Mel Rodriguez to Star in CBS’ Upcoming Series “CSI: Vegas”

Mel Rodriguez is joining the force…

The 47-year-old Latino actor has been cast as one of the leads in CSI: Vegas, which Deadline.com reports is nearing a formal straight-to-series order at CBS.

Mel Rodriguez

Rodriguez will star opposite Paula Newsome and Matt Lauria in CSI: Vegas, which serves as a sequel to the mothership CSI series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

William Petersen and Jorja Fox are reportedly finalizing their deals to star in CSI: Vegas, reprising their roles as Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle, respectively.

While billed as an event series, CSI: Vegas, from writer Jason Tracey, CBS Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Television, could become an ongoing series running for multiple seasons.

With CSI: Vegas, the most watched drama series of the 21st century, CSI, opens a new chapter in Las Vegas, the city where it all began. Facing an existential threat that could bring down the Crime Lab, a brilliant team of forensic investigators must welcome back old friends and deploy new techniques to preserve and serve justice in Sin City.

Rodriguez is said to be playing Hugo, who took over as Head Medical Examiner three years ago. He has an endless fascination with the bodies that find their way onto his slab, and the morgue is his happy place. Rodrigues previously guest starred in an episode of CSI: NY (character name: Al McGrath).

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation bowed out in 2015 after 15 seasons, having launched a $1 billion franchise for CBS that spanned four series; CSI and spinoffs CSI: Miami, CSI: New York and CSI: Cyber.

Rodriguez was most recently a series regular on the Showtime series On Becoming a God In Central Florida opposite Kirsten Dunst. He was also seen opposite Anne Hathaway in Dee Rees’ The Last Thing He Wanted for Netflix. Additionally, Rodriguez recently voiced Officer Colt Bronco in the DisneyPixar animated feature Onward.

CBS Releases Teaser Video for Martinez’s “Under the Dome”

Natalie Martinez will find herself under the dome soon…

CBS recently released a preview featurette for the network’s summer drama series Under The Dome, which stars the 28-year-old Cuban-American actress.

Natalie Martinez

An adaptation of Stephen King’s novel produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, the series is set in Chester’s Mill, a small New England town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome.

Martinez, who has a recurring role on CSI: New York, will play Deputy Linda, a young, ambitious officer who is fiercely loyal to the town’s sheriff, a man who runs a tight ship in the town of Chester’s Mill.

The clip features interviews with King and the show’s cast as they open up about the show.

Under the Dome is set to premiere in June.

Fumero Cast in Fox’s Andy Samberg Comedy Pilot

Melissa Fumero is joining Samberg’s force

The 30-year-old Cuban-American actress has been named the female lead in Fox’s untitled Mike Schur and Dan Goor comedy pilot, starring former Saturday Night Live star Andy Samberg.

Melissa Fumero

The comedy pilot centers on a diverse group of detectives in a precinct at the edge of New York City.

Fumero, best known for for her role as Adriana Cramer on One Life to Live, will portray Amy, an attractive and smart police detective who was raised in the outskirts of Manhattan. Before joining the force, she was a middle-school teacher. When it comes to dating, she doesn’t date fellow police officers, even though there are a ton of prospects in the line of fire.

Along with her One Life to Live stint, Fumero’s credits include appearances on Gossip Girl, The Mentalist and CSI: New York.

She’s married to her former OLTL co-star David Fumero, who portrayed Cristian Vega on the soap opera.

Martinez Cast in CBS’ “Under the Dome”

Natalie Martinez is heading under the dome

The 28-year-old Cuban-American actress has been cast in CBS’ new drama series Under the Dome.

Natalie Martinez

Based on Stephen King’s novel, the series follows residents in the community as they deal with post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers as to what the barrier is, where it came from and when — and if — it will go away.

Martinez, who has a recurring role on CSI: New York, will play Deputy Linda, a young, ambitious deputy who’s is fiercely loyal to the town’s sheriff, a man who runs a tight ship in the town of Chester’s Mill.

CBS Television Studios will produce the drama, which was picked up straight to series, in association with Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Television.

Martinez, who rose to acclaim as the spokesmodel for Jennifer Lopez’s JLO by Jennifer Lopez brand, has appeared in the films Death Race, The Baytown Outlaws and End of Watch. Her television credits include Fashion House, Sons of Tucson and Detroit 1-8-7.