Roselyn Sanchez to Star in Fox’s “Fantasy Island” Reboot

Roselyn Sanchez is livin’ her fantasy…

The 48-year-old Puerto Rican actress/singer will star in Fantasy IslandFox’s contemporary reboot of the classic drama series.

Roselyn Sanchez

Sanchez will portay Elena Roarke, a descendant of the original series’ enigmatic Mr. Roarke, in the project, which received a straight-to-series order and will debut on August 10.

The project hails from writer-producers Liz Craft and Sarah Fain as well as Sony Pictures Television and its Gemstone Studios label, which co-produce with Fox Entertainment.

Fantasy Island is set at a luxury resort, where literally any fantasy requested by guests is fulfilled, although they rarely turn out as expected.

The resort is run by Elena Roarke (Sanchez) who set aside her own ambitions, and even the love of her life, to uphold her family’s legacy. Sophisticated, insightful and always charming, Elena’s calm exterior masks the challenges of the responsibilities she has assumed as steward of this mysterious island.

Sanchez joins previously cast series regular Kiara Barnes and heavily recurring John Gabriel Rodriquez. The reboot is keeping the semi-anthological format of the original Fantasy Island with three main characters played by Sanchez, Barnes and Rodriquez, who live/work on the island and new guests arriving in every episode.

The original 1977 series, created by Gene Levitt and executive produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg, starred Ricardo Montalbán as Mr. Roarke and Hervé Villechaize as his assistant Tattoo as they grant guests so-called “fantasies” on the island for a price.

The original Fantasy Island series and the 1998 reboot starring Malcolm McDowell as Mr. Roarke, will begin streaming on Fox Entertainment’s free-streaming platform, Tubi, on May 1.

On the new series, alongside Sanchez’s Elena Roarke, Barnes plays Ruby Okoro, a young woman with an old soul who arrives on Fantasy Island with a terminal illness, and is given a new lease on life there; Rodriquez plays pilot Javier, who also is the head of island transportation and a jack of all trades. There is no direct version of the Tattoo character in the reboot.

The Fantasy Island reimagining, written and executive produced by Craft and Fain, delves into the “what if” questions that keep us awake at night. Each episode will tell emotional, provocative stories about people who walk in with a desire but end up reborn to themselves through the magical realism of Fantasy Island.

Sanchez, whose major English-language television credits include lead roles in Without a Trace, Devious Maids and Grand Hotel, has been nominated for an ALMA Award six times, winning in 2008 for Without a Trace.

CBS Renews Jeremy Ray Valdez’s “The Bold and the Beautiful” for Two Seasons

There are more bold (and beautiful) days ahead for Jeremy Ray Valdez.

CBS has given a two-year renewal to its long-running daytime drama The Bold and the Beautifulfeaturing the 39-year-old half-Mexican American actor,through the 2021-2022 broadcast season.

Jeremy Ray Valdez

Now in its 33rd year, the afternoon series routinely wins its time period and averages more than 3.2 million viewers every day. 

Picked up for Seasons 34 and 35,The Bold and the Beautiful joins CBS companion The Young and the Restless, which in January was renewed through 2024.

“For over three decades, The Bold and the Beautifulhas been a cornerstone of the CBS Daytime lineup,” said Amy Reisenbach, EVP Current Programs, CBS Entertainment. “The show has been a creative and ratings success due to the supremely talented cast, writers and producers that Brad Bell has assembled. Of course, none of this would have been possible withoutB&B’s dedicated fans, whose passion for these characters and stories is unsurpassed. We are delighted to be able to continue to offer them a daily look into the romances and rivalries between the Forrester, Logan and Spencer families.”

The news of The Bold and the Beautiful renewal comes amid a coronavirus-related Hollywood production shutdown that has suspended filming on all daytime dramas. Along with Y&R, The Bold and the Beautifulhad about 4-6 weeks worth of episodes in the can when the production shutdown began March 17. The last original episode aired last month and, beginning April 27, B&Bstarted airing repeat episodes curated into theme weeks.

“I am thrilled to dive into years 34 and 35 of The Bold and the Beautiful,” said executive producer Bradley Bell. “We are grateful to Amy Reisenbach and everyone at CBS for their incredible commitment to the series. Of course, many thanks to our loyal fans who motivate us every day with their unending passion and enthusiasm.”

The Bold and the Beautifulis currently preparing to resume production in June, if safety guidelines are met in compliance with state and city regulations.

The Bold and the Beautiful,the most-watched U.S. produced daytime drama in the world, is set in Los Angeles and tells the compelling story of high fashion, glamour, honor, romance, passion and, most importantly, family. It’s a Bell-Phillip Television production. Bell is the executive producer.

In addition to Valdez, who joined the show in March 2018 as Detective Alex Sanchez, cast members include (alphabetically): Matthew AtkinsonKiara BarnesKatrina BowdenDarin BrooksScott Clifton, Don DiamontJennifer GareisCourtney HopeThorsten KayeKatherine Kelly LangJohn McCookAlley MillsAnnika NoelleDenise RichardsLawrence Saint-Victor, Henry Joseph SamiriRena SoferAaron D. SpearsHeather Tom and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood.