Canals-Barrera to Star in CMT’s Pilot “His Wives and Daughters”

Maria Canals-Barrera has gone country

The 50-year-old Cuban American actress has booked a series regular role opposite Jane Seymour in CMT’s soapy, comedic pilot His Wives and Daughters.

Maria Canals-Barrera

Created and produced by Dina Chapman and Steve Sessions, the project centers on the eclectic and cunning wives and daughters of larger-than-life country music legend (and infamous womanizer) Eddie Ray Banks (Jeff Kober).

After his estranged family is brought together unexpectedly, tempers flare and old rivalries resurface, setting the stage for startling secrets to emerge as an unforgettable mystery begins to unfold.

Canals-Barrera will play Magdalena Guzman, Eddie’s housekeeper and personal assistant for nearly 30 years. She’s been his loyal confidante through multiple marriages and may know him better than anyone else, and also is hiding a big secret.

The Cristela and Wizards of Waverly Place alumna recently guest-starred on The Big Bang Theory.

Trailer Released for Orrantia’s New Film “God’s Not Dead 2”

Hayley Orrantia’s career’s not dead… It’s booming.

A new trailer has been released for the sequel to God’s Not Dead, the faith-based film starring the 21-year-old Mexican-American actress/singer.

Hayley Orrantia

The original film, released last year, earned more than $60 million on a budget of $2 million.

God’s Not Dead 2 stars Melissa Joan Hart as a school teacher who ends up in a lawsuit for answering a student’s question about the similarities between Jesus’ teachings to those of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi.

In addition to Orrantia and Hart, the film also stars Ernie HudsonJesse Metcalfe, PureFlix CEO David A.R. White, Sadie RobertsonRobin GivensMaria Canals-Barrera and the late Fred Thompson in one of his final film appearances star alongside cameos by Pat Boone and Ray Wise.

It will be released on April 1, 2016.

Santiago Lands Key Role in Fox’s Drama “Gang Related”

Saundra Santiago is returning to television…

The 56-year-old Puerto Rican and Cuban American actress has joined the cast of Fox‘s midseason drama Gang Related.

Saundra Santiago

Santiago, best known for her role as Detective Gina Calabrese on Miami Vice, replaces Wizards of Waverly Place star Maria Canals-Barrera on the Ramon Rodriguez-starrer, according to The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama centers on Ryan (Rodriguez), a gang member sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department and rise through its ranks. He must balance obligations to his crime family with an increasing sense of loyalty to his new “family” — the SFPD’s Gang Task Force.

Santiago will recur as Marciela, Javier’s (Cliff Curtis) wife and mother to Carlos (Reynaldo Gallegos) and Dante (Jay Hernandez). Though they’re not related by blood, she considers Ryan to be a third son.

In addition to Miami Vice, Santiago’s credits include Guiding Light, The Sopranos, Damages and One Life to Live.

An exact premiere date for Gang Related has yet to be announced.

The Disney Channel Releases “The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex” Trailer

In less than a week, Selena Gomez will be back on the Disney Channel

Leading up to the premiere of the network’s special The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex, the network has released a trailer for the project, which stars the 20-year-old half-Mexican American actress and her fellow Wizards of Waverly Place co-stars.

SELENA GOMEZ

The trailer offers a sneak peek to Alex Russo’s battle against the “evil” version of herself and includes commentaries from the who talk about the plot and their excitement about returning to the Wizards set .

In the hour-long special, the Russo family heads to Italy to visit relatives, but Alex accidentally invokes a spell that splits her into two people: An “Evil Alex” and a “Good Alex.” When “Evil Alex” joins forces with a young wizard to take over the world, “Good Alex” must battle her nasty twin in a battle that culminates atop the Tower of Pisa.

In addition to Gomez, the special includes the return of Jake T. Austin, Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals-Barrera and David DeLuise.

The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex will premiere on Friday, March 15 at 8:oo pm ET.

Gomez’s “The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex” Trailer Released

It’s a battle of good vs. evil when Selena Gomez returns to Waverly Place

The Disney Channel has released the official trailer for the Wizards of Waverly Place movie special featuring the 20-year-old half-Mexican American actress/singer battling herself.

