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Interview: Madison Taylor Baez on Playing Young Selena in the Upcoming Netflix Series

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Madison Taylor Baez is only 9-year-old but has more experience acting and singing than many in Hollywood. 

Madison has starred in many national commercials, has vast experience singing the national anthem for major league sports teams and scored the much sought after role of young Selena Quintanilla in the upcoming Netflix series Selena: The Series, which is scheduled to be released in late 2020. According to Google, the slated release date is October 2020. 

According to the press release, the coming of age story will follow the late Tejano singer journey as her dreams come true, and the many life-changing choices on the singer’s journey to success. Ricardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives), Gabriel Chavarria (The Purge), Noemi Gonzalez (The Young and the Restless), and Seidy Lopez (Training Day) will be starring as the rest of the Quintanilla family.

CraveYouTV spoke to Madison about her experience so far, how she got her start, and the upcoming series.

Read the interview below:

 

Congratulations on your new role!

Thank you!

 

Are you still filming for the Selena series?

Actually, we have finished filming.

 

When did you finish filming?

Maybe last Thanksgiving?

 

Is this your first acting job?

No, I’ve actually done 11 national commercials, and I’ve done one short film Tooth Racket (2019) and I co-starred as young Selena in Selena the series.

 

You started singing very young. When will you be 10 years old? 

February 24th

 

You started singing for your dad right when he was diagnosed with cancer?  How old were you then?

I was around three years old.

 

I read that you liked to sing Motown songs to your dad?

Yes, I started singing when I was two years old and when I was three, when my dad was sick, I would get his iPad and listen and memorize all of his Motown music, sixties and seventies music, to sing to him.

What was your favorite song to sing to your dad?

Oh, I would have to say Sam Cooke’s ‘I Was Born By The River” (singing the title)

Netflix Selena: the Series Madison Taylor Baez

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Wow!   You are amazing!  Now, for the Selena Series, have you always been a fan of Selena?  Was her music something new for you?

Yes, well I actually didn’t know who she was when I got the role, but my mom and dad were huge fans of Selena’s and they told me all about her and I fell in love with her!  I watched the movie!  I fell in love with all of her songs, and I also researched her.   I watched all of her videos and even Young Selena’s videos, studied all of her movements and even have the little spin down.

 

The spin is big, yeah (laughing).  Do you know how many girls auditioned to play young Selena?

Well, I would think there would have had to be thousands of girls who auditioned.

 

How many auditions did you have?

I had two auditions, it took about three months. First I went in for the actual audition, I had to do two songs, one in English and one in Spanish, and then I also had to do two scenes.   I went back for the call-back and I did the same thing, and then I found out that I got the role. (laughing)

 

That’s wonderful! Now I know singing is your first love, right?  

Yes, yes I love singing!

 

I’ve seen some of your videos, I went onto YouTube and they are great.  You are absolutely adorable!  Now have you considered or are you considering doing an album?

Um well, I’m maybe thinking about putting out an album, maybe a Christmas album, hopefully!

 

Do you know if they are doing a soundtrack for the Selena Series?

Yeah, maybe, yeah that would be cool!

 

I can’t wait to see the series and you in it!

Thank you!  

 

I look forward to speaking to you again, maybe after the series airs?

I would love that!

 

Thank you so much and good luck!  I can’t wait to see what you do next!

Thank you and good luck to you!

 


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‘Friends’ Reunion Finally Gets Premiere Date – See the Promo

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Friends will always be there for you… even a year or so delayed.

The highly-anticipated reunion of the 90s sitcom has finally gotten a premiere date at HBO Max, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. 

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, and Matthew Perry will officially reunite on Thursday, May 27, the streaming service announced. 

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The reunion will be an unscripted special that will look back at the immense success of the show, which ran from 1994 to 2004. It also marks the first time all of the cast members have been on-screen together since the show’s finale.

The reunion was originally slated to air in May 2020 with the launch of the HBO Max app, but it was postponed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

A year later, the excitement is just as real! 

There will also be a handful of celebrity cameos including David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin, Mindy Kaling, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon and Malala Yousafzai, per TV Line.

Check out the sentimental teaser for the reunion below: 


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2021-2022 TV Schedule: Find Out Which Shows Have Been Canceled or Renewed

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We’re entering the season of refreshing the page to see if your favorite shows have been renewed for the upcoming 2021-2022 TV season.

Since COVID-19 affected production on many shows and delayed their premieres, the criteria for what gets the green light and what ends up on the chopping block has become more stringent this go-around.

As usual, The CW gave an early renewal for most of their shows including Nancy Drew, Riverdale, Walker, Batwoman, and more. 

In a shocking twist, Grey’s Anatomy has been renewed for season 18 along with sibling series Station 19. 

