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ABC’S “UGLY BETTY” AND DISNEY CHANNEL’S “HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL” WIN FIVE 2007 ALMA AWARDS

The ABC Television Network took home four awards and Disney Channel garnered one at “The 2007 ALMA Awards,” taped Friday, June 1, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, CA. The star-studded event aired Tuesday, June 5 on the ABC Television Network. Eva Longoria (“Desperate Housewives”) hosted.

The ABC winners were “Ugly Betty,” a production of ABC Studios, for Outstanding Television Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie; America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”) for Outstanding Actress in a Television Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie; Ana Ortiz (“Ugly Betty”) for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Television Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie; and Silvio Horta (“Ugly Betty”) for Outstanding Writing for a Television Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie. Disney Channel winner was Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical”) for Outstanding Director in a Television Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie.

Musical performances at the awards ceremony included multi-platinum artist Beyonc Knowles, as well as Prince, Sheila E., Calle 13, Dashboard Confessional, Billy Gibbons, Los Lonely Boys and War.

Talent included (in alphabetical order) Jessica Alba, Santiago Cabrera, Sheila E., Hector Elizondo, Daisy Fuentes, Andy Garcia, Jorge Garcia, Balthazar Getty, Grupo Fantasma, Jay Hernandez, Terrence Howard, Eva la Rue, Mario Lopez, Cheech Marin, Carlos Mencia, Amaury Nolasco, Ana Ortiz, Tony Plana, Sara Ramirez, Judy Reyes, Alex Reymundo, Roselyn Sanchez, Rodrigo Santoro, Robert Verdi, Nadine Velazquez and Eduardo Xol.

Among the highlights was a presentation of the 2007 ALMA Award for Special Achievement in Television to comedian George Lopez. The Pioneer in Music Award was presented to the band Los Lobos.

In the opening number, Eva Longoria and Mario Lopez performed with professional dancers from ABC’s popular hit show, “Dancing with the Stars.” Performing a rousing salsa number were Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani and Elena Grinenko, Alec Mazo and Cheryl Burke, Christian Perry and Annette Nicole, and Genya Mazo and Maria Shibalova.

An added feature was the celebration of top Latino designers who dressed Longoria throughout the telecast in custom couture gowns, as well as designer shoes, bags and jewelry.

The two-hour special was presented by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. The annual ALMA (American Latino Media Arts) Awards special recognizes and celebrates the outstanding artistic achievement of Latinos in film, television and music. The show was named ALMA (Spanish for spirit or soul) to honor the determined spirit of the Latino community.

Executive producers are Michael B. Seligman, Janet Murgua, David Chavez and Eva Longoria. Danette Herman is producer, joined by director Louis J. Horvitz, co-producer Brittany Olsen and music producer Scott Igoe. The program was broadcast with Spanish audio via SAP.

The complete list of 2007 ALMA Award winners follows:

OUTSTANDING MOTION PICTURE
“Babel”

OUTSTANDING ACTOR MOTION PICTURE
Jesse Garcia “Quinceaera”

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS MOTION PICTURE
Adriana Barraza “Babel”

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR MOTION PICTURE
Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu “Babel”

OUTSTANDING SCREENPLAY MOTION PICTURE
Guillermo Arriaga “Babel”

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION SERIES, MINI-SERIES, OR TV MOVIE
“Ugly Betty” ABC

OUTSTANDING ACTOR TELEVISION SERIES, MINI-SERIES, OR TV MOVIE (Tie)
Edward James Olmos “Battlestar Galactica” Sci Fi Channel
Michael Pea “Walkout” HBO

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS TELEVISION SERIES, MINI-SERIES, OR TV MOVIE
America Ferrera “Ugly Betty” ABC

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR TELEVISION SERIES, MINI-SERIES, OR TV MOVIE
Benito Martinez “The Shield” FX

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS TELEVISION SERIES, MINI-SERIES, OR TV MOVIE
Ana Ortiz “Ugly Betty” ABC

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR TELEVISION SERIES, MINI-SERIES, OR TV MOVIE (Tie)
Edward James Olmos “Walkout” HBO
Kenny Ortega “High School Musical” Disney Channel

OUTSTANDING WRITING TELEVISION SERIES, MINI-SERIES, OR TV MOVIE
Silvio Horta “Ugly Betty,” “Pilot” ABC

OUTSTANDING MADE-FOR-TV DOCUMENTARY
“From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale” PBS

June 5, 2007 Los Angeles, CA — The Television Critics Association today unveiled its 2007 TCA Award nominations.

Once again, NBC leads the list with 13 nominations on the strength of its strong freshmen series, including, “30 Rock,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Heroes,” which garnered 12 nominations total. Third-year comedy “The Office” received the other nod.

Other newcomers also received recognition. ABC’s “Ugly Betty” received three nominations while Showtime’s “Dexter” netted a pair. ABC Family saw success in children’s programming with their series “Lincoln Heights” and “Kyle XY.”

HBO programs received nine notices overall. Veteran series “The Sopranos” and “The Wire” received nominations in the dramatic categories while the Spike Lee documentary “When the Levees Broke” secured three nominations.

