Lou Diamond Phillips has landed a guest-starring role for a meaty upcoming story arc on NBC’s Blindspot. He’ll appear in a recurring basis as Saúl Guerrero, a feared criminal and pivotal character from Bethany Mayfair’s (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) past that will send shock waves through the FBI. Phillips’ character was briefly introduced via a photo in the most recent episode and will loom large as the season progresses. HE currently stars on Netflix’s revived Longmire and will be seen in the upcoming films The 33, from Warner Bros, which chronicles the story of the rescued Chilean miners, and in the independent film The Night Stalker, about serial killer Richard Ramirez. He’s repped by Global Artists Agency and Thruline.

Amanda Brooks (My Best Friend’s Girl) has signed on to Showtime’s Chicago-set hourlong drama pilot from Dear White People‘s Lena Waithe, Common, Clark Johnson and Aaron Kaplan. She will play Sarah, an assistant chef at a posh restaurant in uptown Chicago who has taken on Brandon (Tosin Cole) as her protégé, convinced that he might be able to work his way out of kitchen duty. Sarah is merciless in teaching Brandon his trade and lets him know in no uncertain terms that he’ll need to have a complete commitment to transform himself from dishwasher to cook. If the pilot goes to series, Brooks would be a series regular. She’s repped by SMS Talent and Link.