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Posted Wednesday 1/09/19 at 9:32PM EST
Is Hollywood's obsession with cartels fueling negative feelings about Latinos?
Source: The New York Times
From Better Call Saul to Ozark to Narcos: Mexico and SEAL Team, cartels have been all the rage in entertainment, particularly on television. "The cartel operative — be he a kingpin or a hit man or a small-time drug dealer — has become the dominant image of Latino people in American television and cinema," says Héctor Tobar, noting that there are 57 million Latinos in the United States who live regular lives. "He’s of course also the dominant image of Latino people in the discourse of the president of the United States." Tobar adds: "The dialogue and imagery of cartel movies associates Latino identity with inherent, pure evil again and again. It’s time for Hollywood to ask: What message are we sending to the American public by asking this country’s Latino actors to act out one execution-style killing after another? And isn’t this all becoming a bit tired and predictable?"
Posted Monday 12/17/18 at 1:35PM EST
Telemundo is creating its first English-language newscast for YouTube
The upcoming newscast is aimed at young Latino viewers. “Our goal here is for Noticias Telemundo to reinvent the ‘traditional’ broadcast news for the Latinx generation– the multicultural, multiracial, mobile, millennials in the United States,” says Telemundo's Romina Rosado.
Posted Tuesday 10/23/18 at 9:28PM EDT
Batman supervillain Bane is supposed to be Latino, so why did Gotham cast Shane West to play him?
Source: The Mary Sue
Graham Nolan, who co-created the DC Comics supervillain, wrote that "as the designer and co-creator of Bane, allow me to put an end to the argument of Bane's ethnicity. He's Latino. Period. He's speaks with a Spanish/Latino accent. Period." Bane has even animated to be Latino. Yet he has been played by white actors, from Tom Hardy to Shane West. "What’s frustrating about this change," says Princess Weekes, "is that DC is clearly aware that Bane is not a white man and has no problem—in animation, at least—putting him in the mask, slapping an accent on him, and making him fully dehumanized for the sake of his brute force. Yet, in these live-action narratives, where he could have complexities and nuance, for some reason, he’s always cast a white actor."
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 9:37PM EDT
Study: Immigrant TV characters are more likely to be portrayed as less educated and more prone to criminality
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Immigrant rights group Define American teamed with The Hollywood Reporter and The Norman Lear Center to study how TV portrays immigrants. "With immigrants, everything seems to fall into two categories: the criminal hustling the system, or the high-achieving, pristinely perfect 'good' immigrant," says Noelle S. Lindsay Stewart of Define American. "That doesn't allow for the complexity or humanity that real people have. We believe that by humanizing people on television, you cause audiences to be emotionally invested in characters, and then take that emotional investment and project them onto the people in their lives." ALSO: Study also found that Asian immigrant stories are especially underrepresented on TV.
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
BoJack Horseman creator named the character "Todd Chavez" after a childhood friend -- without realizing he was Latino
Whether or not Todd Chavez is Latino has been hotly debated on the internet over the past five seasons, yet his ethnic and cultural identity has remained a mystery. Well, it turns out creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg didn't think about Chavez as being Latino. “I’m embarrassed to admit that it hadn’t occurred to me. I didn’t even realize that my friend in middle school was Latino.” he tells Vulture. "I want to be very honest, we have not talked about Todd’s race or cultural heritage a lot," he says. Bob-Waksberg doesn't want to take credit for creating a Latino character, especially when he's played by white actor Aaron Paul. “I didn’t want to feel like we were telling a Latino story that we were ill-equipped to tell, especially because we got some of that criticism with (Vietnamese-American) Diane, I think deservedly so, for being voiced by Alison Brie," he says.
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Co-creator of Netflix's One Day at a Time is developing a Latinx family comedy for CBS
Gloria Calderon Kellett is teaming with one of her One Day at a Time writers, Salvadoran-American Debby Wolfe, on a potential comedy about a widower who takes in his teenage El Salvadorian niece to live with his grown daughter and retired parents.
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 12:52PM EDT
Latina TV speaking roles reach a historic high, but speaking roles for women overall declined
According to the report "Boxed In: Women on Screen and Behind the Scenes in Television" conducted by San Diego State University's Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film, Latina roles rose to 7% last season from 5% the previous season. Black and Asian female roles stayed steady at 19% and 6%, respectively. The study also found that female characters made up 40% of female roles, which is a decline of 2% from the 2016-17 season.
Posted Tuesday 8/28/18 at 1:48PM EDT
Magnum P.I. showrunner Peter Lenkov is trying to make amends after fumbling "Latinx" writer question
Lenkov, who also oversees Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver, said he was thrown by the term "Latinx," which is a gender-neutral alternative to using Latino and Latina. After saying there were no Latinx writers on Magnum P.I.'s staff at the TV press tour earlier this month, Lenkov tweeted the next day that he did have one Latinx writer, who it turns out is half-Cuban and an alumnus CBS Writers Mentoring Program. Lenkov said he's making proactive efforts to make Magnum P.I. more inclusive behind the scenes. "This regrettable moment has been very humbling and I hope to use it as a learning and growth experience moving forward," he said in a statement. "Telling stories is my passion and having authentic voices write and direct my shows is important to the creative process and to the audience for whom we produce the shows. I am currently working with Brenda Victoria Castillo, Alex Nogales, and the wonderful folks at the National Hispanic Media Coalition to help build on this commitment for my current and future series.”
