TVLine Items: Jimmy Smits Gets Down, Grace and Frankie Renewed and More

Jimmy Smits The Get Down

Jimmy Smits‘ new TV gig is totally groovy, man.

The Sons of Anarchy alum will next be seen in The Get Down, Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Netflix musical drama.

Set in 1970s New York City — during the birth of hip-hop, punk and disco — The Get Down centers on a ragtag crew of South Bronx teenagers who have no one to shelter them except each other.

Smits will play Francisco “Papa Fuerte” Cruz, a South Bronx political boss who delivers services that the city fails to provide, including jobs and housing.

He joins a cast of up-and-comers, including TJ Brown, Justice Smith, Shameik Moore and Skylan Brooks as the quartet at the heart of the story, and 18-year-old Herizen Guardiola as Papa Fuerte’s niece, Mylene Cruz.

The 13-episode series will debut on Netflix in 2016.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Netflix has renewed Grace and Frankie — its comedy series starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen — for a second season, set to debut in 2016.

* Joanna Gleason (The Good Wife, The West Wing) will recur on The Affair‘s sophomore season, our sister site Variety reports. She will play Yvonne, the editor-in-chief of a prestigious publishing company who has a connection to Dominic West’s Noah.

* Ahead of Mr. Robot‘s June 24 premiere, USA Network has made the pilot of the Christian Slater drama available to watch here.

* John Michael Higgins (Wilfred) and Paula Marshall (Murder in the First) will guest-star on the upcoming season of Switched at Birth, ABC Family announced Wednesday. The pair will play the parents of Daphne’s boyfriend, Mingo.

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  1. Winnie says:

    In case anyone wasn’t aware, the Mr. Robot pilot is also available as one of the week’s Free on iTunes TV show downloads.

  2. B says:


  3. Dean says:

    He’ll always be Bobby Simone to me and Princess Leia’s adoptive dad.

  4. Thomas hunter says:

    Jimmy Smits look like Joseph Mascolo in that pic!! 100% true!!!!!

  5. Joey says:

    I wasn’t planning on watching that show but with Smits attached I’ll definitely have to check it out. Also Grace and Frankie renewed yippie!

  6. BrightLight says:

    I don’t know if I’m more excited about “Grace and Frankie” getting a Season 2 or Joanna Gleason being on “The Affair”. I can’t wait for both!!!!

  7. Heathers says:

    Well, I didn’t understand one bit of those names/characters in that first part. Jimmy Smits, p,ease visit a professional hair colorist too! Quit using the drug store hair dye!