Jose Moreno Brooks (MTV’s One Bad Choice), a former semi-pro soccer player-turned-actor, has been cast as a series regular opposite Eva Longoria in NBC’s 13-episode single-camera comedy series Telenovela starring and executive produced by Eva Longoria. Written/executive produced by Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein, based on an idea by Longoria, and directed by Steve Pink, Telenovela stars Longoria as popular diva Ana Maria, star of Latin America’s most beloved telenovela who strives to stay on top in a world where the drama on-camera is nothing compared to the drama off-camera. Brooks, repped by KMR and manager Bob McGowan of McGowan/Rodriguez Management, plays Gael Garnica, a masculine soap star who happens to be gay, married and not in the closet. He is one of Ana’s best friends. Jencarlos Canela and Diana Maria Riva co-star. Longoria and Ben Spector executive produce for Universal TV.
Ana Kayne (Rescue Me) has been cast in CBS’ medical drama pilot LFE. Written/co-executive produced by Paul Downs Colaizzo, exec produced by David Marshall Grant and directed by David Slade, LFE is described as a high-octane medical procedural centering on second-year residents at New York City’s top hospital as they attempt to balance their god complexes with their humanity. Kayne, repped by Industry Entertainment and Schrek Rose, plays Mae, a quirky, lovable every-girl who is determined to be a good person and live a good life, but sometimes finds it difficult, despite her best efforts. She is the male lead’s ex-girlfriend. Slade and Grant will executive produce alongside Grant and Dan Jinks for The Dan Jinks Co. and CBS TV Studios.