Jharrel Jerome Makes History with Emmy Win

Jharrel Jerome has etched his name in the Emmy history books…

The 21-year-old Dominican American actor’s Emmy Awards win has earned him two places in the record books. 

Jharrel Jerome

The star of Netflix’s When They See Usmade history as the youngest person to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie as well as the first Afro-Latino to win for acting.

“It’s a blessing and I hope this is a step forward for Dominicans, for Latinos, for Afro Latinos. It’s about time we’re here,” said Jerome backstage reflecting on his win. After learning that he was also the youngest to win in history backstage, “well damn, that’s incredible.. kids are smart too,” he quipped.

Jerome earned the trophy for his portrayal of exonerated five member Korey Wise, who, as an adolescent, was wrongfully convicted of a crime, which led to a 14-year incarnation stint.

On the Academy continuing to recognize dark narratives in regards to Black stories, “Unfortunately, I think our strongest stories are the stories of pain considering that’s what we go through on a daily basis. It is unfortunate that comedies or light pieces of work aren’t as praised and aren’t sent to the award season,” said Jerome. “The truth is our pain needs to be told. So if it has to be for the next 20 years where we are just painfully telling our stories until we can move on then I guess it has to be.”

Vega Officially Named as Co-Anchor of ABC World News Tonight‘s Weekend Editions

Cecilia Vega is making world news

The Latina broadcast journalist, a correspondent for ABC News, has been officially named as one of the anchors for ABC World News Tonight‘s Saturday and Sunday editions, as well as serve as senior national correspondent.

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Vega, who has interviewed everyone from Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto to Sylvester Stallone, will co-anchor the newscasts with Tom Llamas.

“Since joining ABC News in 2011, Cecilia has done fantastic work, deftly covering everything from the Olympics and papal conclave to the Occupy Wall Street protests and the election of President Barack Obama,” said ABC News chief James Goldston in memo to staffers. “Most recently, she has reported on the 2014 midterm elections, Ebola cases in the United States, the Sony computer hacking and fallout, and allegations against Bill Cosby.”

Prior to joining ABC News, Vega was an Emmy Award-winning journalist for KGO in San Francisco and award-winning print reporter. We’re very grateful that she’ll be making the jump from the West Coast to New York City for this new role as anchor and senior national correspondent.

Vega and Llamas will take the reins beginning this weekend, making official the posts they’ve filled with since last fall when David Muir became anchor of World News Tonight.

Ronstadt to be Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Linda Ronstadt’s name will forever be etched in the annals of music history…

The 67-year-old Mexican American singer, who released her autobiography, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, in September 2013, will be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, the organization has announced.

Linda Ronstadt

Ronstadt, who was once declared the “First Lady of Rock,” joins Nirvana, KISS, Cat Stevens, Hall and Oates and Peter Gabriel as 2014 inductees.

Earlier in the fall, Ronstadt was modest in assessing her level of achievement during her career: “I always thought I couldn’t sing very well. I was always very frustrated by it, and I was always sorta disappointed by it, y’know? Everything I did always fell short of my expectations. I wasn’t very good when I started, but the good news is I got better. I didn’t become the greatest singer in all of pop music, but I became, at least for my time, the most diverse. I wish it had all been better, but it wasn’t. It’s what it was, and I got to make it better later. I wish the records had been better, but they were as good as I could do at the time.”

Ronstadt’s records were much better than she’d imagined… In her career, the highest paid woman of rock in the 70s has earned 11 Grammy Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award and an ALMA Award.

In addition, Ronstadt was instrumental in the Latin cultural renaissance in North America.

In 1987, she released Canciones de Mi Padre, an album of traditional Mexican folk songs. The album’s dramatic, bold, and colorful cover art featured Ronstadt in full Mexican regalia.

The album won Ronstadt a Grammy Award for Best Mexican-American Performance; and the disc was certified double-platinum in the U.S., making it one of the biggest-selling non-English-language albums in U.S. music history.

