'Dexter' Star Joins FX's George Lopez Comedy (Exclusive)

David Zayas Headshot - P 2012
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David Zayas Headshot - P 2012

Dexter star David Zayas isn't wasting any time finding his next gig.

The actor best known for playing Angel on Showtime's serial killer drama has joined the cast of FX's George Lopez comedy Saint George, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The 10/90 comedy centers on the chaotic life of a recently divorced working-class Mexican-American who becomes a successful entrepreneur. Lopez is set to portray a man who struggles to balance his demanding ex-wife, his 11-year-old son, his overbearing mother who just moved in and his uncle as well as his new role as a philanthropist "giving back" by teaching history once a week at night school.

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Zayas will recur as Junior, Tio's (Danny Trejo) son and George's cousin. Junior, like Tio, is a bit quirky and off-center. Both admire the other and take advantage of George's success and are always brainstorming ways to make money -- sometimes legally.

Saint George was co-created by Lopez, Matt Williams (Roseanne) and David McFadzean, with the trio set to co-write the first episode. The men, along with 3 Arts' Michael Rotenberg (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Dete Meserve and Judd Payne will serve as executive producers on the project, which begins production this month. Lionsgate TV is set to produce in association with Wind Dancer Films, Travieso Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment.

In addition to Dexter, which wraps its run on Sunday, Zayas most recently guest starred on Fox's The Following. Repped by ATA and Schreck Rose, his credits include Grimm and Person of Interest.

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