It’s shaping up to be a promising start to the year for Latino television actors, with a number of small screen newbies and seasoned pros hitting the airwaves in the coming months!
From returning shows like ABC’s Once Upon a Time and CBS’ The Good Wife to new series like BET’s Second Generation Wayans and Fox’s The Following, it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot of Latinos on the small screen well into Spring!
Many of these new and returning shows have already premiered (yay!), while others are coming up in the next few weeks! And, to make sure you don't miss ANY of your favorite Latino stars on TV this winter, we've rounded up all of the shows (new and returning) in one place!
Without further ado, here are 51 Winter TV shows starring Latinos that you don't want to miss!
1. Winter TV Preview: Parenthood
Returned Tuesday, January 1 at 9/8c
Xolo Maridueña has managed to capture the hearts of America as troubled foster child Victor on NBC’s family drama Parenthood. That’s led to the 11-year-old actor of Mexican, Cuban and Ecuadorian descent has been getting more screen time in the show’s fourth season. And during next week’s episode (January 8) entitled “Small Victories,” expect Maridueña to get a plum storyline as “life with Victor takes a serious turn.” Sounds muy interesante!
2. Winter TV Preview: Guys with Kids
Guys with Kids, NBC
Returned Wednesday, January 2 at 8:30/7:30c
Since its premiere, NBC’s Guys with Kids – a comedy series chronicles the lives of three friends, and their respective partners, as they raise their children in a modern environment – has been cracking us up with its witty dialogue and some slapstick comedy. But it’s Jamie-Lynn Sigler’s return to television as Nick’s wife Emily that really steals the show while bringing on the funny!
3. Winter TV Preview: Law & Order: SVU
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NBC
Returned Wednesday, January 2 at 9/8c
Replacing Chris Meloni on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit may have seemed like an impossible task, especially since he was a central part of the show. But since his arrival as Detective Nick Amaro on NBC’s long-running legal drama, Danny Pino has made it look as easy as 1-2-3. The 38-year-old Cuban-American actor has earned nothing but praise for his work on SVU, including an ALMA Award nomination this year for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Television Series.
4. Winter TV Preview: Chicago Fire
Chicago Fire, NBC
Returned Wednesday, January 2 at 9/8c
Talk about caliente! Despite lacking Latinos in the main cast, NBC’s Chicago Fire, which follows the lives of firefighters and paramedics working at the Chicago Fire Department, has managed to bring on some sabor with several recurring actors, including Jon Seda, Mo Gallini and Joe Minoso. But this winter, expect the combustible level to rise with the arrival of Spanish actress Sarah Shahi. The former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, who most recently starred on USA’s Fairly Legal, will appear in at least five episodes of the Dick Wolf-produced drama. Shahi will guest star as Renee Royce, a love interest for firefighter Kelly Severeid (played by Taylor Kinney). Somebody call 9-1-1!
5. Winter TV Preview: Portlandia
Premieres Friday January 4 at 10/pc
If you’ve missed Fred Armisen on Saturday Night Live, then make sure to catch the 45-year-old half-Venezuelan actor/comedian on IFC’s Peabody Award-winning satiric sketch comedy television series Portlandia, which begins its 16-episode third season on Friday, January 4. "[Carrie] Brownstein and Armisen move so effortlessly between characters, then execute their riffs, tics, styles and voices with such skilled abandon that before long this doesn't seem like satire any longer but a fun house mirror reflection of intensely real people,” says one Newsday critic of the hilarious show.
6. Winter TV Preview: Once Upon A Time
Once Upon a Time, ABC
Returns Sunday, January 6 at 8/7c
It came as no surprise when Lana Parrilla was named Favorite Villain in TV Guide‘s Fan Favorites Awards last April. The 35-year-old half-Puerto Rican American actress is nothing short of brilliant as The Evil Queen/Regina Mills on ABC’s fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time. And in the second half of the instahit series’ second season, expect increased mama drama between Parrilla’s character and her wicked mother, Cora/The Queen of Hearts. The woman she thought she’d gotten rid of via a magic mirror resurfaced this season and she’s managed to escape fairy tale land to undoubtedly wreak havoc on her daughter’s life in Storybrooke in the second half of the season.
