Latinas Power New TV Roles
Vanessa Ramos lands a deal with Universal TV
Vanessa Ramos is finding a home with Universal Television, a Universal Studio Group division where the writer/producer scored a multiyear overall deal. Ramos, known as co-producer on “Superstore,” supervising producer on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and most recently, co-executive Producer on “Kenan,” will develop projects for Universal TV for different platforms.
“We are thrilled to continue building our relationship with Vanessa, who is an extremely talented writer and has contributed greatly to every project she’s been a part of,” said Jim Donnelly, Executive Vice President of Comedy Development at Universal Television. “Her sense of humor and range of ideas will add greatly to our roster at Universal Television, and we are excited to be a part of her future.”
Writer-Producer Vanessa Ramos Inks Overall Deal With Universal Television https://t.co/ovr9l4oe84
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The comedic writer began her television career as a staffer on “Comedy Central Roast,” the Emmy-nominated series of celebrity roast specials. She recently executive produced a single-camera workplace comedy for NBC with David Caspe (“Black Monday”), John Fox (“Dolemite is My Name”) and John Davis (“Game Night”).
Ramos currently serves as a Co-Executive Producer of “Mr. Mayor” and has written on the TV shows “Big Mouth,” “Bordertown,” “Crashing” and “Superstore,” which had its series finale in March.
“I could not be more thrilled to make it official with Universal Television,” Ramos told “Deadline.” “The whole team has been nothing but supportive and nurturing of my voice as a writer throughout my career, and no one said anything when I pitched a show while wearing sweatpants. I’m looking forward to collaborating on all sorts of fun projects together.”
Annie Gonzalez joins ABC’s comedy pilot ‘Bucktown’
ABC’s “Bucktown” has two surprises coming. Annie Gonzalez (“Gentefied”) and newcomer Sofia Capanna will join Jane Lynch (“Glee”), Shannon Woodward (“Westworld”) and Nicole Richie (“The Simple Life”) in the new ABC multi-cam sitcom.
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“Bucktown” follows Amy, played by Woodward, who moves back into her mother’s home after her boyfriend dumps her right before a big promotion. Amy reconnects with her teenage niece living there as her sister is undergoing her latest rehab.
ABC Signature produces the project, while Marc Provissiero (“Pen15”) and Mandy Summers (“The Greatest American Hero”) work as executive producers.
Gonzalez recently finished shooting the second season of Netflix’s “Gentefied,” a series that follows three cousins who work together to keep their grandfather’s famous Boyle Heights taco shop in business as the neighborhood becomes more gentrified.
Smith & Hervey/Grimes Talent Agency represents Annie Gonzalez.
Natalie Morales takes lead in CBS’s untitled comedy
Natalie Morales (“The Little Things”) has landed a lead role in CBS’s comedy pilot based on Sarah Cooper’s book “How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings.” Amy Landecker (“Transparent”) and Alice Lee (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”) are part of the leading cast as well.
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The single-cam comedy will follow three women, who are at different stages in their careers at a male-dominated company. They help each other navigate modern gender politics in their professional and personal lives.
Morales will play Joanna, a conflict-averse, people-pleasing middle manager at the small tech company Lucent Muse. She lives with her boyfriend of two years, a sweet, loyal guy who might be too sweet and loyal for her.
Sarah Cooper and Cindy Chupack penned the untitled series, while Amy York Rubin directed it. Morales also produces alongside Chupack, who serves as showrunner and executive produces with Cooper, Nina Tassler and Denise Di Novi, via PatMa Productions.
Morales’ acting credits include playing Detective Jamie Estrada on “The Little Things” and Michelle Gutierrez on Netflix’s “Dead To Me.” She directed and starred in “Language Lessons”, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the South by Southwest festival. The Florida native is an executive producer and director on “Plan B,” a feature comedy on Hulu to be released in spring 2021.
Creative Artists Agency represents Morales.
(Edited by Gabriela Alejandra Olmos and Kristen Butler)