The 2014 ceremony will be the Rock Hall’s first in Brooklyn after previous inductions were held at the Waldorf Astoria hotel and also the first in the New York area to be open to the public. Tickets will go on sale to the public in January, with a pre-sale for members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum starting at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31. Details are available at www.rockhall.com.

The ceremony will be filmed by HBO for broadcast in May. Additionally, the museum in Cleveland will be opening a special exhibit dedicated to the 2014 inductees early in the new year.

Cannavale to Star Opposite Cameron Diaz in “Annie”

It’s the hard-knock life for Bobby Cannavale

The 43-year-old half-Cuban American has signed on to star in Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment’s in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Annie.

Bobby Cannavale

Cannavale, currently nominated for two Emmy Awards, joins Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne in the Will Gluck-directed film.

Cannavale, who most recently appeared in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, will play a bulldog political adviser to Foxx’s character as he makes a mayoral run in New York.

The film is set for release on Christmas Day 2014.

Gluck is currently revising the film’s screenplay, which was written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna. It’s based on the comic strip and the musical stage play Annie, with book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin.

Cannavale will next appear in the Jon Favreau-directed Chef opposite Favreau and Scarlett Johansson, and the Dan Fogelman-directed Imagine with Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner and Annette Bening.

Moreno to Receive SAG Lifetime Achievement Award

She’s already the only Hispanic performer to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony (EGOT)… And, now Rita Moreno is getting another acting prize.

The 81-year-old Puerto Rican actress/singer/dancer has been named the 50th recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor – the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rita Moreno

The SAG Awards are bestowing the award on Moreno for her career achievements and humanitarian accomplishments.

Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the union’s top accolade will be doled out at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on January 18, 2014.

In addition to being one of a rare class of performers to win the career EGOT, Moreno has also been the recipient of the Library of Congress Living Legends Award, the National Medal of Arts and the HOLA Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actresses.

Moreno, who recently released her best-selling memoir Rita Moreno: A Memoir, has had a nearly 70-year career in the industry.

She currently portrays Fran Drescher’s mother in TV Land’s sitcom Happily Divorced.

Gomez’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” Special to Air in March

If you’ve been missing Selena Gomez’s Wizards of Waverly Place, you’re in luck…

The 20-year-old Mexican-American actress and her Disney Channel co-stars will be returning with a one-hour special more than a year after hanging up their wands.

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Dubbed The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex, the Gomez-executive-produced special will air on Friday, March 15 at 8:00 pm ET.

In the special, directed by Victor Gonzalez, the Russo family and their friends travel to Tuscany, Italy, to meet relatives. But while trying to prove that she’s serious about her craft as a wizard, Alex (Gomez) accidentally conjures up a spell that splits her personality into two — a Good Alex and an Evil Alex. The dueling Alexes eventually battle over the fate of her family and mankind atop the Tower of Pisa.

The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex also stars Jake T. Austin, Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals-Barrera, David DeLuise, Gregg Sulkin and Beau Mirchoff.

The original Wizards of Waverly Place ran for more than 100 episodes and earned multiple Emmy Awards. It was also the No. 1 series on TV among kids 2-11, kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14 during its run.

The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex will first debut Friday, March 8 on Disney Channel On Demand. The special will be available for iTunes download starting Tuesday, March 19.

Coto Developing “The Defectives” for ABC

Manny Coto has a defective project on his hands…

The Latino writer, director and producer has sold the police drama The Defectives to ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The drama, which received a script commitment from the network, centers on a female internal affairs investigator tasked with rebuilding the Los Angeles Police Department’s special detective unit after she spearheads the probe into a corruption scandal that ultimately brings the department to its knees.

Denied financial and internal support, she recruits a team of overlooked detectives, flawed cops and ignored analysts — all of whom possess unique skills. The talented oddballs must work together to overcome the forces working against them while solving crimes on a weekly basis.