The 23rd annual TCA Awards honor the finest work of the 2006-07 season as selected by the association’s 200-plus member critics and journalists. The winners will be announced at a July 21st ceremony at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Past winners up for honors this year include Jon Stewart (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”), Hugh Laurie (“House”), NBC’s “The Office,” Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” HBO’s “The Sopranos,” ABC’s “Lost” and Nickelodeon’s “Nick News.”

CBS has two series, “M*A*S*H” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” nominated for a TCA Heritage Award, which recognizes a long-standing program that made a lasting cultural or social impact. Also nominated in this category is “Sesame Street” (PBS), “Roots” (ABC) and “The Sopranos” (HBO).

The TCA also voted for Outstanding Achievement in Children’s programming with Nickelodeon series receiving three of the five nominations for “Dora the Explorer,” “Nick News” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.” Disney Channel received a nod for their new series “Johnny and the Sprites.”

Below is a complete list of this year’s TCA Award nominations. Please note, career achievement nominees are not listed, but a winner in that category will be chosen by TCA members.

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

“American Idol” (Fox)
“Friday Night Lights” (NBC)
“Heroes” (NBC)
“Planet Earth” (Discovery)
“The Wire” (HBO)
“When the Levees Broke” (HBO)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY

“30 Rock” (NBC)
“The Daily Show” (Comedy Central)
“Entourage” (HBO)
“The Office” (NBC)
“Ugly Betty” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA

“Friday Night Lights” (NBC)
“Heroes” (NBC)
“Lost” (ABC)
“The Sopranos” (HBO)
“The Wire” (HBO)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT MOVIES, MINI-SERIES AND SPECIALS

“Broken Trail” (AMC)
“Planet Earth” (Discovery)
“Prime Suspect” (PBS)
“The State Within” (BBC America)
“When the Levees Broke” (HBO)

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

“30 Rock” (NBC)
“Dexter” (Showtime)
“Friday Night Lights” (NBC)
“Heroes” (NBC)
“Ugly Betty” (ABC)

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY

Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”)
Stephen Colbert (“The Colbert Report”)
America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”)
Tina Fey (“30 Rock”)
Jon Stewart (“The Daily Show”)

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA

Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”)
Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”)
Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”)
Hugh Laurie (“House”)
Helen Mirren (“Prime Suspect”)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING

“Dora the Explorer” (Nickelodeon)
“Johnny and the Sprites” (The Disney Channel)
“Kyle XY” (ABC Family)
“Lincoln Heights” (ABC Family)
“SpongeBob Squarepants” (Nickelodeon)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS & INFORMATION

“Baghdad ER” (HBO)
“Bill Moyers Journal” (PBS)
“Galapagos” (National Geographic)
“Planet Earth” (Discovery)
“When the Levees Broke” (HBO)

HERITAGE AWARD

“M*A*S*H” (CBS)
“Roots” (ABC)
“Sesame Street” (PBS)
“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (CBS)
“The Sopranos” (HBO)

Doctor Who is going to sport a sexy Aga Blonksa giving a stoney performance in an upcoming episode. The bombshell actress is to re-enact such sensual roles as are seen played out in cathedrals and castles throughout europe, as she plays the role of a stone angel that the lucky Doctor encounters in a haunted house.

But will this stone vixen actually be good news for the Doctor?

Actress Aga Blonksa spent three hours having a special stone angel suit put on her by Millenium FX special effects studio. This could be the first time in TV history that a stoney performance merits a good review by the critics!

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Current Big Brother drama queen Nikki Grahame is sadly disappointed with the first man to join the household. It turns out that the often-unstable Nikki went to college with the the house man Ziggy a number of years ago. She says that he is a complete wannabe who ignored her even after being mates back in college when the two were both studying performing arts.

Now, are we going to see some chemistry finally develop between the two old chums? Or will the dramatic action flare up??

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Channel 4 has announced that it will be going ahead with the broadcast of a film showing previously unseen footage of Princess Diana in the fatal car crash. Friends and politicians have spoken out angrily that the show sensationalises her death and is not appropriate.

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Despite 7 million tuning in to the final of SoapStar Superstar last year, the show has been dropped from ITV’s lineup. According to ITV executives the show has run its course.

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The children’s show Blue Peter will be axed from three to two episodes per week, according to a latest report due to budget issues.

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Living TV is set to start a new reality program where its better to be naughty than nice. The show will feature seven self-professed “bitches liars cheaters and backstabbers” who flaunt their good lucks to get what they want.

The seven supermodel-esque divas will have to battle it out to be the baddest and bitchiest of all the babes in the house in order to win the big prize. Want to see the contestants? Want to read the full story?

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Corrie Street Girls Kym Ryder and Katherine Kelly celebrated Man United’s victory in the Premiership title by posing with the trophy in front of the famous Rover’s Return pub, the iconic pub from Coronation Street set in the Manchester Suburb of Weatherfield.

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Fashion Gurus Trinny and Susannah from ITV1’s “Trinny and Susannah Undress the Nation” have made a bold public appearance to draw publicity for their show. The pair stripped down in front of a rather large crowd in public and gave away all of their bras – to 900 different women!

The stunt was filmed for their show which serves to get women to properly measure their bra size. Needless to say, a number of male onlookers were suitably impressed – both with the fashion tv stars’ strip show and the strip show from the 900 women crowding around for free bras!

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