Zoey Luna Signs with A3 Artists Agency for Representation

Zoey Luna has new representation…

The pioneering Latina transgender youth activist turned actress, who stars in The Craft: Legacy star Zoey Luna has signed with A3 Artists Agency.

Zoey Luna

Luna portrayed Lourdes in The Craft: Legacy and currently can be seen in Universal’s Dear Evan Hansen, directed by Stephen Chbosky.

Luna was the subject of the groundbreaking documentary film Raising Zoey, chronicling her journey of how she was determined to live her authentic life, and fought school officials in the Los Angeles school system with the ACLU for her right to self-identify in school between ages 12-15.

She was also part of Laverne Cox’s documentary film Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word for MTV and the documentary 15: A Quinceañera Story for HBO.

She began her acting career with a lead role in the Rosario Dawson-directed short film Boundless and she most recently appeared in the season finale of FX’s award-winning series Pose.

Luna served as the grand marshal at the 2015 LA Pride parade, is the recipient of the San Diego Equality Award and the recipient of the ALMA AwardsYoung Trailblazer Award.

She also is a frequent featured speaker at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive conferences.

Diany Rodriguez to Appear on Season Nine of NBC’s “The Blacklist”

Diany Rodriguez is makin’ the (Black)list…

The Latina actress has joined the cast of NBC’s long-running drama The Blacklist for its upcoming ninth season of the series.

Diany Rodriguez

Rodriguez, who has appeared on Law & Order: Organized Crime, will appear in a heavily recurring role.

Rodriguez will play Weecha Xiu. With a tough physical presence and a hardened demeanor, Weecha is more than capable of defending herself against anyone who might threaten her or her associates.

The Blacklist,
 starring James Spader, Diego Klattenhoff and Amir Arison, will jump forward two years in its season 9 return airing on October 21 (8/7c) on NBC.

In The Blacklist, in the two years following the death of Elizabeth Keen, Raymond Reddington (Spader) and the members of the FBI Task Force have disbanded – their lives now changed in unexpected ways and with Reddington’s whereabouts unknown. Finding themselves each at a crossroads, a common purpose compels them to renew their original mission: to take down dangerous, vicious and eccentric Blacklisters.

The Blacklist
 is produced by Sony Pictures Television Studios and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.

Rodriguez is best known for her role as A.D.A. Maria Delgado on NBC’s Law & Order: Organized Crime. She will soon be seen opposite Eugenio Debrez in Hulu’s upcoming rom-com The Valet

Other credits include HBO’s The Outsider, Showtime’s Ray Donovan and NBC’s New Amsterdam, among others.

 

Ricky Velez Signs with William Morris Endeavor (WME) 

Ricky Velez is ready for new endeavors

William Morris Endeavor (WME) has signed the Latino comedian for representation in all areas.

Ricky Velez

Velez has an upcoming one-hour comedy special titled Ricky Velez: Here’s Everythingexecutive produced by himself, Judd Apatow, and Pete Davidson—debuting on October 23 via HBO.

On the acting front, the Queens native starred in (and co-produced) the 2020 film, The King of Staten Island. He’s also appeared in Netflix’s Master of None.

Velez was a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and has appeared on Comedy Central’s This Week at the Comedy Cellar.

Colman Domingo to Star as Gay Rights Activist Bayard Rustin in “Rustin”

Colman Domingo is bringing the story of a gay rights activist to life.

The 51-year-old Guatemalan American actor will star as activist Bayard Rustin in Rustinthe first film production from Michelle and Barack Obama’s Higher Ground, which has a deal at Netflix.

Colman Domingo

Along with Domingo, the film will also star Chris Rock, Glynn Turman and Audra McDonald.

Turman previously starred alongside Domingo in the Oscar-nominated  film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

The George C. Wolfe directed film, which he co-wrote with Milk‘s Dustin Lance Black, tells the story of how Rustin overcame an onslaught of obstacles, and altered the course of American history by organizing the 1963 March on Washington.

Domingo’s previous credits include appearances on HBO’s Euphoria, and the films Selma, If Beale Street Could Talk and Zola.

