Demián Bichir as Marco Ruiz and Diane Kruger as Sonya Cross on “The Bridge.” (Photo/Courtesy FX Networks)

Three TV shows to binge watch – with Latino actors

There’s no better time to catch up on hours of television than the three-day holiday weekend. And we’re not talking about your average novela either: we’re talking about must-see TV, the type which begs to be seen for uninterrupted hours on end and preferably with a bowl of M&Ms nearby. From a serious drama that touches on issues of immigration and race, to a scandalous, sexy soap and a prison-themed dramedy, here are three television shows worthy of some couch time this weekend.

“Orange Is the New Black” – Netflix

Dominican actress Dascha Polanco (third from left) in a scene from Netflix series "Orange is The New Black."

Dominican actress Dascha Polanco (third from left) in a scene from Netflix series “Orange is The New Black.” (Photo/Getty Images)

“Orange Is the New Black” has been one of the hottest topics of conversation around the water cooler this summer and with good reason: the prison drama addresses socially-charged topics ranging from inmate’s rights and health care to economic privilege. And this is one show that relies on its racially mixed cast to drive home the drama, making “Orange Is The New Black” a series well worth its many accolades. Get the scoop on season 2 from “OITNB” cast member Dascha Polanco.

“The Bridge” – FX

Actor Demián Bichir in character as Det. Marco Ruiz in the upcoming crime drama "The Bridge."

Actor Demián Bichir in character as Det. Marco Ruiz in the upcoming crime drama “The Bridge.” (Photo/Courtesy FX Network)

If you love a smart, well-written story with characters that aren’t quite what they seem – think along the lines of “House of Cards” – then it’s time to queue up “The Bridge” via On Demand. This FX drama features Mexican actor Demián Bichir opposite Diane Kruger as police detectives who work together to track down a serial killer who commits crimes on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border. Compelling, dark with just a bit of edge, this is one show that has critics wanting more. Watch our one-on-one with Bichir about the show here.

“Devious Maids” – Lifetime

When it was a Telenovela, Devious Maids had an all-Latino cast, even the employers. Not so in English, where only the maids are Latina now.

When it was a Telenovela, Devious Maids had an all-Latino cast, even the employers. Not so in English, where only the maids are Latina now. (Photo/Courtesy Lifetime)

When “Devious Maids” was first announced, audiences quickly decided that they either supported or hated the idea of a show whose cast of Latinas all played maids. But love it – or hate it – there’s no denying that “Devious Maids” has all of the ingredients that make a juicy novela the ultimate guilty pleasure. There’s a murder, intrigue and plenty of sex appeal, making this a drama that may very well make you ask for more. Click here to read our interview with “Devious Maids” star Judy Reyes.

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