Tube News: Four Latina Stars Lose Their Jobs

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It’s bad enough that Latinos account for only 4% of on-camera talent on television (despite the fact that we make up roughly 14% of the U.S. population), but the major networks have made matters even worse by canceling four shows featuring Latinas in starring roles. 

ABC’s decision to cancel Flash Forward, starring Argentinean actress Sonya Walger, after only one season hurts the most. Flash Forward had its share of problems with ratings declining steadily, but Walger's role in the series—as Dr. Olivia Benford—was fantastic. NBC surprised everyone when they cancelled the long-standing NYC-based drama Law & Order, starring Alana De La Garza, after 20 seasons. Like Walger, Alana's role as A.D.A. Connie Rubiros was one of few depicting a powerful, competent Latina on television.

But Walger and de la Garza weren't the the only ones to lose their jobs last week. Aimee Garcia—who played Marisa Benez on NBC’s Trauma—found herself unemployed when the EMT drama was canceled by the Peacock network. Finally, over on CBS, Lana Parilla will no longer heal the sick, as the network pulled the plug on Miami Medical after just one season.

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