Paramount+ Releases Trailer for Natalie Morales’ Revival of Nickelodeon’s Original “Rugrats” Series

Natalie Morales is cutting a rug(rat)

Paramount+ has released the trailer for its revival of the Nickelodeon original animated series Rugrats, featuring the 36-year-old Cuban American actress.

Natalie Morales

The original series was created by Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo and Paul Germain.

In the reboot, the series’ tiny tots embark on an Indiana Jones-inspired treasure hunt, a battle against a giant green dog and a high-speed car chase in the colorful, wild worlds of their imagination.

Cast members from the original series return to reprise their roles in the Paramount+ series, which will premiere on May 27. Returning to voice the iconic cartoon toddlers are E.G. Daily (Tommy Pickles), Nancy Cartwright (Chuckie Finster), Cheryl Chase (Angelica Pickles), Cree Summer (Susie Carmichael) and Kath Soucie (Phil and Lil DeVille).

Also joining the cast for the revival are Nicole Byer, Tony Hale and Morales, who will take on the adult roles in Paramount+’s revival.

Hale will play Chuckie’s father, Morales as Phil and Lil’s mother and Byer, with Omar Miller, as Susie’s parents. Ashley Rae Spillers (Vice Principals) and Tommy Dewey, as Tommy’s parents; Anna Chlumsky and Timothy Simons, as Angelica’s parents; and Michael McKean, as Grandpa Lou Pickles round out the voice cast.

HBO Max Orders Sequel to Alvin Alvarez’s Nickelodeon Series “The Brothers Garcia”

Alvin Alvarez is preparing for a special family reunion…

HBO Max has given a 10-episode order to The Garcias, a sequel to Nickelodeon’s hit sitcom The Brothers Garcia, starring the 31-year-old Latino actor.

The Brothers Garcia

The new series hails from New Cadence Productions, the banner founded by Brothers Garcia co-creator and executive producer Jeff Valdez.

The original series, billed as the first English-language sitcom to have an all Latino cast and creative team, revolved around the Garcia family, narrated by Larry (Alvarez), the adult version of one of the family’s sons.

The Brothers Garcia

Larry recounts his life alongside George, Carlos, and Lorena (his two brothers and twin sister, respectively), and the way they deal with everyday problems such as school, work, growing up, and all living in one house in San Antonio, Texas.

The Brothers Garcia aired for four seasons on Nickelodeon, from 2000 to 2004.

The new version finds the Garcia children as adults and gathering with their parents for a three-month summer vacation in a fancy beach house.

All six core cast members — Ada Maris, Carlos Lacamara, Alvarez, Jeffrey Licon, Bobby Gonzalez, Vaneza Pitynski — are set to reprise their roles.

David Del Rio to Star in ABC’s Comedy Pilot “Maggie”

David Del Rio has landed his next role…

The 33-year-old Latino actor has been cast as a series regular opposite Rebecca Rittenhouse in the ABC comedy pilot Maggie, based on Tim Curcio’s short film.

David Del Rio

Del Rio will star joins a roster of cast newcomers that includes Chris Elliott, Ray Ford and Leonardo Nam. 

The project hails from Family Guy and Life in Pieces writer Maggie Mull, daughter of Clue actor Martin Mull, and Life in Pieces creator Justin Adler. 20th Century Fox Television produces.

Written by Mull and Adler, the single-camera comedy follows a young woman (Rittenhouse) who tries to cope with life while coming to terms with her abilities as a psychic. She can see everyone’s future, but her present is a mess.

Del Rio will play Ben. A gregarious guy, Ben has a heightened energy and is enlivened by new experiences and people. In this way, he’s Maggie’s opposite, but like Maggie, he has a romantic side that he tries to hide behind a sometimes overly confident veneer.

Del Rio most recently starred on ABC’s short-lived Latin-themed series The Baker and the Beauty.

On the film side, he can also be seen in James Gunn’s The Belko Experiment. His credits also include a supporting role in Universal’s Pitch Perfect, the indie Dead Drop opposite Cole Hauser, and Nickelodeon’s The Troop, on which he starred for three seasons.

