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Mary Harron and More to Be Honored at Wift-t’s Crystal Awards

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Mary Harron has a lot to celebrate. In a little over a week, “Alias Grace” — the Netflix miniseries she directed — will premiere. And in December Harron will receive the Creative Excellence Award at Women in Film & Television — Toronto’s (Wift-t) Crystal Awards, the annual celebration of women working in Canadian entertainment.

The prize “is presented to a woman in recognition of the dynamic quality of her work in screen-based media,” a Wift-t press release notes. In addition to features like “American Psycho,” “I Shot Andy Warhol,” and “The Moth Diaries,” Harron has previously helmed episodes of series such as “The L Word,” “Big Love,” and “Six Feet Under.”

Actress Tonya Williams (“The Young and the Restless”), screenwriter Karen Walton (“Orphan Black”), Guru Studio Evp Mary Bredin, and Digital Wizards prez Diane Williamson will also be honored at the Crystal Awards.

Williams is set to receive the Special Jury Award of Distinction, in recognition of her commitment to supporting diverse talent in Canada via Reelworld Film Festival, which she founded in 2001, and her production company, Wilbo Entertainment.

Walton will take home the Mentorship Award, which honors individuals who help women establish careers in screen-based media. The “Ginger Snaps” and “Queer as Folk” writer started inkcanada, a Facebook group for professional writers in Canada, in 2007.

The Outstanding Achievement in Business Award will go to Bredin for her leadership as an exec at Guru and, previously, at Nelvana, Telefilm Canada, Canal +, Pmmp, and Disney. And Williamson will receive the Digital Trailblazer Award for founding Digital Wizards Inc., where she also works as an executive producer.

“The Crystal Awards is the hallmark of Wift-t’s legacy,” said Heather Webb, the organization’s Executive Director. “For three decades, we’ve prioritized the recognition and celebration of women’s achievements; and the men who mentor, support, and advocate for women. Thirty years ago when women were rendered invisible in the industry, Wift-t led the way by illuminating the monumental contributions of women that significantly shape and advance Canada’s screen- based industry.”

Webb added, “These women have broken ground, demonstrated incredible visionary insight, and are an inspiration to their peers, audiences, and the next generation of women in the industry.”

The Crystal Awards Gala will be held December 5 in Toronto, Ontario. Event tickets will be sold on Wift-t’s website until November 20 or while quantities last.

Check out the Crystal Awardees’ bios below, courtesy of Wift-t.

Creative Excellence Award: Mary Harron, Director/Writer/Executive Producer

One of the most distinctive voices of the independent film movement of the last 20 years, Mary Harron made her debut as a feature-film writer/director in 1996 with “I Shot Andy Warhol.” The film won star Lili Taylor a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and garnered Independent Spirit Award and London Film Critic Circle nominations for best first feature.

In 2000, Mary directed the internationally successful “American Psycho,” starring Christian Bale, which she and Guinevere Turner adapted from Brett Easton Ellis’ notorious bestseller. For her work on this film, she was nominated for Director of the Year by the London Film Critics Circle. She then followed with “The Notorious Bettie Page” in 2005, starring Gretchen Mol, Lili Taylor, and Jared Harris. The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and at the Berlin International Film Festival to critical acclaim.

Mary’s most recent feature film, “The Moth Diaries,” starring Sarah Bolger, Sarah Gadon, and Lily Cole, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2011 and had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Her latest production is the six-part series “Alias Grace,” written and produced by Sarah Polley, and based on the novel by celebrated Canadian author, Margaret Atwood. The series stars Sarah Gadon, Paul Gross, and Anna Paquin, and was produced for CBC and Netflix.

Mentorship Award: Karen Walton, Writer/Executive Producer & President, inkling entertainment inc. & Founder/Admin, inkcanada

Karen Walton is a screen and television writer/creative executive producer whose body of work champions society’s underdogs and outliers. Best known as the writer of cult horror classic “Ginger Snaps,” her decades of television credits include celebrated episodes of “Orphan Black,” “Queer As Folk,” and the true-life rape culture saga, “The Many Trials of One Jane Doe.”

