Alex Meneses to Appear on The CW’s “Walker”

Alex Meneses has landed a mother of a role…

The 56-year-old half-Mexican American actress has joined the cast of The CW’s drama Walker in a recurring role.

Alex Meneses

Meneses, who has appeared on Jane The Virgin and Why Women Kill, will play Adriana, a successful psychiatrist and published author and mother of Micki Ramirez (Lindsey Morgan), Cordell Walker’s new partner in the Texas Rangers. She’s a strong personality who’s manipulative and very invasive when it comes to her daughter Micki’s life.

Walker, which launched in January, has become The CW’s most-watched series premiere in five years and has been renewed for a second season. It stars Jared Padalecki as Walker, a widower and father of two with his own moral code, as he returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years.

The series, a reimagining of CBS’ long-running 1990s action/crime series Walker, Texas Ranger, hails from Rideback and CBS Studios.

Meneses is coming off feature film The Wall of Mexico and has also appeared in Everybody Loves RaymondThe Goldbergs, CSI and Prison Break.

Hayley Orrantia Teams Up with Cineflix Productions for Home Renovation Docuseries “Legacy Builds”

Hayley Orrantia is building her legacy…

The 26-year-old part-Mexican American actress/singer and The Goldbergs star is teaming up with Cineflix Productions on Legacy Builds (working title), a new home renovation docuseries that she’ll star in alongside her family.

Hayley Orrantia

Orrantia, who portrays Erica Goldberg on ABC’s hit sitcom The Goldbergs, has a side hustle. She’s the boss of her family’s home construction business.

Set in Nashville, Legacy Builds will follow the actress and her extended family as they navigate family dynamics, their clients’ real estate dreams, and on-site surprises to reimagine and renovate spectacular homes that are guaranteed to stand the test of time.

The series features Hayley’s father Dan, a savvy and quick-witted real estate investor responsible for project management; hardworking mom and real estate agent Melody, who’s always on the lookout for hot properties; fun-loving Uncle Peter, who’s an expert woodworker and on-site foreman; cousin and master architect Matt who develops all the plans; and of course, Hayley the youngest member of the team, who focuses on the creative aspects of every design, and has the final say on every decision.

Legacy Builds brings together one of TV’s best-loved daughters, a thriving family business, and one of the hottest real estate markets in the US,” said J.C. Mills, president and commercial director, Cineflix Productions. “It’s a family affair, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

“I’m so excited to be joining my family in a venture that has kept us building for generations, and to share that adventure with viewers,” said Orrantia. “It will be interesting to see how things go now that I’m in charge. But one thing is for sure – We love Nashville’s unique charm and can’t wait to create warm and inviting sanctuaries where families can build their own legacies.”

Froy Gutierrez to Star in Freeform’s Thriller Pilot “Last Summer”

It’s Summer-time for Froy Gutierrez

The 21-year-old Latino actor has been cast in Freeform’s Last Summer, a thriller pilot from  Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple.

Froy Gutierrez

Gutierrez will appear as a series regular in the project, alongside Michael Landes, Brooklyn SudanoHarley Quinn SmithChiara AureliaMika AbdallaAllius BarnesBlake Lee and Nathaniel Ashton.

Written by Bert V. Royaland directed by Max WinklerLast Summer is an unconventional thriller that takes place over three summers — 1993-95 — in a small Texas town when a beautiful popular teen, Kate (Abdalla), is abducted and, seemingly unrelated, a girl, Jeanette (Aurelia), goes from being a sweet, awkward outlier to the most popular girl in town and, by ’95, the most despised person in America. Each episode is told from the POV of one of the two main girls (Jeanette and Kate), which will have the viewers’ loyalties constantly shifting as more information is revealed.

Gutierrez has been cast as Jamie, the kind of guy everyone loves. He starts as Jeannette’s secret crush, who ends up as her boyfriend the following year. 

The pilot comes from eOneand will be executive produced by Royal and Winkler alongside Iron Ocean Productions’ Biel and Purple.

Production recently kicked off in Texas.Gutierrez’s previous credits include appearances on television in Bella and the BulldogsThe GoldbergsOne Day at a TimeandTeen Wolf

Hayley Orrantia & Her “The Goldbergs” Cast Mates to Pay Homage to the ’80s Classic “National Lampoon’s Vacation”

Hayley Orrantia is going on vacation

The 25-year-old part-Mexican American actress/singer and her The Goldbergs cast mates will pay homage to the classic ‘80s film National Lampoon’s Vacation in its annual fall tribute premiere episode on September 25. 

