Vivo por Tivo: 2010 Pilot Preview

With spring in full swing, TV stars are already hard at work shooting pilots for the fall 2010 season. But how many will get picked up next fall and how many will fall by the wayside? Here are the five Latin stars whose pilots stand the greatest chance of getting picked up by a major network next fall:

Joanna Garcia (ABC): Coming off her wonderful work on the CW series, Privileged, as well as guest stints on Gossip Girl and How I Met Your Mother, Joanna Garcia has landed herself a lead role in one of the fall’s most buzzed about pilots—a yet-to-be-titled Shana Goldberg-Meehan (Friends) comedy for ABC. The multi-camera project centers on two sisters who are at different points in their romantic relationships: One is unmarried and in a long-term relationship, and the other (Garcia) gets married after getting knocked up. ABC is on a roll with comedies at the moment, with the success of shows like The Middle, Cougar Town, and Modern Family, and I’m willing to bet this pilot joins those shows as one of their biggest hits. 

Jimmy Smits (NBC): Smits is known for helping shows get monster ratings, and his new pilot for NBC will probably be no exception. Pulling double-duty as the star and co-executive producer of a new drama for the peacock network, Smits will play a by-the-book Supreme Court Justice, who excuses himself from the bench to go into private practice and fight constitutional injustices. This isn’t Smits’s first time starring in a TV drama; he’s nailed roles on NYPD Blue and L.A. Law, and more recently, a recurring role on Showtime’s hit serial killer drama, Dexter.

Mia Maestro (ABC): Maestro is replacing Roselyn Sanchez as the lead in a new pilot for ABC called Cutthroat. (Rumor has it Roselyn’s accent was an issue for the show’s producers, and Maestro was asked to step in at the last minute. Drama!) Anyhow, Cutthroat will center on Maestro’s character Nina Cabrera, an upscale Beverly Hills widow and soccer mom who runs an international drug cartel. It’s true: The premise for this show is hardly original, sounds sort of like a little show on Showtime called Weeds. Having said that, I’m excited to see a major network TV series centering on a Latina! I’m also thrilled that Jon Seda—the Boricua star of HBO’s The Pacific—will co-star in the series opposite Maestro.

Freddy Rodriguez (CBS): (Scrubs) has been tapped as the male lead of the CBS drama pilot, Chaos, which is being directed by filmmaker, Brett Ratner (X-Men 3). In his most high profile role to date, Rodriguez will play a dedicated and naive agent who believes he can make the world a better place. The series revolves around rogue CIA operatives who combat bureaucratic gridlock, rampant incompetence and political infighting.

Ana Ortiz (ABC): Even though shooting on Ugly Betty has come to an end, Ana Ortiz is sticking around. She’ll play the lead role in a new drama pilot called, True Blue, which centers on a group of San Francisco homicide detectives reunited to solve the murder of one of their own. How badass is that?

It’s no surprise that three of these shows are on ABC network—the network continues to lead the way in giving opportunities to Latino stars, and they ought to be commended for their efforts.

So, what shows do you want to see picked up next fall? Leave a comment and let me know!