In 2007, Karen founded the public online community known as inkcanada — Canadian Screenwriters & Their Sketchy Friends; a Facebook Group dedicated to fostering free access and open exchanges between Canada’s professional storytellers, and those who aspire to telling their own stories — no matter who they are or where they live. Now in its 10th year of amazing conversations, inkcanada features the distinct voices of over 5,000 members in Canada, and around the world. Karen’s dedication to fair representations of gender, gender equity, racial, and cultural diversity in entertainment continues, onscreen and off.

Outstanding Achievement in Business Award: Mary Bredin, Evp of Content & Strategy, Guru Studios

Mary Bredin has built her 25-year career by developing, executive producing, and acquiring content around the globe. She has tirelessly championed bold, international business strategies while maintaining the importance of developing quality ground-breaking content. Mary has brought a creative business sense to every role — including her time at Nelvana, Telefilm Canada, Canal +, and Pmmp in Paris. In London, Mary worked at Disney for 8 years where she built a team of global Disney Channel Executives, creating a framework for programming and acquisitions that is still used today.

In 2007, Mary joined Guru Studio to lead the Original Content department, beginning with “Justin Time,” then “Dinopaws.” She most recently developed and executive produced the series “True and the Rainbow Kingdom” — a Netflix Original that launched globally in August 2017. Her mission to export the best of Canadian content to the world still gives Mary great pride and energy even after 25 years.

Digital Trailblazer Award: Diane Williamson, President, Digital Wizards

Diane Williamson has enjoyed a long career working in production, operations, and project management. Her introduction to digital was at CBC where she worked with Industry Canada scientists to set up the first cbc.ca website in 1993. CBC was recognized at the time as the first broadcaster in the world to put audio on the internet.

Later, as Founder and Executive Producer at Digital Wizards Inc. Diane and her team completed many complex productions, and she had the pleasure of working with many of Canada’s best Producers and Broadcasters.

Diane’s career later took her to The University of Waterloo where she was responsible for the operations of an innovation lab that explored new digital technologies including Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, among others.

Special Jury Award of Distinction: Tonya Williams, Actor/Producer/Director and President, Wilbo Entertainment; Founder, ReelWorld Film Festival

With over 35 years working in the entertainment industry, award-winning actress Tonya Williams has worked in front and behind the camera. After studying in the Drama program at Ryerson University, she started her career in Toronto, Canada. With much success, she soon moved to Los Angeles where her career continued to soar. Tonya is best known for her 20-year starring role as Olivia Hastings on the daytime drama “The Young and The Restless,” where she won numerous awards nationally and internationally, including two NAACP Image Awards and an Actra award of excellence.

Always seeking ways to help emerging racially diverse talent back in Canada, she founded Reelworld Film Festival in 2001. Reelworld has been and continues to be a launching pad for great talent in all areas of the entertainment industry. Through her production company, Wilbo Entertainment, she has had the opportunity to produce and direct, and for five years Tonya sat on the Toronto Film Board where she worked diligently at creating more opportunities for emerging talent. She continues to be a passionate, tenacious advocate for filmmakers of color around the world.

Mary Harron and More to Be Honored at Wift-t’s Crystal Awards was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Bridal registries take over role of bride's mum

Bridal registries take over role of bride's mum
Washington, Feb uary 27: Earlier, the main role of the mother of the bride was to create the new home for the union of two families, but now bridal registries have taken over that task.

"By turning to bridal registries, we've outsourced to the marketplace the sacred traditions of planning and outfitting a new family space," said Tonya Williams Bradford, assistant professor of marketing at the University of Notre Dame.

"For the retailer, it certainly has increased the revenue. And for the bride and groom, there is a broader net for who can participate, because all that is necessary is to communicate the registry website to potential gift-givers," Bradford stated.

In her ethnographic study with Notre Dame Marketing.
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"The Help" Cleans Up at NAACP Image Awards! See Complete List of Winners, Nominees in All Categories!

