I’ve been a fan of boricua actor Rick Gonzalez ever since he encouraged Frank The Tank (Will Ferrell) to chug beer in Old School, and he was the only good thing about Illegal Tender (A.K.A. the worst movie of 2007, according to us). I've always liked the fact that he isn't afraid to tell it like it is, which is why I’ll be tuning in to watch him provide comic relief on Reaper, a CW dramedy entering its sophomore season mext month.
In case you’ve never heard of it, Reaper (premiering March 3 at 8 p.m) follows the story of 21-year-old Sam Oliver who is forced to become a bounty hunter because his parents sold his soul to the devil before he was born. Silly premise? Yes. But Reaper, which struggled to get a second season renewal, has suddenly developed an impressive cult following. And Gonzalez, a 29-year-old who looks like he’s 16 (seriously, did he get cryogenically frozen?) is a big part of the show’s success.
As Ben Gonzalez, Sam Oliver's friend, RG brings a refreshing swagger to Reaper, and the show's writers do a wonderful job of making the character layered and complex—i.e., he’s not just another Latino playing a thankless TV role. “I’m not the token Latin guy, but I am Latin,” Gonzalez said himself in a recent interview.
Rick’s charisma undoubtedly helped Reaper get picked up for a second season, but there's also just no stopping this little show and its die-hard "Reaper-ans" (fans). After the show's first season delivered decent ratings, the CW network was on the fence about a renewal. CW President Dawn Ostroff brought it back under one condition: unlike more popular CW shows like Gossip Girl and Smallville, Reaper's new season wouldn't premiere until March. Ostroff must have known that it would be smart to keep a show with a cult fanbase around for at least one more season and see what happens.
I like Reaper's mix of humor and fantasy, and I think the show appeals to the young demographic that it's so obviously going after. But I like Gonzalez even more, and that's going to be my main reason for tuning in for Season 2.
Tell me, what do you think of Rick Gonzalez? Will you tune in to the new season of Reaper?
WATCH: Trailer for Season 2 of Reaper