7. Winter TV Preview: The Good Wife
The Good Wife, CBS
Returns Sunday, January 6 at 9/8c
Makenzie Vega is growing up before our very eyes on CBS’ The Good Wife. Playing Grace Florrick, the daughter of Julianna Margulies’ Alicia and Chris Noth’s Peter, the half-Colombian actress and sister of Alexa Vega has been a thorn in her father’s side since discovering that he’s cheated on her mother. She even campaigned for her father’s opponent when he reentered the race for States Attorney of Cook County. But she could be more distracted this winter, as the show’s producers are looking to ramp up her love life.
8. Winter TV Preview: Revenge
Returns Sunday, January 6 at 9/8c
Since her return to acting on ABC’s Revenge last season, Madeleine Stowe has proven to be more than the “Queen of the Hamptons.” Portraying wealthy and wicked socialite Victoria Grayson, she’s also the hit drama’s resident “queen of mean!” The 54-year-old half-Costa Rican American actress, who has earned a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal, continues to impress with her soaptastic performance in season two, including beating herself up to protect her secrets and social status. And, we can’t wait to see what she does next!
9. Winter TV Preview: Switched at Birth
Switched at Birth, ABC Family
Returns Monday, January 7 at 8/7c
Constance Marie is has one of the most complicated … at least on TV. As Regina Vasquez on ABC Family’s drama Switched at Birth, her character is a recovering alcoholic who has been dealing with the drama surrounding a hospital mistake that left her raising the wrong child. Add in issues with her own mother, as well as a mix of man problems, and you get the perfect recipe for disaster… and critical acclaim. Last year, the Mexican American actress earned a Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama Series or Special for her nuanced portrayal of Regina.
10. Winter TV Preview: Bunheads
Bunheads, ABC Family
Returns Monday, January 7 at 9/8c
When Bunheads premiered on ABC Family last summer, Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rimes criticized producers for the lack of color on the ballerina dramedy. Well, that’s about to change this winter with the arrival of former So You Think You Can Dance winner Jeanine Mason. The Cuban-American dancer has landed a recurring role on the series. Mason and newcomer Niko Pepaj will play close-knit siblings, a well-traveled, educated and artistic duo new to the town of Paradise. And to that we say, “Bravo!”
11. Winter TV Preview: Castle
Returns on January 7 at 9/8c
ABC's police procedural Castle may trace the lives of Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), a best-selling mystery novelist, and NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) as they solve various unusual crimes in New York City. But it’s Jon Huertas’ portrayal of Detective Esposito that steals the show. We just love how he’s always ready with a sarcastic comment to keep Beckett on her toes, and how he and his close Kevin Ryan seems to constantly argue about obscure facts.
12. Winter TV Preview: Deception
Premieres Monday January 7 at 10/9c
Former Breakout Kings star Laz Alonso is headed back to primetime. The 38-year-old Afro-Cuban American actor stars as FBI agent Will Moreno on NBC’s new drama series Deception, which centers on a female detective (Meagan Good) who returns undercover to the wealthy family she grew up in – as the maid's daughter – to investigate the suspicious overdose of the notorious heiress who was once her closest friend. Alonso’s character is convinced the death was a homicide and that someone in her family did it.
13. Winter TV Preview: NCIS
NCIS , CBS
Returns Tuesday January 8 at 8/7c
Since her introduction in season three, Coté de Pablo has made quite an impression as Ziva David on CBS’ police procedural NCIS. From her laugh-inducing issues with American idioms to her flirty relationship with Senior Special Agent Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), the Chilean-born actress’ portrayal has won her legions of fans. And she’ll be getting more screen time this winter. "Ziva will reconnect with her dad (Mossad Director Eli David / played by Michael Nouri)," showrunner Gary Glasberg tells TV Line. His arrival will lead to "a big sort of turn for Ziva that will happen in the latter part of the season," one that "affects her, affects her relationship with Tony and adds a whole other layer to the puzzle."
14. Winter TV Preview: Go On
Go On, NBC
Returns Tuesday, January 8 at 9/8c
Tonia Castro has made blink-and-you-miss-her appearances on television shows like Glee, Raising Hope and Two and a Half Men. But as the eccentric Fausta on NBC’s Go On – starring Matthew Perry as a sportscaster who, after his wife’s death, finds solace from members of his mandatory group therapy sessions – Castro has earned our attention and won our hearts. She’s like our loca-but-lovable tía that makes us laugh every time we see her!
