Eric Andre Show.

Other reported contestants on the Donald Trump-hosted reality competition include Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ Brandi Glanville, Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Kenya MooreDancing with the Stars alum and mother of eight Kate Gosselin, Olympian Shawn Johnson, rapper Ludacris, volleyball star Gabrielle Reece, and actors Ian Ziering and Vivica A. Fox.

Journalist Geraldo Rivera and Cosby Show star Keshia Knight Pulliam will also compete, according to TMZ.

The cast will be officially announced on Thursday.

The new season of Celebrity Apprentice will begin filming this spring.

Vega to Guest Star on the CW’s “Tomorrow People”

Alexa Vega is ready to show the world her powers

The 25-year-old half-Colombian American actress, who recently tied the knot with Big Time Rush’s Carlos Pena, Jr., will be making her debut on the CW’s Tomorrow People next week.

Alexa Vega in Tomorrow People

Vega, best known for her role as Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids film series, will portray Hillary Cole on the sci-fi show’s January 22 episode.

Vega’s character is described as a new recruit who goes head-to-head with Stephen (Robbie Amell) to see who will make it to the next stage of agent training. Unfortunately, the loser gets stripped of their powers, and Hillary will stop at nothing to win.

“She beats the crap out of me,” Amell tells “She messes Stephen up. She’s conniving. She’s doing anything she can for herself. She does not care about the people around her.”

Tomorrow People, which centers follows a group of young people who possess psionic powers as the result of human evolution, airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on the CW.