Eva Longoria to Host CNN’s Latest “Searching for” Series, “Searching for Spain”

Eva Longoria is sill searching

The 49-year-old Mexican American actress, producer, director and business woman is returning to CNN for a revival of the Searching For franchise, with the latest installment focused on Spain.

Eva LongoriaEva Longoria: Searching for Spain was announced during the Warner Bros. Discovery upfront in New York, with plans for a premiere in 2025.

Per CNN, the series will feature “a gastronomic pilgrimage across the rich tapestry of Spanish cuisine.” Longoria “will enjoy some of Spain’s most iconic traditional dishes and explore how innovative Spanish cuisine is propelling the future of fine dining.”

Longoria previously partnered with CNN on Searching for Mexico. The series order is a signal that the network, after announcing a cutback in original series and films from outside suppliers, is returning to an emphasis on such longform projects under new CEO Mark Thompson. 

Searching for Spain comes from Hyphenate Media Group.

Longoria, Cris Abrego, Rachelle Mendez and Shauna Minoprio are executive producers for Hyphenate Media Group. Amy Entelis and Lyle Gamm are the executive producers for CNN Original Series. Banijay Rights will handle international distribution of the series.

Episodes of Searching for Mexico are available on Max.

AMC Acquires Rights to All Four Seasons of Roberto Urbina’s Post-Apocalyptic Drama Series “Snowpiercer”

Roberto Urbina’s most recent season of Snowpiercer will air after all.

AMC has acquired the exclusive U.S. linear and streaming rights to all four seasons of the post-apocalyptic drama series starring the 40-year-old Colombian actor after it was previously axed at its original network home, TNT.

Roberto UrbinaIt had previously been announced that Season 4 would be the show’s last before TNT parent company Warner Bros. Discovery decided not to air Season 4 altogether in a cost-cutting move.

Producer Tomorrow Studios then shopped the show to other outlets.

The first three seasons of Snowpiercer will be available to stream on AMC+ later this year, while Season 4 will premiere on AMC and AMC+ in early 2025.

Roberto UrbinaSnowpiercer is an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride with a loyal fanbase – similar to the passionate fandoms we serve across our biggest franchise series – and a welcome addition to AMC and AMC+,” said Ben Davis, executive vice president of original programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios. “We look forward to giving viewers an opportunity to binge the first three seasons later this year, in anticipation of the arrival of a remarkable fourth season helmed by Paul Zbyszewski and this stellar cast, which will premiere in 2025.”

Snowpiercer is based on the 2013 film of the same name, which was itself based on a graphic novel by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette. The show was first put into development in 2015, ordered to pilot in 2016, and ordered to series in 2018.

“We’re so thrilled the train has finally found a home, and we’re incredibly grateful to everyone at AMC and Tomorrow Studios for giving the fans of Snowpiercer a chance to enjoy season four with all the hard work this amazing cast and crew put into it,” said showrunner Zbyszewski.

In addition to Urbina, who portrays Javier De La Torre, the series also stars Daveed Diggs, Jennifer Connelly,  Sean Bean, Rowan Blanchard, Alison Wright, Mickey Sumner, Iddo Goldberg, Katie McGuinness, Lena Hall, Sam Otto, Chelsea Harris, Mike O’Malley and Sheila Vand.

Previously announced new cast members for Season 4 include Clark Gregg and Michael Aronov.

Tomorrow Studios’ founder & CEO Marty Adelstein, president and partner Becky Clements, and executive vice president Alissa Bachner added, “We love Snowpiercer and AMC is the perfect partner to share its final season, which completes an incredible series filled with brilliant talent that entertains viewers while exploring important global issues.”

Zbyszewski executive produces Snowpiercer along with Christoph Schrewe, Adelstein, Clements and Bachner through Tomorrow Studios, Matthew O’Connor, Ben Rosenblatt and Scott Derrickson, and the original film’s producers, including Bong Joon Ho, Miky Lee, Jinnie Choi, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi. The show is produced by Tomorrow Studios along with CJ Entertainment. ITV Studios distributes “Snowpiercer” internationally and brokered this acquisition.