15. Winter TV Preview: The Lying Game
The Lying Game, ABC Family
Returns Tuesday, January 8 at 9/8c
Charisma Carpenter’s character arrived in a cloud of mystery on ABC Family’s The Lying Game. But now that the truth has been revealed, that the super-schemey Rebecca Sewell is the birth mother of twins Emma and Sutton, the part-Spanish actress should be getting increased screen time. Rebecca and Alec (Adrian Pasdar) will continue to play their dangerous "cat and mouse game," teases The Lying Game’s showrunner Chuck Pratt.
16. Winter TV Preview: Cougar Town
Cougar Town, TBS
Premieres Tuesday, January 8 at 10/9c
Cougar Town may be switching networks, but it won’t be losing any of its charm. The former ABC sitcom will kick off its 15-episode fourth season on TBS on Tuesday, January 8 with the return of our favorite wine-loving characters, including Ian Gomez’s beloved Andy Torres, a devoted husband and father that cracks us up with his quick-witted quips.
17. Winter TV Preview: Private Practice
Private Practice, ABC
Returns Tuesday, January 8 at 10/9c
Sadly it’s the end of the road for ABC’s medical drama Private Practice. The hunky Benjamin Bratt will be hanging up his scrubs when the show ends its six-season run this winter. But not before we reportedly see the half-Peruvian American actor’s character, Dr. Jake Reilly, give Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) a white wedding. “Shonda [Rimes] had hinted and indicated that that‘s probably where it would go and I knew that she’d deliver and make it an amazing episode,” star Walsh told The Hollywood Reporter of the show creator’s finale plans. “It was clear she wanted to give Addison her happy ending. After all Addison has suffered and struggled with throughout the series — all the heartache and hardship — Shonda really wanted to have her find a meaningful relationship and she got to have her child and find a guy that was her match.”
18. Winter TV Preview: Snooki & JWoww
Snooki & JWoww, MTV
Premieres Tuesday, January 8 at 10/9c
Missing the MTV’s Jersey Shore? Well, don’t despair. You can watch Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jennifer "JWoww" Farley’s antics on the second season of their MTV reality TV series Snooki & JWoww, including on-camera appearances by the Chilean-born reality TV star’s first child, Lorenzo Dominic LaValle, who was born on August 26, 2012.
19. Winter TV Preview: Vegas
Returns Tuesday, January 8 at 10/9c
Set in Sin City in the 1960s, CBS’ period drama Vegas centers on Sheriff Ralph Lamb (Dennis Quaid) and his dealings with Chicago mobster Vincent Savino (Michael Chiklis). But we must admit we get a little excited every time we get a glimpse inside the Clark County Sheriff’s Department. That’s because George Lopez and Dexter actress Aimee Garcia has a recurring role as Yvonne Sanchez, the receptionist working at the sheriff's station.
20. Winter TV Preview: Stars in Danger
Stars in Danger: The High Dive, Fox
Premieres Wednesday, January 9 at 8/7c
Following the premiere of her reality TV show with Snooki on MTV, Jennifer "JWoww" Farley will appear on Fox’s Stars in Danger: The High Dive. Based on a long-running German series, High Dive will see contestants, including the Spanish-Irish reality TV star and former Calvin Klein underwear model Antonio Sabàto, Jr. ,take a crash-course in diving techniques overseen by renowned diving coaches and then compete in a series of Olympic-style dives including high diving, synchronized dives and more from a variety of heights.
21. Winter TV Preview: Modern Family
Modern Family, ABC
Returns Wednesday, January 9 at 9/8c
For the last three years, ABC’s Modern Family has won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series with good reason. The sitcom about the ultimate modern family is nothing short of brilliant! But it just wouldn’t be the same without Sofia Vergara’s award-winning portrayal of Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, the Colombian mother and wife with a heart of gold and hilariously heavy accent. And her unintended pregnancy storyline in the show’s fourth season has only made us laugh that much harder! Throw in her mature-beyond-his-years son, played by Rico Rodriguez, and you’ve got comedy gold!
