Frankie Vargas may be dead in Scandal season 6 but Ricardo Chavira fans have nothing to worry about. The actor recently joined a pilot planned for CBS.
Deadline reports that Chavira joins as a series regular for Mission Control. The project hails from The Martian author Andy Weir and producer Simon Kinberg. Chavira’s involvement with the pilot stems from a re-cast.
The actor’s role originally belonged to Nestor Serrano. However, Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reports that the casting change happened after the first day of filming. The source offers the following description for the pilot:
“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.”
Aside from Chavira, other names confirmed to star in the pilot are David Giuntoli (Grimm), Levi Fiehler (Ray Donovan), Peyton List (Frequency) and Poppy Montgomery (Without a Trace).
Showrunner Brian Buckner will also serve as executive producer for Mission Control. He joins Weir, Kinberg & Aditya Sood, Courtney Conte & Quan Phung and Charles Eglee in EP duties.
Scandal Season 6 and Other Ricardo Chavira Series
Chavira has been busy lately with different stints in separate TV series. Among the notable roles he played is Francisco “Frankie” Vargas in Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal. The character first appeared in the fifth season of the series as a respectable governor with high hopes for the people.
After being ostracized from President Fitz’s (Tony Goldwyn) inner circle, Cyrus Beane (Jeff Perry) sees major potential in Vargas. He does everything he can to introduce Vargas to the public, even to the extent of staging a fake hostage-taking scenario.
Cyrus’ plan succeeds and Vargas earns praise from the public. Eventually, Cyrus convinces him of running for office.
The Scandal season 6 premiere reveals that Vargas won the US presidential elections. However, the victory is cut short when Vargas is assassinated. The narrative of season 6 seeks to uncover who really is behind the murder of the president elect.
Aside from Scandal, Chavira also appeared in Jane the Virgin as Bruce and in Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet as Dan Palmer. Fans will also recall that the actor’s most memorable role was in Desperate Housewives as Carlos Solis, Eva Longoria’s on-screen husband.
Stay tuned for more details about CBS’ Mission Control. Also bookmark GoshTV for updates on Scandal season 6 and your other favorite TV series.
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