Mj Rodriguez Honored with GALECA LGBTQIA+ Trailblazer Award During Dorian TV Awards

Michaela Jaé Rodriguez is being celebrated for her trailblazing spirit…

The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics’ (GALECA) have announced the winners of this year’s Dorian TV Awards, with the 30-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress/singer earning the GALECA LGBTQIA+ Trailblazer Award.

MJ Rodriguez

Rodriguez, who last month became the first trans woman to be nominated for an Emmy in a lead acting category for her starring role on FX’s Pose, won the award for creating art that inspires empathy, truth and equity.

FX’s groundbreaking Pose — about an LGBTQ clique navigating AIDS, bigotry and drag-ball culture in ‘80s and then ‘90s New York — earned its third consecutive Best TV Drama win for its third and final season.

HBO Max’s Hacks and HBO’s I May Destroy You also received multiple awards during the pre-recorded ceremony, hosted by veteran West Coast radio personality and LGBTQ rights activist Karel, which was streamed free Sunday on subscription channels Here TV and YouTube’s PlanetOut.

Here’s the complete list of Dorian TV Award winners:

BEST TV DRAMA: Pose (FX)
BEST TV COMEDY: Hacks (HBO Max)
BEST LGBTQ SHOW: It’s A Sin (HBO Max)
BEST TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES: 
I May Destroy You (HBO)
BEST UNSUNG SHOW: Love, Victor (Hulu)
BEST TV PERFORMANCE (TIE): 
Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You (HBO) & Jean Smart, Hacks 
(HBO Max)
BEST SUPPORTING TV PERFORMANCE: Kathryn Hahn, WandaVision
 (Disney+)
BEST TV MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Kathryn Hahn and singers, “Agatha All Along,” WandaVision (Disney+)
BEST TV DOCUMENTARY OR DOCUMENTARY SERIES: The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears (FX)
BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS SHOW: ZIWE (Showtime)
BEST ANIMATED SHOW: Big Mouth (Netflix)
BEST REALITY SHOW: RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
MOST VISUALLY STRIKING SHOW: WandaVision (Disney+)
CAMPIEST TV SHOW: Eurovision Song Contest (Peacock)
WILDE WIT AWARD (TIE) – To a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse: Michaela Coel & Bowen Yang
GALECA LGBTQIA+ TRAILBLAZER AWARD – For creating art that inspires empathy, truth and equity: Michaela Jaé Rodriguez

Colman Domingo Among the Winners of Hollywood Critics Association’s First-Ever HCA TV Awards

It’s a euphoric time for Colman Domingo

After being delayed a week and switched from an in-person event to a virtual ceremony, the Hollywood Critics Association have revealed the winners for its first-ever HCA TV Awards, with the 51-year-old Guatemalan-Belizean American actor earning a trophy.

Colman Domingo

Domingo was named Best Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Movie for his role on HBO’s Euphoria Two-Part Special.

Mj Rodriguez was named Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama for the 30-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress’ performance on FX’s Pose.

Anya Taylor-Joy picked up the Best Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Movie prize for the 25-year-old Argentine American actress’ Golden Globe-winning performance on Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit.

