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‘Mission Control’: Ricardo Chavira Joins CBS Drama Pilot, Replaces Nestor Serrano

Deadline logo Deadline 3/21/2017 Nellie Andreeva
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Ricardo Chavira is set as a series regular in CBS’ NASA-themed drama pilot Mission Control. He is joining the project, from The Martian author Andy Weir, The Martian producer Simon Kinberg and CBS Studios, in a recasting.

Written by Weir and directed by Jeremy Podeswa, Mission Control revolves around the next generation of NASA astronauts and scientists who juggle their personal and professional lives during a critical mission with no margin for error. Chavira will play Diaz, director of the Johnson Space Center. He replaces Nestor Serrano, who originally was cast in the role. I hear the change was made after the first day of filming.

The pilot is executive produced by Brian Buckner — who serves as showrunner – Weir, Slingshot’s Courtney Conte & Quan Phung, Simon Kinberg & Aditya Sood and Charles Eglee. Chavira joins previously cast Poppy Montgomery, David Giuntoli, Levi Fiehler and Peyton List.

Desperate Housewives alum Chavira just wrapped a season-long recurring arc as Bruce on the CW’s Jane the Virgin, also from CBS Studios. Additionally, Chavira is coming off high-profile arcs on ABC’s Scandal and Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet. He is repped by Gilbertson Entertainment and Innovative Artists.

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