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.
ABC’s “Modern Family” is about to get a bump up in coolness: “The Talk” panelist and host of the CW’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Aisha Tyler is set to guest star on the popular sitcom later this season!
A rep for the show confirms that the California native will be appearing in the 16th episode of the comedy’s fifth and current season as Wendy, a former law school classmate of Mitchell’s (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) who unexpectedly becomes his boss.
Tyler and Ferguson will be taping their scenes this week for the episode, which is titled “Spring-a-Ding-Fling.”
Meanwhile, fans who just can’t get enough of Tyler can tune in to CBS’s “The Price Is Right” on Wednesday, January 15, as she’ll be appearing as that day’s celebrity guest model.
In celebration of its “Home for the Holidays” campaign, ABC announced today plans to incorporate United States Veterans in upcoming episodes of its daytime and primetime programming, including “Modern Family,” “Last Man Standing” and “General Hospital.” Comedy “The Neighbors” will offer a veteran the opportunity to shadow one of their directors as they put an episode together. Meanwhile, “The View” and “The Chew” will support the vets with various themed episodes throughout the holiday season.
Storyline details and episode airdates, including air times, will be announced at a later date.
Sean Carrigan has been on “The Young and the Restless” as Stitch for just a few short months, but he’s already finding primetime success: The comedian/actor will be appearing on tonight’s episode of “Modern Family,” titled “A Fair to Remember!”
A rep for the ABC comedy series confirms that Carrigan will be playing John, the dad of a child that Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) coaches on the high school football team.
“Got to shoot an episode of ‘Modern Family,’” the actor tweeted on October 22 along with a picture of him with Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell). “So much fun!”
Check out ABC’s official website for a sneak peek at the episode, and tune into ABC tonight at 9/8c to catch Carrigan in the role!
They say fast-paced soap operas are good training grounds for primetime gigs, and that must be the case, considering several former soap stars have garnered Primetime Emmy nods this year! In light of the official announcement of the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Award nominees, Soap Opera Network brings you the who, what and where of stars who’ve given sudsers a go.
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!
In a bizarre twist of modern family drama, Shanelle Gray (ex-Gaby Moreno, “The Bold and the Beautiful;” ex-Sarah “Flash” Roberts, “One Life to Live”) may be losing custody of her… sister. Yep, that’s right: Seven months ago, the former soap opera actress gained custody of her little sister, “Modern Family” star Ariel Winter (Alex Dunphy), after their mother, Chrisoula Workman, was accused of alleged physical and emotional abuse toward the 15-year-old. But now, Workman has asked the courts to re-examine their decision!
ABC formally announced its new lineup of shows on Tuesday at an upfront presentation held at New York City’s Avery Fisher Hall, and Paul Lee, the ABC Entertainment Group president, called series like the network’s new Steven Spielberg-produced drama, “Lucky 7,” soaps! And he revealed much more about the new shows in a special press conference in which Soap Opera Network took part.
ABC has consistently brought soap-worthy programming to primetime (“Desperate Housewives” and “Revenge,” to name but two), and the schedule for this fall is no different: Intermixing with popular mainstay shows like “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” come thirteen brand new shows, a few of which may spur “General Hospital” and other daytime soaps to come to mind! And Wendy Moniz (ex-Mayor Finn, “One Life to Live,” ex-Dinah Marler, “Guiding Light”) strengthens the soap/primetime connection with a role in the new drama, “Betrayal.” Read on to get the exciting details!
via Press Release
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.”