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'Scandal' appears to have moved past its dependence on cliffhangers

17 October 2014 7:23 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Scandal" appears to have moved past its dependence on cliffhangers “Scandal” was written around cliffhangers in its first three seasons, but the cliffhangers have now passed on to “How To Get Away with Murder.” As Joshua Alston says of “Scandal,” "It’s no longer a political thriller with heavy-to-a-fault spy genre flourishes, it’s 'Grey’s Anatomy' in the White House. And if that’s indeed what the writers are going for, the absence of a central, hashtag-friendly mystery makes perfect sense. I’ve been suspiciously anticipating this direction, but I’m far less worried than I was. If 'Like Father, Like Daughter' is any indication, that version of Scandal would be well-worth watching, if perhaps not the Twitter fuel it once was.” Plus: “ScandalSecret Service agent talks about his big role. Leah Remini will sub for Erin Andrews as “Dancing with the Stars' co-host Andrews is »

- Norman Weiss

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Elizabeth Peña, Actress With Roles on Modern Family and Matador, Dead at 55

15 October 2014 4:45 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Elizabeth Peña, whose TV career included roles on Modern Family and Matador, died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. She was 55.

Peña’s nephew, Mario-Francisco Robles, confirmed her death in an obituary he penned for Latino-Review.

Her most recent role was that of Maritza, mother of the title character on El Rey’s Matador. She also played Gloria’s mother, Pilar, in two episodes of Modern Family.

Peña’s career spanned nearly four decades and included stints on series like Major Crimes, Off the MapResurrection Blvd., and NCIS. She also led her own short-lived comedy, I Married Dora, »

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Elizabeth Pena, Co-Star of ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ and ‘La Bamba,’ Dies at 55

15 October 2014 4:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actress Elizabeth Pena, who co-starred in “Jacob’s Ladder” and “La Bamba,” died Oct. 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to her nephew, Latino Review writer Mario-Francisco Robles. She was 55.

Born in Elizabeth, N.J., and raised by Cuban immigrant parents, Pena’s career spanned nearly 40 years.  She began performing in New York theater, and got her professional start in 1978 with Leon Ichaso’s “El Super.”

She went on to appear in films including “Rush Hour,” “Blue Steel” and “Batteries Not Included,” starred in her own primetime series on ABC, “I Married Dora” and lent her voice to the “Justice League” animated series, “American Dad!” and to Disney-Pixar’s “The Incredibles,” where she voices Mirage.

Pena also had a recurring guest role on ABC’s “Modern Family” as Pilar, the mother of Sofia Vergara’s Gloria.

The actress recently wrapped work on the first season of El Rey  Network’s “Matador, »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Elizabeth Peña, Co-Star of ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ and ‘La Bamba,’ Dies at 55

15 October 2014 4:24 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actress Elizabeth Peña, who co-starred in “Jacob’s Ladder” and “La Bamba,” died Oct. 14 in Los Angeles after suffering from a brief illness, according to her nephew, Latino Review writer Mario-Francisco Robles. She was 55 and had a career that spanned four decades.

Born in Elizabeth, N.J., and raised by Cuban immigrant parents, Peña began performing in New York theater, and got her professional start in 1978 with Leon Ichaso’s “El Super.”

She went on to appear in films including “Rush Hour,” “Blue Steel” and “Batteries Not Included”; starred in her own primetime series on ABC, “I Married Dora”; and lent her voice to the “Justice League” animated series, “American Dad!” and to Disney-Pixar’s “The Incredibles,” voicing Mirage.

Peña also had a recurring guest role on ABC’s “Modern Family” as Pilar, the mother of Sofia Vergara’s Gloria.

The actress recently wrapped work on the first season of El Rey Network’s “Matador, »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Breaking: Prolific Hispanic Actress Elizabeth Peña Has Passed Away

15 October 2014 3:07 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Elizabeth Peña has passed away. The actress, with a professional career spanning nearly 40 years, left us on the night of October 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She had recently wrapped work on the first season of the El Rey Network's action series, Matador, where she played the title character's mother Maritza.

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and raised by her Cuban immigrant parents, Peña was destined for a career in the arts. Her father, Mario, was a playwright, director, actor, and designer in their native Cuba, who opened up the Latin American Theatre Ensemble after establishing a life for he and his family in New York. As a teen, Peña began making a name for herself as a formidable young actress in the New York theatre scene. She attended, and graduated from, the High School of Performing Arts and began her professional film career in 1978 with León Ichaso's El Super. »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Actress Elizabeth Pena Has Died

15 October 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Actress Elizabeth Pena reportedly passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, at the age of 55.

The New Jersey born, Cuban immigrant-raised actress had a career that spanned nearly forty years. She appeared in numerous films including "Jacob's Ladder," "La Bamba," "Rush Hour," "Batteries Not Included," "Blue Steel" and voiced the character Mirage in "The Incredibles".

On TV she starred in ABC's "I Married Dora," voiced a role on the animated series "Justice League" and "American Dad," and recently wrapped work on El Rey's "Matador".

Pena is survived by her husband, two children, mother and sister.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Elizabeth Pena Dead -- 'La Bamba' Actress Dies At 55

15 October 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Elizabeth Pena -- who starred in a number of TV shows and films including "La Bamba" and "Rush Hour" ... has died. She was 55.Pena died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The cause of death was not disclosed.Pena -- whose Hollywood career spanned almost 40 years -- most recently had a recurring role on "Modern Family" as the mother to Sofia Vergara's character ... and recently completed work on the TV series "Matador."She also starred »

- TMZ Staff

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