Jorge Gutierrez Signs Overall Deal with Netflix

Jorge Gutierrez has more Netflix projects in his future…

The 45-year-old Mexican animator/writer/director has signed an overall deal with the streaming giant for original content.

Jorge Gutierrez

Under the pact, the Emmy-winning talent will write, direct, and produce new animated films, series and interactive projects across preschool, kids & family and adult animation via his Mexopolis production company.

Gutierrez is the creator, writer and director of the upcoming Netflix animated limited series Maya and the Three, a Mesoamerican fantasy epic set to premiere globally in 2021. Set in a mythical Mesoamerican inspired world, in Maya and the Three, a warrior princess embarks on a quest to recruit three legendary fighters to help save the world of men and gods.

Gutierrez is the director and co-writer of the Guillermo Del Toro produced animated feature The Book of Life for Fox, which earned him a 2014 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Animated feature film. He’s also the writer and director of the Emmy-nominated Son of Jaguar VR short for Google.

Along with his wife and muse, Sandra Equihua, they created the multiple Annie and Emmy­–winning animated television series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera for Nickelodeon. Born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana, Gutierrez has completed various films, cartoons, illustrations, and paintings exploring his love with Mexican pop and folk culture.

“Jorge was one of the first creators to join Netflix Animation and has been an incredible partner ever since,” said Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Original Animation, Netflix. “He is committed to authenticity in his work, creating fantastical stories and characters inspired by his culture that are universally resonant and a tireless champion and mentor to the next generation of storytellers. We are honored that he’s chosen Netflix as his home and we can’t wait to share his work with kids and families around the world.”

“Dang! I could not be more thankful to extend my creative love affair with my beloved Netflix!,” said Gutierrez. “Melissa Cobb and the entire Netflix Animation team match my endless passion for diversity and inclusion in front and behind the camera. After all the kindness that has been shown to me, I look forward to mentoring and empowering diverse storytellers from not only North America, but also Central and South America. My mustached heart has a six pack and I can’t wait to create new stories and bold new worlds. What a time to be alive!”

Gabriel Iglesias to Host Nickelodeon’s New Pet Competition Series “Unleashed”

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias is learning the truth about cats and dogs…

The 44-year-old Mexican American stand up comedian/actor will serve as the host of Nickelodeon new competition show Unleashed, which seeks to find the most entertaining pet in America.

Gabriel Iglesias

The first two episodes of 10 will premiere back-to-back on October 22 at 7:00 pm ET/PT.

The comedic competition series will corral the most impressive animal acts together to compete for the title of “Most Entertaining Pet” of the night in front of a jury comprised of kids and celebrity judges including Peyton List, Preacher Lawson and Utkarsh Ambudkar.

“We have a squirrel that can water ski, enough said! You have to watch Nickelodeon’s Unleashed!” said Iglesias.

Each episode of Unleashed will feature three animal-loving pet owners and their loyal companions as they take the stage to showcase their pet’s extraordinary talents. From jaw-dropping tricks to hilarious skills, the pet contestants demonstrate their unique abilities — but anything can happen once the cameras start rolling. Acts throughout the season include the aforementioned water-skiing squirrel, a cheerleading goat, a hedgehog with a knack for agility tricks and a soccer-playing horse.

Unleashed is produced by Fremantle, with Jayson Dinsmore and Joni Day serving as executive producers.

The series is directed by Ivan Dudynsky.

Nickelodeon Renews Carlos PenaVega’s Animated Series “The Casagrandes” for Third Season

Carlos PenaVega isn’t leaving the casagrande just yet…

Nickelodeon has renewed the Emmy-winning kids series The Casagrandes, starring the 31-year-old Spanish & Venezuelan American actor/singer, for a third season.

The announcement comes ahead of the animated series’ upcoming season 2 debut.

A spinoff of Nickelodeon’s top-rated animated series The Loud House, The Casagrandes has ranked as the number two animated property across television with Kids 2-11 since its October 2019 debut.

Season three is currently in production by Nickelodeon Animation Studio.

The Casagrandes tells the story of Ronnie Anne, who moves to the city with her mom and older brother to live with their big, loving family, the Casagrandes. The series showcases the culture, humor, and love that’s part of growing up in a multigenerational Mexican-American family. Season 3 will find Ronnie Anne and her family members on a variety of adventures while exploring different areas of the city.

