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Photos: 2019 PaleyFest + ‘Someone Great’ Stills and Promos + Scans

Photos: 2019 PaleyFest + ‘Someone Great’ Stills and Promos + Scans

Gina was in attendance yesterday at LA’s 2019 PaleyFest to talk about Jane the Virgin. I’ve added photos of her from the event and panel as well as photos of her from a couple of weeks ago where she attended the Five Feet Apart LA premiere. In addition to those event images, I’ve added new production stills and promos of Gina from the upcoming Netflix film Someone Great and magazine scans from Cosmopolitan (Sri Lanka). Enjoy!

Press: Brandgenuity inks licensing deals for Carmen Sandiego

Following the Netflix debut of animated reboot Carmen Sandiego last month, the licensing program for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s refreshed super-thief property is growing thanks to new partnerships with Goliath Games, Basic Fun and Spirit Halloween. The deals were secured by New York licensing agency Brandgenuity.

This fall, Goliath Games will launch a Carmen Sandiego board game, while Basic Fun will introduce an interactive handheld Carmen Sandiego game inspired by an on-screen gadget from the series. Spirit Halloween, meanwhile, will roll out a line of costumes and accessories for Halloween 2019.

Following the launches, Brandgenuity will expand the Carmen Sandiego licensing program to categories including toys, games, apparel, accessories, back-to-school, and social expression.

Prior to the January 18 series premiere on Netflix, HMH announced a new publishing program for the brand, which released Who in the World is Carmen Sandiego? and its simultaneous Spanish-language edition, ¿Quién es Carmen Sandiego on January 22. The English-language book is expected to be spun into a series based on the Netflix show.

In addition, HMH will publish graphic novel The Sticky Rice Caper and middle-grade story book Clue by Clue this summer with four additional Carmen books arriving later this year.

Originally launched as an edtech brand, the Carmen Sandiego name will again head back to classrooms with new teaching tools and resources around geography, history and culture.

As for the new TV series, the 20 x 22-minute show is based on a computer game created in 1985 that was then adapted into the game show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, which aired on PBS. It ran from 1991 to 1995, generating five seasons and 295 episodes. Netflix and HMH are also developing on a previously announced Carmen Sandiego live-action feature film starring and produced by Gina Rodriguez (who voices the titular character in the TV series). It is slated to launch next year.
Following the Netflix debut of animated reboot Carmen Sandiego last month, the licensing program for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s refreshed super-thief property is growing thanks to new partnerships with Goliath Games, Basic Fun and Spirit Halloween. The deals were secured by New York licensing agency Brandgenuity.

This fall, Goliath Games will launch a Carmen Sandiego board game, while Basic Fun will introduce an interactive handheld Carmen Sandiego game inspired by an on-screen gadget from the series. Spirit Halloween, meanwhile, will roll out a line of costumes and accessories for Halloween 2019.

Following the launches, Brandgenuity will expand the Carmen Sandiego licensing program to categories including toys, games, apparel, accessories, back-to-school, and social expression.

Prior to the January 18 series premiere on Netflix, HMH announced a new publishing program for the brand, which released Who in the World is Carmen Sandiego? and its simultaneous Spanish-language edition, ¿Quién es Carmen Sandiego on January 22. The English-language book is expected to be spun into a series based on the Netflix show.

In addition, HMH will publish graphic novel The Sticky Rice Caper and middle-grade story book Clue by Clue this summer with four additional Carmen books arriving later this year.

Originally launched as an edtech brand, the Carmen Sandiego name will again head back to classrooms with new teaching tools and resources around geography, history and culture.

As for the new TV series, the 20 x 22-minute show is based on a computer game created in 1985 that was then adapted into the game show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, which aired on PBS. It ran from 1991 to 1995, generating five seasons and 295 episodes. Netflix and HMH are also developing on a previously announced Carmen Sandiego live-action feature film starring and produced by Gina Rodriguez (who voices the titular character in the TV series). It is slated to launch next year.
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Press: ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 11 Trailer “Ru-veals” Miley Cyrus, Gina Rodriguez, & More As Guest Judges; “MaRUthon” Set

Are you ready to “werk”? The 11th season of the Emmy award-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race is ready to drag and death drop you into a new season with a slay-worthy cast of 15 queens and a roster of fabulous guest judges including Miley Cyrus, Gina Rodriguez, Wanda Sykes, Adam Rippon, Lena Waithe, Troye Sivan and more. To add to all that Logo will launch “Drag to Ru-Member MaRUthon” with the very first episode of season one of Drag Race starting Feb. 22 and cycling through all 10 seasons culminating with the Season 11 premiere on VH1 Feb. 28 at 9 pm ET/PT.

Also joining show regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, Ross Mathews and, supermodel of the world RuPaul on the judges’ panel are Cara Delevingne, Bobby Moynihan, Kandi Burruss, Tiffany Pollard, Sydelle Noel, Tony Hale and others. Rachel Maddow, won’t be on the judges’ panel, but as seen in the trailer above, she will be making a guest appearance, okurrrrr?!

This year’s slate of queens present some stiff competition as they will try to impress Mama Ru and the judges so that they can be crowned as “America’s Next Drag Superstar” and win a grand prize of $100,000. This year’s queens include: A’keria C. Davenport (Dallas, TX), Ariel Versace (Cherry Hill, NJ), Brooke Lynn Hytes (Nashville, TN), Honey Davenport (New York, NY), Kahanna Montrese (Las Vegas, NV), Mercedes Iman Diamond (Minneapolis, MN), Nina West (Columbus, OH), Plastique Tiara (Dallas, TX), Ra’jah D. O’Hara (Dallas, TX), Scarlet Envy (New York, NY), Shuga Cain (New York, NY), Silky Nutmeg Ganache (Chicago, IL), Soju (Los Angeles, CA) and Yvie Oddly (Denver, CO). Rounding out the 15 is Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (Los Angeles, CA) who is returning after becoming a fan favorite in season 10.

