Monica Raymund to Star in Starz’s Opioid Epidemic-Themed Drama “P-Town”

Monica Raymund has landed her next starring role…

The 32=year-old half-Dominican American actress and former Chicago Fire has been cast as the lead in P-TownStarz’s drama that touches on the current opioid epidemic.

Monica Raymund

From former Gotham writer-producerRebecca CutterPower executive producer Gary Lennonand Jerry Bruckheimer Television, the project was originally picked up for development last fall.

Now that it’s been ordered to series, P-Town will begin production in March.

Written and executive produced by Cutter, P-Town centers on Jackie Quinones (Raymund), a lesbian National Marine Fisheries Services officer, happy to use her gun and badge to pick up tourist chicks in “P-Town” — the gay mecca of Provincetown, MA. But when she finds a body washed up on the beach — collateral damage of the opioid epidemic – Jackie’s life begins to circle the drain. As she faces her own addictive behaviors, she becomes increasingly obsessed with solving the murder. Jackie’s forced to confront the dark side of the idyllic summer spot – all the while putting herself and her sobriety in danger.

As opiate-related overdose deaths have skyrocketed in the U.S. since 2001, Massachusetts has been hit hard, with more than 1,250 deaths from heroin overdose in 2014. The 2015 HBOdocumentary Heroin: Cape Cod, USA, depicted the dire situation in Cape Cod where 85 percent of the crimes are opiate-related.

Raymund played Gabriella Dawson for six seasons on NBC’s Chicago Fire. She was one of five original series regulars whose initial contracts expired after Season 6 and the most prominent female cast member on the Wolf Entertainment/Universal Televisiondrama. Raymund played Paramedic in Charge/Firefighter Candidate Gabriela “Gabby” Dawson.

Raymund is also known for her role as Dana Lodge on CBS The Good Wife.

Season 4 of Loren’s Starz Series “Power” to Premiere in June

Lela Loren is powering up this summer…

Starz has scheduled the fourth season premiere of its hit drama series Power, starring the 36-year-old Mexican American actress, for Sunday, June 25 at 9:00 pm ET.

The series follows James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), a drug kingpin living a double life who in Season 4 seeks to find redemption.

The 10-episode fourth season picks up on the heels of James’ highly publicized arrest by his ex-girlfriend, Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Valdes (Loren), for the murder of FBI Agent Greg Knox—a crime he did not commit. Ghost can’t outrun his past choices and mounting enemies this season, which threaten his freedom and his family’s safety at every turn. His fight for redemption brings him face-to-face with the Feds, the media, new allies, and old foes. But the biggest obstacle for Ghost remains himself and his internal struggle between the man he wants to be and the one he really is.

Courtney A. Kemp is the creator, showrunner and executive producer of Power. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton, Randall Emmett and Gary Lennon serve as executive producers.

The premiere episode also will be available starting at 12:01 am June 25 on the Starz app and On Demand.

Cedeño Promoted to Series Regular on Starz’s “Power”

Matt Cedeño is Powering up…

The 41-year-old half-Cuban American actor, who recurred in three episodes on the third season of Starz’s Power, has been promoted to series regular for Season 4.

Matt Cedeño

Cedeño plays Cristobal in the hit drama series.

The New York-based series starring Omari Hardwick was recently renewed through Season 5 after its record-setting Season 3 premiere in July.

Creator, executive producer and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp will return alongside executive producers Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton, Randall Emmett and Gary Lennon.

Cedeño had starring roles on Lifetime’s Devious Maids and Syfy’s Z Nation, which will launch its third season with a two-hour premiere.

Starz Renews Loren’s Drama Series “Power” for Two More Seasons

Lela Loren is still wielding her power…

Starz has renewed its hit drama series Power, starring the 36-year-old Latina actress, for two more seasons, through Season 5.

Lela Loren

The announcement comes just two days after Power‘s record-setting Season 3 premiere, which pulled in 2.26 million viewers. It marks the premium cable channel’s best original series debut numbers yet and the most-watched episode of any Starz original ever.

The Season 3 premiere was up more than 58% from the Season 2 and 389% from Season 1 premieres, respectively.

This is the first multi-season pickup for the New York-based series starring Omari Hardwick. Creator, executive producer and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp will return alongside executive producers Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton, Randall Emmett and Gary Lennon.

“In today’s content landscape, it is challenging for a series to stand out, but Courtney is a singular voice working in television today, said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. “In Curtis, we not only have an immense talent but an executive producer who brings a unique perspective, an authentic voice and passionate fan base that has helped in a large part propel the success of the series. … The fans have let it be known loud and clear that they cannot get enough of Ghost, Tommy, Tasha, Angela and Kanan.”

Loren portrays Angela Valdes on the series.

Her other credits include Gang Related, Covert Affairs and The Closer.