Naya Rivera Makes One of Her Final Appearances on New Season of Netflix’s “Sugar Rush,” Out Now

It’s a sweet rush for the late Naya Rivera.

In what’s believed to be her final television appearance, the late half-Puerto Rican actress/singer and Glee star will be featured in an episode of Season 3 of Netflix’s baking competition reality series Sugar Rush, released this Friday.

Naya Rivera

Back in February, Rivera filmed a guest-judge appearance on Sugar Rush in Los Angeles, sitting alongside the show’s host Hunter March and professional chef judges Candace Nelson and Adriano Zumbo.

It was the last thing she filmed before the coronavirus-related Hollywood production shutdown, which is now in its fifth month.

Netflix on June 24 announced a July 31 premiere date for the new season of Sugar Rush, branded Extra Sweet.

Sugar Rush: Naya Rivera

A couple of weeks later, Rivera disappeared while swimming with her son in Lake Piru, north of Los Angeles. Her body was recovered July 13 and laid to rest July 24. She was 33.

Following Rivera’s death, Netflix was faced with the dilemma of what to do with the footage of her. After careful consideration in consultation with Rivera’s manager Gladys Gonzalez, who has been working closely with the actress’ family following Rivera’s death, a decision was made to move forward and release the episode as planned.

The episode is dedicated to Rivera, with an on-screen note honoring the actress appearing before the opening credits.

Sugar Rush is produced by Magical Elves.

Naya Rivera’s Final Heroic Act Revealed

Naya Rivera is being hailed as a hero…

The late part-Puerto Rican actress and Glee star used the last of her strength to save her 4-year-old son before she died, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said Monday.

Naya Rivera

“She mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself,” he said.

A body discovered Monday morning at Lake Piru has been identified as the Rivera, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said during a news conference.

Riveraand her son rented a pontoon boat at Lake Piru Wednesday. The child told rescuers he and his mother had gone into the water to swim, but she didn’t get back on the boat. He told investigators he then looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water, Ayub said.

Her son was found asleep on the rental pontoon boat after it was overdue for return. One life jacket was found on the boat and the boy was wearing another.

Rivera, who was 33 at the time of her passing, was presumed dead after she went missing Wednesday.

Her body was found floating in the northeast area of the lake where the water is between 35 and 60 feet deep Monday, after a six-day search. Ayub said investigators are “confident” the body found was Rivera, but the body is still being taken to Ventura County Coroner’s Office, where it will be identified through dental records.

Ayub said the sheriff’s department has been “in direct contact” with Rivera’s family.

“Her family has been at the lake everyday holding out hope and communicating with our investigators,” Ayub said.

The actress is best known for her role as Santana Lopez on Fox’s musical dramedy Glee. She appeared in nearly every episode of the beloved musical-comedy-drama, which ended in 2015.

Members of the show’s cast took to social media to mourn their costar, sharing their condolences to Rivera’s family.

“How can you convey all your love and respect for someone in one post?” Chris Colfer, who played Kurt on Glee, wrote on his Instagramin a lengthy, emotional caption of a picture of him and Rivera. “How can you summarize a decade of friendship and laughter with words alone? If you were friends with Naya Rivera, you simply can’t.”

“Rest sweet, Naya,” Jane Lynch, who played Coach Sue Sylvester on the show, tweeted. “What a force you were. Love and peace to your family.

Rivera was also on the CBS sitcom The Royal Family and in the comedy film The Master of Disguise. More recently, she starred in the Step Up television series, based on the movie franchise.

Starz Revives Naya Rivera’s “Step Up” Dance Series

Naya Rivera’s steppin’ her way to Starz

Starz is bringing back to life the 33-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress and former Glee star’s dance series Step Up after its cancellation by YouTube last year.

Naya Rivera

The premium cable network has ordered a 10-episode new season of the series from creator and executive producer Holly Sorensen and Lionsgate Television

The series will feature popular characters from previous seasons, while expanding the scope and storytelling as a Starz Original series.

“Holly and her team have created a new and dynamic iteration of the series that captures the hallmarks that have made the Step Upfranchise so successful and elevates the storytelling for the premium, global audience,” said Christina Davis, president, Original Programming for Starz. “This, coupled with the worldwide appeal of the multi-talented, multicultural cast, will make this series a great addition to our slate.”

Inspired by the Step UpLionsgate film franchise that grossed more than $600 million at the worldwide box office, the series centers on Sage Odom (Ne-Yo) as the legendary founder of Atlanta’s famed High Water Performing Arts School and Collette (Rivera), his partner in High Water and in life. 

