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Mehcad Brooks on His ‘Law & Order’ Debut and Why His Character Is a ‘Calm Wolf’ (Exclusive)

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During Thursday night’s Law & Order crossover event, uniting all three NBC series, Mehcad Brooks will make his debut as Det. Jalen Shaw. The 41-year-old actor, who previously appeared on a 2011 episode of Special Victims Unit, is Law & Order’s newest addition, replacing Anthony Anderson, who left the revival after one season. 

“It’s a dream come true in so many ways,” Brooks tells ET’s Rachel Smith about joining the franchise full time. “I grew up watching the show, so it’s surreal in some ways.” 

Joining the homicide unit led by Lt. Kate Dixon (Camryn Manheim), Shaw is Det. Frank Cosgrove’s (Jeffrey Donovan) new partner following the departure of Det. Kevin Bernard (Anderson). According to Brooks, before carrying a badge and gun, his character was an attorney. 

“He’s also an adrenaline junkie turned undercover narcotics officer turned homicide detective,” the actor says. “He knows the law inside and out. Also, he can be rough when he needs to, when duty calls.” 

Not only that, but based on the etymology of his name, with Jalen meaning calm and Shaw a reference to Welsh football, Brooks describes his character as a “calm wolf.” “He’s a wolf that hunts for peace and when people get in the way of that, you see the wolf. So, there’s that,” he says. 

And when it comes to the crossover event, which the cast describes as a “three-hour movie,” audiences will really get to know what Shaw is all about as he and Cosgrove team up to figure out why a mysterious girl was shot in cold blood. They eventually turn to Capt. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Det. Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) when they realize this case is not just a typical homicide and they need the help of the Special Victims and Organized Crime units. 

“The production value is incredible. It felt like we were shooting Fast and Furious in New York,” the actor says of the premiere event, which also allowed him to work with everyone on all three shows. “It was a very big playground,” he says, adding that it was “a lot of fun… Mariska is incredible. Meloni’s incredible. We had a great time. Ice-T was hilarious. He’s great.” 

His co-stars, Hugh Dancy (ADA Nolan Price) and Odelya Halevi (ADA Samantha Maroun), also had nothing but nice things to say about Brooks. “He’s a delightful guy,” Dancy says, while Halevi reveals that he made a seamless addition to the Law & Order team. 

“He’s just the guy you wanna hang out with. I’m so happy he joined our family,” she says. “When he joined, I was like, ‘Yes, another great, amazing, interesting, smart, charismatic person.’” 


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ABC, Vice Lead 2022 News Emmy Award Winners

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ABC and Vice tied with the most wins, at 8 each, on night one as the news portion of the 43rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards were handed out at the Palladium Times Square in New York City.

Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of “PBS NewsHour” was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  The award was presented by Robert MacNeil, co-creator and former co-anchor of the NewsHour.

“Tonight’s Emmy winners exemplify broadcast journalism at its best, reporting that values fact over fiction, accountability over advocacy, and that champions the advance of truth in the interest of the communities we all serve”, said Terry O’Reilly, Chairman, NATAS. “America has never needed its journalists more than today. We congratulate tonight’s honorees and thank them for the indispensable service they provide to our nation.”

Here’s a rundown of Night 1 winners:

OUTSTANDING LIVE NEWS PROGRAM

“CBS Mornings / CBS This Morning” (CBS)

OUTSTANDING RECORDED NEWS PROGRAM

“60 Minutes” (CBS)

OUTSTANDING EMERGING JOURNALIST

Rachel Scott (ABC)

OUTSTANDING LIVE BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE

NBC News Specials: January 6 Attack on the Capitol (NBC)

OUTSTANDING EDITED BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE

“Vice News Tonight” (Vice)

OUTSTANDING CONTINUING NEWS COVERAGE: SHORT FORM

ABC World News Tonight with David Muir: “The Climate Crisis” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING CONTINUING NEWS COVERAGE: LONG FORM

Vice News Tonight: “Yemen: The Forgotten War” (Vice)

OUTSTANDING SOFT FEATURE STORY: SHORT FORM

ABC News Soul of a Nation: “Miss Lucille” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING SOFT FEATURE STORY: LONG FORM

20/20: “The Babies of 9/11: Twenty Years Later” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING HARD NEWS FEATURE STORY: SHORT FORM

The Lead with Jake Tapper; “9-Year-Old Afghan Sold into Marriage” (CNN)

OUTSTANDING HARD NEWS FEATURE STORY: LONG FORM

Vice News Tonight: “A Christian Summer Camp’s History of Abuse” (Vice)

OUTSTANDING INVESTIGATIVE NEWS COVERAGE: SHORT FORM

“How a U.S. Drone Strike Killed the Wrong Person” (The New York Times)

OUTSTANDING INVESTIGATIVE NEWS COVERAGE: LONG FORM

Frontline and BBC Arabic: “Yemen’s COVID Cover-Up” (PBS)