“Our audience has loved the diverse characters, relatable stories and rich animation found in The Casagrandes since the series debuted last year,” said Ramsey Naito, President, Nickelodeon Animation. “The success of the show is due to the creative leadership who continue to showcase the love and laughter of this family, living in an environment that reflects the global world we live in today.”

Season two kicks off October 9 with “Fails from the Crypt,” where the kids try to break a local record for staying in the cemetery overnight (you can watch a clip below), followed by “Bad Cluck,” where a haunted chicken is pestering the Casagrandes. Season two will debut internationally later this year.

The Casagrandes voice cast includes: Izabella Alvarez as Ronnie Anne; PenaVega as Bobby; Eugenio Derbez as Arturo; Carlos Alazraqui as Carlos, “Tio;” Roxana Ortega as Frida, “Tia;” Alexa PenaVega (Spy Kids) as Carlota; Jared Kozak (Born this Way) as CJ; Alex Cazares as Carl; Ruben Garfias as Hector, “Abuelo;” Sonia Manzano (Sesame Street) as Rosa, “Abuela.” Additionally, Ken Jeong gives voice as Stanley; Melissa Joan Hart as Becca; Leah Mei Gold (Legion) as Sid; and Lexi Sexton (The Loud House) as Adelaide.

Guest stars for season 2 include Danny Trejo, pop star Ally Brooke, Jorge Gutierrez, Stephanie Beatriz, Justin Chon and more.

Miguel Gonzalez serves as art director, with award-winning cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz as consulting producer and cultural consultant.

J Balvin Earns 25th No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with Tainy SpongeBob Collaboration, “Agua”

There’s no watering down J Balvin’s success…

The 35-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer’s collaboration with Tainy, “Agua,” has risen to the top of Billboard‘s Latin Airplay chart, rising 2-1 on the September 5 survey.  

J Balvin, SpongeBob

It’s Balvin’s 25th No. 1, moving him closer to Enrique Iglesias’ record 31. Tainy, meanwhile, ups his career count to two chart-toppers.

Featured on the forthcoming soundtrack to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, the song was released in July. A date for the film’s release has not been received.

“It’s a career highlight,” Tainy tells Billboard. “This one is special because it was fun. Working with Balvin is always amazing. We have that chemistry, we are friends and it showed with the final product. We mostly had fun while creating. We’re both big SpongeBob fans who grew up watching the show, so everything just came out naturally. “

“It was a pleasure working alongside Tainy and an honor to be a part of the project,” J Balvin echoes to Billboard. “Its contagious yet nostalgic beat brought Latino Gang to Bikini Bottom and that is something that I never thought could happen! I’ve always been a fan of SpongeBob SquarePants and I know little Jose would be proud to know that this track hit No. 1.”

Adds Balvin, “Que siga el party bajo el agua!”

Lex BorreroNEON16 president and Tainy’s manager, muses, “It’s not every day that you can collaborate with such a huge brand like the SpongeBob franchise. To have the opportunity and to see the song have success means the world to us. Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon have been great partners in this process and we are excited to share the rest of the soundtrack for this incredible feel-good film.”

“Agua” tops the Latin Airplay chart with 11.2 million audience impressions, up 12%, in the week ending August 30, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

The song accompanies Tainy and Balvin’s fellow chart hit “Un Día (One Day),” with Dua Lipa and Bad Bunny.  The collab rises 10-7 on Latin Airplay, up 13% to 6.9 million in reach.  

“Agua” concurrently crowns the Latin Pop Airplay chart, where Tainy earns his first leader and Balvin collects his 14th, tying Mana for the third-most No. 1s, after Iglesias (24) and Shakira (19).

On the Hot Latin Songs chart, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data, “Agua” ascends 6-5. Along with its airplay, it drew 3.8 million U.S. streams in the week ending August 27.

Tainy Executive Produces the “SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” Soundtrack, Releases First Single “Agua” with J Balvin

Tainy’s getting his Sponge on…

The 30-year-old Puerto Rican record producer and songwriter is the mastermind behind Paramount AnimationNickelodeon and NEON16’s SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run movie soundtrack.

