Elena of Avalor gets trapped and protected inside her own special amulet in this new sneak peek to the new Disney Channel series.
Set in the enchanted fairy tale land of Avalor, the series tells the story of Elena (Aimee Carrero), a brave and adventurous teenager who has saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen. Elena’s journey will lead her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders.
The stories incorporate influences from diverse Latin and Hispanic cultures through architecture, traditions, food and customs. Magic, mythology, folklore and music also play an important role, with each episode featuring original songs spanning an array of Latin musical styles including Mariachi, Latin Pop, Salsa, Banda and Chilean Hip Hop.
In the first episode, Elena officially becomes crown princess and rescues her sister, Isabel, from Noblins, elf-like shapeshifting creatures based on a Chilean peuchen myth. The episode also introduces Zuzo, Elena’s spirit guide in the animal world, based on the belief of a Mayan tribe in southern Mexico. In the second episode, titled “Model Sister”, Elena is torn between a promise she made to help Isabel (Jenna Ortega) and fulfilling her royal duties.
The one-hour premiere event will air on Friday, July 22nd @ 7PM ET/PT on Disney Channel, and this fall, a special TV movie titled Elena and the Secret of Avalor will make its premiere, which explains how Elena was imprisoned for decades in her magical amulet and eventually set free by Princess Sofia of Enchancia.
Tyler Posey as Prince Alonso, a charming prince from the Argentine-inspired Kingdom of Cordoba; Lucas Grabeel as Jiku, the leader of the Noblins; Jillian Rose Reed as as Naomi, Princess Elena of Avalor’s closest friend and fellow adventurer; and Marsai Martin as Cat, a budding scientist and adventurer, and many more round out the cast.
I’ve added screencaps from last night’s episode of Young and Hungry. What a fun episode. I loved the whole confusion Sophia had. It made for some great comedy. Enjoy the photos!
“Blindspot” season 2 may see the return of Allison Knight (Trieste Kelly Dunn) and Ana Montes (Aimee Carrero).
In the previous season, Allison was revealed to be FBI Agent Kurt Weller’s (Sullivan Stapleton) ex-girlfriend. The two went their separate ways a while back but were reunited again because of work. At first, Allison and Kurt seemed to be hitting it off again and even ended up sleeping with each other. However, Allison already had a feeling that Kurt was more interested in Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander).
Allison confirmed her speculations about Kurt’s feelings for Jane when he decided to side with the latter instead of her. According to Entertainment Focus, Allison may return to “Blindspot” season 2 to stir up more drama for Jane and Kurt. Jane and Kurt are currently not in good terms with each other, since the latter found out that she’d been lying to him about her memories.
Meanwhile, Ana and Jane worked together in the previous episode of “Blindspot” season 2. The two developed quite a close relationship with each other after Ana helped Jane hack into a system. Now that Jane is no longer working with the FBI, she can continue helping Kurt and his team from a distance through Ana.
In other news, a young Jane Doe is being cast for “Blindspot” season 2. According to TV Line, executive producer Martin Gero and his team are currently searching for a talented girl between the ages of 9 and 11 who resembles Alexander. Preferably, the young actress should have a background in either gymnastics or martial arts. Anyone with a perfect South African accent is encouraged to audition as long as they are willing to be cast for a recurring role.
“Blindspot” season 2 will premiere on NBC sometime this fall.
Freeform’s Young & Hungry centers around the career and general hijinks of Gabi Diamond, so it makes sense that the potential spin-off focusing on Gabi’s roommate, Sofia Rodriguez, would also be career-minded. And it’s probably safe to say that there would be quite a few hijinks in the spin-off as well.
In Y&H’s episode 8, titled “Young & Sofia,” Sofia starts a new job, which sets up a world for the spin-off — and EW has your first look of the special half-hour.
Throughout the current season, Sofia (played by Aimee Carrero) has been trying to figure out her career path, and she recently stumbled upon music writing. Enter recurring guest star Logan Rawlings (show EP Ashley Tisdale), who can help Sofia realize her dreams.
The July 20 episode sees the aspiring journalist taking a position working for the San Fran media mogul.
In line with how we’ve seen Logan on Young & Hungry before, she’s incredibly demanding of her employees, which forces Sofia to prove herself on the first day. Luckily, she’s aided by new coworkers Leo (Ryan Pinkston, Clipped) and Kendrick (Steve Talley, Pretty Little Liars and The 100) — and of course Gabi (Emily Osment).
Although Carrero has worked with Tisdale on the show before, she tells EW that working alongside her on this special episode was a “pleasure.”
“[Ashley] is the definition of a team player [and] a constant stream of support and encouragement throughout,” Carrero said in a statement to EW.
“This episode was a true labor of love for everyone involved,” Carrero said. “For me, it was an education on the importance of diligence, patience, and confidence in the face of gnawing self-doubt. It was an incredible rush… then I slept for 10 days.”
Young & Hungry airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform.