The Hollywood Reporter Trade Magazine - November 10, 2000

Midseason CBS drama reaches out to Elizondo
Written by Nellie Andreeva

Emmy winner Hector Elizondo is coming back to CBS. The actor, who spent five seasons on CBS' "Chicago Hope," has been cast as the male lead opposite Mary Stuart Masterson in a still-untitled midseason drama series from Jersey Television and 20th Century Fox Television.

Elizondo will play the director of a community outreach organization in the drama, which revolves around a young single mother (Masterson) who goes to the agency for help after being stiffed on a paycheck by an unscrupulous employer.

Rhea Perlman has been cast as lawyer with the agency.

The series, created by writer Stephen Tolkin, has received a six-episode order. Filming begins Wednesday.

The project reunites Elizondo and series showrunner Michael Braverman. The two worked together on "Chicago Hope."

Elizondo's tenure on David E. Kelley's medical drama earned him four Emmy nominations, including a win in 1997.

On the big screen, he was recently seen in "Picking Up the Pieces" and "Runaway Bride." His feature credits include also "Pretty Woman" and "Turbulence."

Elizondo is repped by WMA and manager Mark Teitelbaum.