The word came down yesterday, HBO has given a series order to the dark comedy The Brink, which means Esai Morales will be the the next Latino President of the United States (his pal Jimmy Smits held that office first on TV). The pilot script was written by Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib, directed by Jay Roach and exec produced by Jerry Weintraub.

The series revolves around the geopolitical crisis effect on three men US Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Tim Robbins); lowly Foreign Service officer Alex Coppins (Jack Black); and an ace Navy fighter pilot named Zeke Callahan (Pablo Schreiber). They must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War III. Morales play Julian Navarro, the President of the United States.

Morales has been a very busy actor lately. He is currently playing Chief Mateo Cruz in a multi-episode arch in Criminal Minds. He recently principal Jose Marti in Robert Townsend’s Playin’ for Love which is directed Townsend, who also produces along with Lydia Nicole. He is also rumored to be making his directorial debut on a film entitled Precious Cargo.