22. Winter TV Preview: Suburgatory
Returns Wednesday, January 9 at 9:30/8:30c
Not since Shelley Morrison’s beloved character Rosario Salazar on NBC’s Will & Grace have we adored a Latina housekeeper as much as we love Bunnie Rivera’s character Carmen on ABC’s Suburgatory. It’s no wonder she was at the center of a custody fight (of sorts) between her divorced bosses for the first half of the season, a battle that even saw her taken to see the opera Carmen. And, we must admit, seeing her wrapped up in a box as a gift for Dallas (Cheryl Hines) and her daughter Dalia (Carly Chaikin) in the show’s Christmas episode even left us a little misty-eyed!
23. Winter TV Preview: Washington Heights
Washington Heights, MTV
Premieres Wednesday, January 9 at 10/9c
Not since Broadway’s Tony-winning In the Heights has New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood garnered so much attention. But that’s all about to chance with MTV’s new docu-drama series. Filmed in the Dominican-heavy neighborhood, the show follows nine friends, several of them Latino, who take on every challenge life throws at them as they pursue their ultimate dream careers. The show features an aspiring fashion designer, a baseball player with big league dreams and hopeful hip-hop artist.
24. Winter TV Preview: Last Resort
Last Resort, ABC
Returns Thursday, January 10 at 8/7c
It’s the last hurrah for ABC’s Last Resort. The network’s military drama has been cancelled and will finish its 13-episode run this winter. Here’s hoping in the show’s final three episodes that we get to see more of rising Latina star Jessica Camacho as Petty Officer First Class Pilar Cortez and Crazy/Beautiful star’s Jay Hernandez as Paul Wells.
25. Winter TV Preview: The Office
The Office, NBC
Returns Thursday, January 10 at 9/8c
It’s hard to believe this will be the final season of NBC’s mockumentary series The Office. For nine seasons, the series – about a group of crazy office workers – has brought us hilarious ego clashes, inappropriate behavior and so much more. And Oscar Nuñez has been there from the beginning – as Dunder Mifflin's paper supply accountant – to add some Latin sass to the two-time SAG Award-winning ensemble cast.
26. Winter TV Preview: Grey's Anatomy
Grey’s Anatomy, ABC
Returns Thursday, January 10 at 9/8c
It should be considered a crime that Sara Ramirez hasn’t earned an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Dr. Callie Torres on Grey’s Anatomy. The half-Mexican actress has been at the heart of many of the long-running medical drama’s most memorable storylines, including a head-on collision that leaves her critically injured and leads to the premature delivery of her baby, a heart-wrenching coming out scene with her father and a heart-breaking scene with her mother. And, she was even primary vocalist for the show's musical episode, "Song Beneath the Song," in season seven.
27. Winter TV Preview: Scandal
Returns Thursday, January 10 at 10/9c
What the Huck? Just when we thought ABC’s political thriller Scandal couldn’t shock us more… At the beginning of season two, Guillermo Diaz’s character Huck Finn, a hacker with a CIA past, told his AA group at the beginning of season two that he has begun "drinking whiskey" again, meaning that he’s started killing again, and then adds that he really enjoys it, doesn't feel bad about it, and doesn't know if he can stop drinking again. But by the end of fall, Huck has been revealed as the man who attempted to assassinate the president. We later learn that his gal pal set him up to take the fall for the shooting, but will it be too late?
28. Winter TV Preview: Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing, ABC
Returns Friday, January 11 at 8/7c
Tim Allen may be the star of ABC’s Last Man Standing, but it’s Pretty Woman’s Hector Elizondo who steals the show. His portrayal of Mike’s (Allen) boss Edward "Ed" Alzate registers the biggest laughs, especially when he offers Mike advice on the happenings in his home. His unorthodox counsel seems to a source of both pride and consternation for Mike, as the advice he gives sometimes helps yet also often hinders Mike.
29. Winter TV Preview: Malibu Country
Malibu Country, ABC
Returns Friday, January 11 at 8:30/7:30c
Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin may get more screen time on ABC’s sitcom Malibu Country. But it’s Jai Rodriguez who delivers the shows best zingers. The former Queer Eye for the Straight Guy star portrays Geoffrey, the gay record label assistant McEntire’s character turns to for help getting her career back on track, to big laughs. We can’t wait to see what he says next!
