James Roday Rodriguez to Star in “Buddy Games 2”

James Roday Rodriguez is reuniting with his Buddies

The 46-year-old Mexican-America actor will star in Buddy Games 2—the sequel to the 2019 comedy Buddy Games, in which he starred alongside Josh Duhamel, Kevin Dillon, Nick Swardson, Dan Bakkedahl, and more.

James RodayRodriguez, Duhamel, Dillon, Bakkeahl and Swardson are all returning to star in the new film, which is shooting in Vancouver, with Ginnifer Goodwin (marking a new addition to the ensemble).

Distributed by Saban Films and Paramount Home Entertainment, the original indie watches as a group of friends reunite for a wild assortment of absurd physical and mental challenges known as The Buddy Games—in the process healing old wounds, righting past wrongs and figuring out the true meaning of friendship.

Duhamel directed from his script written with Bob Schwartz and Jude Weng.

The sequel picks up with Bobfather (Duhamel) and the guys following the death of one of their own, as they take an unexpected journey to commemorate his life. After they make the snap decision to steal the urn and flee his funeral, they make their way to the place where the Buddy Games tradition began. Once there, things go south when they accidentally find themselves in the middle of Spring Break.

Duhamel and Michael J. Luisi are producing the film written by Gabriel McKinley.

The production companies involved are The Long Game and Duhamel’s Dakotakid Productions. Paramount Global Distribution Group will release the film in theaters at a date that has not yet been disclosed.

“I’ve never had as much fun as I did making the first BUDDY GAMES and honestly feel like BUDDY GAMES 2 is shaping up to be every bit as fun as the first,” said Duhamel. “After the success of the first movie, I’m beyond excited to get the band back together to do it again.”

ABC Renews James Roday Rodriguez’s “A Million Little Things” for Fifth Season

James Roday Rodriguez has a million little reasons to smile…

ABC has picked up the ensemble drama A Million Little Things, starring the 46-year-old Mexican American actor, for a fifth season.

While the network hasn’t confirmed Season 5 will be the final season, it’s believed its will be the closing chapter of the DJ Nash-created series.

In addition to Rodriguez, the core cast includes David Giuntoli, Romany Malco, Allison Miller, Christina Moses and Grace Park.

The Season 4 finale will air on May 18.

A Million Little Things has drawn praise for its depiction of complex issues like mental health. The series is a soft live viewing performer but excels in DVR viewing and streaming audiences.

A Million Little Things ranks as the #1 gainer in L+7 Day playback on the major networks this season in Adults 18-49 (+133%), tying ABC’s Big Sky.

In fact, A Million Little Things is one of only two broadcast programs this season to more than double its initial Live+Same Day Adult 18-49 rating after seven days of linear playback. After 35 days of viewing across all linear and digital platforms, AMLT is ABC’s #1 delayed-viewing gainer this season in Total Viewers (+249%) and Adults 18-49 (+547%), soaring more than six times over its initial A18-49 Live+Same Day rating. In Live+Same Day, the series has been hovering over the 0.2 18-49 ratings mark.

The series revolves around a tight-knit group of friends from Boston who become motivated to living fuller lives after the unexpected death of a close friend.

Nash is the creator and executive producer for the series, from ABC Signature and Kapital Entertainment. Joanna Kerns is the producing director.

In the Season 4 finale, the strength of Maggie and Gary’s relationship is put to the test once again. Rome makes a sacrifice for a student in distress, Theo turns to an unlikely source to help his mom through a rough patch, and Eddie learns a shocking secret about Anna.

ABC Orders 20 Episodes of James Roday Rodriguez’s “A Million Little Things” for Season

There are more things in James Roday Rodriguez’s future than originally anticipated… 

Series creator/executive producer DJ Nash has announced the super-sized episode count for Season 4 of ABC’s A Million Little Things, starring the 45-year-old Mexican American actor, director, screenwriter and for former Psych star.

A Million Little Things

“We’re doing 20 episodes this year,” Nash tells Deadline.com. “It’s the biggest season we’ve ever had.”

The serialized drama about a tight-knit group of friends produced 17 episodes in Season 1, 19 in Season 2 and 18 in the COVID-19-impacted Season 3.

