ABC Picks Up Ramón Rodríguez’s Drama “Will Trent” to Series

Where there’s a Will (Trent), there’s a way for Ramón Rodríguez.

ABC has picked up the drama pilot Will Trent (working title), starring the 42-year-old Puerto Rican actor, to series for a midseason launch.

Ramón Rodríguez Will Trent is one of four 2022 ABC drama pilots whose production was targeted for off-cycle and the first of the bunch to land a series order.

Will Trent emerged as an early front-runner in what ABC calls “second cycle” as part of its year-round development strategy. There was a small hiccup in the final stretch, which was reportedly over the nature of storytelling, but the pilot remained on track for a pickup.

In anticipation of a series order, writers have been working on scripts for the past three weeks.

Based on Karin Slaughter’s bestselling “Will Trent” series, the series stars Rodriguez as Special Agent Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI), who was abandoned at birth and endured a harsh coming-of-age in Atlanta’s overwhelmed foster care system. But now, determined to use his unique point of view to make sure no one is abandoned like he was, Will Trent has the highest clearance rate in the GBI.

The series is expected to be a procedural.

In addition to Rodriguez, Will Trent also stars Erika Christensen as Angie Polaski, Iantha Richardson as Faith Mitchell, Jake McLaughlin as Michael Ormewood and Sonja Sohn as Amanda Wagner. Liz Heldens, Dan Thomsen, Karin Slaughter and Oly Obst executive produce.

The pilot episode is written by Liz Heldens and Dan Thomsen, and directed and executive produced by Paul McGuigan.

Xolo Maridueña Signs with United Talent Agency (UTA)

Xolo Maridueña has new representation…

The 19-year-old Mexican, Cuban and Ecuadorian American actor, who portrays Miguel Diaz on The Karate Kid sequel series Cobrai Kai, has signed with United Talent Agency (UTA).

Xolo Maridueña

The news comes as Maridueña is set to star in season three of the karate drama, which has moved from YouTube to Netflix. The series, in which he plays Diaz, the top student at the Cobra Kai Dojo, recently debuted its first two seasons on Netflix following the shift and will launch the third season in January.

On Parenthood, which aired for six seasons on NBC between 2010 and 2015, he played Victor Graham, the adopted son of Erika Christensen’s Julia Braverman-Graham and Sam Jaeger’s Joel Graham.

His other television credits include guest roles on Major CrimesTwin PeaksRush Hour and Mack and Moxy

In film, he featured in Dealin’ with Idiots, directed and starring Jeff Garlin alongside Gina Gershon and Kerry Kenney and has also performed on stage in Light in the Darkness and Little Red

Luna to Star in ABC’s Drama Pilot “L.A. Crime”

Gabriel Luna is going on a crime spree…

The 31-year-old Latino American actor, the star of El Rey Network’s short-lived original series Matador, has been cast as the co-lead opposite Adam Rothenberg in ABC’s drama pilot L.A. Crime, from ABC Studios and Mandeville.

Gabriel Luna

The character-driven “true crime” procedural, written by Steven Baigelman and directed by Tom Shankland, explores sex, politics and popular culture across various noteworthy eras in Los Angeles history.

In the first installment, L.A. Crime: The Sunset Strip, L.A. cops Jack Roth (Rothenberg) and Paco Contreras (Luna) will be searching for a Bonnie & Clyde-esque serial-killing team amid the coke-infused rock ‘n’ roll, revelry of the 1980s Sunset Strip. Paco is Jack’s newly transferred partner who struggles to fit in with the unit, since he was responsible for the demise of Jack’s old partner.

Erika Christensen, Taissa Farmiga, Darrell Brit-Gibson and Karolina Wydra co-star.

Following his breakthrough run as the lead on El Rey’s Matador, Luna also recently landed a recurring gig on the second season of HBO’s True Detective. His feature film Freeheld has been picked up by Lionsgate.