OUTSTANDING LIVE NEWS SPECIAL

“The 15th Annual CNN Heroes All-Star Tribute” (CNN)

OUTSTANDING RECORDED NEWS SPECIAL

60 Minutes: “9/11: The FDNY” (CBS)

OUTSTANDING NEWS DISCUSSION & ANALYSIS

Meet the Press: “Schools, America & Race” (NBC)

OUTSTANDING NEWS ANALYSIS: EDITORIAL AND OPINION

The New York Times Opinion Video: “Blue States, You’re the Problem” (The New York Times)

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The New York Times Opinion Video: “Humanity Has Not Yet Failed (Featuring Greta Thunberg)” (The New York Times)

OUTSTANDING LIVE INTERVIEW

The New York Times DealBook Summit: “One-on-One with Adam Neumann” (The New York Times)

OUTSTANDING EDITED INTERVIEW

20/20: “Escape from a House of Horror” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY OR ENVIRONMENTAL COVERAGE

CNN Special Report: “Eating Planet Earth: The Future of Your Food” (CNN)

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“Unlivable Oasis” (ProPublica, TIME, Truly CA, Univision Noticias)

AND

World News Tonight: “Madagascar: The Children of Climate Change” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING HEALTH OR MEDICAL COVERAGE

Vice News Tonight: “Aging, Inc.” (Vice)

OUTSTANDING ARTS, CULTURE OR ENTERTAINMENT COVERAGE

The New York Times Presents: “Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson” (FX)

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS, CONSUMER OR ECONOMIC COVERAGE

Frontline and The New York Times: “Boeing’s Fatal Flaw” (PBS)

OUTSTANDING CRIME AND JUSTICE COVERAGE

“Get Away from the Target – Rescuing Migrants from the Libyan Coast Guard” (The Outlaw Ocean Project and The Guardian)

BEST NEWS COVERAGE: SHORT FORM

“How a U.S. Drone Strike Killed the Wrong Person” (The New York Times)

BEST NEWS COVERAGE: LONG FORM

“Return of the Taliban: A Vice News Special Report” (Showtime)

OUTSTANDING NEWS PROGRAM IN SPANISH

“Noticiero Univision” (Univision)

OUTSTANDING JOURNALIST IN SPANISH LANGUAGE MEDIA

Vanessa Hauc (Telemundo)

OUTSTANDING COVERAGE OF A BREAKING NEWS STORY IN SPANISH

Noticiero Telemundo: “Enero 6 – Asalto a la Democracia” (Telemundo)

OUTSTANDING INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM IN SPANISH

Aquí y Ahora/Univision Investiga: “La oscura luz del mundo” (Univision)

OUTSTANDING FEATURE STORY IN SPANISH

Vice News Tonight: “Después de la tormenta” (Vice)

OUTSTANDING WRITING: NEWS

20/20: “Escape from a House of Horror” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING RESEARCH: NEWS

“Ethiopia: Exposing the Hallmarks of a Genocide” (CNN)

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Vice News: “The Shockwave” (Vice)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION: NEWS

“ABC News Soul of a Nation” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING VIDEO JOURNALISM: NEWS

“Return of the Taliban: A Vice News Special Report” (Showtime)

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Vice News Tonight: “Inside the Battle for Jerusalem” (Vice)

OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC DESIGN AND ART DIRECTION: NEWS

CNN Digital (CNN)

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Today: “Jenna Skydives Live with U.S. Army” (NBC)

OUTSTANDING REGIONAL NEWS STORY: SPOT OR BREAKING NEWS

“Battleground Salt Lake” (KSL 5, Salt Lake City)

OUTSTANDING REGIONAL NEWS STORY: INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

“My Name Is Anjanette Young” (WBBM 2, Chicago)

43rd News & Documentary Emmy® Awards Nominations

Breakdown by Network, Show, Program or Segment

ABC 8

Vice 8

CNN 5

The New York Times 5

CBS 3

NBC 3

PBS 2

Showtime 2

Telemundo 2

Univision 2

FX 1

The Outlaw Ocean Project and The Guardian 1

ProPublica, TIME, Truly CA, Univision Noticias 1

KSL-TV (Salt Lake City, UT) 1

WBBM-TV (Chicago, IL) 1



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Tony Khan Isn’t Releasing AEW Wrestlers After WWE’s Power Play

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News continues to swirl about different wrestlers wanting to be released from their AEW contracts. Tony Khan reportedly won’t be letting anyone go.


Tony Khan and AEW have had a challenging summer, which has led to some wrestlers reportedly wanting out of their contracts with the company. A recent report indicates that All Elite Wrestling doesn’t intend to release performers from their contracts early and has made that clear. It’s a hardline stance by Khan, but probably a line in the sand that should have been drawn sooner.