Hayley Orrantia

Christie Brinkley and Anthony Michael Hall have been tapped to guest star in the episode.

In “Vacation,” Beverly (Wendi McClendon-Covey) insists the family take a road trip to go on vacation to Disneyland in Anaheim, before Erica (Orrantia) and Barry (Troy Gentile) go off to college. But, like the film, things don’t go as planned as they travel across the country. Meanwhile, Erica worries more and more about her relationship with Geoff (Sam Lerner) when he teases “we need to talk” and won’t tell her anything until the family returns from their adventure.

Hall and Brinkley will guest star in roles to be announced at a later date.

The Goldbergs stars McLendon-Covey as Beverly Goldberg, Patton Oswaltas adult Adam Goldberg, Sean Giambrone as Adam Goldberg, Gentile as Barry Goldberg, Orrantia as Erica Goldberg, Sam Lerneras Geoff Schwartz with George Segalas Pops Solomon and Jeff Garlinas Murray Goldberg.

“Vacation” was written by Alex Barnowand Chris Bishop, and directed by Lew Schneider.

The Goldbergs Season 6 premieres at 8:00 pm Wednesday, September 25 on ABC.

Hayley Orrantia Releases Autobiographical New Ballad “If I Don’t”

Hayley Orrantiais opening up about her personal heartbreak.

The 25-year-old part-Mexican American singer and The Goldbergs star has released an autobiographical new song “If I Don’t,” which highlights the struggles at the end of a relationship. 

Hayley Orrantia

The soaring ballad features whispered vocals from Orrantia, whowas a member of Lakoda Rayne, a country pop girl group assembled by Paula Abdul during the first season of The X Factor,as well ashand-snapped rhythms and confessional lyrics.

Orrantia penned the tune with Robyn Collinsand Mike Miller. She says she wrote “If I Don’t” during her “denial phase” towards the end of a relationship when she discovered an ex was lying to her. All the while, she ignored the red flags wanting to save face instead. These struggles are evident in the song’s biting lyrics: 

“I could tell you it’s over/ But then it’d be over/ And some things are better unsaid,” she sings.

“It was an out-of-body experience for me seeing this video come to life,” Orrantia told Billboard. “This music is a reflection of my breakup and to have that played out again in front of me was eerie. I struggled finding a director who really understood the vision and meaning behind the song. Then I met with Emma Higginsand she just knew exactly where to take it. I found it important to have a female direct the video as it translates more honestly from story to script to screen because it is told by a woman.”

In the video, Orrantia relives a strained relationship with the help of fellow actor Spencer Neville, who plays her ex on screen. A longtime friend of hers, Orrantia says she appreciated the familiarity of working alongside Neville while channeling a deeply emotional time in her life.

“If I Don’t” is featured on Orrantia’s latest EP, The Way Out, released in May. When she’s not working on music, Orrantia plays the role of Erica Goldberg on the ABC comedy series The Goldbergs

ABC Orders an Additional Episode of Hayley Orrantia’s “The Goldbergs”

There’s more family comedy in Hayley Orrantia’s future…

ABC has ordered an additional episode of its sitcom The Goldbergs, starringthe 24-year-old part-Mexican American actress/singer.

Hayley Orrantia

That brings the total number of episodes this season to 23 episodes for The Goldbergs.

The show iscurrently in its sixth season. Happy Madison, Doug Robinson Productions and Adam F. Goldberg Productions produce in association with Sony Pictures Television.

The Goldbergs airs Wednesdays at 8:00 pm.

Hayley Orrantia to Star in Country Music-Themed Dramedy “What Would Dolly Do?”

Hayley Orrantia is going country…

The 24-year-old part-Mexican American actress/singer andThe Goldbergs star has signed on as the lead in What Would Dolly Do?, a comedic drama to be helmed by first-time feature director Kd Amond, who co-wrote the script with Lulu Marcil.

Hayley Orrantia

The film centers on a female country music trio from the hills of Appalachia who, after committing a crime of passion, find themselves both on tour and on the run from the law.

Orrantia will play Rae Lynn White, a feisty country singer whose personality can easily light up a room and whose troubled past has inspired a catalog of heartfelt music.

Orrantia is a real-life singer, who this year, kicked off her first-ever headlining Strong, Sweet & Southern tour, performing for fans in 23 cities. She was a member of Lakoda Rayne, a country-pop girl group assembled by Paula Abdul during the first season of The X Factor.

Nathaniel Edwards is producing What Would Dolly Do? along with Michael Flandersserving as executive producer.

Filming is slated to commence April 2019.

She previously starred in the film God’s Not Dead 2.

