by Salome Eguizabal
HISPANICS WITH MAGIC: Writer and producer Peter Murrieta has created a new series for the Disney Channel featuring a mixed ethnic family. Wizards of Waverly Place, which will premiere Oct. 1, features magic-wielding siblings Alex (Selena Gómez), Justin (David Henrie) and Max Russo (Jake T. Austin). All three are wizards by training, but only one can keep the magic once he or she turns 18. Alex, the lead character, finds herself using magic over and over again to get out of the sticky situations she and her brothers encounter. The family is kept together by their mother Maria, played by María Canals Berrera. Murrieta has also written and produced Greetings from Tucson, a short-lived sitcom on the WB network, which was based on his youth.
THE BEST DRESSED: People en Español has released its list of the best and worst dressed celebrities of the year. This year the No. 1 “best” spot goes to actress/singer/fashion mogul Jennifer López, who is shown wearing a floor-length empire waist silver dress in the magazine. Angelina Jolie was selected as the second best dressed celebrity. Former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres was voted best in a readers’ poll, whereas People en Español ranked her number three. Worst dressed celebrities were no surprise. They included Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and a lone male, actor David Arquette.
NETWORK SWEEPS: The Nielsen Television Index reported Spanish-language network Univisión was the number two broadcast network, behind Fox, in primetime among adults 18-34, persons 12-34 and children 2-11 in July sweeps.
JESUCRISTO SUPERESTRELLA: Frank Lloyd Webber’s rock opera about the most famous man in history isn’t just for English speakers anymore. Zachary Scott Theatre Center, an Austin-based theatre group, is adding more presentations of their bilingual version of Jesus Christ Superstar. The production will now run through Aug. 1 2, with shows running Thursday through Sunday.
Tickets are $35-43 and can be purchased by phone at (512)476-0511 or online at www.zachscott.com.
Sets will feature altares and costumes are inspired by luchadores, Border Patrol uniforms and Mayan youth.