Drag Race made history last year as the first reality series to win Emmys for both Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program categories in the same year. It also scored VH1’s first Producers Guild Award for Producer of Game and Competition Reality Show.
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Press: Gina Rodriguez will produce ‘Diary of a Female President,’ a Disney comedy series

Disney+ has given a straight-to-series order to “Diary of a Female President” with Gina Rodriguez attached as an executive producer.

The upcoming streamer has given the half-hour, single-camera comedy series a 10-episode order. Told from the narration of her diary, the series follows a Cuban-American 12 year old girl as she navigates the ups and downs of middle school and her journey to becoming the future president of the United States.

Ilana Peña created the series and serves as writer, with Robin Shorr set to executive produce and serve as showrunner. Rodriguez and Emily Gipson will executive produce via Rodriguez’s I Can and I Will Productions banner. CBS Television Studios, where I Can and I Will is under an overall deal, will produce.

This marks the first series Peña has created. She most recently served as a staff writer on The CW series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” She is repped by UTA.

Rodriguez is currently prepping for the final season of the acclaimed CW series “Jane the Virgin.” In addition to her numerous film and TV roles, she has built up an impressive producing resume of late, including executive producing a “Jane the Virgin” spinoff pilot at CW. She is repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman.

There is no official launch date yet for Disney+, but it is expected to launch in late 2019. Shows already ordered at the service include the “Star Wars” live-action shows “The Mandalorian” and an untitled “Rogue One” prequel, a “High School Musical” series, and a “High Fidelity” series. Disney+ is also developing multiple limited series based on characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Press: ‘Jane The Virgin’ Is Getting A Spinoff: What To Know About ‘Jane The Novela’

Jane the Virgin is heading into its final season, but fans don’t have to say goodbye to the show entirely. The CW has ordered a pilot for a Jane the Virgin spinoff series called Jane the Novela, reports Entertainment Weekly. The series will be a telenovela anthology in which each season is based on a novel “written by” Jane the Virgin lead character Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez)—and narrated by Jane, too.

According a statement the CW gave E! Online, the series synopsis is “A telenovela anthology series in the tradition of Jane the Virgin, where each season is based on a different fictional novel ‘written by’ Jane Villanueva and narrated by the author herself. The first installment takes place at a Napa Valley Vineyard, where family secrets (and family members) don’t stay buried for long.” Fans of the show know that Jane published a historical romance novel, Snow Falling, in Season 3.

The first season is being referred to as “Tar & Roses” and it “takes place at the intersection of Napa Valley wine country and the San Francisco art scene,” reports Deadline.

Gina Rodriguez is “potentially onboard” to narrate the new series, though further details hasn’t yet been confirmed, reports Variety.

Whether she narrates the show or not, Rodriguez will be back as an executive producer, as will Jane the Virgin creator and showrunner Jennie-Snyder Urman, reports Variety. The other executive producers include Jane the Virgin writer Valentina Garza, who will also write the new series, and Brad Silberling, who will direct the series. Rounding out the executive producers list are Ben Silverman, Joanna Klein, Emily Gipson, Jorge Granier and Gary Pearl. CBS Television Studios is producing, along with Jennie Snyder-Urman’s Sutton Street Productions, Gina Rodriguez’s I Can and I Will Productions, and Silverman’s Propagate Content.
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Press: Gina Rodriguez says Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego introduces a whole new version of the legendary thief

Growing up in northeast Chicago, Gina Rodriguez loved playing the 1980s Carmen Sandiego computer games on her family’s “big-ass Dell” and watching the ’90s game shows and series.

“My parents are super into education, so learning about geography was great,” says the Jane the Virgin star, who is featured in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly. “And then for her to be Latina — and voiced [on the series] by Rita Moreno, my queen — it made such an imprint on me.”

Now Rodriguez is voicing the globe-trotter on a new Netflix series that recasts Carmen as a Robin Hood of sorts. “We give her an origin story,” says the actress, who also headlines the action flick Miss Bala (in theaters Feb. 1) and recently directed an episode of The CW’s Charmed (airing Jan. 27). “It’s just lovely to revive that character but also put her in the context of a multi-dimensional, complex woman which we need to see more vision of, you know. We need to see versions of that.”

Rodriguez — who is also slated to star in a live-action Carmen Sandiego film for Netflix as well as help launch a book series based on the new version of Carmen — hopes the show will help educate young viewers as she was educated by former versions of the character, but it’s not only her young fans that she’s expecting to watch.

“I think adults will enjoy the nostalgia, and it really does play out like a fun spy show,” she says. “But I’m most excited to binge this with my nieces and nephews — I feel blessed that we get to bring Carmen to the next generation.”

In anticipation of Carmen Sandiego, an interactive experience has been set up at TheCarmenEffect.com that gives readers a look into the iconic character’s incredible influence over the years.

Carmen Sandiego also features the voice of Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard and launches Friday on Netflix.

To see Gina Rodriguez in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, pick up the new issue of the magazine on stands Friday, or buy one — or all four —of our special covers featuring Supernatural‘s Winchester family, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and Jared Padalecki now. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.
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