The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced its nominees for the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Thursday, and you know what? Very few of mi gente made their list. I was a little disappointed (but not surprised) when I realized that of the 280+ nominees, less than 10 of them acknowledged the work of Latinos in daytime TV. Furthermore, I was sad that of the 30 acting nominees, not a single Latino made the cut for the four top categories: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Our only acting nomination came in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series category, which recognized E.J. Bonilla’s portrayal of juvenile delinquent Rafe Rivera on CBS’s Guiding Light. That’s loco, right? Still, I smiled when I saw that for the second year in a row, the coolest judges on TV—Marilyn Milian, who hosts Fox’s long-running The People’s Court, and Cristina Perez, host of Cristina’s Court (20th Century Fox)—both received nominations in the Outstanding Legal, Courtroom Program category. Last year, Perez surprised everyone when she beat Judge Judy for the top honor in the category, but last month, her show, which is televised by Twentieth Television, was unfortunately cancelled due to poor ratings. At least she’ll have this nomination to celebrate! Judge Milian is certainly ready to party. She told Latina.com, “I am so excited about the Daytime Emmy nomination. I don’t need to be crowned prom queen—I am just happy to be asked to the prom!”
The Daytime Emmys will be telecast at 8 p.m. Aug. 30, 2009, on
the CW network. Will you be watching? Who are you rooting for in the
Legal Courtroom category: Milian or Perez?