Adding another male lead to its newest medical drama pilot, NBC has cast Freddy Rodriguez in After Hours.
Written by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, After Hours is an ensemble show about the personnel working the graveyard shift at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Rodriguez will portray hospital administrator Michael Ragosa, the new comptroller for the night shift. At one time an aspiring doctor, Ragosa had to drop out of medical school because of vision problems. Now he is a stern bureaucrat for whom the bottom line seems to mean everything.
Landing his first major American television role, Irish actor Eoin Macken was recently cast as central male lead TC Callahan, an Army veteran who has returned to civilian life to practice his unique brand of medicine and often clashes with his superiors. Presumably, Callahan will be butting heads with Ragosa quite a bit.
The pilot will be directed by Pierre Morel, the French director who helmed the 2008 sleeper hit Taken starring Liam Neeson. Last season, Morel made his pilot directing debut on the ABC thriller Zero Hour, which was taken (har-har) to series by the network.
Most recently, Rodriguez starred in the film SEAL Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden, which had been planned for a theatrical release, but will instead premiere on the National Geographic Channel this Sunday.
While he has appeared in television series such as Ugly Betty and Chaos, Rodriguez may be best known for the role of mortician Rico Diaz on HBO's critically acclaimed Six Feet Under. His wife on that series was played by Justina Machado, who also secured a role in a medical-themed pilot this season, the USA Network comedy Paging Dr. Freed.