In looking at the new and returning TV shows for the Fall, two things jump out: 1) There are virtually no programs‘«Űnone, nada‘«Űwith a dominant or singular Latino theme (that is, a show about a Latino family, or where the lead is a Latino playing a Latino). And 2) There many, many shows‘«Űmore than thirty this fall alone‘«Űin which a Latino actor is in the every-episode cast (sometimes playing a Latino character, sometimes not).
What doesn't jump out quite as readily is the newest trend in TV programming: the arc. This idea of having a multi-episode story within the series‘«Űone that may last three weeks, six weeks, or more‘«Űhas become very popular as a way to bring on-the-fence viewers back more regularly, and to feature prominent, recognized actors that the series might not be able (or willing) to afford on a more permanent basis.
The number of Latinos showing up in arcs this season is really pretty amazing‘«™and a little hard to track. You may not see it on a lot of end-of-season scorecards, and a few of these people may actually become regulars or permanent cast members, but at the moment more than a dozen different programs have already featured, or will be featuring, Latinos in multi-episode arcs.
On CBS, you'll find Monica Raymund currently on "Blue Bloods." Later this season, she'll show up as a state prosecutor and possible love interest on The "Good Wife." And though Raul Esparza is listed as a 'guest start' on "A Gifted Man," he's shown up more than once as the head of a low-income health clinic with the Spanish name that figures prominently in the show; he's obviously set for more.
On NBC, Alfred Molina has just finished an awesome three-episode arc on "Harry's Law," and Mel Rodriguez is in the middle of a set of shows for "Community."