Expect to see a lot more of Modesto-raised actress Lindsay Pearce on your TV soon.
The former “Glee Project” runner-up and “Glee” guest star has joined the cast of the new ABC Family drama series “Recovery Road.” The show will center on a young woman named Maddie who is forced to confront her partying ways and go into rehab for addiction.
Pearce has landed a recurring role on the series as Rebecca, a childhood friend of Maddie’s who also has an addiction. According to Deadline Hollywood, the former friends are no longer close because “Rebecca now blames Maddie for everything that’s gone wrong in her life.”
The series is based on the young-adult novel by Blake Nelson. ABC Family picked up the series in December, and production is underway. No word yet on when it will air, but we’ll keep you posted.
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Pearce took to Instagram to express her excitement about the news. She wrote, “The news is finally out and I’m beyond excited, thankful, terrified, and thrilled. I owe this to the people in my life that pushed me to be my best.”
The former Modesto Christian and Valley Charter schools student has kept busy since moving to Los Angeles in 2011. She was a runner-up on the first season of “The Glee Project” in 2011 and followed that up with a recurring role on the hit Fox series “Glee.”
Before being cast on “Recovery Road,” she filmed a guest-starring role on the ABC series “Grey’s Anatomy” and appeared in the Kevin Hart film comedy “The Wedding Ringer,” which opened in January.
Pearce returns frequently to Modesto to perform and visit family. She last played a special holiday show in November at Modesto Junior College, where she studied theater before leaving to pursue her acting career.
Congrats to Pearce, who also was the inaugural Valley’s Got Talent winner, on her continued success. We’ll be setting our DVRs in anticipation of her debut.
Elsewhere around the Scene:
Man, Modestans are all over TV this week.
Fans of extreme fitness competitions, and all-around toughness, should tune in to see Modesto resident Erika Moreno on the CMT reality competition “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge.”
The 29-year-old personal trainer and distance runner will compete on the show, which has athletes vie against one another and an obstacle course to win pride and money. According to CMT, Erika is a “total tomboy” who spent years playing women’s tackle football. She will be on the season finale of the series airing at 8 p.m. Sunday on CMT.
Having watched the show, I can attest it is only for the fittest and fiercest.
And finally, catch one more Modestan on the tube today.
Greg Hassapakis will be on “The Price Is Right,” which airs at 10 a.m. on CBS. Comic Drew Carey hosts the long-running game show, on which contestants guess the prices of merchandise and play games to win cash and prizes.