‘Promised Land’ Cast, Where You’ve Seen Them Before, and the Scoop on Their Characters

ABC’s new series Promised Land steals The Good Doctor’s time slot with a fantastic cast on Jan. 24, 2022. The Promised Land premiere episode 1, “A Place Called Heritage,” introduces viewers to a family going through a power struggle to control a wine empire in Sonoma Valley. A Million Little Things’ Christina Ochoa and Scandal’s Bellamy Young join Fast and Furious star John Ortiz for leading roles in the new ABC drama. Find everything you need to know about the Promised Land cast and characters below.

'Promised Land' cast members John Ortiz and Christina Ochoa as Joe and Veronica Sandoval smile at each other while holding up glasses of wine.
‘Promised Land’: John Ortiz and Christina Ochoa | ABC/Daniel Delgado JOHN ORTIZ

‘Promised Land’ cast behind the Sandoval family

Firstly, Ortiz takes the leading role in the Promised Land cast as the Sandoval family patriarch — Joe — and owner of their massive Sonoma Valley wine business. Viewers might recognize Ortiz from Silver Linings Playbook or American Gangster. In the opening episode, viewers watch Joe discuss his vineyard with Margaret Honeycroft. Bellamy Young plays the ex-wife and mother of Joe’s three children, trying to take over the wine business. Aside from playing Mellie Grant in Scandal, Young may be familiar to viewers of Criminal MindsScrubs, or CSI: Miami

“I took the little vineyard your father started and turned it into one of the largest wine producers in the country,” Joe tells Margaret in Promised Land Episode 1.

“I’m going to buy your company right out from under you,” she counters.

Additionally, Christina Ochoa portrays Veronica Sandoval, Joe and Margaret’s daughter and the new CEO of the wine company. Viewers might recognize Ochoa as Jon Dixon’s (Ron Livingston) secretary in A Million Little Things Season 1 and 2. According to IMDb, Ochoa is well-known for her current role on TNT’s Animal Kingdom and as the leading role in SyFy’s Blood Drive.

Also, Tonatiuh Elizarraraz takes the role of Antonio Sandoval in the Promised Land cast. Antonio is Veronica’s sister and feels he is the rightful heir of the family business, not Veronica.

Cecilia Suárez portrays Lettie Sandoval, Joe’s current wife of 20 years. Viewers might recognize Suárez from The House of Flowers and various Mexican TV shows. Mariel Molino plays Joe and Margaret’s third child, Carmen Sandoval. Molino is also well known for numerous Mexican TV series and films, including Crazy for Change and El Juego de las llaves.

Lastly, Augusto Aguilera portrays Mateo Sandoval. Mateo is Lettie’s son and Joe’s stepson, who wants to be a winemaker. The actor is well known for The PredatorThe Cynical Life of Harper Hall, and Chasing Life

The immigrant storyline

'Promised Land' cast members Andres Velez and Katya Martin as Carlos and Juana speaking in a vineyard.
‘Promised Land’: Andres Velez and Katya Martin | ABC/Danny Delgado

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In another world, Promised Land also follows Carlos Rincón and his new friends, sisters Juana and Rosa Sanchez, as they cross the United States border from Mexico. Andres Velez, who portrays Carlos in the Promised Land cast, is relatively new to Hollywood, known for Night TeethThe Woods, and Coyote Lake. Similarly, Katya Martin, who plays Juana, is known for the cast of The Affair and Roadkill. Lastly, Rolanda Chusan portrays Carlos’ brother, Billy Rincón, and Ariana Guerra plays Rosa. 

How many episodes are in ‘Promised Land’ on ABC and Hulu?

Promised Land Episode 1 airs on Jan. 24, 2022, and drops the next day on Hulu. According to an ABC press release, Promised Land Episode 2, “La Madrugada (Day Break)” drops to Hulu on Jan. 25, with the first episode. The second episode does not air on ABC until Jan. 31. ABC gave Promised Land a series order on Aug. 11, 2021. A response from the ABC press team told Showbiz Cheat Sheet on Jan. 24 that Promised Land Season 1 has 10 episodes. Matt Lopez, Adam Kolbrenner, and Maggie Malina serve as executive producers.