As expected, Tate Taylor's "The Help" won big at the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards. The film won Outstanding Picture of the Year with Viola Davis winning Outstanding Actress and Octavia Spencer taking home the Outstanding Supporting Actress award. Taylor lost to "Jumping the Broom's" Salim Akil for Best Director because apparently, it's a better picture than "The Help!"

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards (To visit other award-giving bodies, check out our Awards Avenue coverage right here)

Motion Picture

Outstanding Motion Picture

.Jumping the Broom. (TriStar Pictures)

.Pariah. (Focus Features)

.The First Grader. (National Geographic

Entertainment)

*** .The Help. (DreamWorks Pictures/

Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)

.Tower Heist. (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Eddie Murphy . .Tower Heist.

(Universal Pictures)

Laurence Fishburne . .Contagion.

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

*** Laz Alonso . .Jumping the Broom.

(TriStar Pictures)

Oliver Litondo . .The First
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2012 NAACP Image Awards winners: 'The Help' wins big

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"The Help" continued its hot streak during awards season by being the big winner at the 2012 NAACP Image Awards. The DreamWorks movie took home acting trophies for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, plus Outstanding Motion Picture.

The complete list of winners:

Motion Picture Categories

Outstanding Motion Picture

"Jumping the Broom" (TriStar Pictures)

"Pariah" (Focus Features)

"The First Grader" (National Geographic Entertainment)

"The Help" (DreamWorks Pictures)

"Tower Heist" (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Eddie Murphy - "Tower Heist" (Universal Pictures)

Laurence Fishburne - "Contagion" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Laz Alonso - "Jumping the Broom" (TriStar Pictures)

Oliver Litondo - "The First Grader" (National Geographic Entertainment)

Vin Diesel - "Fast Five" (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Adepero Oduye - "Pariah" (Focus Features)

Emma Stone - "The Help" (DreamWorks Pictures)

Paula Patton - "Jumping the Broom" (TriStar Pictures)

Viola Davis - "The Help" (DreamWorks Pictures)

Zoë Saldana -
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 12)

On this date in...

1966: On The Guiding Light, Ed found Bill drunk at a bar.

2007: General Hospital: Night Shift, a spin-off of the daytime soap, premiered on SOAPnet.

2009: Indie Soap Award-winning Empire premiered its first episode. The show, which now stars former daytime favorites Tina Sloan, Orlagh Cassidy, Yvonne Perry and Ellen Dolan, is currently shooting the upcoming fourth season. Read our interview with creators Greg Turner and Brian Hewson conducted a month before the show premiered here. Fyi: Talking to these two men inspired us to coin the term "indie soap" and we have used it ever since.

2010: ABC.com premiered the first "What If..." episode. The web series, directed by Frank Valentini, won a Daytime Emmy for ABC this year. Watch our interview with Valentina after the win below.

Celebrating a birthday today are:

Richard Simmons (ex-Richard, General Hospital) - 63

Tonya Lee Williams (Olivia,
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NAACP Television Winners: Tyler Perry, Vanessa Williams and more

The 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards took place on Wednesday, March 4, celebrating diversity and cultural awareness in Hollywood. Some of our favorite TV stars won big at the ceremony -- check out the full list of television winners below. Did your favorite show or actor take home an award?

Outstanding Comedy Series

30 Rock

Are We There Yet

Glee

Modern Family

Tyler Perry's House of Payne

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

David Mann - Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns

Dule Hill - Psych

Lavan Davis -Tyler Perry's House of Payne

Phil Morris - Love That Girl!

Terry Crews - Are We There Yet?

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Cassi Davis - Tyler Perry's House of Payne

Essence Atkins - Are We There Yet?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield - Eureka

Tatyana Ali - Love That Girl!

Vanessa Williams - Desperate Housewives

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Craig Robinson -
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NAACP Image Awards Telecast Will Feature Daytime Drama Cateogries

This year marks the first time the NAACP Image Awards will honor its TV Daytime Drama categories live on the annual award ceremony. The star-studded event will be broadcast on Friday, March 4, 2011, (8:00-10:00 Pm Et live/Pt tape-delayed) on Fox. The newly added broadcast categories will highlight the outstanding work of some of daytime’s most popular actors.