Aarón Sánchez Returning for Second Season of Warner Bros. Discovery’s LA Restaurant Series “El Toque de Aarón”

Aarón Sánchez still has the touch

The 48-year-old Mexican-American celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, cookbook author and philanthropist will return to Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) U.S. Hispanic for more of his Los Angeles restaurant series El Toque de Aarón.

Aarón Sánchez, "El Toque de Aarón"The second season will premiere next month on Discovery Familia and sister network Hogar de HGTV.

In El Toque de Aarón, the celebrity chef – who has been judging Fox’s MasterChef since 2017 takes a Latino-owned LA restaurant each week and attempts to provide the owners with mentorship and a pathway to refresh their businesses.

Sánchez is joined by designer Cris Mercado and project manager Ángel Riveros, as the trio look to get restaurants full of untapped potential back up and running.

El Toque de Aarón is produced in partnership with GroupM and Mecenas-owned outfit Cocina. The show is WBD U.S. Hispanic’s fourth content partnership in the past 24 months with Cocina and its third with Sánchez, who co-founded Cocina as a vehicle to connect with U.S. Hispanic fans. Other titles include El Sabor de AarónQatar Latinand Rumbo Al Mundial.

“Cocina is committed to producing content that resonates deeply with our audience, and El Toque de Aarón stands as a prime example of our vision,” said Emiliano Saccone, CEO of Mecenas. “This series not only entertains but also represents real, positive transformation within the Latino restaurant community.”

Selena Gomez Bringing Four Holiday-Themed “Selena + Chef” Specials to Food Network

Selena Gomez is preparing to spend more time in the kitchen…

The 31-year-old Mexican American actress/singer will be bringing some holiday cooking specials to the Food Network.

Selena GomezThe Only Murders In The Building star has also announced that she’s moving her Selena + Chef, which debuted as an HBO Max original during the pandemic, to the cable network with four holiday specials.

Selena + Chef: Home for the Holidays will launch on the Warner Bros. Discovery-owned network on Thursday, November 30 at 8:00 pm. It will also be available on streamer Max.

For the specials, Gomez has invited all-star chefs Eric Adjepong, Alex Guarnaschelli, Michael Symon and Claudette Zepeda to bring their favorite dishes and culinary wisdom to her home kitchen to cook up perfect holiday meals to share with friends and family.

Selena + Chef ran for four seasons as a Max original with the fourth season airing last year. There had been some thought that it would be canceled alongside the slew of reality shows that were axed after Max, then known as HBO Max, moved out of its own unscripted reality originals.

It’s produced by Sony Pictures Television’s The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC) with Gomez’s July Moon Productions. Gomez, Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman and Melissa Stokes executive produce alongside showrunner Shauna Minoprio.

“The holidays have always meant so much to me. It was an honor to have these amazing chefs in my kitchen to introduce some of their favorite foods and what makes the holidays special for them,” said Gomez.

Betsy Ayala, Head of Content, Food, Warner Bros. Discovery, added, “Offering special culinary moments is the way Food Network celebrates the holidays, so to haveuperstar Selena Gomez, who has more than 650 million fans on social media, open the door to her own home kitchen is a holiday dream come true for fans.”

Enrique Urbizu to Direct Max’s Thriller “When Nobody Sees Us,” The Streamer’s First Series Order in Spain

Enrique Urbizu will be living to the Max 

Max has made its first series order in Spain, with the 60-year-old Spanish film director and screenwriter attached to direct the project.

Enrique UrbizuLast year, Max owner Warner Bros Discovery pulled out of production for Max predecessor HBO Max in much of Europe and underwent a period of painful cuts, but Spain was one of the few countries in Europe to avoid the cull.

Max has now greenlit the start of production on When Nobody Sees Us, an eight-part thriller from Zeta Studios and based on the Sergio Sarria novel of the same name.

This also marks the first Spanish production since HBO Max was combined with Discovery+ to create Max.

Daniel Corpas leads the writing team, with the collaboration of Arturo Ruiz and Isa Sanchez.

