Guerrero to Star in CBS’ Comedy Pilot “Distefano”

Diane Guerrero is preparing for a culture clash…

The 30-year-old Colombian American actress has been cast as the female lead opposite Chris Distefano in Distefano, CBS’ comedy pilot from How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and Sony Television.

Diane Guerrero

Inspired by the Distefano — an Italian American from Brooklyn and a new dad who married a Puerto Rican woman — Distefano centers on Izzy (Guerrero) and Chris (Distefano), two twentysomethings raising their newborn daughter and merging their meddling families – one Colombian American, one Italian.

The script was originally written with Izzy as Puerto Rican, but the character is now being reworked for Guerrero’s background, as representing her community is extremely mportant to her.

Guerrero’s Izzy is the love of Chris’ life and the mother of their 3-month-old baby. Annie Potts portrays Chris’ Irish Catholic mother Helen.

Bays and Thomas wrote the script based on a story they co-wrote with Distefano, with HIMYM director/executive producer Pam Fryman directing and executive producing.

Guerrero, best known for her role on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, was previously attached to star and executive produce a drama series project for CBS/CBS Television about undocumented immigrants based on her memoir In the Country We Love.

She’s also had a recurring role as best friend Lina on the CW/CBS Television Studios dramedy Jane the Virgin, teamed with Jane exec producers Jennie Snyder Urman, Ben Silverman and Paul Sciarrotta.

Guerrero and her OITNB castmates recently picked up their third straight Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Rodriguez Lands Bestie Role on CBS’ “How I Met Your Dad” Pilot

Krysta Rodriguez is reporting for Dad duty…

The 29-year-old Latina actress and Broadway star, who most recently starred on the second season of NBC’s short-lived series Smash, has been cast in one of the lead roles on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) spinoff How I Met Your Dad.

Krysta Rodriguez

Rodriguez will star opposite Greta Gerwig and Drew Tarver on the follow-up to the long-running hit sitcom.

Similar to the original series, How I Met Your Dad (HIMYD) tells the story from a female point of view, that of Sally (Gerwig), and revolves around a new group of friends in New York.

Rodriguez will portray Sally’s best friend Juliet, a sexy, flamboyant force of nature who runs the most successful fashion blog in the country.

The pilot, from 20th Century Television, was written by Emily Spivey and HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. It will be directed by Pam Fryman.

Rodriguez to Guest Star on Fox’s “The Goodwin Games”

Talk about hot for (math) teacher…

Adam Rodriguez has signed on to play a college math professor on Fox’s upcoming midseason comedy The Goodwin Games.

Adam Rodriguez

The 37-year-old Puerto Rican/Cuban American actor, who set hearts aflutter in the hit make stripper movie Magic Mike, will guest star as Ivan, a grade school friend of Chloe (Becki Newton) who becomes not only her professor but also a potential love interest.

The former CSI: Miami star will appear on a recurring basis. Rodriguez could appear in as many as four of the first 13 episodes.

Carter Bays, who created The Goodwin Games with fellow How I Met Your Mother executive producer Craig Thomas, describes Ivan via email as “a scrawny, insecure nebbish with crippling allergies,” adding: “Obviously Adam Rodriguez was the first person we thought of!”

The Goodwin Games, which centers on three siblings who stand to inherit millions if they can complete the crazy challenges in their deceased father’s will, also stars Scott Foley and T.J. Miller.

The Goodwin Games is slated to debut in early 2013.