Unfortunately, not every show shared the same fate as Prodigal Son on FOX was given the ax after two seasons. 

Check out the list below to see which shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and The CW have been renewed, canceled, or on the bubble. (TBD means that a show has not yet gotten news about its upcoming season, so check back soon!)

 

NBC

Renewed
The Blacklist

Chicago Fire

Chicago Med

Chicago P.D.

Kenan

Law & Order: SVU

Mr. Mayor

New Amsterdam

This Is Us

Transplant 

This Is Us

Young Rock

 

Canceled

Connecting

 

Final Season 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Superstore

 

TBD

Debris

Good Girls

Manifest

Law & Order Organized Crime

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

 

ABC

Renewed

Big Sky

The Good Doctor

Grey’s Anatomy

Station 19

 

Canceled

Stumptown

United We Fall

 

TBD

A Million Little Things

American Housewife

black-ish

Call Your Mother

The Conners

For Life

The Goldbergs

Home Economics

mixed-ish

Rebel

The Rookie

 

The CW

Renewed

All American

Batwoman

Charmed

Coroner

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

DC’s Stargirl

Dead Pixels

Dynasty

The Flash

In the Dark

Kung Fu

Legacies

Nancy Drew

Riverdale

Roswell, New Mexico

Superman & Lois

Stargirl

Two Sentence Horror Stories

Walker

 

Canceled

Burden of Truth

Pandora

Trickster

 

Final Season 

Black Lightning

Supergirl

 

TBD

Bulletproof

Devils

The Outpost

 

FOX

Renewed

Bob’s Burgers

Call Me Kat

Duncanville

Family Guy

The Great North

The Simpsons

 

Canceled

Bless the Harts

Filthy Rich

Next

Prodigal Son

 

Final Season

Last Man Standing

 

TBD

9-1-1

9-1-1: Lone Star

The Moodys

The Resident

 

CBS

Renewed

Blood & Treasure

Blue Bloods

Bob Hearts Abishola

Bull

The Equalizer

Evil

FBI

FBI: Most Wanted

Magnum P.I.

NCIS

NCIS: Los Angeles

The Neighborhood

S.W.A.T.

Young Sheldon

 

Canceled

MacGyver

Mom

NCIS: New Orleans

 

TBD

All Rise

B Positive

Clarice

SEAL Team,

The Unicorn

United States of Al


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What to Watch May 2021 Guide: Dynasty, The Bold Type, Cruella and MORE!

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April showers didn’t just nourish the flowers, they brought a handful of exciting new movies and TV shows to your favorite streaming platforms and prime-time TV channels!

Here’s what will capture your attention during the month of May 2021!

 

TV

Selena: The Series – (Netflix) May 4

The second part puts the spotlight back on the singer and details her struggles with fame. 

Jupiter’s Legacy – Netflix (May 7)

Superheroes are assembling on Netflix this May. Based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, the series stars Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Ben Daniels, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, Mike Wade, Matt Lanter and Ian Quinlan.

 

The Boy from Medellin – Amazon Prime (May 7)

In this documentary focused on global superstar J Balvin, you get a deeper sense of the “boy from Medellin” as it explores his rise to fame, his mental health, and the current political climate in his home country of Colombia.

 

Dynasty – The CW (May 7)

The Carrington family is the source of all of our Friday night drama. And the fourth season brings plenty of craziness along with Liam and Fallon’s wedding! 

 

High School Musical: The Series – Disney+ (May 14)

It’s showtime! The second season is back with more singing!

 

The Bold Type – Freeform (May 26)

All good things must come to an end. And it’s time to say goodbye to Kat, Sutton, Jane, and all the memories we made at Scarlet Magazine. How will it all end? Tune in for the final season to find out. 

 

 

M.O.D.O.K. – Hulu (May 21)

The Hulu Original Marvel animated series focuses on the megalomaniacal supervillain M.O.D.O.K. who is struggling to maintain control over his evil organization.

 

Masters of None – Netflix (May 23)

Aziz Ansari’s acclaimed comedy returns for season 3!

 

Movies

Monster – Netflix (May 7)

The film, which debuted at Sundance in 2018, focuses on Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), an aspiring filmmaker who becomes implicated in a robbery-turned-murder and who fights for his justice. It also stars Jennifer Hudson.

 

The Woman in the Window – Netflix (May 14)

Amy Adams stars as a psychologist suffering from agoraphobia, who spies on her neighbors and witnesses a crime from her window that she becomes obsessed with solving. Gary Oldman and Anthony Mackie also appear in the film.

 

Cruella – Disney+ (May 28)

The most exciting release in May? Emma Stone’s take on the iconic Disney villain. The film will premiere in theaters and on the streaming platform simultaneously. It will be available on the platform for an additional $30 fee. 


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