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Spanish Holy Week celebrations, the series is a thriller led by two policewomen trying to solve a series of crimes in the Andalusian town of Morón de la Frontera, in the political and cultural region of Seville’s so-called ‘deep Spain,’ which is home to one of the biggest international U.S. military bases.

Lucía Gutiérrez is a sergeant of the Spanish Civil Guard investigating the bizarre suicide of a neighbor and strange events that have taken place during the first Holy Week float processions. Magaly Castillo is a Special Agent of the Military Police of the United States Army sent to find out the whereabouts of a missing American soldier who seems to be linked to the shady business of Colonel Douglas Hoopen, head of the Air Force Base, and an underhanded marine, Lieutenant Andrew Taylor. They soon discover that the two investigations are connected.

“Throughout my professional career I have made several thrillers with different intensity and themes. When Nobody Sees Us is for me a first and exciting incursion into the television serial of detectives and pure investigation,” said director Urbizu, “With two women as our protagonists, Lucia and Magaly, one from the Spanish Civil Guard and the other from the American Military Police, together they share mysteries, dangers and confidences. Both in tone and rhythm, this is a new adventure for me.”

When Nobody Sees Us is a bet for the purest thriller, in which the limits of different frontiers in themes and narrative are explored,” added Executive Producer Miguel Salvat for WBD. “Of course, there is the border between good and evil, but also the clashes between two ways of life, between countries and cultures, and the weight of tradition. We believe that Enrique Urbizu has all the tools to tell this story that will surprise and engage us all, no matter which side of the border we find ourselves on.”

Selena Gomez Partnering with Food Network for Two Special Projects

Selena Gomez is expanding his food empire…

The 30-year-old Mexican American actress/singer/television personality, the host of Selena + Chef, is joining the Food Network.

Selena Gomez x Our PlaceGomez is working on two projects for the cooking channel. The first will be a “celebration-focused series just in time for the holidays,” which will launch later in 2023.

The second will debut in 2024 and will have her meeting up with some of the best chefs in the country in a quest to cook their most popular dishes when she visits their kitchens.

Both projects will be produced by July Moon Productions and The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC), a part of Sony Pictures Television for Food Network.

“The holidays are always huge for Food Network, reaching nearly 60M P2+ viewers, and having Selena kicking off the nearly 100 hours of new and returning holiday programming will certainly make this coming season one to celebrate,” said Kathleen Finch, Warner Bros. Discovery Chairman and Chief Content Officer US Networks.

Gomez last stepped in the kitchen for Warner Bros. Discovery with her series Selena + Chef on HBO Max. The series ran for four seasons and featured Gomez brushing up on her cooking skills with the help of master chefs, learning new recipes, and revealing tips and tricks to deal with disaster in the kitchen.

The fate of Selena + Chef given the star’s new presence on Food Network is unclear.

Tubi Picks Up Haley Sanchez’s “Generation,” Now Airing All 16 Episodes of Series

Haley Sanchez is preparing for the next generation

Generation (Genera+ion), the HBO Max original starring the Latina actress, has been picked up by Tubi, with all 16 episodes of the series now available.

Haley Sanchez, GenerationsCreated by Zelda Barnza and Daniel BarnzGeneration centers on a diverse group of high school students whose fearless exploration of identity and sexuality challenges the antiquated social norms embedded in their conservative community. As they navigate the intricacies of growing up with the help (and hindrance) of their ever-present devices and social media, they lean on one another to cultivate unique voices and stamp their individuality on the world around them.

Generation was short-lived on the Warner Bros. Discovery streamer and although it was full of rich characters with plenty to explore for a second season, it was canceled after its first season.

The show was recently removed from HBO Max as WBD explores new strategies and strikes deals with FAST (Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV) providers.

In addition to Sanchez, the ensemble cast of the dramedy includes Nathanya Alexander, Chloe East, Nava Mau, Lukita Maxwell, Uly Schlesinger, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Chase Sui Wonders with Justice Smith and Martha Plimpton.

Recurring guest stars include J. August Richards, Mary Birdsong, Alicia Coppola, Patricia De Leon, Diego Josef, Anthony Kevyan, Sydney Mae Diaz, John Ross Bowie, Marwan Salama, Marisela Zumbado and Sam Trammell.