Selena Gomez

Gomez returns as Alex Russo in the highly anticipated television event, “The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex” — a movie based on the Disney Channel’s popular series — and she’s facing her “biggest battle yet,” the trailer teases: Herself.

The Alex vs. Alex trailer informs fans that since winning the family wizard competition, Alex has struggled to use magic for good, so she decides to use magic to remove “just the parts that nobody likes” from herself.

Despite her father’s warning that “magic is not for getting what you want or using it for selfish reasons,” Alex accidentally conjures up two versions of herself: Good Alex and Evil Alex.

Alex vs. Alex sees Alex’s younger brother Max (Jake T. Austin), mom Theresa (Maria Canals-Barrera), dad Jerry (David DeLuise), best friend Harper (Jennifer Stone) and boyfriend-cum-werewolf Mason (Gregg Sulkin) travel to Tuscany to meet the Russo’s long-lost relatives. Though David Henrie will not be back as Alex’s older brother Justin for Alex vs. Alex, Beau Mirchoff of MTV’s Awkward fame joins the cast as an evil sorcerer.

The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex will premier on the Disney Channel  on Friday, March 15 at 8 p.m. EST.

Gomez’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” Special to Air in March

If you’ve been missing Selena Gomez’s Wizards of Waverly Place, you’re in luck…

The 20-year-old Mexican-American actress and her Disney Channel co-stars will be returning with a one-hour special more than a year after hanging up their wands.

SELENA GOMEZ

Dubbed The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex, the Gomez-executive-produced special will air on Friday, March 15 at 8:00 pm ET.

In the special, directed by Victor Gonzalez, the Russo family and their friends travel to Tuscany, Italy, to meet relatives. But while trying to prove that she’s serious about her craft as a wizard, Alex (Gomez) accidentally conjures up a spell that splits her personality into two — a Good Alex and an Evil Alex. The dueling Alexes eventually battle over the fate of her family and mankind atop the Tower of Pisa.

The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex also stars Jake T. Austin, Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals-Barrera, David DeLuise, Gregg Sulkin and Beau Mirchoff.

The original Wizards of Waverly Place ran for more than 100 episodes and earned multiple Emmy Awards. It was also the No. 1 series on TV among kids 2-11, kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14 during its run.

The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex will first debut Friday, March 8 on Disney Channel On Demand. The special will be available for iTunes download starting Tuesday, March 19.

Gomez Returning to Disney for New “Wizards of Waverly Place” Movie

She may be starring in more grown-up projects like Spring Breakers… But that doesn’t mean Selena Gomez is forgetting her Disney Channel roots.

The 20-year-old half-Mexican American actress/singer has signed on to executive-produce and star in a one-hour special based on Wizards of Waverly Place, which ended its run on the Disney Channel early this year.

Selena Gomez

Gomez will join Jake T. Austin, Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals-Barrera, David DeLuise and Gregg Sulkin, who will reprise their original roles.

The storyline for the special takes the Russo family and friends to Tuscany, Italy, to meet their long lost relatives.   But when Alex (Gomez) tries to prove that she’s more than a seemingly carefree young wizard, she inadvertently conjures up a spell that creates a Good Alex and an Evil Alex. When Evil Alex gets roped into a foreboding plan to take over the world, Good Alex must find a way to save her family and humankind, which leads to a monumental battle between the two versions of herself – all atop the Tower of Pisa.

The made-for-television special was written by Vince Cheung and Ben Montanio (Wizards Of Waverly Place) and Dan Berendsen (Baby Daddy).

Victor Gonzalez (Wizards Of Waverly Place) will direct. Wizards Of Waverly Place was created by Todd J. Greenwald (Hannah Montana) and is produced by It’s a Laugh Productions for Disney Channel.

The Wizards Of Waverly Place won its third Best Children’s Program Emmy at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards earlier this month. It has won twice for the series (2009, 2012) and once for the series’ first TV movie offshoot in 2010. It’s the only scripted series to win the award in the past two decades, since Disney Channel’s Avonlea did it in 1993.

The new Wizards of Waverly Place special is scheduled to premiere in early 2013.