Vanessa Rubio to Star in Netflix’s “Dolly Parton’s Heartstings: JJ Sneed”

Vanessa Rubio will soon be pulling at our heartstrings…

The Colombian actress has been cast in Dolly Parton’s Heartstings: JJ Sneed, an episode of Netflix’s upcoming eight-episode anthology series that showcases the stories, memories and inspirations behind Parton’s most beloved songs.

Vanessa Rubio

Colin O’Donoghue, Willa Fitzgerald, David Denman and Mac Davis round out the cast, joining Parton in the series, which launches in 2019. Each episode is a standalone story with a different cast.

In this JJ Sneed episode, written by Jim Strain and directed by Terry McDonough, O’Donoghue plays JJ Sneed, Fitzgerald portrays Maddie, Denman is Deke Fletcher, Davis will play Reverend Riggs and Rubio is Cimmaron.

Set in the 1880s, the episode centers around a feisty young woman trapped in a mundane existence who dreams of more, until a seductive outlaw pulls her into the adventure of a lifetime.

Scored by new and classic Parton music, each stand-alone episode in Dolly Parton’s Heartstringswill begin with an introduction by Parton talking/singing to camera (as herself) about the meaning behind each song. Each episode will feature a different cast, and Parton will star/guest star in some. They’ll vary in tone, from love stories and inspirational tales to family dramas, Westerns, and revenge comedies.

The series is produced by Magnolia Hill Productionsand Sandollar Productionsin association with Warner Bros. Television.

Rubio’s previous credits include Cobra Kai, Master of None and Deception.

Dania Ramirez to Star on ABC’s “Once Upon A Time”

Dania Ramirez’s life is a fairy tale…

The 37-year-old Dominican actress and Devious Maids alum has been cast as a series regular on ABC’s Once Upon A Time for the upcoming seventh season.

Dania Ramirez

Ramirez’s character details are being kept under wraps at the moment.

The addition of Ramirez follows the exodus of original cast members Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Jared S. Gilmore, Jennifer Morrison and Rebecca Mader at the end of Season 6, and set the stage for the planned “reset” of Season 7.

The new season will focus on returning cast members Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle and Colin O’Donoghue, along with The Walking Dead‘s Andrew J. West, who was introduced in the Season 6 finale.

Once is set in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, whose residents are characters from various fairy tales transported to the “real world” town and robbed of their original memories by a powerful curse. It premiered in 2011 to 12.8 million total viewers and a 4.0 demo rating, making it the highest-rated drama series premiere that season, but ratings in the past few seasons have declined. Its Season 6 ender (0.9/3) set a finale low for the series.

Ramirez’s previous television credits include Entourage, Heroes and The Sopranos.

Garcia to Guest Star on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”

Jorge Garcia will soon be appearing in a giant role on one of last season’s biggest new series…

The 39-year-old half-Cuban/half-Chilean American actor/comedian will portray the Giant in an episode of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Jorge Garcia

With plans for a Jack and the Beanstalk episode, it’s believed that Garcia will appear in that hour of the ABC fairy-tale drama’s upcoming second season

The casting marks a reunion for all involved: Once Upon a Time showrunners Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis served as producers on Lost, on which Garcia played Hurley.

In the new season, Once Upon a Time will be introducing new characters Mulan (Jamie Chung), Sir Lancelot (Sinqua Walls), Sleeping Beauty (Sarah Bolger), Prince Phillip (Julian Morris) and Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue).

Garcia’s most recent stint was on Fox‘s sci-fi series Alcatraz as Dr. Diego Soto. He also signed on to guest star on Showtime’s Californication.

Once Upon a Time returns at 8:00 pm on Sunday, September 30 on ABC.