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
A Latino former Lost producer calls B.S. on Magnum P.I. boss' excuse for Latinx writer excuse
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Javier Grillo-Marxuach, who co-created ABC Family's The Middleman, is taking Magnum P.I. executive producer Peter Lenkov to task for saying he had no Latino or Latina writer on his Latino-led series -- then backtracking the next day to say he did have a Latinx writer. "I neither know nor have worked for this showrunner," Grillo-Marxuach writes in a Hollywood Reporter column. "This is not a demand for him to be investigated or sanctioned. All he really did — regardless of what he meant — was express a still shockingly common opinion among many showrunners: 'Inclusion' is a nuisance, minority writers are a burden to hire and promote, and experienced minority writers are nigh-impossible to find."
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 6:42PM EDT
Magnum P.I. boss: "I made a mistake" -- we have one Latinx writer
The CBS reboot starring Jay Hernandez came under fire at the TV press tour on Sunday for having a Latino star, but no writer of Latino or Latina descent, as producers revealed. But executive producer Peter Lenkov tweeted today that, in fact, there is one Latinx writer on staff. "I want to clarify a comment I made yesterday. I made a mistake. We do have a Latinx writer on the #MagnumPI staff, and she is an alumnus of the CBS Writers Mentoring Program."
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 3:26AM EDT
Magnum P.I. has no Latinx writers despite having a Latino lead
The CBS reboot's producers were grilled at TV press tour about Latinx representation among the show's writers. Executive producer Eric Guggenheim responded that with Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, they're "not denying the fact he’s Latino. It’s something we plan to acknowledge throughout the season.” But there are no Latino or Latina writers, he said, "not for any reason other than, when staffing a show, it’s incredibly hard to find writers.” He added that "we have a very diverse writers' room." Writer Yolanda Machado, who asked the original question, tweeted her disappointment in the answer: "I asked this (because) I am so tired of all these reboots casting (people of color) but omitting how their culture affects/changes the character. I LOVE that Jay Hernandez is Magnum, but not allowing his culture to influence #MagnumPI- is a HUGE disservice. PS: 2018 & no #Latinx writers? WTF."
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 5:44AM EDT
Magnum P.I. aims to revive the P.I. genre
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“We’re trying to reinvent, not the actual show, but the P.I. genre, which has been dormant for a long time,” said executive producer Peter Lenkov, speaking at Comic-Con. “We’re trying to bring that back and trying to make that genre have some big stakes.” Lenkov adds that this is the perfect time for a Magnum P.I. reboot. “If I would have done this show 10 years ago, when we did Hawaii Five-0, it wouldn’t be as relevant,” he said. “At the core of this story, it’s about veterans returning home and reintegrating into society.”
- Jay Hernandez on the new Thomas Magnum being Latino: "There’s a lot of negativity attached to people of color, so it’s really wonderful and bold and special to have this opportunity to put that imagery to tell stories and to be on TV and to have something up there that is in very stark contrast to a lot of what we’re absorbing on a subconscious level."
- A Hawaii Five-0-Magnum P.I. crossover happens in the pilot episode
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz bemoan the lack of Latino Emmy nominees in major categories
Fumero and Beatriz reacted to the Emmy nominations on the set of One Day at a Time, where showrunner Gloria Calderon Kellett also mourned the lack of a nomination. "Latinos are doing beautiful work in TV right now and our visibility and our campaigns can’t compete with dominant culture shows so we are excluded from the conversation … for now," said Kellett. "I’m committed to telling these stories of other until we are no longer otherized.” Fumero said of the lack of Emmy recognition for Once Day at a Time: "Take away all the importance of showing Latino culture and everything for representation. They’re just doing amazing, hysterical, and also poignant, heartfelt performances on this show that are just as good as any of those women that were nominated. I don’t get it. I don’t know if it’s that our shows don’t get marketed enough."
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 5:29PM EDT
More people of color were nominated for Emmys this year than ever before
Source: TV Guide
According to TV Guide's tally, 38 people of color were nominated in the top categories, form Lin-Manuel Miranda to Sandra Oh to Trevor Noah. That's nearly double from 2016, when 21 people of color were nominated. ALSO: Sandra Oh and Darren Criss' nominations show the two ways to diversity casting.
# TOPICS: Emmys, 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Darren Criss, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sandra Oh, Trevor Noah, African Americans and TV, Asian Americans and TV, Diversity, Indian-Americans and TV, Latinos and TV
Posted Monday 7/02/18 at 1:27PM EDT
Nickelodeon orders The Loud House spinoff Los Casagrandes
Lincoln Loud’s friend Ronnie Anne and her extended family, the Casagrandes, are getting their own animated series that has been picked up for 20 episodes. To help boost the spinoff, the Casagrandes will appear in five episodes of The Loud House. The Casagrande family was first introduced in The Loud House special The Loudest Mission: Relative Chaos. The special was recently nominated by the Imogen Awards, which honors positive portrayals of Latinos.