ABC to Release “The Goldbergs” Mixtape, Featuring Six Hayley Orrantia Tracks

Hayley Orrantia is back behind the microphone…

After five seasons on the air, ABC‘s The Goldbergs, starring the 23-year-old part-Mexican American actress/singer, will finally have a soundtrack.

Hayley Orrantia

The Goldbergs “Mixtape” will feature 14 tracks, including five classic ’80s songs that Orrantia, who portrays Erica, has covered, including Cyndi Lauper‘s “True Colors” and Katrina & the Waves‘ “Walking on Sunshine,” performed with AJ Michalka.

The other nine tracks on the album, which is being released by Madison Gate Records, are original songs written specifically for Adam F. Goldberg‘s 1980-something semi-autobiographical comedy and include “Love Ninja,” with Orrantia and Troy Gentile (Barry).

The Goldbergs, produced by Sony Pictures Television, has featured a number of original songs on the series as Erica has an interest in becoming a singer-songwriter, while Barry has dreams of becoming a famous rapper via his “alter-ego” Big Tasty. Many television shows like Empire, Glee and Nashville have turned to producing soundtracks featuring their original music as a form of earning ancillary revenue.

Orrantia rose to acclaim as a member of Lakoda Rayne, a country-pop girl group assembled by Paula Abdul during the first season of The X Factor. During her teen years, she sang background vocals for Demi Lovato on Disney‘s Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam soundtrack and background vocals for Miley Cyrus on Disney’s Hannah Montana Forever soundtrack.

Here’s a look at the track list:

  1. “Rewind” (The Goldbergs Main Title Theme) — I Fight Dragons
  2. “Love Ninja” — Hayley Orrantia & Troy Gentile
  3. “D&D” — Kurtis Blow
  4. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” — Hayley Orrantia
  5. “Bad Boy Good Guy” — Troy Gentile
  6. “True Colors” — Hayley Orrantia
  7. “Ferris Wheel” — Troy Gentile
  8. “Tom Sawyer” — Hayley Orrantia & AJ Michalka
  9. “He’s the Man” — Troy Gentile (feat. Hayley Orrantia, AJ Michalka & Sam Lerner)
  10. “Eternal Flame” — Hayley Orrantia & AJ Michalka
  11. “Judah Macabee” — Troy Gentile (feat. Sean Giambrone, Sam Lerner, Noah Munck, Matt Bush)
  12. “Barry Goldberg: A Rap Story” — Anthony Petix
  13. “Walking On Sunshine” — Hayley Orrantia & AJ Michalka
  14. “Dads Just Don’t Care” — Troy Gentile

The Goldbergs “Mixtape is available for pre-order on digital platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and more. The Goldbergs album costs $8.99.

Alex Meneses to Appear on The CW’s “Jane the Virgin”

Alex Meneses is heading to Virgin territory…

The 52-year-old half-Mexican American actress and former Telenovela star has landed a recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of The CW’s hit dramedy Jane the Virgin.

Alex Meneses

Meneses will play Katherine, owner of the Cortes Hotel Conglomerate, who is a possible investor of Rafael (Justin Baldoni) and Petra’s (Yael Grobglas) hotel.

There are few details about the Season 4 storyline, but Jane the Virgin creator/executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman told Deadline after the Season 3 finale that the fourth season would be about “recapturing the joy.”

“I want to see Jane fight for her joy,” she said. “I want to see her go after her happiness. I want to see her open herself up to a new, evolved version of ‘happily ever after.’”

In addition to Telenovela, for which she was nominated for an Imagen Award, Meneses is known for her recurring role as Stefania, Brad Garrett’s Italian girlfriend on Everybody Loves Raymond.

Additional credits include The Goldbergs, CSI and Prison Break.

Ybarra to Star in ABC’s Drama Pilot “The Gospel of Kevin”

Dustin Ybarra is preachin’ new heights…

The Latino stand up comedian and actor has been cast as a series regular on ABC’s The Gospel of Kevin, an hourlong drama pilot from ABC Studios.

Dustin Ybarra

The project is a light one-hour about Kevin (Jason Ritter), a down-on-his-luck man who is tasked by God with a mission to save the world. Kevin is a cluelessly self-serving jerk who’s on a dangerous path to despair. After a failed suicide attempt, he’s going home to stay with his widowed twin sister and niece for a time, only to be met with a crisis in the person Yvette (Cristela Alonso).

Ybarra, who has had a recurring role on ABC’s The Goldbergs, will play Tyler.

Ybarra’s other credits include recurring roles on Fox’s Gotham and CBSBattle Creek. He’s repped by ATA Management, CAA and Hanson.