It’s not often that you’ll see the big four networks – ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox – working together, but this past Thursday, representatives from each network put the competition aside for a good cause. As part of the third annual National Hispanic Media Coalition MediaCon event, over 300 media entertainment executives and insiders met with Latino industry professionals and Latinos looking to break into the industry to discuss improving diversity efforts in media and entertainment.
Questioning why soap casts aren’t more diverse has been a long debated topic among soap fans. While some shows are better than others, and there certainly has been improvement over the years, some fans are still dissatisfied by the lack of minorities on their soaps. These fans will be interested to hear what the heads of entertainment at ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox had to say as part of their keynote address at the event.
“If you do not reflect the face of America, you will not get the ratings,” said Paul Lee, ABC Entertainment Group President (pictured above). “Anyone who says you cannot have a Latino lead or an African-American lead is now proven wrong.” ABC points to the success of shows like “Modern Family” (which features Colombian actress Sofia Vergara and Mexican American actor Rico Rodriguez) and “Scandal” (which stars African-American lead Kerry Washington) as examples of this.
Get ready for a star studded event, because the nominees for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2013 have been officially been announced, and the list is pretty spectacular! Five film and eight television categories, as well as the SAG Awards honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles, are included in this year’s nominations, which honor a variety of stars like Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Alec Baldwin, Oprah Winfrey, Sandra Bullock and “Scandal’s” Kerry Washington.
The popular television event announcing the official winners will be simulcast live nationally on both TNT and TBS on Saturday, January 18, at 8PM EST/5PM PT from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore performance will immediately follow on TNT at 10PM ET/7PM PT. In addition, recipients from the stunt ensemble honors will be announced from the SAG Awards red carpet during the sagawards.tntdrama.com, tbs.com, and People.com live Red Carpet Pre-Show webcasts beginning at 6PM ET/3PM PT.
For a complete list of this year’s Screen Actors Guild nominees, click beyond the jump!
An ABC representative has confirmed with Soap Opera Network that it has cut the third season episode order of its red hot soap, “Scandal.” Originally expected to air 22 episodes this season, “Scandal” will now only air 18. While the network did not give a reason for the episode reduction, it’s understood that with series star Kerry Washington pregnant and it being harder to hide a pregnancy for a lead character on a primetime series than one on daytime, due to how much time it takes to film each episode, it’s likely that the reduction occurred for this reason.
With the reduction in episodes, “Scandal” will have aired just 47 episodes by the end of its third season. Most primetime series will have aired 66 episodes at that point, but “Scandal’s” first season comprised of only 7 episodes as it was a midseason replacement during the 2011-2012 television season.
“Scandal” is scheduled to go on a winter break following the Thursday, December 12 episode. Barring any schedule changes as a result of its episode reduction, the series is currently scheduled to return from break on Thursday, February 27 to air its remaining third season episodes.
The anticipation leading up to the announcement of the 65th Primetime Emmy awards has been building for weeks, and “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul and “How I Met Your Mother’s” three-time Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris (who’s also hosting the ceremony this year) finally made the official list public this morning.
Watch the video below, or read on for the full list from Soap Opera Network detailing who’s in the running for the coveted golden statues!
BET announced earlier this week that it has signed a deal with ABC Studios which enables the cable network to begin airing seasons one and two of ABC’s primetime drama series, “Scandal.” The network is expected to begin airing said episodes sometime in the summer. Additionally, BET has also licensed the rights to air current season episodes beginning with season three. Each episode will air on BET no earlier than eight days after its original broadcast on ABC.
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PEOPLE.COM LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER SEXIEST MAN AND WOMAN ON TV POLL
Winners to Be Announced Live on ABC’s “Emmys® Red Carpet Live,” Sunday, September 23
People.com is launching its first-ever Sexiest Man and Woman on TV poll. Users will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite of five male and five female finalists chosen by PEOPLE’s editorial staff. Voting begins today on http://www.people.com, http://www.emmys.com and http://www.abc.com, and will continue until 7:30 p.m., ET / 4:30 p.m., PT on Sunday, September 23, the evening of “The 64th Primetime Emmy® Awards.”
The five male TV star finalists are LL Cool J (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), Joe Manganiello (“True Blood”), Dylan McDermott (“American Horror Story”) and Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”). The five female TV star finalists are Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl”), Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”), Heidi Klum (“Project Runway”), Sofía Vergara (“Modern Family”) and Kerry Washington (“Scandal”).
The winners of the poll will be announced live on ABC’s “Emmys Red Carpet Live,” hosted by “Good Morning America’s” Josh Elliott & Lara Spencer, Chris Harrison (“The Bachelor” / ”The Bachelorette”) and Clinton Kelly (“The Chew,” “What Not to Wear”), which begins the festivities of TV’s biggest night, coast to coast, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 from 7:00-8:00 p.m., ET / 4:00-5:00 p.m., PT, immediately followed by the awards ceremonies, live from 8:00-11:00 p.m., ET / 5:00-8:00 p.m., PT. Jimmy Kimmel, star and executive producer of the late-night ABC talk show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” hosts “The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.”
