ABC has tapped Devious Maids‘ Roselyn Sanchez as the female lead in the drama pilot GRAND HOTEL. The series is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel. It centers on the family who owns the business, the staff who run it and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior. Sanchez will play Gigi, the embodiment of “Miami glamour,” she is impossibly stylish with a flair for excess. Unapologetically fabulous but never frivolous, she’s smart, cunning and fiercely loyal to her twin daughters. She’s the hotel owner’s second wife, but never considers herself “second” at anything.
Ray Donovan‘s Alyssa Diaz has booked a series regular role in ABC’s straight-to-series light crime drama THE ROOKIE. Diaz will play Angela, an LAPD Training Officer on the cusp of making detective-trainee. That all gets threatened when she gets assigned to Jackson West. Not only does she have to play the usual politics within her own station house, she now has her hands full with an entitled rookie whose father has a say in her career at the LAPD.
Former The Grinder regular Natalie Morales has been cast in the lead role for the NBC comedy pilot ABBY’S. Set at an unlicensed bar in San Diego where the regulars enthusiastically enforce a unique set of rules that give them a sense of community and allow them to avoid the frustrating behavior found at other establishments. Morales will play the title role of Abby. No-nonsense, slight but strong, Abby was a staff sergeant in the Army who did two tours of duty in Afghanistan. Abby has found her calling hosting friends and newcomers in her open-air backyard bar where locals find camaraderie and a kind of sanctuary.
The Mindy Project alum Xosha Roquemore has booked a season-long arc on the upcoming second season of Showtime’s I’M DYING UP HERE. Roquemore will play Dawn Lima, an in-your-face, sexy and fearless comedian who will talk about anything except who she really is. Dawn recently arrived in Los Angeles to try stand-up at Goldie’s after performing in Detroit and Chicago. Daughter of a preacher, she feels judged not only by her father but by the world at large. A “friend with benefits” of Nick (Jake Lacy), she is struggling with her sexual identity, not just professionally but also personally.
April Dawn | Editorial Intern