Andy Garcia to Star Opposite Kenan Thompson in NBC’s Comedy Pilot “The Kenan Show”

It’s a big first for Andy Garcia

The 62-year-old  Cuban actor and director will star opposite Kenan Thompson in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot The Kenan Show (fka Saving Kenan), from Universal Television

Andy Garcia

This marks Garcia’s first television series regular role.

Written by Jackie Clarke and directed by Chris RockThe Kenan Show centers on a newly widowed dad (Thompson) determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law, Percy (Garcia), a retired police officer, become more involved in their lives.

Thompson, Clarke and Rock executive produce with Lorne Michaelsand Andrew Singerfor Broadway Video.

This is a rare televisoin acting gig for Garcia whose biggest series commitment to date had been an arc on HBO’s Ballers. He received two Emmynominations for the HBO film For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story

In features, Garcia appeared in Mamma Mia: Here We Go AgainBook ClubThe Mule and Bentlast year. 

This spring, he’ll begin production on Brian Petsos’ film Big Gold Brick and will star in Words on Bathroom Walls directed by Thor Freudenthal

He also will be seen in Amazon’s anthology series Modern Romance.

Andrade to Star in ABC’s Pilot “Marvel’s Most Wanted”

Fernanda Andrade has landed a Marvelous project…

The 32-year-old Brazilian actress has joined the cast of ABC’s pilot Marvel’s Most Wanted, the upcoming television pilot based on the character of Bobbi Morse.

Fernanda Andrade

Andrade will portray Christina Santos, the tough-as-nails niece of Dominic Fortune (Delroy Lindo). Fortune and Santos work side-by-side appearing to help Barbara “Bobbi” Morse, aka Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki), and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) while also pursuing their own agenda.

Marvel’s Most Wanted originated as an Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff revolving around Palicki and Blood‘s characters.

It was created and written by S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Jeffrey Bell and Paul Zbyszewski, who executive produce with Jeph Loeb for Marvel Television and ABC Studios.

Andrade’s previous credits include the surprise hit film The Devil Inside and For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story.

Sandoval Named Artistic Advisor at the Wallis Annenberg Center

Here’s your chance to learn from living legend Arturo Sandoval

The 65-year-old Cuban jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer is among the masters scheduled to teach at the Wallis Annenberg Center.

Arturo Sandoval

Sandoval, was the subject of the 2000 television film For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story, starring Andy García, will serve as an artistic advisor to the Center, where he’ll teach master classes open to the public and take part in other activities on the campus.

Sandoval, a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, will be joined by Broadway diva Patti LuPone and Oscar– and Tony-winning actor Denzel Washington, among others.

“We are proud to welcome five extraordinary Artistic Advisors to The Wallis for the upcoming season,” Patricia Wolff, interim artistic director, said in announcing the lineup. “These are artists who define excellence in theater, dance and music. They are not just advisors in name but will participate in the season with a focus on education.”

Sandoval’s master classes, which will be open to the public, will take place on October 27.

All events will take place in the Bram Goldsmith Theater.

Visit www.thewallis.org for information.

Sandoval to Perform at Spain’s Fijazz International Jazz Festival

Arturo Sandoval is bringing his jazzy sound to the Iberian Peninsula…

The 63-year-old Cuba-born jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer will perform at the 16th Fijazz International Jazz Festival in Alicante, Spain.

Arturo Sandoval

Sandoval, a nine-time Grammy-winning artist, will join Michel Camilo, James Carter, Gregory Porter, Al Jarreau and Branford Marsalis as scheduled performers during the July 9-23 event at the Adda auditorium, organizers said.

The 2013 installment of the popular festival features artists from the Latin and Anglo jazz traditions in equal measure

The head of cultural affairs in Alicante province stressed the importance of the festival for the region.

“This year we have made a very solid commitment to the festival and we have expanded the roster of artists, which will allow the public to hear live seven great artists who, together, have more than 20 Grammys,” said Juan Bautista Rosello said.

Sandoval has released nearly 50 albums, most recently 2012’s Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You).

He was the subject of the 2000 television film For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story, starring Andy García.