In its newest issue, TV Guide Magazine has revealed some of televisions highest paid stars. As you can imagine, the list comprises of former daytime soap stars who’ve either gone on to host their own talk show or headline a top ranked primetime series, or in the case of primetime soap stars – gotten richer!
Kelly Ripa tops the list of stars with a soap opera connection as the host of the daytime talk show “Live with Kelly.” According to TV Guide, the former “All My Children” star rakes in an estimated salary of $20 million per year. Meanwhile, Michael Weatherly went from “Loving” in the 1990′s to “NCIS” agent for a cool $175,000 per episode. Mark Harmon, Weatherly’s co-star on “NCIS,” generates an estimated $500,000 per episode and is the highest paid actor (scripted). The magazine, however, does not make note as to whether that amount includes his executive producer credit or if it is based solely on appearance alone. Harmon starred in the short lived 1980′s primetime soap “Flamingo Road,” which preceded his ground breaking role in “St. Elsewhere.”
“Guiding Light” turned “White Collar” star Matt Bomer makes an estimated $110,000 per episode of his uber popular USA Network series. Also hailing from “Guiding Light” is Hayden Panettierre, who will take in an estimated $75,000 an episode for her starring role in the upcoming new series “Nashville.” The show stars Connie Britton as a fading country star, but Britton will take in $100,000 per episode for her efforts.
The stars of “Grey’s Anatomy” recently renegotiated new deals to continue on the series for another two seasons. With the shows ninth season debuting in September, stars Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh and Ellen Pompeo will now make an estimated $350,000 an episode.
Although he hasn’t appeared on a soap for some time, Alec Baldwin gained notoriety in the 1980′s after starring in the daytime soap “The Doctors” and the primetime soap opera “Knot’s Landing.” Now starring in “30 Rock,” Baldwin commands an estimated $300,000 per episode. “30 Rock” is expected to complete its seventh and final season with just 13 episodes beginning October 4. Mariska Hargitay, who recurred on primetime soap “Falcon Crest” in 1988, is the highest paid actress (scripted) taking in $385,000 per episode for her work on “Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit.”
What follows is the complete list of salaries of stars with soap opera connections:
For a complete list of stars and their salaries, pick up your copy of TV Guide today or head on over to the magazine’s website.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Tonight at 10/9c on ABC will be a repeat airing of the networks new celebrity esque suspense drama “Scandal.”
Everyone has a secret… and Olivia Pope has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite and keeping those secrets under wraps. Revered and feared at the same time, Olivia, a former communications director to the President of the United States, left the White House to open her own prominent crisis management firm. She is hoping to start a new chapter in her life -both professionally and personally-but she can’t seem to completely cut ties with her past. Olivia’s former boss, President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn), and his chief of staff, Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry), are never far, and it soon becomes clear that Olivia’s clients aren’t the only ones with secrets. Olivia’s accomplished staff includes Stephen Finch (Henry Ian Cusick), a womanizing lawyer who’s trying to settle down; Harrison Wright (Columbus Short), a slick litigator with his fair share of secrets; Huck (Guillermo Diaz), a hacker extraordinaire with a CIA past; and Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield), an investigator who has a love/hate relationship with Stephen. Although Olivia and her team specialize in fixing the lives of other people, they can’t quite seem to fix the problems closest at hand-their own.
In the premiere episode, young lawyer Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes) is offered a job with Olivia Pope and Associates, and she is in awe. Olivia and her team of “gladiators in suits” will do whatever it takes to make their clients’ problems go away, and newbie Quinn is initiated into the group with trial by fire on day one — when a White House intern accuses the President of having an affair. Olivia is the only one the White House trusts to diffuse the problem, but as she gets deeper into the situation, Quinn soon realizes Olivia’s clients aren’t the only ones with secrets.
“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington (“Ray”) as Olivia Pope, Henry Ian Cusick (“Lost”) as Stephen Finch, Columbus Short (“Stomp the Yard”) as Harrison Wright, Guillermo Diaz (“Half-Baked”) as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn (“Ghost”) as President Fitzgerald Grant, and Jeff Perry (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as Cyrus Beene.
“Scandal” is written by Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”). Rhimes and Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”) are executive producers. Judy Smith is co-executive producer. Paul McGuigan (BBC’s “Sherlock”) is the director. “Scandal” is produced by ABC Studios.
“Scandal” replaces the previously scheduled repeat of ABC’s “Castle.” “Scandal” airs Thursdays at 10:00 PM ET/9:00 PM CT on the ABC Television Network after “Grey’s Anatomy.”