What’s one way of getting a street gang’s attention? By hitting them (too) close to home. That’s the strategy outlined by Terry O’Quinn‘s Sam Chapel, the leader of Los Angeles’ elite Gang Task Force, in this first look from Fox’s Gang Related (premiering Thursday at 9/8c).
In the new drama, Ramon Rodriguez (The Wire) plays Detective Ryan Lopez, a rising star on the Gang Task Force who long before he became a cop, pledged his allegiance to a powerful Latino gang called Los Angelicos. Even when Ryan’s police partner is killed by a notorious thug, he finds himself still beholden to the gang’s leader, Javier Acosta (Trauma’s Cliff Curtis), a father figure who secretly masterminded Ryan’s entry into the police force. But as the series unfolds, Ryan comes to suspect he may be more dedicated to being a cop than he is to Los Angelicos.
As Chapel, Lost alum O’Quinn plays another surrogate father figure to Ryan. Here, the task force boss outlines a new plan of attack on gangs’ irreplaceable assets — family, including Acosta’s own.
The Gang Related cast also includes RZA (Californication), Jay Hernandez (Last Resort), Sung Kang (Fast & Furious), Inbar Lavi (Underemployed), Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill) and Rey Gallegos (Sons of Anarchy).