The HCA Awards separated streaming from broadcast and cable, making for multiple wins among shows and performers who are going head-to-head in the Emmy race next month  – WandaVision
Best Broadcast Network or Cable Docuseries, Documentary Television Movie, or Non-Fiction Series – Welcome to Chechnya
Best Streaming Docuseries, Documentary Television Movie, or Non-Fiction Series – Kid 90
Best Broadcast Network or Cable Sketch Series, Variety Series, Talk Show, or Comedy/Variety Special – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Best Streaming Sketch Series, Variety Series, Talk Show, or Comedy/Variety Special – Bo Burnham: Inside
Best Broadcast Network Reality Series, Competition Series, or Game Show – The Masked Singer
Best Cable or Streaming Reality Series, Competition Series, or Game Show – RuPaul’s Drag Race
Best Animated Series or Animated Television Movie – Harley Quinn
Best Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama – Billy Porter, Pose
Best Actor in a Streaming Series, Drama – Josh O’Connor, The Crown
Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama – Mj Rodriguez, Pose
Best Actress in a Streaming Series, Drama – Emma Corrin, The Crown
Best Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy – Ted Danson, Mr. Mayor
Best Actor in a Streaming Series, Comedy – Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy – Jane Levy, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
Best Actress in a Streaming Series, Comedy – Jean Smart, Hacks
Best Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Movie – Colman Domingo, Euphoria Two-Part Special
Best Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Movie – Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit
Best Supporting Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama – Michael K. Williams, Lovecraft Country
Best Supporting Actor in a Streaming Series, Drama – Rupert Grint, Servant
Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama – Tatiana Maslany, Perry Mason
Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Series, Drama – Gillian Anderson, The Crown
Best Supporting Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy – Nico Santos, Superstore
Best Supporting Actor in a Streaming Series, Comedy – Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso
Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy – Mary Steenburgen, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Series, Comedy (tie) – Hannah Einbinder, Hacks and Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso
Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Movie – Evan Peters, Mare of Easttown
Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Movie – Kathryn Hahn, WandaVision

Special Honorary Awards:

Legacy Award – Cobra Kai
Spotlight Award – Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
Impact Award – New Amsterdam
Pop Culture Icon Award – Tom Ellis, Lucifer
TV Icon Award – Marta Kauffman
Virtuoso Award – Bo Burnham

Guillermo Diaz to Appear on Season 2 of NBC’s “Law & Order: Organized Crime”

Guillermo Diaz is getting organized

The 46-year-old Cuban American actor will appear on Season 2 of NBC’s Law & Order: Organized Crime.

Guillermo Diaz

Diaz will appear in a recurring role on the upcoming season of Dick Wolf’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) spinoff series.

Diaz will play Sgt. Bill Brewster. His character description is being kept under wraps.

Law & Order: Organized Crime brought Christopher Meloni’s Elliot Stabler character back to the venerable franchise for the first time in 10 years, and revolves around the NYPD organized crime unit led by Stabler.

Danielle Moné Truitt, Tamara Taylor, Ainsley Seiger and Dylan McDermott also star.

Law & Order: Organized Crime was created by Wolf, who executive produces along with showrunner Ilene Chaiken, Terry Miller, Fred Berner, Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski.

Known for his many seasons on Showtime’s Weeds and Chapelle’s Show for Comedy Central, Diaz starred as Huck on the ABC hit series Scandal and most recently co-starred in the ABC comedy United We Fall.

He was also a series regular on the NBC drama Mercy and guest-starred opposite Lena Dunham in HBO’s Girls, Comedy Central’s Broad City and HBO’s High Maintenance.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler to Star on Season Two of ABC’s Drama Series “Big Sky”

The (big) sky’s the limit for Jamie-Lynn Sigler

The 40-year-old half-Cuban American actress and former The Sopranos star will appear on the second season of ABC’s popular drama series Big Sky.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Sigler, who will appear in a key role, will appear alongside cast newcomers Madelyn Kientz, Troy Johnson, Lola Reid, Jeremy Ray Taylor, TV Carpio and Arturo Del Puerto (Camping).

In Season 2 of the David E. Kelley series based on the books by C.J. Box, when private detectives Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury) and Jenny Hoyt (Katheryn Winnick) reunite to investigate a car wreck outside of Helena, Montana, they soon discover that the case might not be as straightforward as it seems. As they unravel the mystery of the accident, their worlds will collide with a band of unsuspecting teens, a flirtatious face from Jenny’s past and a vicious outsider hellbent on finding answers.

Cast also includes series regulars Janina Gavankar, Brian Geraghty and Dedee Pfeiffer as well as Omar Metwally and Anja Savcic, who have been promoted from recurring to regulars for Season 2, and Jesse James Keitel, a series regular in season 1 who will recur in Season 2.

