Monica Raymund to Star in Dick Wolf’s Scripted Podcast Drama Series “Dark Woods”

It’s a dark time for Monica Raymund.

The 35-year-old half-Dominican American actress and Hightown star will star opposite Corey Stoll and Reid Scott in Dark Woods, a scripted podcast drama series from Dick Wolf’s Wolf Entertainment.

Monica Raymund

The thriller centers around the suspicious death of a young park volunteer in the California Redwood Forest.

It’s the Law & Order creator’s second foray into the world of scripted podcasts after the launch of Hunted, starring Parker Posey and Brandon Scott, in 2019.

It brings together two actors from the wider Wolf world; Stoll played Detective Tomas Jaruszalski in Law & Order: LA, while Raymund starred as Gabriela Dawson Casey in Chicago Fire.

The series, which launches on November 8, begins when the body of a young volunteer is discovered in the middle of the California redwoods. It brings together two estranged ex-spouses, a stubborn game warden and a charismatic councilwoman, who must put their personal differences aside to learn the terrifying truth about what is happening in their state park. The investigation leads to a surprising twist impacted by illegal marijuana grow sites and a much larger crime organization.

Written by David Pergolini and directed by Takashi Doscher, it is executive-produced by Dick Wolf and Elliot Wolf. The series is produced by Wolf Entertainment and Endeavor Content in association with Waverunner Studios.

The series was recorded remotely with Raymund recording during breaks from Starz’ Hightown, Stoll was in New York and Scott was in LA.

Wolf (right) added that the sound design was key to the audio drama, the idea of creating traditional scenes that would be strong enough to follow along without a visual.

“The goal was to make this as an immersive experience as possible and to make it feel as real life as possible. The actual sound design is largely recorded sounds in the forest. When you hear a coffee mug being picked up, it’s an actual coffee mug,” he said.

Guillermo Diaz to Appear on Season 2 of NBC’s “Law & Order: Organized Crime”

Guillermo Diaz is getting organized

The 46-year-old Cuban American actor will appear on Season 2 of NBC’s Law & Order: Organized Crime.

Guillermo Diaz

Diaz will appear in a recurring role on the upcoming season of Dick Wolf’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) spinoff series.

Diaz will play Sgt. Bill Brewster. His character description is being kept under wraps.

Law & Order: Organized Crime brought Christopher Meloni’s Elliot Stabler character back to the venerable franchise for the first time in 10 years, and revolves around the NYPD organized crime unit led by Stabler.

Danielle Moné Truitt, Tamara Taylor, Ainsley Seiger and Dylan McDermott also star.

Law & Order: Organized Crime was created by Wolf, who executive produces along with showrunner Ilene Chaiken, Terry Miller, Fred Berner, Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski.

Known for his many seasons on Showtime’s Weeds and Chapelle’s Show for Comedy Central, Diaz starred as Huck on the ABC hit series Scandal and most recently co-starred in the ABC comedy United We Fall.

He was also a series regular on the NBC drama Mercy and guest-starred opposite Lena Dunham in HBO’s Girls, Comedy Central’s Broad City and HBO’s High Maintenance.

Michael Rivera To Appear in Recurring Role on NBC’s “Law & Order: Organized Crime”

Michael Rivera is joining the force…

The Latino actor has landed a recurring role opposite Christopher Meloni, Dylan McDermott, Tamara Taylor and Danielle Moné Truitt in NBC’s SVU spinoff series, Law & Order: Organized Crime.

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Rivera joins a roster of recurring additions that includes Nicky Torchia and Ibrahim Renno.

In Law & Order: Organized Crime, Elliot Stabler (Meloni) returns to the NYPD to battle organized crime after a devastating personal loss. Stabler will aim to rebuild his life as part of a new elite task force that is taking apart the city’s most powerful criminal syndicates one by one. Meloni also is reprising his role as Stabler on SVU this season. No information about the other Organized Crime characters is being released.

Torchia will play Eli Stabler, the son of Meloni’s Elliot Stabler. Rivera will portray Detective Diego Morales, and. Renno will play Izak Bekher.