This year’s daytime television nominees include:

Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series

Aaron D. Spears, The Bold And The Beautiful

Cornelius Smith, Jr. All My Children

Darnell Williams, All My Children

Rodney Saulsberry, The Bold And The Beautiful

Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series

Debbi Morgan, All My Children

Julia Pace Mitchell, The Young And The Restless

Tatyana Ali, The Young And The Restless

Tonya Lee Williams, The Young And The Restless

Yvette Freeman, The Bold And The Beautiful
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Tyler Perry Dominates The 42nd NAACP Awards Nominations (Awards Ceremony Airing On Fox Tonight)

The 42nd NAACP Awards Nominations follow below, and guess who stole the show? Well, it’s no surprise that Tyler Perry films would leave their mark but who knew it would be by a landslide? For Colored Girls topped the film category with seven nominations and Why Did I Get Married Too? has four.

The NAACP Image Awards honor accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, as well as individuals who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

Perry is up for a film directing nod (For Colored Girls) alongside Geoffrey Sax (Frankie & Alice), George Tillman Jr. (Faster), Tanya Hamilton (Night Catches Us) and the Hughes Brothers (Book of Eli).

The show will be televised live, tonight, March 4, 2011 at 8/7 c, on the Fox Network.

Courtesy of Variety.com, here’s a list of all Film and Television related nominees:

Motion Picture

Motion Picture

For Colored Girls
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Selena Gomez, Amber Riley Among TV Nominees at 2011 NAACP Image Awards

Nominees of the 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards have been read out on Wednesday, January 12. While Willow Smith and Justin Timberlake were unraveled as contenders in music and movie, Disney darling Selena Gomez and "Glee" actress Amber Riley took the television field.

18-year-old Selena earned a nod for Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program thanks to her portrayal of Alex Russo in "Wizards of Waverly Place". She is up against "Victorious" beauty Victoria Justice, "True Jackson, VP" star Keke Palmer, "Yo Gabba Gabba: Baby" actor Lance Robertson and "TeenNick Halo Awards 2010" host Nick Cannon.

24-year-old Amber who is known for her role as Mercedes Jones, in the meantime, found herself in competition against "Modern Family" actress Sofia Vergara. They both vie for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series along with Anna Deavere Smith, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Viola Davis.

While the two TV stars received a nomination each,
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2011 NAACP Image Awards Nominees in TV

Like in the past few years, Tyler Perry is going to shine at this year's NAACP Image Awards. The actor/director's television series "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" has just received five nominations in the television categories including Outstanding Comedy Series, on top of two nominations for his other project "Meet the Browns".

The TV fields are divided based on their genres; Comedy, Drama, TV Movie/Miniseries/Dramatic Special, Daytime Series, News/Information, Talk, Reality, Variety and Kids Programs. While Perry's work is dominating the Comedy, "Grey's Anatomy" leads the Drama with five nominations including Outstanding Drama Series.

Meanwhile, the acting categories in Daytime Drama Series sees equal competition between "The Bold and the Beautiful", "All My Children", and "The Young and the Restless" which take three each. Young stars Selena Gomez and Victoria Justice pop up in the Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program category.

NAACP Awards also
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'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne' top 2011 NAACP Image Awards nominations

The 42 annual NAACP Image Awards nominations were announced Wednesday (Jan. 12) by actresses Kimberly Elisa and Sanaa Lathan, rapper 50 Cent, singer Smokey Robinson and actors Columbus Short and Affion Crockett at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA.

ABC and NBC led the TV categories with 18 nominations each, followed by CBS and the Lifetime Movie Network with 10 apiece. "Grey's Anatomy" and "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" tied at five noms apiece, while "For Colored Girls" topped all other movies or TV series with seven nominations. Tyler Perry's film and television projects had a combined total of 20 nominations.

