'Blue Bloods': 'Oz' alum Kirk Acevedo cast as cop Maria's criminal brother

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"Blue Bloods" is getting some new blood, from someone familiar to fans of "Oz" and "Fringe."

Now in its fourth season, the CBS police drama has cast Kirk Acevedo as the brother of Maria Baez ( Marisa Ramirez) -- NYPD detective Danny Reagan's ( Donnie Wahlberg) partner -- in the Friday, Nov. 22, episode, Zap2it has learned exclusively. His sudden reappearance is guaranteed to make things less than comfortable for his sister.

They have a strained relationship to begin with, since he's a longtime criminal. He's trying to leave that life behind, but a "wrong place, wrong time" situation keeps him there, likely putting an added strain on Maria's camaraderie with justice-devoted Danny as she struggles with professional duty vs. family loyalty.

The HBO prison drama "Oz" boosted Acevedo's fame through his portrayal of inmate Miguel Alvarez. He worked for the cable network again in the miniseries "Band of Brothers," then was in the short run of NBC's "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" before his longer stay on FOX's "Fringe" as FBI Special Agent Charlie Francis. He returned to NBC again briefly in its Americanization of "Prime Suspect."

Among the many other shows that have featured Acevedo as a guest star are "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "The Mentalist," "White Collar," "24," "Third Watch" and "NYPD Blue." He also turned up on two of the other series in the "Law & Order" franchise, the parent show and "Law & Order: SVU."

Acevedo is the latest "name" guest casting for the Tom Selleck-starring "Blue Bloods," broadcast TV's most-watched program last Friday (Oct. 18). Recent episodes have featured Emmy winner Bebe Neuwirth ("Cheers") and "CBS This Morning" co-anchor Norah O'Donnell (as herself), and Charisma Carpenter ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel") appears in an upcoming story.
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