Nash pointed to the large order as a sign that ABC has confidence in the series’ long-term prospects.

“With us getting a 20-episode order, it doesn’t feel like that ABC wants this to be our last season,” he said.

Rodriguez portrays Gary Mendez on the series.

ABC Renews James Roday Rodriguez’s “A Million Little Things” for Fourth Season

James Roday Rodriguez has a million little reasons to smile…

ABC has ordered a fourth season of A Million Little Things, starring the 45-year-old Mexican American actor.

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A Million Little Things has seen solid ratings this season, growing to a 2.57 rating this season among adults 18-49 after 35 days of delayed viewing across linear and digital platforms, nearly five times its Live+Same Day rating (0.54 rating).

In addition, A Million Little Things picks up another 5.47 million total viewers with 35 days of multiplatform viewing to average 8.86 million viewers this season.

Written by DJ Nash, the ensemble drama series revolves around a group of friends from Boston who bonded under unexpected circumstances.

It stars David Giuntoli as Eddie Saville, Romany Malco as Rome Howard, Allison Miller as Maggie Bloom, Christina Moses as Regina Howard, Grace Park as Katherine Saville, Rodriguez as Gary Mendez, Stephanie Szostak as Delilah Dixon, Tristan Byon as Theo Saville, Lizzy Greene as Sophie Dixon, Chance Hurstfield as Danny Dixon and Floriana Lima as Darcy Cooper.

Peacock+ Orders Third “Psych” Movie, Starring James Roday Rodriguez

James Roday Rodriguez is psyching himself out again…

The Psych gang, including the 45-year-old Mexican American actor, will return for a third movie to premiere on Peacock.

James Roday

The NBCU streaming platform unveiled on Thursday a green light for Psych 3: This Is Gus, with production set to begin this summer in Vancouver.

Following Psych 2: Lassie Come Homethe three-quel is named after Dulé Hill’s Burton “Gus” Guster.

In preparation for a shotgun wedding before the birth of Baby Guster, Shawn (James Roday Rodriguez) and Groomzilla Gus (Dulé Hill) go rogue in an attempt to track down Selene’s (Jazmyn Simon) estranged husband, as Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) grapples with the future of his career.

Also set to reprise their roles from the series and films are Maggie Lawson as Juliet O’Hara, Timothy Omundson as Carlton Lassiter, Kirsten Nelson as Karen Vick and Corbin Bernsen as Henry Spencer.

The Psych movie franchise is a continuation of the original series, which aired on USA Network from 2006 to 2014.

The first installment, Psych: The Movie, aired on USA on December 7, 2017. It follows Shawn, Gus and Juliet’s new life in San Francisco. The gang reunites after a mystery assailant targets one of their own.

The sequel Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, originally produced for USA, premiered on Peacock at launch in Spring 2020. The film focused on Lassiter, who is ambushed on the job and left for dead. In a vintage Psych-style Hitchcockian nod, he begins to see impossible happenings around his recovery clinic. Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dulé Hill) return to Lassie’s side in Santa Barbara and are forced to navigate the personal, the professional and possibly the supernatural.

Psych 3: This Is Gus hails from UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Thruline Entertainment.

Rodriguez will also executive produce..

Melissa Fumero Taking Part in NBCUniversal’s New “The More You Know” Social Justice, Equality and Equity PSAs

Melissa Fumero is helping people get in the know

NBCUniversal will launch a new series of its popular The More You Know PSAs that tackle systemic racism and speak up for social justice, equality and equity, with the 38-year-old Cuban American actress and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star among the artists taking part.

Melissa Fumero

Fumero joins a roster of NBC talent that includes Dulé Hill, James Roday Rodriguez and Kelly Clarkson, among others.

The campaign was developed in collaboration with social and racial justice organizations Fair Count, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP, the National Action Network and the National Urban League, and focuses on standing up against injustice, teaching children about equity, and the importance of voting and completing the census, especially for how it impacts the Black community and communities of color.

The campaign kicked off this week on NBC’s Today with a spot on teaching children about inclusion and acceptance. The campaign will be rolling out over the next few weeks, with spots now available on TheMoreYouKnow.com and YouTube.

