What’s New When The Fosters Return for Season 3B? A New Jesus!

THE FOSTERS - "Lucky" - Stef and Lena host an anniversary party for Lena’s parents while Callie faces the consequences of her actions in the summer finale of “The Fosters,” airing Monday, August 17, 2015 at 8:00PM ET/PT on ABC Family. (ABC Family/Eric McCandless) TERI POLO, CIERRA RAMIREZ, DAVID LAMBERT, HAYDEN BYERLY, NOAH CENTINEO, SHERRI SAUM, MAIA MITCHELL

maia-mitchell-on-jake-t-austin-replacement-on-the-fostersPretty much the first thing we notice when The Fosters returns is the same as the last thing we noticed before the break: the absence of Jake T. Austin as Mariana’s twin, Jesus. The other thing you notice is the presence of Noah Centineo in his place.

When I first saw Centineo at the end of 3A, I thought there was no way this particular recasting was going to work. Centineo and Austin look nothing alike. Centineo really can’t pass for 15/16 like Austin could, and I didn’t think there would be any way to get past that.

I was wrong.

In the first episode of 3B, we see Centineo almost flawlessly taking on the personality and characteristics (and even the clothing!) of Jesus. In all honesty, Centineo is a better Jesus than Austin ever was. His acting is better, his line delivery is better. The chemistry with the rest of the cast is still a little off but that will come.

Overall, Centineo was the biggest, most pleasant surprise when I checked out the new screener. So kudos to him and here’s hoping that Jesus and his storyline will just get better and better.

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