Camil will kick off the evening with an original opening monologue, before handing things over to the critics, who will announce the night’s big winners. As an added bonus, the exclusive event will include a cameo by beloved telenovela superstar Rogelio De La Vega, who will be on-hand to fill in for Camil whenever the host needs to take a quick break. Awards will be presented in a wide variety of categories and genres, such as news and information; youth; drama; reality; and comedy, as North America’s top TV critics gather to celebrate outstanding television programs of the 2015-2016 season.
“With his natural charm and quick wit, Jaime Camil has quickly become one of the most likeable personalities on television,” said TCA President Amber Dowling. “Camil, along with his beloved alter ego Rogelio De La Vega, are the perfect complement to add some sizzle to this special evening. The Television Critics Association is truly honored to have him on board, as we come together to celebrate 32 years of the TCA Awards.”
Camil is a Critics’ Choice, Imagen, and Teen Choice Award nominee and has won countless global film and theater awards throughout his 20-year plus career. He has starred in a multitude of telenovelas, including hits “Qué pobres tan ricos” and “Por ella soy Eva,” and award-winning films such as “Pulling Strings,” “200 Cartas” and “7 Dias” – which earned him Best Supporting Actor honors from the Premios ACE and the Mexican Cinema Journalists respectively. He has recorded four platinum selling albums and has led many musicals in his native Mexico City including “West Side Story,” “Hook,” “Aladdin,” “El diluvio que viene” and more. In addition to “Jane the Virgin,” he can be seen on Broadway starring as Billy Flynn in “Chicago.”
Rogelio De La Vega shot to fame in 2013, capturing hearts across the country in his smoldering portrayal of Santos, the president of the fictional country of North Ecuaduras, who braves the high seas, battles villainous pirates, and woos the beautiful Blanca in the hit Telemasivo Studios telenovela “The Passions of Santos.” The series was the longest-running telenovela in the studio’s history, having amassed over 175 episodes — thanks, in large part, to De La Vega’s undeniable charisma and brilliant acting. De La Vega’s performance was widely acclaimed by critics and viewers, alike, earning him the honor of Best Actor at the prestigious Paloma Awards in 2014, as well as a legion of devoted 6.3 million Twitter followers. In addition to “Santos” De La Vega has appeared in the sci-fi space opera “Pasión Intergalactica,” and currently can be seen in the lead role on the new time-travel drama “Tiago a Través del Tiempo.”
Camil is the latest in a long line of stars to emcee the TCA Awards; past hosts include James Corden, Terry Crews, Bryan Cranston, Ellen DeGeneres, Conan O’Brien, Drew Carey, Craig Ferguson, Wanda Sykes, the Smothers Brothers, Nick Offerman, Dax Shepard, Key & Peele, and Bob Newhart, among others.
The TCA nominates and votes on awards as an organization, and the process is not open to submissions. 12 awards will be presented for programming that has made an impact this past TV season. The TCA also bestows a Heritage Award trophy to one long-standing program that has culturally or socially influenced society, and a Career Achievement Award.