Coto, an executive producer and writer for the fifth season of the Emmy Award-winning hit Showtime series Dexter, will write and executive produce the project alongside Hot in Cleveland’s Lynda Obst, who will serve as an executive producer.

The project comes as Dexter inches closer to the potential end of its run, with a renewal already in place for an eighth season.

Coto, whose credits also include 24 and Star Trek: Enterprise, shared in the Kiefer Sutherland real-time drama’s 2006 Emmy drama series win and 2011 Dexter nomination.

Louis C.K. Picks Up Two Primetime Emmy Awards…

The number 13 isn’t so unlucky for Louis C.K.

The 45-year-old half-Mexican American actor/comedian picked up two trophies at Sunday night’s Primetime Emmy Awards exactly thirteen years after picking up his first Emmy.

Louis C.K.

Louis C.K., who had racked up seven nominations—the most nods for any nominee in the same year, picked up his first award for his behind-the-scenes work on his critically acclaimed FX series Louie.

His “Pregnant” episode beat out an episode of Community and Girls and two episodes of Parks and Recreation to claim the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series award.

Asked backstage why FX’s Louie has brought him acclaim, while his HBO series Lucky Louie was cancelled after one season.

“I’m better than I was before, and hopefully I’ll be better later too,” he proclaimed, adding that being in New York with a “better group of people” has helped his new FX program.

“Whenever you leave behind failure, you’re doing good,” he said. “If you think everything you’ve done is great, you’re probably dumb. … I’m older now too. Older people are smarter and funnier.”

Meanwhile, Louis C.K.’s revolutionary online special Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre, which aired on FX six months after its digital release, picked up the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special.

Louis C.K. had previously earned his first Emmy in 1999 in the Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program category for serving as a writer on HBO’s The Chris Rock Show.

Here’s a look at the night’s big winners:

Outstanding comedy series: Modern Family
Outstanding drama series:
Homeland
Outstanding miniseries or movie:
Game Change
Outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie:
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Outstanding directing for a miniseries or movie: Jay Roach, Game Change
Outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie:
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Outstanding writing for a miniseries or movie:
Danny Strong, Game Change
Outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie:
Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys
Outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie:
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Outstanding variety series:
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Outstanding directing for a variety special: Glenn Weiss, 65th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding writing for a variety special:
Louis C.K., Louie C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre
Outstanding lead actress in a drama series:
Claire Danes, Homeland
Outstanding lead actor in a drama series: Damian Lewis, Homeland
Outstanding directing for a drama series: Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire
Outstanding supporting actress in a drama: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Outstanding writing for a drama series: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, Homeland
Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Outstanding host for a reality show: Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Outstanding reality-competition program: The Amazing Race
Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series: Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men Outstanding directing in a comedy series: Steve Levitan, Modern Family
Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series: Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Outstanding writing for a comedy series: Louis C.K., Louie
Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Garcia to Develop New Projects for CBS TV Studios

After nearly 15 years and three series at 20th Century Fox TV, Greg Garcia is moving on to greener pastures.

The 42-year-old Latino director, producer and writer has signed a four-year deal with CBS TV Studios to develop new projects.

Greg Garcia

As part of the agreement, Garcia will remain as the showrunner on Fox’s Raising Hope for its upcoming third season while working on development for CBS Studios.

Garcia began his long stint at 20th Century Fox as a writer on the short-lived Getting Personal before co-creating his first series for the studio, Yes, Dear, which ran on CBS for six seasons.

He’d go on to serve as the creator/executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning My Name Is Earl  and most recently Fox’s Raising Hope.

“Greg is truly one of the funniest people I know, and certainly one of the elite comedy showrunners,” said CBS TV Studios president David Stapf, who had pursued Garcia for several years. “He is a rare creative talent, who has created successful shows in both the multi- and single-camera form across a variety of networks.”

Garcia has also worked on the series Family Matters and as a consulting producer on Family Guy.