30. Winter TV Preview: Banshee
Premieres on Friday January 11 at 10/9c
She’s played sweet and innocent roles on shows like Brothers & Sisters and October Road, but Odette Annable is about to get her mean on. The 27-year-old half-Cuban American actress will have a recurring role on Cinemax’s Banshee, a new drama series that follows an ex-con (Anthony Starr) who poses as a murdered sheriff in a small Pennsylvania Amish town. There he enforces his own kind of justice while developing plans to serve his own ulterior motive. Annable will portray a Native American assassin with a dubious past. Now that’s what we call a good girl gone bad!
31. Winter TV Preview: The Carrie Diaries
The Carrie Diaries, CW
Premieres Monday January 14 at 8:00pm
Sarah Jessica Parker’s Sex and the City series may have lacked a Latina co-star. But that’s about to change on the highly anticipated prequel to HBO’s long-running series, the CW's The Carrie Diaries, which show focuses on Carrie Bradshaw during her senior year of high school during the early 1980s and part of her life in New York working as a writer. Chloe Bridges (birth name Chloe Suazo), a half-Honduran American actress with Angelina Jolie lips, will portray Donna LaDonna, the school's most popular girl and an aspiring model who just happens to be Samantha Jones’ cousin.
32. Winter TV Preview: Second Generation Wayans
Second Generation Wayans, BET
Premieres Tuesday, January 15 at 10:30/9:30c
BET’s new comedy series Second Generation Wayans may star Craig Wayans and Damien Dante Wayans, who come from America’s first family of comedy. But we’re most exciting about Tatyana Ali’s starring roles on the new, scripted family comedy. It’s been too long since The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star has appeared on a high-profile series. In addition, Second Generation Wayans will feature Cuban American hottie and rising star Anabelle Acosta. Bring on the Latina Power!
33. Winter TV Preview: American Idol
American Idol, Fox,
Premieres Wednesday, January 16 at 8/7c
Yes, yes, we’ll miss our all-time favorite judge Jennifer Lopez and her goosies on the upcoming season of American Idol. But we’re confident Mariah Carey will step into her Louboutins with diva style and flair in season 12 of Fox’s hit singing competition. We’re anxious to see if the fur will fly between Carey and fellow new judge Nicki Minaj on the live shows, as it reportedly did during the audition rounds. And, we can’t wait to see if any of the contestants attempt to sing Carey’s classics in her presence… Now that should be interesting to watch!
34. Winter TV Preview: Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries, CW
Returns Thursday, January 17 at 8/7c
Desperately seeking revenge! Michael Trevino’s character Tyler Lockwood on The Vampire Diaries will be at the epicenter of the drama during the second half of the fourth season of the CW’s supernatural drama, following the death of his mother and those he was caring for and supporting at the hands of Klaus. “Tyler’s not going to stand and take it … It’s the realization that he had his one chance of attacking Klaus and that didn’t work, which is disheartening, [but now] he has to go for broke and figure out a way to do it, whether it’s gathering people to align with again or going at it by himself,” Trevino recently told TV Guide. And we can’t wait to see how the battle plays out!
35. Winter TV Preview: Parks & Recreation
Parks and Recreation, NBC
Returns on Thursday, January 17 at 8:30/7:30c
Nobody does dead-pan comedy like Aubrey Plaza on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. As April Ludgate, a cynical and uninterested Pawnee Department of Parks and Recreation intern who eventually becomes the perfect assistant for Ron Swanson, Plaza delivers some of the long-running series’ wittiest one-liners. It’s no wonder; the role was written specifically for Plaza. After meeting her, casting director Allison Jones told series co-creator Michael Schur, "I just met the weirdest girl I've ever met in my life. You have to meet her and put her on your show.” And just like that, a star was born!
36. Winter TV Preview: Glee
Returns Thursday, January 17 at 9/8c
We really didn’t think we could get more excited about Fox’s hit musical dramedy Glee. After all, the show delivers impressive performances by two of our favorite Latino stars: Naya Rivera and Blake Jenner. But when producers announced that American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez had signed on for a recurring role on the show, we just about died! While producers have remained tight-lipped about the half-Mexican singer’s role, we’re confident the singer will dazzle viewers with jaw-dropping performances similar to the ones that made her a star on Idol.
