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Hollywood star Erik Estrada joins second season of scripted podcast “Tucson Heat”

Eight-part murder mystery
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Posted at 4:04 PM, Apr 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-07 19:04:34-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Elephant Scout Films' Tucson Heat is back for a second season, guest starring television legend Erik Estrada.

The eight-part murder mystery debuts its first two episodes Tuesday, April 19 on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify and these popular podcast applications.

Radio personality Betsy Bruce stars as Detective Harriet Shepherd alongside partner Detective Jasmine Alicia, played by local performance artist Chezale Rodriguez.

Reviewers have called it “captivating,” “fun and engaging,” and “a rollercoaster ride," recognizing Bruce as a “legend” and Chezale Rodriguez' charisma “captivating.”

Writer-producer Christopher Scott points out Tucson Heat currently has a 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts.

"When Chris originally asked me to play Detective Harriet Shepard, I didn’t think I was tough enough...but then I remembered doing the KRQ morning show with Jimmy Kimmel and I realized I could pull it off," Bruce shared.

She had nothing to good things to say about her experience with Estrada, who's playing retired detective T.J. Ramos.

"So fun to be working with yet another Hollywood star, Eric Estrada. I’m hoping he’ll add on a sidecar for me if and when there’s a Chips reunion," Bruce added. "Of course, Harriet is much older than I am, but like I said, I do enjoy a good challenge and she’s got a killer sense of humor as she hunts down killers.”

Rodriguez also had a great experience working with Estrada.

"I'm honored to play alongside Betsy Bruce aka 'Harriet' whom I've had the pleasure of listening to over the radio growing up in Tucson and I'm in the company of a talented and devoted cast and crew," Rodriguez said. "And now, to share casting with THEE legendary Erik Estrada?! Somebody pinch me!”

Elephant Scout Films is a Tucson based production company owned and operated by founder Scott and producers Francisco Landin and Bruce.

Caleb Fernández is a digital content producer for KGUN 9. Born and raised in Southern California, Caleb has always had an affinity for creative collaborations. After earning his bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University in Advertising/Public Relations, Caleb went straight to New York City where he learned the necessities of production assistance, photography and art direction. Share your story ideas and important issues with Caleb by emailing or by connecting on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.