Fall TV Preview: 27 New Pilots Starring Latinos!

The future looks bright for Latinos in television. This pilot season, newcomers like Daniella Pineda and former The X Factor contestant Hayley Orrantia have joined seasoned TV stars like Mark Consuelos and Miguel Ferrer in landing roles in potential shows for the broadcast networks.

Some, like Demián Bichir in his first starring role on American television, have already seen the networks send their projects to series. Here’s a look at the 27 Latinos appearing in television Pilots, as well as two Latina superstars who are producing pilots this season! 

1. TV Pilots: John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo, ‘Untitled Comedy Pilot’

If you’ve missed John Leguizamo’s 1995 Hispanic-oriented variety show House of Buggin', you’re in luck. The Colombia-born actor and stand-up comedian has landed a comedy pilot order at ABC. The still-untitled project, based on Leguizamo’s own life, will revolve around a Bronx-raised man living a fish-out-of-water life in New York’s Upper West Side as a husband to a privileged wife and father to children who may be getting too spoiled for their own good.

2. TV Pilots: Mark Consuelos

Mark Consuelos, ‘Alpha House’

Mark Consuelos goes to Washington! The half-Mexican American actor, who recently appeared on FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum, has been cast in one of the lead roles in Amazon StudiosAlpha House. The comedy pilot centers on four senators, including Consuelos as a confident and charming politico named Andy Guzman, who live together in a rented house in Washington, DC. Meanwhile, Cuban beauty Yara Martinez has been added to the cast. She’ll portray a beautiful Cuban-American billionaire heiress who dates Consuelos’ character.

3. TV Pilots: Jennifer Beals

Jennifer Beals, ‘Venice’

Flashdance star Jennifer Beals has landed one of the lead roles in ABC’s Venice, a Romeo & Juliet-like drama pilot that takes place in Venice, California and centers on two families fighting for control of the beach city as a dangerous liaison develops between them. Beals will play Lisa Carver in the McG-directed pilot, the matriarch of the Carver family, one of the two feuding familias.

4. TV Pilots: Maiara Walsh

Maiara Walsh, ‘Zombieland’

Maiara Walsh will be seeing dead people in her next project. Literally! The half-Brazilian actress, who most recently shared scenes opposite Constance Marie on ABC Family’s Switched at Birth, will take over the role made famous by Emma Stone in the television series adaptation of the 2009 hit movie Zombieland. Walsh will portray tough girl Wichita in the comedy pilot for Amazon

5. TV Pilots: Daniella Pineda

Daniella Pineda, ‘The Originals’

Daniella Pineda will be part of a blast from The Vampire Diaries past of sorts. The Mexican-American actress has been cast in the CW’s Diaries spin-off pilot The Originals, which revolves around the show’s original family of vampires, as Klaus (Joseph Morgan) heads back to the city he helped build centuries earlier, the supernatural mecca known as New Orleans. Pineda will portray a sexy and sharp-tongued with Sophie in the pilot, which will be introduced as a stand-alone episode of the CW’s drama on April 25.

6. TV Pilots: Miguel Ferrer

Miguel Ferrer, ‘NCIS: Red’

Miguel Ferrer’s stock is on the rise at CBS. Not only has he been upped to series regular on NCIS: LA, the half-Puerto Rican actor’s character, NCIS assistant director Owen Granger, will appear as a series regular in the NCIS: LA spinoff as well. Currently titled NCIS: Red, the pilot episode will be launched as an episode of CBS’ hit police procedural later this season. It follows a mobile team of agents forced to live and work together as they trek across the country solving crimes.

7. TV Pilots: Hayley Orrantia

Hayley Orrantia, ‘How The Hell Am I Normal’

She didn’t come away the winner on the first season of The X Factor. But Hayley Orrantia, who appeared on Fox’s reality singing competition as a member of Lakoda Rayne, still has the “It Factor.” The part-Mexican American singer/actress has landed a role on ABC’s How the Hell Am I Normal, a dysfunctional family comedy pilot set in the ’80s. Orrantia will portray Erica, the gorgeous-but-tough-and-rebellious daughter of an in-your-face mom and irritable dad.

