Gina Rodriguez Joins Voice Cast of Netflix’s Animated Comedy “Big Mouth”

Gina Rodriguez has a big mouth

The 33-year-old Puerto Rican actress and Jane the Virgin star has joined the voice cast of Netflix’s Big Mouth.

Gina Rodriguez

Rodriguez will lend their voices to the hormonally driven and hilariously inappropriate animated comedy series about the awkwardness and glorious nightmare that is teenaged puberty.

Rodriguez will conveniently voice the character of Gina, a girl on Missy (Jenny Slate) and Jessi’s (Jessi Klein) soccer team who shakes up the social dynamics of the school — which is bound to bring some drama to the fold.

Big Mouth comes from Nick Kroll and his real-life best friend Andrew Goldberg (Family Guy) and includes a roster of noteworthy comedic actors including John Mulaney, Maya Rudolph, Jason Mantzoukas, Jordan Peele, Fred Armisen, and Andrew Rannells.

Villaseñor: The First-Ever Latina Cast Member on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”

Melissa Villaseñor is making television history…

The 28-year-old stand-up comedian and former America’s Got Talent has joined the cast of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, making her the first Latina cast member in the sketch comedy show’s 41 years on the air.

Melissa Villaseñor

Villaseñor, best known as a Top 16 finalist in season six of America’s Got Talent, has been working as a standup comedian across the country for more than 10 years. 

After auditioning for the show in 2009 without success, Villaseñor was determined to work on her craft, knowing that – given another opportunity – she would return.

SNL is one of the main reasons why I started comedy at 15 and I pray to be there someday when I am ready and have even more to offer,” she said seven years ago. “I am very thankful for that experience and will always keep working at new impressions as well as my standup comedy.”

SNL boss Lorne Michaels, for his part, gave her and other Hispanic comedians a chance to prove their worth when SNL’s Broadway Video – along with NBC Universal Telemundo – launched Más Mejor, a studio and comedy network aimed at discovering and cultivating Latino talent earlier this year.

Villaseñor was a major player and used the opportunity to strengthen her skills, including her impersonations of celebrities like Jennifer Lopez.

She also previously lent her voice to Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time and also has worked on Family Guy and Comedy Central’s Trip Tank.

Villaseñor will make her debut in the SNL season premiere on October 1.

Gonzalez Added to Voice Cast of Fox’s Animated Series “Bordertown”

Nicholas Gonzalez has booked a ticket to Bordertown

Fox has announced that the 38-year-old Mexican American actor will voice the character of Ernesto Gonzalez on the network’s new animated series Bordertown.

Nicholas Gonzalez

From Family Guy’s Mark Hentemann and Seth MacFarlane, the series will explore family, politics and everything in between. It centers on two very different families living in a fictional Southwest desert town on the U.S. – Mexico border.

Gonzalez’s character is described as an ambitious immigrant and family man, who has been in the country less than 10 years, but is already doing better than his neighbor Bud Buckwald (voiced by Hank Azaria), which, it turns out, is a bit of an issue for the less-industrious native.

Bordertown

Azaria’s character is a married father of three and a Border Patrol agent who is just a tad behind the times and feels slightly threatened by the cultural changes transforming his neighborhood.

In addition to Gonzalez and Azaria, the voice cast members include Alex Borstein, Missi Pyle, Judah Friedlander and guest voice Efren Ramirez.

Fox Orders Seth MacFarlane’s Culture-Clash-Themed Animated Series “Bordertown”

Seth MacFarlane is bringing Americans an animated view of life along the U.S.-Mexico border…

Fox has given a 13-episode order to the new animated comedy Bordertown from the Family Guy creator and Mark Hentemann to debut during the 2014-2015 TV season.

Bordertown TV Series

The show, created by Hentemann, takes place in a fictitious desert town in Texas near the border with Mexico. The show revolves around Bud Buckwald, a married father of three and a Border Patrol agent not adjusting well to the cultural changes around him, and his next-door neighbor Ernesto Gonzales, a Mexican immigrant and father of four.

Bordertown takes a satirical look at America’s cultural shifts through the evolving relationships between the two families.

Bordertown has been in development at Fox for several years. In 2009, it was considered to be on Fox’s “hot list” along with Bob’s Burgers, which eventually made it on the air.

Now Bordertown will be getting its turn in the spotlight. Fox has room on Sunday night for a new series as American Dad is set to move to TBS next year.

The network also recently scrapped plans to air Murder Police, which had been given a 13-episode order. That show is now being shopped to other networks.

Fox still has additional seasons of The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers in the works, and is also developing a wide array of additional animated projects, including one from Flight of the Conchords Bret McKenzie.

Hentemann and MacFarlane will executive produce Bordertown for 20th Century Fox Television.

Valderrama Joins Voice Cast of Fox’s Animated Comedy “Murder Police”

Wilmer Valderrama will be on the beat soon…

The 33-year-old Venezuelan/Colombian American actor has been cast in Murder Police, an animated series set to debut next season on Fox, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Wilmer Valderrama

The workplace comedy, which was co-created by 27-year-old Mexican American animator Jason Ruiz and Family Guy’s David A. Goodman, chronicles the adventures of a neurotic detective named Manuel Sanchez (voiced by Ruiz) and his questionable, unreliable colleagues at a city precinct.

Valderrama will assume the role of envelope-pushing undercover cop Donel.

Fox has ordered 13 episodes of the show, which also includes Jane Lynch, Will Sasso, Chi McBride, Peter Atencio and Justina Machado among the voice cast.

Leguizamo’s Semi-Autobiographical Sitcom Gets ABC Pilot Order

John Leguizamo is one step closer to returning to television…

The 48-year-old Colombian-American actor/comedian has just received his third comedy pilot order from in the last 12 months.

