TVLine Items: Love, Simon Casts Mom, Idris Elba's Car-Stunt Series and More

TVLine | 6/13/2019 | Vlada Gelman
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Ana Ortiz is bringing the love to Disney+: The Ugly Betty vet will co-star in the streamer’s Love, Simon series, inspired by the 2018 movie of the same name, our sister site Deadline reports.

The half-hour spinoff — from This Is Us showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who co-wrote the film — will carry the same title as the movie, but will follow a new character named Victor. Ortiz will play his mother, Isabel.

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The coming-of-age film followed a closeted gay teen (played by Nick Robinson) growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta. Jennifer Garner co-starred as Simon’s mom.

Ortiz is coming off ABC’s one-and-done drama Whiskey Cavalier. Her other TV credits include Devious Maids, The Mindy Project and Marry Me.

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* Idris Elba (Luther) will star opposite rally driver Ken Block in the car-stunt show Elba vs. Block, airing on the upcoming short-form streaming service Quibi, per The Hollywood Reporter. The program will pit the two against each other to see who can outperform the other in a series of stunts in London’s Docklands.

* Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany will narrate a...
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