The upcoming season will see Sage, Colette and their relationship challenged as they face criminal charges, financial ruin and powerful political enemies who want to destroy Sage and High Water.

Tricia Helfer joins the series this season as Erin, alongside Ne-Yo and Rivera and returning series regulars including Petrice Jones as Tal, Faizon Love as Uncle Al, Marcus Mitchell as Dondre, Jade Chynoweth as Odalie, Carlito Olivero as Davis, Terrence Green as Rigo, Eric Graise as King, and Kendra Oyesanya as Poppy.

“The latest installment of ‘Step Up’ not only reimagines the entire franchise but is filled with high energy, lots of heart and electrifying dance moves, and we’re very excited to reunite the talented cast and creative teams for another great season,” said Lionsgate Television group chairman Kevin Beggs. “This collaboration underscores our ability to work successfully across our businesses to supply premium content to Starz.”

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, who both co-starred in the original Step Upfilm, will executive produce through Tatum’s Free Association production company. 

The Lionsgate film franchise spanned five films: Step Up, Step Up 2: The StreetsStep Up: 3DStep Up: Revolution and Step Up: All InThe film series also inspired the live music and dance show Step Up Dubai, All In! at the Motiongate Dubai theme park. 

The first two seasons will be available exclusively on the Starz App and On Demand prior to the launch of the new season.

Naya Rivera’s YouTube Drama Series “Step Up: High Water” Surges in Viewership

Naya Riverais stepping up her game on the internet…

YouTube and Lionsgate’s hit dance drama series Step Up: High Water, starring the 32-year-old part-Puerto Rican actress and former Glee star, has surged in viewership for its Season 2 premiere. 

Naya Rivera

The first episode of the sophomore season has drawn 11.5 million views in the seven days since its March 20 debut, according to YouTube. Compared with the first episode of Season 1, which drew 1.3 million viewers through seven days following its January 31, 2018 debut, the Season 2 premiere is up 884% over the first season.

Based on the successful film franchise from Lionsgate, Step Up: High Water follows several students at a cut-throat performing arts school in Atlanta. 

Series regulars Rivera, NE-YO, and Faizon Loveare back for Season 2, along with newcomers Ashley GreeneRobin Givensand Jeremy Copeland.

Multi-platinum recording artist and entrepreneur Rick Rossis set to guest star as himself. Todrick Hallwill also make a cameo playing himself. JaQuel Knightwill choreograph episode three as well as make a cameo playing himself.

Step Up: High Water is created and executive produced by showrunner Holly Sorensen (Recovery Road, Make It Or Break It).Adam ShankmanJennifer Gibgotand Meredith Milton, all producers of the original Step Up films, executive produced season one, along with Channing Tatumand Jenna Dewan, who both co-starred in the original Step Up film. All have returned to executive produce for the second season.

Rivera Gives Birth to Her First Child

The stork has arrived at Naya Rivera’s home…

The 28-year-old part-Puerto Rican actress, who most recently appeared on Lifetime’s Devious Maids, and her husband, actor Ryan Dorsey, have welcomed a new baby boy.

Naya Rivera

E! News reports that Rivera gave birth to Josey Hollis Dorsey, the couple’s first child, on September 17 in Los Angeles.

The Glee actress first announced that she and Dorsey were expecting in April on her baby blog, which she has since used to document her pregnancy.

Dorsey and Rivera were married in 2014 during a private ceremony in Mexico, where they were joined by 12 guests.

Rivera Reveals She Has a “Bun in the Oven”

Naya Rivera is preparing for an important personal role…

The 28-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress/singer and Glee star is expecting her first child with her actor husband Ryan Dorsey, she revealed Tuesday.

Naya Rivera

Rivera, who has landed a recurring role on Lifetime’s upcoming third season of Devious Maids, made the announcement with a special “Bun in the Oven” graphic on her Instagram account.

Naya Rivera Pregnancy Announcement

In a blog post titled “Surprise!” on her website, Rivera wrote:

“We’re having a baby! Ryan and I feel so blessed and can’t wait to welcome the newest member of our family.”

Rivera is currently appearing the sixth and final season of Glee on Fox.

Rivera Lands Recurring Role on Eva Longoria’s “Devious Maids” Sudser

Naya Rivera is downright devious

The 28-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress/singer has agreed to a recurring role on Marc Cherry’s Lifetime series Devious Maids.

