Your Latino TV Hot List for Summer!

Here’s a look at nine scorching hot summer TV shows starring Latinos. Set your DVRs!  

1. TV Basketball Wives

Basketball Wives (VH1)

Season Premiere: May 30th

Season 2 of this VH1 hit reality series was supposed to be about five women, but it quickly turned into the Evelyn Lozada Show. We watched as the Puerto Rican reality star made the transition from basketball wife to football fiancée (with her new beau, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco), and continued her rivalry with fellow wife Royce Reed. In the March finale—watched by 2.3 million viewers—she revealed that she used to sleep with fellow cast member Tami Roman’s ex-husband, Kenny Anderson, while the two were still married! The confession led to a huge confrontation between Evelyn and Tami, which ended with Tami hitting Evelyn in the face. Ding, ding, ding! We’re so ready for round three.


2. TV True Blood

True Blood (HBO)

Season Premiere: June 26th

Mexican American actor Kevin Alejandro recently told Latina that Season 3 will be a big one for his character Jesus, the boyfriend of Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis): “This is the season of the witches,” Alejandro said. “You’ll see a lot of me.” But he isn’t the only Latino on True Blood’s third season—part-Spanish actress Courtney Ford (Dexter) joins the cast as Portia Bellefleur, a classic southern beauty who runs her own law practice and is related to the Sherriff of Bon Temps. And Colombian Paola Turbay (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) is onboard as a mysterious woman named Antonia. We’re betting she’s also a witch!


3. TV Teen Wolf

Teen Wolf (MTV)

Season Premiere: June 5th

Tyler Posey, who you might remember as Jennifer Lopez’s adorable 11-year-old son Ty Ventura in the 2002 romantic comedy, Maid in Manhattan, stars in this dark reimagining of the Michael J. Fox 1985 cult-movie, Teen Wolf. Posey, who’s part-Mexican, plays Scott McCall, a high school student whose life is turned upside down when he’s mysteriously attacked by a wolf in the middle of the night. 


4. TV Entourage

Entourage (HBO)

Season Premiere: July 24th

This summer, Entourage will continue its tradition of featuring Latino celebs in cameos (past seasons have included cameos from Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara and Christina Aguilera), by welcoming two Latin superstar athletes: New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez and New York Knick Carmelo Anthony are both set to make cameo appearances on the show’s 8th and final season! Meanwhile, Dania Ramirez will not be back as Alex, Turtle's (A.J. Ferrara) girlfriend. 

 


5. TV Single Ladies

Single Ladies (VH1)

Season Premiere: May 30th

In this dramedy about three best friends with different philosophies on sex and relationships, part-Mexican actress Stacey Dash (Clueless) plays an aspiring fashion moguel who’s never been single. “She’s gone from one relationship to another and she’s desperate to be in love,” Dash tells Latina.com. 


6. TV Falling Skies

Falling Skies (TNT)

Series Premiere: June 19th

After playing Demian Bichir’s spunky, heroin-addicted daughter on Weeds, and the younger version of Eva Mendes’s Sand Saref character in The Spirit (2008), part-Mexican actress Seychelle Gabriel, 20, has landed her first series regular role on Steven Spielberg’s new TNT sci-fi show, Falling Skies. Gabriel’s character, Lourdes, is an orphan trying to survive an alien invasion. Before the attack, she was a pre-med student from Mexico City. 


7. TV Hawthorne

Hawthorne (TNT)

Season Premiere: June 14th

Marc Anthony is getting a promotion! After guest starring on two episodes of the TNT medical drama Hawthorne last summer—as police detective Nick Renata—the Grammy Award–winning salsero is back for Season 3 as a series regular. Last we saw Christina Hawthorne (Jada Pinkett Smith), she was struggling with news that she was pregnant. Could he be the baby’s daddy? We doubt it, but the two characters did bond last season when Renata investigated a pair of criminal cases involving James River Hospital, so maybe he’ll become her new man!


8. TV Hung

Hung (HBO)

Season Premiere: (TBA)

Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane) has had a number of crazy clients in the past, but in season 3 — premiering this summer —he’ll meet his match with Ana Ortiz. The Ugly Betty alum is joining the show for a multi-episode arc and will play the role of a woman with serious anger issues who becomes a client of Ray's and connects with him on a physical—and emotional—level.  

 


9. TV Lala’s Full Court

La La’s Full Court Life (VH1)

Series Premiere: August

Last season, we watched boricuas La La Vazquez and Carmelo Anthony say “I do” on La La’s Full Court Wedding. Their new reality series, La La’s Full Court Life, will follow the couple as they juggle married life and raising their 4-year-old son, Kiyan, alongside Melo’s new job as a New York Knick and La La’s career as a TV and film producer.