37. Winter TV Preview: Anger Management
Anger Management, FX
Returns Thursday, January 17 at 9/8c
Following the drama surrounding his exit on CBS’ Two and a Half Men, Charlie Sheen is back to winning form with his new FX series Anger Management, which was picked up for an additional 90 episodes following its successful 10-episode run last summer. And while we must admit we love the controversial part-Spanish actor in his role as a therapist Dr. Charlie Goodson on the show, we can’t get enough of Daniela Bobadilla as his daughter. In her most high-profile role to date, the 19-year Mexican-born actress is pure perfection on the show. And we can’t forget Aldo Gonzalez in the hilarious role of Ernesto, a therapy patient in Charlie's prison group. Or he may come after us!
38. Winter TV Preview: Suits
Returns Thursday, January 17 at 10/9c
It’s no wonder Gina Torres will receive the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Image Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the positive portrayal of Latinos in media. As Jessica Pearson, Founding and Managing partner of the law firm Pearson Hardman on USA’s Suits, the Cuban-American actress shines brighter than the sun. In the show’s second season, she’s had to fight to maintain her managing partner status at the firm. And despite a setback, it looks like the final six episodes of the season will see her back on top.
39. Winter TV Preview: The Following
The Following, Fox
Premieres Monday January 21 at 9/8c
It’s one of the most highly anticipated new shows this winter; and Fox’s crime thriller The Following shouldn’t disappoint. Starring Kevin Bacon as an FBI agent who finds himself in the middle of a network of serial killers, when a diabolical serial killer uses special technology to create it, the Kevin Williamson-created midseason drama will feature Mexican actor Adan Canto as a series regular and Dexter’s David Zayas in a high-profile recurring role as a former FBI agent and good friend to Bacon’s character who ultimately becomes an unlikely participant in the effort to catch the killer.
40. Winter TV Preview: Dallas
Premieres Monday January 28 at 10/9c
The first season of TNT’s Dallas reboot proved to be a ratings success with the perfect mix of old and new characters, including sexy Latina actresses Julie Gonzalo & Jordana Brewster in two high-profile roles. But season two will see some extra sizzle with the addition of former telenovela star Kuno Becker. He’ll be mining the drama as Elena’s (Brewster) brother, Andres. “He comes back from Afghanistan with a lot of anger and wants to drill his late father’s land,” says Becker, adding, “I’ve had to do a lot of training with firearms, and I get to shoot in a big action scene, but I can’t reveal at what or who.”
41. Winter TV Preview: Do No Harm
Do No Harm, NBC
Premieres Thursday, January 31 at 10/9c
Former Law & Order and Law & Order: LA star Alana de la Garza returns to television this winter in NBC’s drama Do No Harm, which centers on on Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale), a successful neurosurgeon with a secret. The half-Mexican American actress will portray Dr. Lena Solis in the series that is being called a modern take on the classic Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde story.
42. Winter TV Preview: Monday Mornings
Monday Mornings, TNT
Premieres Monday, February 4 at 10/9c
It’s only fitting that TNT scheduled it’s new primetime medical drama Monday Mornings on Mondays, The new series from producer David E. Kelley and practicing neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, stars half-Spanish actor Alfred Molina stars as Dr. Harding Hooten, the steely-eyed chief of surgery at Chelsea General. Based on the book of the same name by Gupta, the title refers to the hospital’s weekly morbidity and mortality conference, when doctors gather with their peers for a confidential review of complications and errors in patient care.
43. Winter TV Preview: Smash
Premieres Tuesday, February 5 at 9/8c
NBC’s Broadway-themed musical dramedy Smash proved to be one of our guilty pleasures last season, especially with Jaime Cepero as scheming personal assistant Ellis Boyd causing drama. And even though he won’t be back for season two, we’re excited to hear about the two Latinas who’ve joined the show. Real-life Broadway actress Krysta Rodriguez will portray Ana Vargas, Karen's (Katharine McPhee) new roommate who is looking for her big break in the Big Apple. Meanwhile, Tony-nominated actress Daphne Rubin-Vega will have a recurring role as a publicist on Smash.
