EXCLUSIVE: Rosie Perez is set to star opposite Jack Whitehall in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot An American Education, based on the BBC Three series Bad Education. British actor-comedian Whitehall, who created and starred in the original series, is reprising his role as Alfie Wickers, now a British transplant and an unorthodox young teacher in the San Diego public school system. Alfie loves his students but his youthful, often naive enthusiasm and unconventional methods put him at odds with the test-obsessed administrators. Perez plays Rita Gomez, the school’s hard-assed Vice Principal, a terrifying force that grew up in a bad neighborhood who intimidates Alfie by her no-nonsense, bullish, self-righteous, by-the-numbers approach to ruling the school, or how she sees it, her kingdom. Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory wrote the script from a story they co-wrote with Whitehall and Ben Cavey. All four exec produce for ABC Studios.
Dominic Adams has joined Lifetime’s dramedy series Devious Maids, also from ABC Studios, as a new regular. He will play Tony, a dark, handsome and athletic bodyguard/chauffeur who is ex-Special Forces. Adams is repped by Pantheon and Luber Roklin Entertainment.