John Leguizamo

The still-untitled multi-camera comedy is based on Leguizamo’s life as a husband, father and fish out of water on the upper West Side of New York as reflected in his one-man shows. Woven into this world are his privileged wife, his friends from his life back in the Bronx, his mother and grandfather who try to keep him grounded in his Latin roots, and his own kids who he worries are getting a little too spoiled and are losing touch with reality.

Leguizamo co-wrote the script for the pilot with former Family Guy executive producer/co-showrunner Chris Sheridan.

The project has been in the works since early February of last year, when Leguizamo signed a development deal with ABC and ABC Studios to develop a comedy inspired by his life for him to star in and executive produce.

But only a week later, Leguizamo was cast in the ABC/ABC Studios pilot The Kings of Van Nuys (then called Only Fools and Horses). After passing on the Kings of Van Nuys pilot in May, ABC brass ordered a new, reworked version of the adaptation of the UK series Only For Fools and Horses. The network then passed on the second pilot in early December, clearing the way for Leguizamo’s original project.

Longoria to Star in the Animated Series “Mother Up!”

Eva Longoria has landed a mother of a role…

The 37-year-old Mexican American actress and former Desperate Housewives star has signed on to voice the character of Rudi Wilson, a former music exec turned hopeless suburban mom, in the animated series Mother Up! for Canadian broadcaster City and Hulu.

Eva Longoria II

“She’s a crazy, irresponsible mother, that all mothers fear they are,” Longoria tells The Hollywood Reporter about her character’s misguided, yet comedic child-rearing.

“She barely keeps her kids alive with bizarre, improvised solutions to the endless challenges of parenting,” she adds.

City and Hulu have ordered 13 episodes of the half-hour adult animated comedy series that Longoria will also executive produce.

The Canadian series was created by Michael Shipley (Family Guy, My Name is Earl), using original material from Marnie Nir and Katie Torpey.

“It is without a doubt an irreverent and edgy series, and yet still a network friendly show,” Claire Freeland, director of original programming at City-parent Rogers Media said of Mother Up!

City already has a primetime schedule heavy with popular American comedies like Modern Family and 2 Broke Girls, as well as a pipeline filled with homegrown sitcoms Seed and Package Deal.

Despite its motherhood storyline, Freeland added Mother Up! will appeal to both a female and male demo, given its variety of male characters.

The Canadian series also stars Jesse Camacho as the voice of Dick, Gabrielle Miller as Sarah, Cle Bennett as 2Bit, Helen Taylor as Jenny, Rebecca Husain as Apple and Scott McCord as Greg.

For Longoria, Mother Up! marks a return to television following starring roles in movies like The Baytown Outlaws, The Truth and more recently Michael Berry’s Frontera, following her final bow last season as Gabrielle Solis on Desperate Housewives.

The animated comedy also allows Longoria to bring her acting chops to a Toronto sound booth.

“I always find you have so much more freedom as an actor with your voice when you’re hiding behind an animated character, as opposed to live action,” she observes.

City plans a fall 2013 debut for Mother Up!

Leguizamo to Headline ABC Comedy Pilot Based on His Life

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” must be John Leguizamo’s personal mantra…

ABC has lined up another half-hour project starring the 48-year-old Colombian American actor and comedian only days after passing on his King of Van Nuys comedy pilot for a second time.

John Leguizamo

Leguizamo’s new project would be based on his life as a husband, father and fish out of water on New York City’s upper West Side.

Intertwined  into this world will be his privileged wife, his friends from his life back in the Bronx, his mother and grandfather who try to keep him grounded in his Latin roots, and his own kids who he worries are getting spoiled and losing touch with reality.

Leguizamo will co-write the story for the untitled single-camera comedy with former Family Guy executive producer Chris Sheridan., who will write the teleplay and executive produce the project with Leguizamo.

The project has been in the works since early February when Leguizamo signed a development deal with ABC and ABC Studios with the intent of developing a single-camera comedy inspired by his professional, personal and family life in New York City.

Fox Gives Series Order to Ruiz’s “Murder Police”

It looks like Jason Ruiz will be bringing his creative vision to the masses in the near future…

Fox has reportedly given a 13-episode series order to Murder Police, an animated comedy from the 27-year-old Mexican American animator and former Family Guy executive producer David Goodman, according to Deadline.com.

Jason Ruiz

The series follows a dedicated but inept detective and his partner in a twisted city precinct as they try to solve serious crimes.

“It’s about bumbling homicide detectives who are trying to do their jobs but are just not very good at it. It’s like if Scooby Doo was solving murders,” says Ruiz, adding that he was inspired by The First 48, an A&E crime investigation docu-series that he calls “an obsession.”

Ruiz and Goodman created and wrote the project, originally picked up by the network as a presentation. Goodman serves as executive producer; Ruiz as co-executive producer.

Murder Police marks Fox’s first animated series order in more than two years — since the October 2010 pickup of Jonah Hill’s Allen Gregory for 7 episodes (with Goodman as executive producer/showrunner), and Napoleon Dynamite for 6. Neither were renewed for a second season.

Mars to Pull Double-Duty on “SNL” This Month…

He’s proved his comedic chops in a recent FunnyorDie.com clip. And now Bruno Mars will be taking his acting work one step further.

The 26-year-old part-Puerto Rican Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has signed on to pull double-duty on an upcoming episode of NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

Bruno Mars

Mars, who will be releasing his sophomore album late this year, will serve as the host and musical guest on the October 20th installment of the late-night comedy sketch show.

SNL kicked off its 38th season on September 15 with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane as the host.

It’ll be the first time as host for Mars, who made his SNL debut as a musical guest on October 9, 2010.