8. TV Pilots: Melissa Fumero & Stephanie Beatriz

Melissa Fumero & Stephanie Beatriz, ‘Andy Samberg Pilot’

Former One Life to Live star Melissa Fumero and Modern Family guest star Stephanie Beatriz will be vowing to protect and to serve. They’ve been cast in Fox’s still-untitled comedy pilot about a diverse group of detectives at a New York City precinct, including SNL alumnus Andy Samberg. Fumero will portray Amy, a stunning and bright police detective who was raised in the outskirts of Manhattan; Beatriz will play Meghan, a sexy but tough-as-nails police officer.

9. TV Pilots: Nicholas Gonzalez

Nicholas Gonzalez, Witches of East End

Life’s a witch for Nicholas Gonzalez. The Mexican American actor has been cast as a series regular on Lifetime Witches of East End pilot. Gonzalez, who has played cops on the short-lived Melrose Place reboot and Law & Order: SVU, will be carrying a badge once again. He’ll portray Matthew, a local police officer in the middle of a sisterly love triangle, in the Julia Ormond-starrer about a mom hiding a witchy secret from her daughters. 

10. TV Pilots: Ana Nogueira

Ana Nogueira, ‘Michael J. Fox Pilot’

Ana Nogueira is heading to the “Peacock Network.” The Latina actress is part of the cast of  Michael J. Fox’s still-untitled series for NBC, which has been granted a 22-episode order and slated for a fall 2013 launch. Inspired by Fox’s real life, the comedy series centers on television anchorman Mike Burnaby (Fox), a husband and father in New York City juggling his family and career while dealing with Parkinson’s disease. Nogueira will play Kay, Mike’s hard-working and emotional segment producer at the station.

11. TV Pilots: Diana Maria Riva

Diana Maria Riva, ‘The Gates’

Diana Maria Riva, who most recently starred in CBS’ short-lived series ¡Rob!, is crashing the gates. The Latina actress has landed a role in NBC’s comedy pilot The Gates. Based on the British series of the same name, the ensemble comedy takes place at the front gates of an elementary school drop-off area where parents gather to collect their children from school. Riva will play the easily peeved Lindsay, the head of the school’s PTA.

12. TV Pilots: Demian Bichir

Demián Bichir, ‘The Bridge’

Demián Bichir has landed his first leading role on an American television series. The Mexican actor, who earned an Academy Award nomination last year for his role in A Better Life, stars in FX’s drama pilot The Bridge, which the network has given a 13-episode order. Based on a Scandinavian series, The Bridge takes place on the Texas/Mexico border and centers on centers on two detectives who have to work together to hunt down a serial killer operating in El Paso and Juarez. Bichir portrays Mexican detective Marco Ruiz. Filming on the series will begin in April, with the network planning for a July 2013 premiere.

13. TV Pilots: Stephanie Sigman & Manolo Cardona

Stephanie Sigman & Manolo Cardona, ‘Untitled USA Pilot’

Miss Bala’s breakout star Stephanie Sigman and telenovela star Manolo Cardona could be the USA Network’s next big stars. The Mexican actress and Colombian actor have been cast in the network’s untitled hour-long drama pilot. Based on the short story When The Women Come Out To Dance, the project centers on a Miami businessman considering running for political office who tries to increase his chances of being elected by marrying Lourdes, a resourceful Colombian woman on the run from her troubled past (Sigman) who helps him “fix” his problems. Cardona will play a handsome political science professor at the University of Miami who helps Lourdes navigate South Florida’s political arena.

14. TV Pilots: Natalie Morales

Natalie Morales, ‘Trophy Wife’

Following her recent recurring roles on HBO’s Newsroom and USA Network’s White Collar, Natalie Morales could be on the brink of something more permanent. The Cuban American actress has landed a role on ABC’s Trophy Wife. The comedy pilot revolves around a rehabilitated party girl named Kate (Malin Akerman), who finds herself in the middle of the drama when she falls in love with a successful man with three scheming kids and two critical ex-wives. Morales will play Meg, Kate’s best friend.

15. TV Pilots: Freddy Rodriguez

Freddy Rodriguez, ‘After Hours’

Freddy Rodriguez could be on call soon. The Puerto Rican actor, who most recently starred on CBS’ short-lived series CHAOS, has been cast as a lead in NBC’s After Hours. The hour-long medical pilot centers on the graveyard shift in the emergency room at San Antonio Medical Center. Rodriguez will play the new comptroller for the night shift, a man who happens to be a wannabe doctor who had to drop out of med school because of vision problems.

