Justina Machado will be heading back to the hospital in the near future…
The 40-year-old Puerto Rican actresshas landed the last regular role in USA’s single-camera comedy pilot Paging Dr. Freed, which begins shooting in Los Angeles this week.
The project centers on gynecologist brothers David (Kyle Howard) and Jonathan (Joel David Moore) who inherit their father’s thriving medical practice and have to deal with their meddling mother (Annie Potts).
Machado, who has appeared on the medical shows ERand Three Rivers, will portray the no-nonsense office manager and gatekeeper at the practice who acts as the brothers’ tough-loving figure at the workplace.
Machado is best known for her role as Vanessa Diaz on the HBO drama series Six Feet Under.She most recently appeared on the final season of ABC’sDesperate Housewives.
Freddie Prinze Jr. could be heading back to television in the near future…
The 36-year-old part-Puerto Rican actor, who starred in ABC’s short-lived Freddie back in 2005-2006, has joined the cast of an untitled comedy pilot for NBC.
The single-camera project centers on Agnes (Sarah Wright), a shy, focused woman who, after being dumped by her fiancé Noah (Prinze), leans on her co-workers at Pharmville to help her come out of her shell and plot her revenge.
Prinze’s character Noah also works at Pharmville, but he’s worked his way up from “lab rat” to the corporate office. Engaged to Agnes for two years, and romantically involved for four, he has decided to break up with her because his new job has suddenly given him the chance to be new Noah, and new Noah is about easy laughs and good times. He’s ready to come out of his nerd shell, and part of that shell is Agnes.
In addition to Wright, Prinze also joins the previously cast actors Mena Suvari and Kyle Howard.
Following Freddie, Prinze had guest-starring roles on 24 and Psych.