Naya Rivera

Rivera will portray Blanca, a new maid in the neighborhood who has landed a job with the seemingly picture-perfect Beverly Hills family.  But she soon discovers a terrible secret–something that could change her life forever.

It’s Rivera’s first major acting commitment since wrapping the final season of Glee.

Additionally, Rivera, who is in talks for a book deal, has reportedly been asked back on ABC’s morning talk show The View and will do several more episodes as co-host this month. She previously did two appearances in November and two more last month, with virtually all producing soundbites that have gone viral, boosting The View’s social media presence.

There had been speculation that the producers of the embattled daytime talk show may have bigger plans for Rivera, and her return for more guest co-hosting is further in the fuel that.

The Final Season of “Glee,” with Rivera & Lea Michele, Returning on Fridays in January

Naya Rivera is preparing for Foxy Fridays starting in January…

Fox has announced plans to air the 13-episode final season of Glee, featuring the 27-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress/singer and Lea Michelle, on Fridays at 8:00 pm ET.

Naya Rivera

Rivera, who portrays Santana Lopez on the musical dramedy, is returning as a recurring guest star for Glee’s sixth and final season.

Glee will return with a two-hour season premiere on Friday, January 9.

Michele at the Center of the Sixth and Final Season of an Ohio-Based “Glee”

It looks like Lea Michele’s heading back to the beginning…

The 27-year-old part-Spanish actress and Glee star will be returning to Ohio for the Fox musical dramedy’s sixth and final season.

Lea Michele

The truncated season will revolve around Michele’s character Rachel Berry, who returns to Lima after a “humiliating failure” as a television actress.

The former New Directions star will head back home to figure out what she wants to do next and, after discovering that Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) has disbanded the glee club, undertakes the task of reinstating and leading the group that helped launch her career.

Meanwhile, Blaine (Darren Criss), Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Will (Matthew Morrison) have all found new and surprising gigs in Ohio.

Fox notes that other McKinley High alums will also return for Glee‘s final run.

Michele, Criss, Overstreet, Lynch and Morrison will all return as series regulars and be joined by Chris Colfer (Kurt), Dot-Marie Jones (Coach Beiste), Kevin McHale (Artie) and Amber Riley (Mercedes).

Naya Rivera will return with a reduced roleMax Adler has also booked a major recurring role in the final season, reprising his role as Dave Karofsky.

Co-creator Ryan Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter at the Emmys on Monday that he doesn’t currently know what the final scene of the series will be. “I did. I don’t anymore, but I think it will be emotional,” he said.

Murphy told reporters in April that the final season would feature a time jump and focus more on the original castmembers, shifting the focus from its previous relocated home in New York.

 

“The final season is really its own story and its own location, and while the New York stuff will be alive, the final season is not New York-centric at all,” Murphy said. “It really [will be] a lovely, fitting season that … dwells on the original people that were on the show and what happens to them and how they give back. That really is the last season. … We’ll revisit some of the new kids that came and went. There’s a return of the Jane-Matt characters in a big way. It’s really interesting, a very sweet, satisfying ending to the story.”

 

Murphy’s original vision for the end of the series featured Rachel and Finn’s (the late Cory Monteith) “star-crossed lovers getting together and having a happy ending and them both getting their dreams.” He added, “The fact that that can’t be is a big pain in all of our hearts.”

 

Glee‘s final season returns midseason on Fox. An exact premiere date has not yet been determined.

Rivera Marries Actor Ryan Dorsey in Mexico

Naya Rivera is officially off the market…

The 27-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress/singer and Glee star tied the knot over the weekend, marrying actor Ryan Dorsey in Cabo San Lucas on Saturday, Rivera’s rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.

Naya Rivera & Ryan Dorsey

A small group of close family members were on hand for the intimate ceremony, which was first reported by People magazine.

“We feel truly blessed to be joined as husband and wife,” the couple told People. “Our special day was fated and everything we could have ever asked for.”

Rivera was previously engaged to rapper Big Sean before they broke up in April.

Rivera and Dorsey were reportedly longtime friends whose relationship grew once Rivera was single again this spring.

Rivera reportedly wore a Monique Lhuillier gown and Dorsey wore a Dolce & Gabbana suit during the ceremony.

Dorsey has guest-starred on Southland, Parks and Recreation and Mob City.

Rivera already made it official on her Twitter account, changing her name to Naya Rivera Dorsey.