The entire list of nominees is as follows:

Television

Outstanding Comedy Series

• "30 Rock" (NBC)

• "Are We There Yet?" (TBS)

• "Glee" (Fox)

• "Modern Family" (ABC)

• "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" (TBS)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

David Mann - "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns" (TBS)

Dulé Hill - "Psych" (USA)

Lavan Davis
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'For Colored Girls,' Tyler Perry lead 2011 NAACP Image Awards nominees

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The 42 annual NAACP Image Awards nominations were announced Wednesday (Jan. 12) by actresses Kimberly Elisa and Sanaa Lathan, rapper 50 Cent, singer Smokey Robinson and actors Columbus Short and Affion Crockett at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA.

The awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film. The awards will air live Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on Fox.

ABC and NBC led the TV categories with 18 nominations each, followed by CBS and the Lifetime Movie Network with 10 apiece. Lionsgate led the film categories with seven nominations and For Searchlight followed with six. "For Colored Girls" topped all other movies or TV series with seven nominations. Tyler Perry's film and television projects had a combined total of 20 nominations.

The entire list of nominees is as follows:

Motion Picture

Outstanding Motion Picture

• "For Colored Girls" (Lionsgate/34th Street
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Tyler Perry is King of NAACP Image Awards Nominations with 19 Nods!

Tyler Perry dominated the NAACP 42nd Image Awards nominations. The renaissance man received nods from his movies and TV projects. Divided into three categories (television, recording, motion picture), the 42nd Image Awards will be held on March 4th.

Here's the complete list of nominees (Check our Awards Avenue for complete winners/nominees for all award-giving bodies):

Television

Comedy Series

"30 Rock" (NBC)

"Are We There Yet?" (TBS)

"Glee" (Fox)

"Modern Family" (ABC)

"Tyler Perry's House of Payne" (TBS)

Actor in a Comedy Series

David Mann - "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns" (TBS)

Dulé Hill - "Psych" (USA)

Lavan Davis - "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" (TBS)

Phil Morris - "Love That Girl!" (TV One)

Terry Crews - "Are We There Yet?" (TBS)

Actress in a Comedy Series

Cassi Davis - "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" (TBS)

Essence Atkins - "Are We There Yet?" (TBS)

Salli Richardson-Whitfield - "Eureka" (Syfy)

Tatyana Ali - "Love That Girl!
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Nominations: 42nd NAACP Image Awards

The NAACP Image Awards is the nation's premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts (television, recording, literature, motion picture and writing & directing), as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors. The nominees for this year's awards have been announced. See the list below.

Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series

Aaron D. Spears, The Bold And The Beautiful

Cornelius Smith, Jr. All My Children

Darnell Williams, All My Children

Rodney Saulsberry, The Bold And The Beautiful

Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series

Debbie Morgan, All My Children

Julia Pace Mitchell, The Young And The Restless

Tatyana Ali, The Young And The Restless

Tonya Lee Williams, The Young And The Restless

Yvette Freeman, The Bold And The Beautiful

Outstanding Drama Series

Detroit 1-8-7

Grey's Anatomy

Hawthorne

Law & Order: Svu

Treme

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Anthony Anderson,
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Soap News: 'Young and the Restless' Star Williams Crossing Over to 'B&B' ... and More

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Soap News: 'Young and the Restless' Star Williams Crossing Over to 'B&B' ... and More
Filed under: Reality-Free, TV News

'Young and the Restless' star Tonya Lee Williams will be crossing over to 'The Bold & the Beautiful' in February, playing the same character.

This isn't the first crossover between the two CBS soaps. In 2010, Amber (Adrienne Frantz) ditched Genoa City to return to the Forrester crowd in her original Los Angeles. And Don Diamont's Brad died on 'Y&R' only to be transformed into Bill Spencer, Jr. on 'B&B.'

What's interesting about Williams' crossover is that she has never been on 'B&B' and will play Dr. Olivia Barber on that show as she has on 'Y&R.' The impetus is that a current 'B&B' character, Justin Barber (Aaron D. Spears), turns out to be her cousin -- a secret that headwriter Bradley Bell has been keeping from viewers since Justin first appeared.

The crossover is set for Feb. 1 and
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News: Billy Miller, Davetta Sherwood, Tonya Lee Williams

Billy Miller admits it: He used to look down his nose at soap operas

"I think my mom watched them a little bit when I was a kid, but I was never super-familiar with any of them," the Arlington Lamar High School graduate says.

