Goodbye summer TV.
It’s that time of the year to clean out the DVR and gear up for a season that promises suspense, drama and a whole lot of comedy.
Over the next couple of weeks, some of the hottest TV shows kick off their fall programming and Latino representation on the small screen is doing pretty well.
At least 25 shows in all the major networks will feature one or more Latino actor or actress in lead or supporting roles. This is up from 20 shows last season, according to our count.
Plus, two new shows are all about Latino families.
The highly anticipated “Jane the Virgin” on The CW has already been garnering rave reviews from critics. The show, loosely based on the Venezuelan telenovela “Juana la Virgen,” focuses on hardworking, religious Latina Jane Villanueva.
Her vow to save her virginity until her marriage to a detective is shattered when a doctor accidentally inseminates her by mistake during a checkup.
Gina Rodriguez, who is known for her work on “Bold and the Beautiful,” stars as Jane. Jaime Camil, Andrea Navedo and Ivonne Coll also star.
On ABC, comedian Cristela Alonzo stars in the new show “Cristela,” a semi-autobiographical show she created about the life of a Mexican-American law school graduate who has to balance her chance to live the American Dream with the concerns of her family.
The show also stars Carlos Ponce and Teri Hoyos, as well as funnyman Gabriel Iglesias in a secondary role.
Among the non-Latino shows, one premiering with some of the highest number of Latinos in the cast is FOX’s anticipated drama “Gotham.” Actresses Carmen Bicadova, Zabryna Guevara and Victoria Cartagena star alongside Jada Pinkett-Smith and Ben McKenzie in a superhero series based on DC Comics characters.
Other new shows featuring Latino actors include “Bad Judge,” “Constantine” and “Mysteries of Laura” on NBC; “Forever” and “How to Get Away with Murder” on ABC; “Gracepoint” and “Red Band Society” on FOX; “Stalker” on CBS; and “The Flash” on CW.
While the number of Latino shows and stars on TV this fall is inspiring, there is still a lot of work to be done.
Here is a list of premiere dates for shows featuring Latino characters. New shows are in bold.
- “Red Band Society” FOX at 9 p.m. (Ciara Bravo, Nolan Sotillo, Darla Pelton-Perez, Wilson Cruz, Rachel Varela, Edgar Arreola)
- “The Mysteries of Laura” NBC at 10 p.m. (Charles and Vincent Reina, Merly Bermudez)
- “Gotham” FOX at 8 p.m. (Carmen Bicadova, Zabryna Guevara, Victoria Cartagena, J.W. Cortes, David Zayas, more)
- “Forever” ABC at 10 p.m. (Alana de la Garza)
- “Chicago Fire” NBC 10 p.m.
- “Person of Interest” CBS at 10 p.m.
- “Modern Family” ABC at 9 p.m.
- “Law & Order: SVU” NBC at 9 p.m.
- “Grey’s Anatomy” ABC at 8 p.m.
- “Scandal” ABC at 9 p.m.
- “How to Get Away with Murder” ABC at 10 p.m. (Karen Cabrera, Karla Souza)
- “Parenthood” NBC at 10 p.m.
- “Blue Bloods” CBS at 10 p.m.
- “Once Upon A Time” ABC at 8 p.m.
- “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” FOX at 8:30 p.m.
- “Castle” ABC at 10 p.m.
- “NCIS: LA” CBS at 10 p.m.
- “Stalker” CBS at 10 p.m. (Minerva Garcia, Alex Fernandez)
- “Bad Judge” NBC at 9 p.m. (Rene Moran)
- “Gracepoint” FOX at 9 p.m. (Michael Peña)
- “The Originals” The CW at 8 p.m.
- “The Flash” The CW at 8 p.m. (Carlos Valdes)
- “Cristela” ABC at 8:30 p.m. (Cristela Alonzo, Maria Canals-Barrera, Gabriel Iglesias, Terri Hoyos)
- “Jane the Virgin” The CW at 9 p.m. (Andrea Navedo, Gina Rodriguez, Jenna Ortega, Karen Cabrera, more)
- “Constantine” NBC at 10 p.m. (Angelica Zelaya)