16. TV Pilots: Angelique Cabral

Angelique Cabral, ‘Continuing Fred’

Angelique Cabral may have seen her role cut from Lifetime’s slightly tweaked Devious Maids, but the part-Latina actress is continuing on her journey in Hollywood. Cabral has landed a role in ABC Family’s Continuing Fred. She’ll star opposite Mimi Gianopulos in the half-hour comedy pilot, which revolved around a recent graduate and big-time slacker (Gianopulos) who finds her purpose in life when she starts teaching at a local elementary school. Cabral will play a transplanted East Coaster living with her husband’s mom.

17. TV Pilots: Jake T. Austin & Cierra Ramirez

Jake T. Austin & Cierra Ramirez, ‘The Fosters’

Wizards of Waverly Place’s Jake T. Austin and Girl in Progress star Cierra Ramirez will be joining la familia at ABC Family. They recently starred in the network’s one-hour drama pilot The Fosters, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, which centers on a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological children being raised by two madres. ABC Family recently announced plans to send The Fosters to series with production expected to begin this spring. The network is looking to launch The Fosters this summer.

18. TV Pilots: Justina Machado

Justina Machado, ‘Paging Dr. Freed’

After appearing on medical shows like ER, Private Practice and Three Rivers, Justina Machado could be returning to the medical field. The Puerto Rican actress has been cast in the USA Network’s Paging Dr. Freed. comedy pilot revolves around gynecologist brothers who inherit their father’s prosperous medical practice and have to deal with their intrusive mother. Machado will portray the no-nonsense office manager at the practice.

19. TV Pilots: Rosa Blasi & Diego Velazquez

Rosa Blasi & Diego Velazquez, ‘The Thundermans’

Rosa Blasi’s got the power! The part-Puerto Rican actress recently starred in Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans pilot, a superhero family comedy that recently received a 13-episode order. The series centers on a family with amazing superpowers. Blasi and Chris Tallman portray the parents, while Diego Velazquez co-stars as one of the siblings.

20. TV Pilots: Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara, ‘Killer Women’

She’s already one of the award-winning stars of ABC’s Modern Family, but that hasn’t stopped Sofia Vergara from taking on a new role. It’s just not a role in front of the camera. The Colombian actress is producing the ABC’s Killer Women pilot, an adaptation of the Argentine series Mujeres Asesinas. Based on Marisa Grinstein’s trilogy of books of the same name, Killer Women revolves around a female Texas Ranger, played by Battlestar Gallactica’s Tricia Helfer.

21. TV Pilots: John Ortiz

John Ortiz, ‘Rake’

Following his impressive performance in Academy Award Best Picture nominee Silver Linings Playbook, John Ortiz has raked in his latest project. The Puerto Rican actor has landed a role opposite Greg Kinnear in Fox’s dramedy pilot Rake. Based on an Australian series of the same name, the project centers on the comedic trials and tribulations of a superstar defense attorney (Kinnear). Ortiz, who starred in HBO’s Luck, will portray Kinnear’s character’s friend from law school.

22. TV Pilots: Nestor Serrano

Nestor Serrano, ‘The Ordained’

Nestor Serrano has been ordained CBS’ new pilot hire. The Latino actor, who has guest-starred on popular television shows like Ugly Betty, 24, Homeland, Burn Notice and Law & Order, has landed a role in the network’s drama pilot The Ordained, which centers on the son of a political family who decides to leave the priesthood and become an attorney to prevent the assassination of his political sister. Serrano will portray the attorney and former politician suspected of being involved in the assassination plot.

23. TV Pilots: Michael Pena

Michael Peña, ‘The List’

Following his Independent Spirit Award-nominated performance in End of Watch, Michael Peña is back on the force. The Mexican American actor has been cast as the lead in Fox’s drama pilot The List, which revolves around a deputy U.S. Marshal who leads the manhunt to track down the person who stole the list of people enrolled in the federal witness protection program. 

24. TV Pilots: Ramon Rodriguez

Ramon Rodriguez, ‘Gang Related’

It appears Bosley’s landed his next role. Ramon Rodriguez, who portrayed a sexier Bosley on ABC’s short-lived Charlie’s Angels remake, has landed the lead role in Fox’s drama pilot Gang Related. The project revolves around a gang member ordered to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department. As he rises through the ranks, he must figure out how to balance his responsibility to his gang with his growing sense of allegiance to his new familia, the department’s gang task force.