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Veteran Actor Julio Oscar Mechoso Dies at 62

Veteran Actor Julio Oscar Mechoso Dies at 62
Veteran actor Julio Oscar Mechoso, who appeared in numerous TV shows as well as films such as “Little Miss Sunshine and “The Legend of Zorro,” died Saturday from a heart attack at the age of 62. His longtime friend and frequent co-star Andy Garcia reflected on Mechoso’s passing in a heartfelt statement.

“A sudden loss is always unjust, but in the case of Julio Oscar Mechoso, my friend, my soul mate it is greater than that, as I have lost the truest of friends. Julio is a unique and extraordinary artist,” wrote Garcia. “He shared with us his deepest, most personal soul, always readily available for us to see. His emotional range as an actor is unequaled. His dedication to research and psychology was something to witness and admire.”

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez cast Mechoso in “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” and “Matador.” The Miami, Florida native also co-starred in television shows ranging from “Greetings from Tucson” to “Cane
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Comedies From Stephnie Weir And Peter Murrieta Land At NBC

Exclusive: NBC has bought half-hour comedies from writer-actress Stephnie Weir and sitcom veteran Peter Murrieta. Coincidentally, the two were at Chicago’s Second City together. Weir’s Leisure Club, from Sony Pictures TV and studio-based Original Films, has received a script commitment with a sizable penalty from the network. It revolves around a group of younger Baby Boomers living in a 55+ retirement community who revert back to the archetypes they were in high school. Weir will executive produce with Original’s Neil Moritz and Vivian Cannon. Weir’s manager Meghan Schumacher will also produce. The project stems from the last of several blind script deals Weir had at Sony TV. The previous two resulted in two comedy pilot orders at ABC, for the Debra Messing starrer Wright vs. Wrong in 2010 and Counter Culture this past season. Weir is with UTA and attorney David Fox. Murrieta’s comedy is a multi-generational
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NBC Developing Sitcom With Peter Murrieta

NBC, which has 8 comedies on tap for this season - all single-camera - is mulling a return to the multi-camera genre. In one of the last comedy buys this season, the network went for a multi-camera project from sitcom veteran Peter Murrieta. It is one of several multi-camera comedies NBC has put in development this season, including Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, a sitcom based on Chelsea Handler's books, and a project by veteran Bob Kushell. The Murrieta project, produced by Ums and 3 Arts, involves a hipster, who is a first-generation Mexican American, being pulled into his family’s business and will focus on the dichotomy of his traditional past and his “hip and cool” new life. Murrieta hatched the idea for the project with Eddie Gorodetsky, co-executive producer on the two strongest multi-camera comedies on the air, CBS' The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men.
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Hispanics About To Top Young Viewership

The rise of Hispanics in the U.S. is undisputable, even with the recession slowing down immigration. Their impact on U.S. TV viewership is growing, too. Nielsen just released an estimate projecting that 40% of new TV homes next year will be Latino. Overall, that is a 3% growth in the number of Hispanic TV households vs. .5% increase for African American TV homes. Meanwhile, top Spanish-language broadcaster Univision reported its first weekly win in the key adults 18-49 demographic, beating its English-language counterparts for the first time last week. Granted, the win involves an atypical week, one that included part of the Labor Day weekend that is especially slow for the traditional broadcasters. And Univision featured a strong Mexico vs. Ecuador soccer game and the finale of one of its telenovelas. Still, the win is impressive and was Univision’s 14th weekly victory in adults 18-34, a demographic once completely owned by Fox.
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'Last House' star Sara Paxton inks with UTA

'Last House' star Sara Paxton inks with UTA
Horror has its benefits.

For Sara Paxton, fresh off scratching and crawling her way through Rogue Pictures' horror film "The Last House on the Left," it means being signed by UTA. As the brutalized daughter in the Dennis Iliadis-directed revenge remake, Paxton helped the pic open to $14.1 million at the boxoffice this past weekend.

The Los Angeles native previously appeared mostly in lighter fare, such as "Liar Liar," "Sleepover," "Sydney White," "Superhero Movie" and "Aquamarine." Her TV credits include "Greetings From Tucson," "Summerland" and the title character of the Discovery Kids series "Darcy's Wild Life."

Paxton continues to be repped by Stein Entertainment Group and law firm Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson and Binder
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Actor Santos Dies in Plane Crash

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Actor Santos Dies in Plane Crash
Former child star Pablo Santos has been killed in a plane crash in central Mexico. The teenager was on his way to Acapulco with friends when their private aircraft crashed during an emergency landing in Toluca, near Mexico City on Friday. Another passenger was also killed while everyone else on board was hospitalized. Survivor Diego Marcos has told local newspaper El Norte that he fears the plane crashed because it was overloaded. He explains the Piper Malibu craft was only supposed to carry six people, but he and his friends persuaded the pilot to take on an extra passenger. Santos, 19, appeared on TV shows Law & Order and American Family and he played the son of a Mexican family in Greetings From Tucson.

Madison starts shopping for ani 'Holidaze'

Madison starts shopping for ani 'Holidaze'
Fred Willard, Fred Savage, Paul Rodriguez and John O'Hurley are among the actors set to provide the voices for a new stop-motion animation holiday special that is being shopped to major broadcast and cable networks by Madison Road Entertainment. Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen was executive produced and created by Jonathan Prince (NBC's American Dreams) and penned by Peter Murietta (WB Network's Greetings From Tucson). The special will be distributed on DVD via Wal-Mart stores starting Nov. 14, but Madison Road and WMA are shopping the project to network outlets as well.

Murrieta sets two new series

Murrieta sets two new series
Peter Murrieta, creator and executive producer of the WB Network's comedy Greetings From Tucson, has set up two new series projects, including a comedy based on the life of ESPN's SportsCenter anchor Linda Cohn. The untitled Sony Pictures TV show, which has received a script commitment from NBC, is a workplace/family comedy about a successful female sports TV anchor who juggles her career in the predominantly male field and her responsibilities at home raising her kids. "It's been really fun getting to know (Linda) over the last few months and getting her point of view on what it's like to be a woman in that world," Murrieta said.

WB commits to 'Do Over,' 'Tucson'

WB commits to 'Do Over,' 'Tucson'
The WB Network has given full-season pickups to two of its four new comedies, Do Over and Greetings From Tucson, while canceling the sophomore sitcom Off Centre. The WB is on track to go four for four on its new comedies, with back-nine orders said to be imminent for What I Like About You and Family Affair. The network already picked up its new family drama Everwood, and prospects are good for Birds of Prey. "In Greetings from Tucson and Do Over, we see two shows that have enormous potential, that have shown nothing but a strong learning curve as far as the kind of stories they want to tell," said Mike Clements, the WB's co-senior vp comedy development. For both comedies, the full-season pickup came after four airings.

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