The More You Know site also includes comprehensive resources and educational guides.

“For over 30 years, ‘The More You Know’ has sought to bring light to the nation’s most pressing social issues,” said Craig Robinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, NBCUniversal, “and we hope this new iteration will continue to educate, encourage and inspire people of all ages to take an active role in improving the world we live in.”

In addition to Fumero, Hill, Roday Rodriguez and Clarkson, stars participating in the campaign include: Carlos Adyan (En Casa con Telemundo), Freema Agyeman (New Amsterdam), Notah Begay III (NBC Sports), Gizelle Bryant (The Real Housewives of Potomac), Kandi Burruss (The Real Housewives of Atlanta), Victor Cruz (E! News), Dexter Darden (Saved by the Bell), Ester Dean (Songland), Ryan Eggold (New Amsterdam), Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster), Damon Hack (Golf Channel), Zuri Hall (Access Hollywood), Ana Jurka (“En Casa con Telemundo and Titulares y Más), Aneudy Lara (100 Días Para Enamorarnos), Howie Mandel (America’s Got Talent), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Organized Crime), Wendy Osefo (The Real Housewives of Potomac), Jeimy Osorio (Telemundo), Nina Parker (E! News’ Nightly Pop), Nichole Sakura (Superstore), Jocko Sims (New Amsterdam), Chris Sullivan (This Is Us”), Justin Sylvester (E! News’ Daily Pop), Elyfer Torres (Enemigo Íntimo) and Reno Wilson (Good Girls).

James Roday Rodriguez Developing “Good Serial” Series at 20th Century Fox Television

James Roday Rodriguez is feelin’ Good

The 44-year-old Mexican American actor and Psych star, who recently changed his stage name, has teamed up with frequent collaborator Todd Harthan on Good Serial, a darkly twisted, genre mashing comedy project.

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It has been set up at 20th Century Fox Television, where The Resident showrunner Harthan is under an overall deal.

Written by Roday Rodriguez and Harthan, Good Serial is centered on a trio of roommates, bonded by tragedy, who become vigilantes serving cold dishes of revenge in the spirit of Dexter and Three’s Company.

As a writing team, Roday Rodriguez and Harthan, previously collaborated on the feature films Gravy(2015), directed by Roday Rodriguez, and Skinwalkers (2006) as well as the Treehouse episode of Hulu’s Into the Dark anthology (also directed by Roday Rodriguez).

Additionally, Roday Rodriguez and Harthan worked together on the long-running USA Network dramedy series Psych, starring and produced by Roday Rodriguez, where the duo wrote multiple horror-themed episodes over the four seasons Hartahan worked on the show as consulting producer and co-executive producer.

“Todd and I have been horror hounds since we were kids. The genre feels more fluid than ever and this was an opportunity to take another unorthodox swing,” Roday Rodriguez said.

Roday Rodriguez stars in the ABC drama A Million Little Thingsfor 20th Century Television sibling ABC Studios and in Peacock’s Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, which he also co-wrote and executive-produced. He also has directed multiple episodes of The Resident.

James Roday Switches Stage Name to Include His Spanish Surname

James Roday is embracing his roots…

The 44-year-old Mexican American actor and former Psych star will now go by James Roday Rodriguez.

James Roday

In an interview with TVLine, he talked about his decision to switch his stage name to his birth surname. 

His given middle name is David, which he’s replaced with Roday, given that he’s worked 20-plus years  under that moniker.

Rodriguez says the idea began with conversations he had with his father about their family heritage and what his parents and grandparents went through growing up in Texas.

“It’s a deeply personal decision that I am doing for me,” said Rodriguez. “And I just hope it’s something that can be amplified. I hope we are all having these conversations in our lives. I hope we are all reflecting. I hope we’re all learning sh*t that we thought we knew but didn’t know.”

Rodriguez has already changed his name on social media.

After two decades as a working actor, the premiere of Psych 2: Lassie Come Home on Wednesday night will also mark the onscreen debut of James Roday Rodriguez.

Rodriguez also stars in ABC’s A Million Little Things.