Law & Order: Organized Crime was created by Dick Wolf, who will executive produce. Fred Berner directed the first episode.

The series is produced by Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.

The drama will premiere at 10:00 pm on April 1 as part of a crossover with Law & Order: SVU that starts at 9:00 pm.

Rivera booked his first role on Law & Order in 2001 at the age of 12. Since then he has joined the Law & Order cast numerous times, as well as spinoffs Conviction, SVU and Criminal Intent. He also appeared in a fractional role with Meloni on HBO’s Oz.

Benny Mora to Guest Star on NBC’s “Chicago Med”

Benny Mora is heading to The Windy City

The 32-year-old half-Latino actor will guest star on Dick Wolf’s NBC series Chicago Med.

Benny Mora

Mora will appear in the series’ current season.

He plays Mike, a blue-collar truck driver in his 30s whose ex-wife brings their baby to the ER.

Chicago Med, in its sixth season, continues to draw strong ratings for NBC. In Live+7, it is among the top three dramas on every Wednesday night of originals in the 2020-21 season-to-date.

Chicago Med airs Wednesdays at 8:00 pm ET/PT on NBC. It is produced by Wolf Entertainment in association with Universal Television, a division of the Universal Studio Group.

Mora’s previous credits include Neighborhood Buzz and Aquarius.

Miguel Gomez to Appear on Season 2 of CBS’ Drama Series “FBI: Most Wanted”

Miguel Gomez has found his most wanted role…

The 35-year-old Colombian actor and former hip hop artist is joining the Season 2 cast of CBS’ drama series FBI: Most Wanted as a new series regular.

Miguel Gomez

Gomez plays Special Agent Ivan Ortiz, a former LAPD Gang Unit officer born and raised in Los Angeles. After a stint with the FBI’s counter-terror unit in Washington, DC, he joins the team to be with the “best of the best” who track down the country’s most wanted fugitives. Ortiz has a street cop’s instincts, a gift for undercover work, and a sly sense of humor that he’ll employ as he tries to find his place with Jess (series star Julian McMahon) and the tight-knit team.

Gomez’s character will be introduced in the Tuesday, March 9 episode at 10:00 pm ET/PT.

FBI: Most Wanted stars Julian McMahon, Kellan Lutz, Roxy Sternberg, Keisha Castle-Hughes and Nathaniel Arcand. It’s executive produced by Dick Wolf, David Hudgins, Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski. It’s produced by Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television in association with CBS Television Studios.

Gomez is known for his roles as Gus on The Strain and Rafi on Showtime’s SMILF. He most recently recurred in L.A.’s Finest.

His film credits include Southpaw.

Otmara Marrero to Star in NBC’s Quarantine-Themed Comedy Series “Connecting”

It’s a new connection for Otmara Marrero

The Cuban-American actress has been cast as the lead in NBC’s comedy series Connecting.

Otmara Marrero

Written and executive produced by Martin Gero and Brendan GallConnectingis an ensemble comedy about a group of friends trying to stay close (and sane) through video chats as they share the highs and lows of these extraordinary times.

Last month it received an eight-episode straight-to-series order.

Marrero will play Annie (fka Abby), who identifies as female. Her friends describe her as a hermit who would barely go out, even before the quarantine started.

Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios, is the studio.

Marrero played the female lead in Dick Wolf’s ABC drama pilot reboot New York Undercover, which was produced by Universal Television

She previously starred for three seasons on Sony Crackle’s series StartUp opposite Martin Freeman and Adam Brody

Her film credits include Vandal and Clementine

Alberto Rosende to Appear on NBC’s “Chicago Fire”

Alberto Rosende’s on (Chicago) Fire… 

The 26-year-old Colombian and Cuban American actor has landed a recurring role on the upcoming eighth season of NBC’s Chicago Fire.

Alberto Rosende

Rosende will portray Blake Gallo, a young firefighter who loves his job and joins Firehouse 51 as the Chicago Fire Department expands the number of firefighters on second shift. Casey (Jesse Spencer), Herrmann (David Eigenberg) and Severide (Taylor Kinney) — impressed with Gallo’s relentless energy — take him under their wings.

