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Sofia Vergara has been named the highest-earning television actress.
The Modern Family star earned around $19 million between May 2011 and May 2012, thanks to her role on the show, endorsement and licensing deals - including a clothing line at KMart and advertising campaigns for Diet Pepsi, Burger King and Cover Girl - and earnings from her media company LatinWE, figures compiled by Forbes magazine show.
The acclaimed financial tome placed Kim Kardashian in second place with $18 million over the same time period, $7 million more than her sister Khloe Kardashian, who placed fifth, made in that year.
Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria ranked third thanks to her $15 million earnings. While she and her co-stars on the drama - Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross - all earned around $8 million for the final series of the show, Eva's earnings were boosted by endorsement deals with L'Oreal and Pepsi Next, sales of her cookbook, two fragrances and earnings from other acting roles.
Mad Men and American Horror Story lead the nominations at this year's Emmy Awards with 17 each.
The advertising drama is hoping to gain its fifth Best Drama win, which would make it the only series ever to have won the accolade that many times. At present it is level on four victories with Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and The West Wing. Other nominees in the same category are Breaking Bad, The Good Wife, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, British Drama Downton Abbey and newcomer Homeland. Downton Abbey - which was awarded Best Miniseries in 2011, but has switched categories for 2012 - picked up 16 nominations.
Salma Hayek has promised to return to 30 Rock.
The actress appeared in the third season of the comedy for a multi-episode arc portraying Elisa, the girlfriend of NBC executive Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), and creator Tina Fey has made her commit to a return before the show finishes its seventh and final season.
"I tried to tell Salma Hayek that she has to come back. She said that she would and I'm going to hold her to that," Tina told Entertainment Weekly.
Salma isn't the only star on Tina's "bucket list," she also hopes to lure Michael Sheen, Isabella Rossellini and other guest stars back to the show: "There are going to be people that we've always wanted to have on that we haven't, for various reasons, been able to yet. Or characters we've enjoyed so much that we want to bring back at some point before we leave. I always wanted to get Michael Benjamin Washington back on who played Donald Jordan, the older son. Of course we want to get Dennis Duffy in at some point. I'd love to get Michael Sheen to come back as Wesley Snipes. I'd love to get Isabella Rossellini back because we were reminding ourselves that Jack was married before, and she was a very pivotal character once."
30 Rock is to end after seven series, it has been confirmed.
The NBC comedy show - which was created by Tina Fey and stars Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan - was recently recommissioned for another run of 13 episodes, but the network have now confirmed that they will be the last, confirming recent speculation about the show's future.
Despite the news, NBC are hopeful of working with Tina - who loosely based the show on her experiences working on Saturday Night Live' - on other projects.
"I know Tina, Alec and the rest will deliver some of their best work. We think the world of Tina Fey, who is a comic genius, and we hope she'll be a part of the NBC family for years to come," said NBC executive Bob Greenblatt.
30 Rock will draw to a close with a special hour-long season finale.
Kim Kardashian wants to star in a sitcom. The 31-year-old socialite recently had a cameo in a live episode of comedy show 30 Rock and now hopes to take her career in a new direction. "She really wants to move beyond reality TV and be a comedy actress," a source said.
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is said to be inspired by Modern Family beauty Sofia Vergara. "Kim wants to be the next Sofia Vergara," the source added to The Sun.
Alec Baldwin has hinted he is leaving 30 Rock.
The 54-year-old actor - who plays television executive Jack Donaghy in the NBC comedy - has hit out at the network after The Today Show sent a news crew to his house following the arrest of a French-Canadian woman on charges of stalking him and said he was leaving the network "just in time."
"Outside my apt today, along side the other stalkers from the tabloid press, a crew that identified themselves as being with the Today Show. The television crew camped outside my apt said they were with the Today Show. #howthemightyhavefallen. I haven't appeared on the Today Show in many years. But did they have to camp outside my apt? A story about stalking sure brings out the stalkers in the media. But, the Today Show? No one from NBC contacted me until the Today Show arrived at my apt. I think I'm leaving NBC just in time (sic)," he wrote on his Twitter.
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Tina Fey recently announced that Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State, will make a guest starring appearance on 30 Rock. She’ll be playing herself (sort of), as Jack’s ex-girlfriend.
Jack Donaghy, played by Alec Baldwin, stated in season one that he was dating “a high-ranking African-American member of the Bush Administration,” though ultimately the relationship didn’t work out.
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Although one could imagine 30 Rock making Jenna Maroney and her drag queen impersonator/boyfriend (Will Forte) parents, a baby will not be in their future anytime soon.
When news of Jane Krakowski's real-life pregancy was revealed, fans of the NBC series immediately wondered what that would mean for her TV character. Now, we know the answer.
“At this time, we plan to shoot around Jane’s pregnancy, because no child should have Jenna Maroney for a mother," exec producer Robert Carlock and Tina Fey told EW in a statement.
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A new year means a new TV schedule.
This week, we’ll see a number of familiar faces returning to primetime. On Monday, Brad Womack will play The Bachelor for a second time on ABC. The following day, Paula Abdul will come back to reality television with Live to Dance while Jane Badler will once again be featured in a series titled V.
As you will see from the schedule, Hellcats won’t be the only show airing on a new day. The Defenders will move to Fridays as will Fringe. Meanwhile, NBC has shuffled its Thursday night comedy lineup around.
We hope our detailed guide -- with information from the five major networks -- can assist you in the weeks to come. We’ve included the days, times and return/premiere dates for the midseason programs.
(NOTE: This schedule has been updated as of January 27. Don’t be surprised to see changes in the weeks to come.)
We’ve already learned which programs the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has deemed worthy of Golden Globe nominations -- but what does the American Film Institute have to say about 2010?
For AFI's annual list, a group “scholars, film and television artists, critics and AFI Trustees” have selected their top choices of the year. Of the ten titles, three are from AMC alone:
- 30 Rock
- The Big C
- Boardwalk Empire
- Breaking Bad
- Mad Men
- Modern Family
- The Pacific
- Temple Grandin
- The Walking Dead
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