"Then I went to film school and my roommate would watch Passions every day. I just remember looking at him and asking, 'Really? You're a 220-pound dude watching Passions?'"

Little did Miller know that a future in daytime television awaited him. "Now that I'm looking back on it," the 30-year-old actor says, "I think I'm a little glad my roommate was watching that show."

Davetta Sherwood on lack of diversity at Y&R

“The experiences that I had with the lack of diversity, the lack of acknowledgment of the Winters family and just our ethnic background, was really disappointing,” she said. Sherwood said people on
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TV Series 'She's the Mayor' Has Begun Production

Today, The Cultural Post just learned that VisionTV, a Canadian cable network, announced on April 7 the beginning of the production for its new original comedy series She's the Mayor.

The show's leading actors will be Janet-Laine Green (The Stone Angel), humorist Colin Mochrie (The Ron James Show) and Tonya Lee Williams (The Young and the Restless).

In She's the Mayor, Green plays Iris Peters, a former elementary school teacher in her sixties. Iris becomes the mayor of a mid-sized city that has seen better days. Moreover, Iris tries to put some order in City Hall while she tries to fight her feelings for a roguish deputy mayor, Bill Clarke (Scott Wentworth).

Colin Mochrie plays tightly wound, germophobic city manager Scott Hawkins, and Tonya Lee Williams plays Iris's glamorous, self-involved communications director, Maxine Williams. The cast also includes Joseph Motiki, Denis Akiyama, Paul Constable and Derek McGrath. Moreover, the show was created by Jennifer Holness,
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'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Precious' nab NAACP Image award nominations

Six  was the magic number for NAACP Image Awards nominations announced Wednesday (Jan. 6).

ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," the film "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" and the TNT's telepic "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story" led with six nominations apiece.

In music, however, Jay-z and Maxwell led the way with five nods each.

The nominations were announced at a press conference that featured Tay Diggs, comedian Wanda Sykes, "Brothers Star" Michael Strahan, Tatyana Ali and Kyle and Chris Massey.

The 41st NAACP Image Awards will air live beginning at 8 p.m. Et on Friday, Feb. 26 on Fox.

Check out the nominees:

Television

Outstanding Comedy Series

"30 Rock" (NBC)

"Everybody Hates Chris"(CW)

"Glee"(Fox)

"Tyler Perry's House of Payne"(TBS)

"Ugly Betty"(ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Daryl "Chill" Mitchell - "Brothers"(Fox)

Donald Faison - "Scrubs"(NBC)

Dulé Hill - "Psych"(USA Network)

Lavan Davis - "Tyler Perry's House of Payne
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"Precious" Leads NAACP Image Awards Nominations

"Precious" leads the nominations for the 41st annual NAACP Image Awards earning eight noms including Best Director for Lee Daniels, Best Actress for Gabourey Sidibe, Supporting Actress for Mariah Carey, Monique, and Paula Patton, and Best Supporting Actor for Lenny Kravitz.

"Precious" also got nods for Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Independent Film. Other films nominated were "Invictus," "Michael Jackson's This Is It," "The Blind Side," and "The Princess and the Frog."

Winners will be announced Feb. 26 on Fox.

Here's the complete list of nominees for the 41st annual NAACP Image Awards:

Motion Picture Categories

Outstanding Motion Picture

. "The Blind Side" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

. "Invictus" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

. "Michael Jackson's: This Is It" (Columbia Pictures)

. "Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)

. "The Princess and the Frog" (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

. Denzel Washington , "The Taking of Pelham 123" (Columbia Pictures
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Death Row Records to move into films

Record label Death Row Records has announced that it hopes to expand into film production. The movie division of the revived music company will start shooting the Lynn Stoltz-penned Sons 2 The Grave in Toronto this October, starring Tonya Lee Williams, Dorian Harewood, K.C. Collins and Cameron Miles Jones, The Hollywood Reporter states. The film, which does not yet have a director, stars Collins as a young basketball player returning to the inner-city after being struck by gunfire in an attack. Chief executive (more)
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