From executive producer Dick Wolf and co-creator Derek HaasChicago Fire looks into the lives of the firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51 who risk their lives week in and week out to save and protect the citizens of their city.

In addition to Spencer, Eigenberg and Kinney, the cast includes Eamonn WalkerKara KilmerMiranda Rae MayoAnnie IlonzehChristina StolteJoe Minoso and Yuri Sardarov.

Rosende is best known for his starring role as Simon Lewis on Shadowhunters, which aired for three seasons on Freeform. He’s currently the face of Old Spice’s new ad campaign entitled “Never Let a Friend Lose His Swagger.” 

Chicago Fire‘s Season 8 premieres on September 25 on NBC.

Leto to Make His Feature-Length Scripted Directorial Debut with Paramount Pictures’ “77”

Jared Leto is about to accomplish a new career first…

The 45-year-old part-Spanish American actor/singer is set to direct Wolf Films’ period thriller 77 for Paramount Pictures. The film marks his feature-length scripted directorial debut.

Jared Leto

Set in politically charged 1974 Los Angeles, the story centers on two police officers who team up to recover kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst, while simultaneously investigating the brutal murder of a fellow officer. They uncover not only relentless corruption and crime, but a dark and violent conspiracy as well.

David Matthews penned the script from an original screenplay by L.A. Confidential author James Ellroy.

The film will be produced by writer/producer Dick Wolf and Tony Ganz of Wolf Films. Leto also is producing.

Leto’s directing credits include the documentary Artifact, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012; the documentary short Great Wide Open; and the documentary series Into the Wild and Beyond the Horizon

As an actor, he won a Supporting Oscar for 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club, played the Joker in last year’s Suicide Squad and next appears in Blade Runner 2049.

NBC Moves Up Dacosta’s “Chicago Med” Premiere to Fall

Yaya Dacosta’s new series is headed to television sooner than expected…

NBC is tweaking its fall schedule, replacing the new medical drama Heartbreaker with the 32-year-old part-Brazilian American actress’ new series Chicago Med.

Yaya Dacosta in Chicago Med

The network had announced a fall 2015 Tuesday lineup consisting of The Voice leading to Heartbreaker and new variety show Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, to be succeeded by NBC Tuesday 10 PM anchor Chicago Fire in November, when Best Time Ever’s run ends.

Chicago Med, which originated as a planted spinoff episode of Chicago Fire this past season, was previously slated for a midseason launch but will now debut in September behind The Voice. Starting in November, it will form a Chicago 9-11 PM block, paired with the franchise’s mothership series.

The scheduling change stems from the pregnancy of Heartbreaker star Melissa George, who is expecting her second child.

Both Heartbreaker and Chicago Med will start production in mid-summer, but Heartbreaker will then go on hiatus to accommodate George’s pregnancy.

Dick Wolf’s Chicago Med is described as an emotional thrill ride through the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most explosive hospital.

Chicago Med also stars Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Holden and Nick Gehlfuss.

DaCosta to Star in NBC’s “Chicago Fire” Spinoff “Chicago Med”

Yaya DaCosta is ready to go on call…

The 32-year-old part-Brazilian American actress, who recently portrayed Whitney Houston in the Lifetime biopic about the late singer, is set to star in NBC’s Chicago Med, the proposed ensemble medical drama spinoff from Chicago Fire.

Yaya DaCosta

DaCosta and the other cast members of the potential spinoff will be introduced in Episode 19 of Chicago Fire this season.

DaCosta will play Maggie Seaver (formerly Emily Sexton), an attractive nurse who begins to date Chicago Fire‘s Kelly (Taylor Kinney), with whom she has a history dating back to high school.

Like with Chicago PD, which also started as a planted spinoff from Chicago Fire, the Chicago Med  episode is conceived/written by Chicago Fire creators/executive producers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, executive producer Matt Olmstead and executive producer Dick Wolf, whose company Wolf Films produces the Chicago Fire/Chicago PD franchise for Universal Television.

“There will be an event that brings Chicago Med within Chicago Fire,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said at TCA last month.

DaCosta, who had been sought for pilots after following her breakout role as Whitney Houston, also appeared in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. She is with Gersh.