Eva Longoria Parker and George Lopez host Almas
By April MacIntyre Jul 28, 2009, 4:39 GMT
06/01/2009 - George Lopez - “The 2009 ALMA Awards,” celebrating the outstanding achievements of Latinos in entertainment, will air Friday, September 18 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. © Chris Hatcher / PR Photos
While you were doing Sudoku, George Lopez has been taking over.
That's one of the zingers to his upcoming HBO comedy special, and apropos considering Señor Lopez is joining Gaby from "Desperate Housewives," Eva Longoria Parker, to host the most prestigious award doled out to Latinos.
“The 2009 ALMA Awards,” celebrating the outstanding achievements of Latinos in entertainment, will air Friday, September 18 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
The show will tape on Thursday, September 17 at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus.
The ALMA Awards will broadcast during National Hispanic Heritage Month, a month in which all Americans learn about the Latino community and celebrate the contributions that Latinos have made to this country throughout its history.
“Thanks to our partnership with ABC, we have realized the dream of having the ALMA Awards air during the month in which our community is recognized and celebrated. I can think of no better way to kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month than to show, and to honor, the impact that Latinos have had in film, television and music,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.
Eva Longoria Parker will share her hosting duties with comedian and actor George Lopez, in addition to reprising her role as one of the show’s executive producers.
“The Alma Awards is a special show because it represents the determined spirit and soul of the Latino people, and I cannot think of a better person to help celebrate and co-host with me than my good friend, George Lopez,” says Longoria Parker.
Lopez adds, “I’ve been a huge fan of NCLR and the Alma Awards for years. I love working with Eva and I’m excited to be a part of the show!”
The show will focus on “Best of the Year” categories in film, television and music. New categories have also been added to recognize the influence of special segments of the entertainment industry that are shaping positive perceptions of the Latino community, such as emerging young talent (under 18), talent behind the scenes who make the onscreen magic happen, and a sports category in acknowledgment of the increasing integration of the worlds of sports and entertainment.
For more information on “The 2009 ALMA Awards,” please visit www.almaawards.com.