EXCLUSIVE: Three years after the end of Ugly Betty, America Ferrera is ready to return to television full-time as the star of another hourlong project. Titled Damascus, the drama pitch sparked a heated bidding, landing at CBS with a put pilot commitment. In addition to starring, Ferrera also will executive produce alongside her Ugly Betty executive producer Teri Weinberg, with CBS TV Studios coming on board as studio. Written by producer Nick Osborne, Damascus is the story of a crusading nun (Ferrera) who practices law on behalf of the least fortunate, and has her beliefs tested when her life collides with an elitist corporate lawyer. As the two set out to help those in need of justice, they come up against a secretive and powerful organization that is determined to destroy them. The project expands Ferrera’s relationship with CBS and CBS Studios as her only major post-Ugly Betty TV gig has been an arc on their drama The Good Wife. (She is set to reprise her role this season.)
Ferrera, repped by ICM Partners, Authentic and Peikoff Mahan, had been sought after for pilots in the past three seasons but was focused on features and finishing college as her USC studies were interrupted by her casting in Ugly Betty, a role that earned her an Emmy award. She recently wrapped features Chavez and XY. Osborne, repped by Underground, CAA and Dave Feldman, is writing limited series project Conquistadors for FX. Former Reveille and NBC executive Weinberg, repped by David Fox, is executive producing freshman NBC series Ironside.
Julia Stiles and America Ferrera have signed on to star in writer-director Todd Berger’s It’s a Disaster, a Vacationeer Productions comedy about four couples who meet for Sunday brunch but get stranded in a house as the world may be about to end. Kevin M. Brennan, Jeff Grace, Blaise Miller and … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Former Ugly Betty star America Ferrera has signed with ICM. The Emmy-winning actress had been without an agent for the past few months since leaving WME, where she was a long-time client from the Endeavor side of the company. … Read More »
In her first TV series gig since the end of Ugly Betty, the ABC dramedy’s star America Ferrera is set to do an arc on CBS’ legal drama The Good Wife, TVLine reports. The WME-repped actress will play Natalie, a graduate student in whom Eli (Alan Cumming) develops a romantic interest. “We’ve been watching and loving America for years now on Ugly Betty, and it’ll be fantastic to see her take on a completely different role: especially one that puts her across from Alan Cumming,” Good Wife creator-executive producer Robert King said. Read More »
DreamWorks Animation is giving some details surrounding the 2013 3D sequel to How to Train Your Dragon. Most of the the voice cast – including Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill and Kristin Wiig — will be back. Dean Deblois will … Read More »
MONDAY 11:30 PM: Tonight I’ve been informed by a reliable source that “Capitol Films just had another movie shut down” — identified as An Invisible Sign Of My Own starring America Ferrera, the star of ABC’s Ugly Betty.
So add her name to the star actors and directors like John Cusack, Helen Mirren, Gina … Read More »