Tainy

Tainy executive produced the album alongside renowned industry leader Lex Borrero, with NEON16 curating the official soundtrack of the forthcoming animated film. 

This marks the first time the Latin multimedia company and talent incubator has partnered with the animated franchise.

The soundtrack, set to be released via NEON16/Interscope Records, will include songs by Tyga, Swae Lee, Lil Mosey, Weezer, Snoop Dogg, The Flaming LipsKenny G and Cyndi Lauper, to name a few. 

Additionally, Hans Zimmer is expected to score the film.

Kicking off the soundtrack is Tainy and J Balvin’s single “Agua,” which was released on Thursday, July 9.

“Tomorrow it’s officially out,” Balvin expressed on Instagram posing with Patrick Star. “It was meant to be a secret but oh well! I know that this song has good vibes and a lot of happiness, which we need during these moments.”

SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Runwill debut digitally in the U.S via premium video on demand in early 2021 and then move exclusively to CBS All Access, ViacomCBS’ subscription video on demand and live-streaming service, following the premium video-on-demand window.

Victoria Justice to Host Nickelodeon’s Rescheduled Kids’ Choice Awards

Victoria Justiceis Nickelodeon’s choice…

The network is moving forward with its Kids’ Choice Awards with a new date, and with the 27-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress/singer and former Nickelodeon star as host. 

Victoria Justice

Initially scheduled for March 22, the awards ceremony was postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. The newly titled virtually-produced Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2020: Celebrate Together will air on Saturday, May 2 at 8:00 pm ET/PT.

Celebrities scheduled to appear via video include Dwayne JohnsonAriana GrandeKristen Bell, Josh GadCamila CabelloMillie Bobby BrownEllen DeGeneresBTSShawn MendesLil Nas X, Dove CameronDavid DobrikTom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakkeand SSSniperWolf

Also scheduled are appearances by cast members of The Avengers: Endgame, and a sneak peek of Nickelodeon’s new live-action series The Astronauts,from Imagine Entertainment.

Leading nominees for the awards show, which honors kids’ favorite celebs, movies, TV shows, games and more, include Avengers: Endgamewith 11, followed by Taylor Swift with five noms and Frozen 2, Henry Danger and Lil Nas Xwith four apiece.

NBA championLeBron Jameswill receive the 2020 Generation Change Award, honoring his commitment to creating real and lasting change through education.

Nickelodeon also will support the mission of No Kid Hungry, a national campaign to end childhood hunger in America, and present within the show a $1 million donation in support of those affected by the COVID-19pandemic.

Justice rose to acclaim as the star of the Nickelodeon series Victorious.

Izabella Alvarez to Star in the CW Drama Pilot “The Republic of Sarah”

Izabella Alvarez has pledged allegiance to the republic

The 16-year-old Latina actress will star opposite Luke Mitchell and Stella Baker in the CW drama pilot The Republic of Sarah.

Izabella Alvarez

Alvarez joins a list of cast additions that includes Nia Holloway and Hope Lauren.

Hailing from Jeffrey Paul KingMarc WebbCBS Television Studios and studio-based Fulwell 73The Republic of Sarahpilot will be directed and executive produced by Kat Candler.

Here’s the description of the pilot: Faced with the destruction of her town at the hands of a greedy mining company, rebellious high school history teacher Sarah Cooper (Baker) utilizes an obscure cartographical loophole to declare independence. Now Sarah must lead a young group of misfits as they attempt to start their own country from scratch.

Alvarez will play Maya. After her mother’s imprisonment in Los Angeles, Maya is sent to Greylock to live with her estranged father. She struggles to adapt to life in rural New England at first, but with some help from her mentor, Sarah, she takes the first steps toward finding herself in her new home.

Alvarez’s breakout came in a recurring role in season 4 of Shameless. She went on to recur in Westworld, as well as appearances in Disney XD’s Walk the Prank, ABC’s Raised by Wolves and Disney+ family comedy Magic Camp. She currently voices the lead spunky character, Ronnie Anne Santiago, in Nickelodeon’s The Casagrandes, and will next be seen on the big screen in her first leading role and her debut feature Collisions.