44. Winter TV Preview: Touch
Premieres Friday, February 8 at 9/8c
The second season of Fox’s Touch, which stars Kiefer Sutherland as a widower and single father who is haunted by an inability to connect to his emotionally challenged 11-year-old son, will see the arrival of a new character played by Ray Santiago. The Meet the Fockers star will appear in a recurring role as Steve Reece, the resident hacker at BreakWire, the online news outlet where Sutherland’s character Martin works, who is friendly with his son, Jake (David Mazouz) and watches him while Martin’s is busy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
45. Winter TV Preview: Southland
Premieres Wednesday, February 13 at 10/9c
In its previous four seasons, Southland has featured handsome Latino actors like Kevin Alejandro, Amaury Nolasco and Laz Alonso in high-profile roles. And TNT’s LA police drama will once again feature another hot Latino in its upcoming fifth season. Part-Spanish actor Anthony Ruivivar – best known for his role as a paramedic in NBC’s long-running series Third Watch – has been cast in a season-long arc as Lucero, a veteran Los Angeles police officer and a Mexican American born and raised in East Los Angeles.
46. Winter TV Preview: Golden Boy
Golden Boy, CBS
Premieres Tuesday, February 26 at 10/9c
Kevin Alejandro is heading back to the force. The former Southland star will be starring in CBS’ midseason police drama Golden Boy, which follows the successful, meteoric rise of a cop from his days as an officer to detective to police commissioner, from age 26 to 34. Alejandro will portray Christian Arroyo. In addition, the series will feature Odette Annable as Kat O’Connor, a young, attractive assistant district attorney with a complicated marital history who prosecutes cases brought by the squad.
47. Winter TV Preview: Psych
Premieres Wednesday, February 27 at 10/9c
It’ll be a big year for James Roday, the star of USA’s Psych. The detective dramedy, the network’s longest-running series currently on air, will celebrate its 100th episode this year with a Clue-inspired installment. In addition, Psych will feature a two-hour musical episode and an episode inspired by the The Blair Witch Project. There’s no doubt Roday has made us laugh as Shawn Spencer, the young crime consultant whose "heightened observational skills" and impressive detective instincts help him convince people that he solves cases with psychic abilities. But we’re anxious to see the Mexican-American actor sing his little heart out!
48. Winter TV Preview: Red Widow
Red Widow, ABC
Premieres Sunday, March 3 at 10/9c
Talk about being Married to the Mob. ABC’s new drama, Red Widow – about a Northern California housewife whose organized criminal husband is killed, and who has to continue his work to protect her family – sounds riveting. And with The Event’s Clifton Collins Jr. starring as FBI agent James Ramos, we’ll definitely be seeing red this winter!
49. Winter TV Preview: Fashion Star
Fashion Star, NBC
Premieres Friday, March 8 at 8/7c
During the first season of NBC’s Fashion Star, reality-TV-star-turned-fashion-designer Nicole Richie proved to be the reality competition’s brightest star. And, now she’ll be back to mentor the designers who will be creating clothes they hope will be purchased by a buyer from this season’s retailers: Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Express (who replaces H&M).
50. Winter TV Preview: The Voice
The Voice, NBC
Premieres Monday, March 25 at 8/7c
Sure, Christina Aguilera will be missed when NBC’s The Voice returns in March for the reality singing competition’s fourth season. But our Hips Don’t Lie! We’re über excited to Shakira fill Aguilera’s red leather seat. The Colombian singing sensation is apparently already rumbling with her fellow coaches in her quest to become the first female coach to land a winner. “Now you have a pregnant, hormonal Colombian,” said fellow coach Adam Levine at a recent press conference. “She’s ready to bust some heads. She ain’t messing around!”
51. Winter TV Preview: Revolution
Returns Monday, March 25 at 10/9c
NBC’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama Revolution has proven to be one of this season’s new hit shows, thanks in part to stellar performances by Daniella Alonso and J.D. Pardo. Alonso, who plays explosives expert Nora Clayton, has shown that real women have curves and casings. While Pardo’s character Lieutenant Jason Neville (originally known under the alias "Nate Walker"), has proven to be a rebel(lious son) with a cause… a serious crush on the show’s main female protagonist!