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Joe Morton Promoted to Series Regular on “Scandal”

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Papa Pope is boosting his presence on “Scandal.”

The Shonda Rhimes drama has promoted Joe Morton from recurring to series regular, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Morton stars as Rowan (aka Eli Pope), the former head of black-ops group B613. He was revealed in the season two finale as Olivia Pope’s (Kerry Washington) father. The Broadway alum and former Tony nominee has had a recurring guest role since season two and won an Emmy in 2014 for the role.

The series briefly lost Morton last year after he booked a series regular role in TNT drama Proof and had a guest spot on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie. He returned to Scandal after Proof was canceled following its freshman run.

Morton becomes Scandal’s newest series regular and joins Portia de Rossi (Elizabeth North) who was promoted at the end of season four; and Cornelius Smith Jr., who guest starred last season as Marcus Walker and was brought in to be the show’s newest gladiator at Pope & Associates.

Morton recently won an NAACP Image Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role on “Scandal.”

“Scandal” Actor Joe Morton and “Orange Is The New Black” Actress Uzo Aduba Win Emmys

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Actress Uzo Aduba (PHOTO BY JASON MERRITT/GETTY IMAGES)

Two top black actors took home awards from last night’s Creative Arts Emmys ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif., including Joe Morton for his wildly popular role as Elijah Pope on ABC’s Scandalaccording to the Hollywood Reporter. And Uzo Aduba won for her portrayal of Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.

Aduba earned the Outstanding Guest Actress trophy, while Morton garnered the Outstanding Guest Actor award for his role as Olivia Pope’s father.

“I don’t know how to say how incredibly impressed I am to be a part of this show day in, day out,” a teary-eyed Aduba said from the podium after presenter Morgan Freeman handed her the award, according to the entertainment news site.

“It’s an incredible feeling to have been in the business this long—this is the first time I’ve been up for one of these things—and given who I was quote unquote up against, it’s terrific,” Morton said backstage, the site reports.

For the full list of winnersclick here.

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter.

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African-American Actors & Actresses Earn a Record 11 Emmy Nominations Across All Categories

EMMYS: Record 11 Black Actors & Actresses Nominated Across All CategoriesLast year Kerry Washington and Don Cheadle made Emmy history as two African American actors breaking through the lead acting categories at the same time with nominations.  Not only did they both earn nominations again this year, but a total of 11 Black actors and actresses were nominated across all acting categories — the most since 1977 when Roots racked up nine nominations for its castmembers according to TV Academy stats (Roots wound up winning trophies for Olivia Hope and Louis Gossett Jr).  Last year Washington’s nom for Scandal repped the first in nearly two decades for a black actress, the last being Cicely Tyson in 1995′sSweet Justice. This year, Washington will be running into Tyson on the red carpet as she’s also up for an nomination in the lead movie/miniseries actress category for The Trip to Bountiful. Another big year for Black actors was 1986, when The Cosby Show earned eight acting nominations and a guest comedy actor win for Roscoe Lee Browne. Typically the Emmys, similar to the Oscars, has been criticized for a lack of diversity in the past.

mark evan jackson“It’s a testament to the storytelling that is going on out there,” Andre Braugher, who plays Captain Ray Holt on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, said this morning about the record. “If you look at what Fox is doing with diverse comedies, there’s The Mindy Project and our show. There’s a new dimension of half-hour comedies that don’t depend on stereotypes or the boxes we put people in. I play a gay police captain on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and I’m not the butt of the joke. That’s revolutionary for TV.”

Added Cheadle about the trend, “It definitely reps a widening of the storytelling and more inclusive ideology of the shared stories and experiences we all have. It’s creeping toward something, but there’s still a lack of recognition for other nationalities. It’s definitely better, but it’s not something you can pin too much on as a trend since next year could be lower.”

Of the 11 this year, there’s Washington in Scandal (lead drama actress), Joe Morton also in Scandal (guest actor drama), Cheadle in House Of Lies (lead actor comedy series), Braugher for Brooklyn Nine-Nine (supporting comedy actor), Chiwetel Ejiofor in Starz’s Dancing On The Edge, Idris Elba for Luther (both in movie/miniseries actor category), Tyson in Trip to Bountiful (lead actress movie/miniseries), Angela Bassett in American Horror Story: Coven (movie/miniseries supporting actress), Reg. E. Cathey in House Of Cards (guest actor drama), and Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox in Orange Is The New Black (both guest actress comedy series).

article by Anthony D’Alessandro via deadline.com

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