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.

 

Ismael Cruz Córdova to Star in the Period Drama “Mary, Queen of Scots”

Great Scots! Ismael Cruz Córdova has landed a new role…

The 30-year-old Puerto Rican actor has joined the cast of Working Title and Focus Features’ period drama Mary, Queen of Scots.

Ismael Cruz Córdova

Josie Rourke is directing the film from a script by Beau Willimon, with Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie starring.

The story explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Ronan), Queen of France at 16 and widow at 18 who defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne, but Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I.

Cordova will play the role of Rizzio, Mary’s confidant.

Production is underway in England and Scotland.

Cordova recently had a standout performance as the troubled boxer Hector Campos on Season 4 of Showtime’s Ray Donovan. He recently wrapped his role as the male lead opposite Gina Rodriguez in the Catherine Hardwicke-helmed remake Miss Bala and also appeared in Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.

Shahi to Star in the Crime Thriller “Hangman”

Sarah Shahi is on the noose in Hollywood

The 36-year-old half-Spanish actress has joined the cast of Johnny Martin’s crime thriller Hangman.

Sarah Shahi

Shahi will star alongside Al Pacino, Karl Urban and Brittany Snow.

The film follows a homicide detective (Pacino) who teams up with a criminal profiler (Urban) to catch a serial killer whose crimes are inspired by the children’s game Hangman.

Shahi will play police Captain Lisa Watson.

Shahi’s credits include Fairly Legal, Person of Interest, Ray Donovan and The Sopranos

Cruz Cordova Cast in Showtime’s Comedy Pilot “SMILF”

Ismael Cruz Cordova has landed a mother of a gig…

The 29-year-old Puerto Rican actor has joined the cast of Showtime’s comedy pilot SMILF.

Ismael Cruz Cordova

Frankie Shaw will write, direct and star in the project, which is based on her film, which won the Short Film Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival last year.

Set in Boston, SMILF takes a raw look at a single twentysomething (Shaw) whose desires for relationships, sex and a career collide with the realities of being a young single mother.

Cruz Cordova is set to portray Rafi, a 28 year old man-child and recovering addict who is trying to navigate the new world of being a good ex-boyfriend to Brigette (Shaw) and baby daddy to his 2-year old son Larry.

Cordova plays boxer Hector Campos on the current fourth season of Showtime’s Ray Donovan and has a role in Hulu’s drama pilot Citizen.

He next appears in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk for director Ang Lee.

The SMILF pilot will be produced by ABC Signature as a co-production with Showtime.

Cruz Cordova to Star in Hulu’s Drama Pilot “Citizen”

Ismael Cruz Cordova has been granted new Citizenship…

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican actor has joined the cast of Hulu’s drama pilot Citizen.

 Ismael Cruz Cordova

From Me And Earl And The Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Paramount Television, and Anonymous Content, Citizen is a fresh take on the hero origin story blending elements of magical realism and gritty vigilantism against the backdrop of the vibrant world of East Los Angeles.

Cordova will play Chris Martinez, a fiercely ambitious cellular phone salesman methodically putting together an illicit drug empire with Mrs. Candy.

Cordova has recurred on Ray Donovan and The Good Wife.

Diaz to Star on the Second Season of CBS’ Drama Series “Zoo”

It’s a zoo out there for Alyssa Diaz

The Colombian and Mexican American actress has been cast as a series regular on the second season of CBS’ summer drama series Zoo.

Alyssa Diaz

Based on the No. 1 bestseller by James Patterson, the series from CBS Television Studios, is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans across the planet.

Diaz will portray Dariela, part of a military unit that encounters a strange and troubling new development in the animal mutation.

Diaz has had recurring roles on Ray Donovan, The Vampire Diaries and The Nine Lives of Chloe King, and she played Gloria on Army Wives.

Braga to Star Opposite Rosario Dawson on Marvel’s “Luke Cage” Series for Netflix

Sonia Braga is ready to Marvel

The 65-year-old Brazilian actress and three-time Golden Globe nominee has joined the cast of Marvel’s Luke Cage, the third series in the comic book publisher’s four-series package for Netflix.

Sonia Braga

Braga, best known for her roles in Kiss of the Spider Woman and Moon Over Parador, will portray Soledad Temple, mother of the Rosario Dawson-portrayed Claire Temple – whom we’ve previously met in Marvel’s Daredevil and briefly in Marvel’s Jessica Jones.

Set to debut with a 13-episode first season on the streaming service in 2016, Luke Cage has American Horror Story: Coven alum Mike Colter playing the ex-con with super strength who tries to get his life back on track and becomes a hero for hire to pay the bills in contemporary New York City.

Fans of the long established Marvel character, who first appeared back in 1972, Colter’s Cage also is a featured player and love interest in Jessica Jones, which debuted November 20 on Netflix.

Ray Donovan‘s Cheo Hodari Coker is Luke Cage’s showrunner and will write the series’ first 2-episodes. Marvel’s Luke Cage is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

Bichir’s New FX Series “The Bridge” Named to the Most Exciting New Series List

Demián Bichir’s new FX series hasn’t debuted yet, but it’s already earning awards…

The 49-year-old Mexican actor’s The Bridge has been named to on the Critics’ Choice Television Awards’ The Most Exciting New Series list.

Demian Bichir in The Bridge

The Bridge, which will debut on Wednesday, July 10, explores the high tensions on the U.S.-Mexico border.

When an American judge known for her anti-immigration views is found dead on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez, Sonya Cross (portrayed by Diane Kruger) from the El Paso Police Department must work with her Mexican counterpart from Chihuahua State Police, Marco Ruiz (Bichir), to catch a serial killer operating on both sides of the border.

The Bridge joins the Showtime dramas Ray Donovan and Masters Of Sex, CBS’ summer series Under the Dome, ABC’s drama Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the NBC comedy The Michael J. Fox Show on the list.

The most exciting new series recipients are voted based on pilots and early episodes, if available.

The ceremony is slated for June 10 at The Beverly Hilton. It will be webcast live at 8:00 pm PT on UStream.

Celebrity presenters include Malin Akerman, Angela Bassett, Miranda Cosgrove, Hugh Dancy, Cat Deeley, Maria Menounos, Elisabeth Moss, Aubrey Plaza, Emmy Rossum, Jimmy Smits, Eric Stonestreet and Sam Trammell.