Sigler will play Tonya, who works as a waitress at a local diner. She and her boyfriend have big plans, that is until he mysteriously disappears. Tonya hires the services of Dewell & Hoyt to find her boyfriend, but she is withholding some secrets of her own. Like all of the women in this town, it would be unwise to underestimate Tonya.

Del Puerto will play T-Lock, Rachel’s ne’er-do-well boyfriend, oozing with entrepreneurial self-confidence, especially when it comes to his myriad of “get-rich-quick” opportunities. Though he can be a loose cannon, and leeches money off a begrudging Max behind her mother’s back, T-Lock genuinely loves Rachel.

Big Sky, produced by 20th Century Fox Television and A+E Studios, is moving production to Rio Rancho, NM, for Season 2 from Vancouver, where the first season was shot.

Sigler, known for her role as Meadow Soprano in HBO’s The Sopranos, was recently seen in Lifetime movie The Neighbor In The Window, and will next be seen on the big screen in a starring role in Sonia Sebastian’s The Virgin of Highland Park. She also recently voiced Rebeca on Disney Jr.’s Elena of Avalor.

Del Puerto was recently seen in HBO’s limited series Camping opposite Jennifer Garner, Juliette Lewis, and David Tennant, and also was recently seen in Apple’s For All Mankind. His film credits include Independence Day: Resurgence, Universal’s Ride Along 2 and CHIPS.

HBO Releases First Full Trailer for Oscar Isaac’s Limited Series “Scenes from a Marriage”

Here’s a look at Oscar Isaac’s Marriage

HBO has released the first full trailer for the 42-year-old Guatemalan & Cuban actor’s HBO limited series Scenes from a Marriage.

Oscar Isaac x Jessica Chastain, Scenes from a Marriage

The clip opens with Isaac’s co-star Jessica Chastain climbing into bed, with body language telling a story. Before she can speak, he asks, “What is it?”

The series, which will premiere on Sunday, September 12, is adapted from Ingmar Bergman’s 1973 Swedish miniseries. It re-examines its iconic depiction of love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple.

Chastain plays Mira, a confident, ambitious tech executive left unfulfilled by her marriage. Isaac is Jonathan, a cerebral and accommodating philosophy professor desperate to keep their relationship intact.

The five-part Scenes from a Marriage addresses the complexity of Jonathan and Mira as individuals who ultimately know their marriage isn’t being ripped apart by any one event or flaw.

Viewers will eavesdrop on private conversations between two people torn between feelings of hate and love.

“You just believe that, as a couple, nothing can hurt you,” we hear Mira say. “And then you gradually start to realize that actually, anything can hurt you.”

Sunita Mani, Nicole Beharie, Corey Stoll and Tovah Feldshuh co-star.

The limited series from Media Res and Endeavor Content reunites Chastain and Isaac, who were classmates at Julliard, are longtime friends and starred together in 2014’s A Most Violent Year.

Both also executive produce, along with Hagai Levi and Michael Ellenberg via Media Res, Lars Blomgren, Daniel Bergman, Blair Breard and Amy Herzog.

Grasie Mercedes to Star on NBC’s “Grand Crew”

It’s a Grand opportunity for Grasie Mercedes.

The 43-year-old Afro-Latina actress has joined the cast of NBC’s Grand Crew as a series regular.

Grasie Mercedes

The comedy, from Phil Augusta Jackson and Dan Goor, follows a group of young L.A. professionals navigating the ups and downs of life and love. When they’re ready to unpack it all, they meet at their favorite local bar for a “wine down.”

Mercedes will portray Fay, a recently divorced transplant to Los Angeles who becomes fast friends with the regulars at Eastside Cru.

Jackson will write and executive produce. Mo Marable will direct and co-executive produce the pilot. Goor will executive produce.

Previously announced cast members include Nicole Byer, Justin Cunningham, Aaron Jennings, Echo Kellum and Carl Tart.

Mercedes most recently served as a staff writer on NBC’s Perfect Harmony. Her acting credits include roles in Fox’s 9-1-1, Freeform’s Good Trouble, TNT’s Southland, HBO’s The Affair and CBS’ Criminal Minds.