Justina Machado to Star in Netflix’s First Medical Procedural, From EP Carlton Cuse

Former One Day at a Time star Justina Machado has been tapped for a starring role in Netflix’s first medical procedural.

The streaming service has handed a straight-to-series order to Pulse, which hails from creator Zoe Robyn (Hawaii Five-0, The Equalizer). She’ll serve as co-showrunner alongside fellow executive producer Carlton Cuse (Lost, Jack Ryan). The official logline reads as follows:

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Machado — who starred as Nurse Penelope Alvarez on Netflix’s critically acclaimed One Day at a Time reboot (and for which she was named TVLine Performer of the Week) — will play Natalie Cruz, “a brilliant and politically-savvy doctor who oversees both administration and medicine in her role as the Chair of Surgery and Emergency Medicine.”

Additional credits include starring roles in Prime Video’s The Horrors of Dolores Roach and HBO’s Six Feet Under, and recurring stints on Queen of the South, Jane the Virgin and ER (on which she played a cop).

Fellow executive producer Kate Dennis (New Amsterdam) will direct Pulse‘s first two episodes. Additional EPs include Bradley Gardner (Heathers), Emma Forman (Locke & Key) and Michael Klick (Homeland).

Neither an episode count nor timetable for release have been disclosed as of press time.

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