Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) and Fabian Alomar (Mayans M.C.) have joined the cast as series regulars in a new comedy series from comedian Chris Estrada titled “This Fool.”
The series follows Julio Lopez (Estrada), a self-described “punk ass bitch” who still lives at home and goes out of his way to help everyone but himself. The half-hour series sees Lopez work at a gang-rehabilitation non-profit and his quest to overcome his codependency issues with his family as he navigates working class life in South Central Los Angeles.
Frankie Quinones, Michelle Ortiz, Laura Patalano (Gentefied) and Julia Vera (Elena of Avalor) will also have recurring roles in the show.
According to Deadline, Imperioli will play Minister Leonard Payne, the founder of the gang rehab facility Hugs Not Thugs. He is fatherly, has a bit of a hair-trigger temper, insightful and pragmatic. A former mortgage broker who specialized in foreclosures, Payne had a breakdown that started him on the road to his current non-profit, but he learned one thing along the way, which he imparts to Julio (Estrada): “I have a bad habit of focusing on other people’s problems so I don’t have to deal with my own.”
Alomar will portray Fabian, a former gang member who Julio (Estrada) convinces to join the program at Hugs Not Thugs. At first skeptical, Fabian decides to sign up and becomes an active member of the organization.
Imperioli is best known for his starring role as Christopher Moltisanti in HBO’s The Sopranos for which he earned a Best Supporting Actor Emmy award.
Alomar is a professional skateboarder as well as actor and was recently seen as the Portland President in the FX series Mayans M.C.
“This Fool” is written by Estrada and Corporate creators Jake Weisman, Matt Ingebretson and Pat Bishop.
Estrada, Weisman, Ingebretsen and Bishop executive produce along with Fred Armisen and Black-ish EP Jonathan Groff. ABC Signature is the studio.