4:02pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Adan Canto Boards ABC's 'Blood and Oil' as Series Regular (Exclusive)
Adan Canto is returning to ABC.
The Mixology alum has joined the cast of the network's upcoming drama Blood and Oil as a series regular, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The drama follows Billy (Chace Crawford) and Cody Lefever (Rebecca Rittenhouse) who dream of a new life beyond their working-class roots and move to The Bakken in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history. They’re soon pitted against a ruthless tycoon who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage.
Canto will play AJ Menendez, taking over the role previously played by Yani Gellman in the pilot. The character is a geologist who has been hired to work with Briggs Oil and advise Hap Briggs (Don Johnson) on the Bakken Oil play. He'll also help Hap around the ranch and eventually develops a romantic relationship with his daughter, Carla (Amber Valletta). The cast also includes Delroy Lindo, Scott Michael Foster and India De Beaufort, among others.
Blood and Oil, set to bow on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 9 p.m., is written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne, who exec produce alongside Tony Krantz, Drew Comins and Johnson. The series is produced by ABC Signature.
The casting brings Canto back into the ABC fold following his starring turn on short-lived comedy Mixology. He most recently filmed NBC pilot The Curse of the Fuentes Women, which did not move forward. His credits include Fox's The Following and feature X-Men: Days of Future Past. He's repped by UTA, Aida Bernal and attorney Joe Weiner.