With hit shows like “Empire,” “black-ish” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” diversity is the new normal in TV.
That was the message at a pre-Emmy party celebrating the industry’s diverse talent on both sides of the camera. “Diversity no longer means niche,” said Jason George, head of diversity efforts for the actors union. “Diversity is mainstream.”
The TV academy and the SAG-AFTRA actors union held its third annual pre-Emmy diversity reception Thursday at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Stars including Daniel Dae Kim, Garcelle Beauvais and “American Crime” supporting actor nominee Richard Cabral ate, drank and mingled.
In a year when the Academy Awards were criticized for an all-white slate of acting nominees, TV actors are toasting the opportunities on TV for women, people of color and people with disabilities.
Diverse casting could even make history on Emmy night: If either Taraji P. Henson of “Empire” or Viola Davis of “How to Get Away With Murder” win for lead dramatic actress, she will be the first black woman to do so in that category.
The Emmy Awards air Sept. 20.
Fight over Williams estate
Attorneys for Robin Williams’ wife and children were back in a California court Friday in the ongoing fight over the late actor’s estate. They remain at odds over the division of Williams’ personal items and a reserve fund to maintain Susan Williams in the home she shared with Robin Williams. Williams’ children from previous marriages — Zachary, Zelda and Cody Williams — accuse her of holding on to property that is theirs. Robin Williams died by suicide in August 2014.
It’s a boy: There’s a new guy in “Elementary” star Lucy Liu’s life and he won’t be hard to detect — a bouncing baby boy. The actress took to Instagram and Twitter to reveal that the 46-year-old is a new mom to Rockwell Lloyd Liu, “brought into the world via gestational carrier.” He is her first child and a publicist said both “are healthy and happy.” Liu plays Dr. Joan Watson opposite Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock Holmes in the CBS crime drama.
There she is: Brooke Burke-Charvet, the actress, entrepreneur and fitness guru, will co-host the 2016 Miss America pageant. The Miss America Organization announced Friday that Burke-Charvet will join Chris Harrison on the broadcast from Atlantic City on Sunday, Sept. 13. Burke-Charvet won the mirror ball trophy on “Dancing With The Stars” and co-hosted eight seasons of the ABC series.