Based on at least one source, it’s clear that WWE attempted to raid some of AEW’s contracted wrestlers. Khan alluded to this during the post-All Out media scrum, indicating that he wasn’t happy with how the company has approached AEW since Triple H took over in late July. The co-founder and owner of All Elite Wrestling told gathered reporters that he wasn’t going to “sit back and take this f***ing s***.” He vowed to take the fight to WWE when the time came, and this new mandate might be the first step towards backing those statements up.

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Speaking about Khan’s reaction to AEW wrestlers demanding their releases, Dave Meltzer had this to say on Wrestling Observer Radio: “Nobody’s getting released. That’s the doctrine. Tony Khan made that very clear, I guess, in the last couple of days.” Meltzer continued, stating that “[the WWE] really came after [Tony], it’s pretty blatant. [WWE] came after so many of the guys. Basically, everyone that had a previous relationship with Triple H was contacted.”

It had been rumored that WWE had made overtures to The Young Bucks, but Meltzer makes it sound like anyone who’s worked for Triple H was contacted. That’s a large chunk of AEW’s roster, including some of the biggest names, including Malakhai Black, Adam Cole, FTR, and Swerve In Our Glory. Khan didn’t take too kindly to WWE’s power play and let it be known that he won’t void any contracts moving forward. It’s worth noting that plenty of misinformation has been spread about certain wrestlers asking for and being granted their release.

Black recently appeared on Instagram to clarify why he’d stepped away from AEW and firmly stated that he’d be back with the company soon. There was also a rumor that Bobby Fish tried to lure Cole and Kyle O’Reilly back to WWE following his release, but everyone involved denied those claims. Miro is another former WWE star who had to clear the air following rumors about his being unhappy circulated as well. None of the “reports” or rumblings about AEW stars bailing for WWE have proven true since Triple H took over. It’s essential to take news with a grain of salt, especially when so many people on both sides of the fence have things to gain by spreading misinformation. Tony Khan has made his stance clear on releasing his wrestlers and won’t be letting AEW talent walk back to WWE easily.

Source: Wrestling Observer Radio

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‘It’s a Choice to Be Optimistic’: Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Olsen Light Up Variety’s Power of Women 2022

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If it’s possible to pull off solemn conversations about the stakes for women around the world and also have a fantastic party that toasts their remarkable achievements, Variety did just that on Wednesday in Beverly Hills.

In a sprawling takeover of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, heavy-hitting executives, producers, writers, talent and glitterati convened to celebrate the annual event and magazine feature.

Cover stars Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay, activist icon Malala Yousafzai, and actor Elizabeth Olsen were all in attendance to speak on behalf of causes important to each of them — as well as lighting a path forward to equity in a time of unrest for women and other marginalized communities in the U.S.. 

“It’s a choice to be optimistic,” Hilary Clinton told the crowd, addressing the striking down of the landmark American abortion legislation Roe v. Wade, the safety of women in Iran and a list of other fragile rights. “My late friend and predecessor as secretary of state, Madeline Albright, was once asked if she was an optimist. She said, ‘Yes. I’m an optimist who worries a lot.’ Let’s be optimistic but take our worry and channel it into action.’”

Her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, voiced a stronger sentiment, saying she was “full of palpable rage as I look at my daughter and realize she could have fewer rights than I did” growing up as a young woman.

“As we gather here, many of us truly never thought we would see abortion legally banned in certain states … in our lifetime. That changed in July. I truly believe the power to reverse that wrong lies as much with this crowd as it does in the halls of Congress,” said Cynthia Littleton, Variety co-editor-in-chief, during her opening remarks with Variety CEO and group publisher Michelle Sobrino-Stearns.

Sandra Oh, Quinta Brunson, Diane Guerrero, “Do Revenge” director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, “Dahmer” breakout Niecy Nash-Betts, Tia Mowry, Kathryn Hahn and many more notable attendees mingled over cocktails at the Cadillac-sponsored event, prior to the dinner program.

Executive power in attendance included Warner Bros. Television Studios CEO Channing Dungey, Warner Bros. film co-chief Pamela Abdy, Amazon film head Julie Rapaport, CAA superagent Maha Dahkil, power attorney Ivy Kagan Bierman, Huma Abedin, Disney Branded Television president Ayo Davis, DreamWorks president Margie Cohn and vice-president Courtenay Palaski, Paramount Television president Nicole Clemens, and Principal Communications and Foresight Solutions Group managing partners Melissa Zukerman.

Meg Stalter, of “Hacks” fame, hosted the evening and began her remarks with a resounding, “Hi, girlies!” Channeling her distinct and beloved brand of awkward humor, Stalter spoke of loving the way she looks, “but I love the way I make people feel more.”

Olsen, of Marvel’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” was honored for her work with The Rape Foundation and Stuart House (the latter is a well-known Los Angeles resource for children who are victims of sexual abuse). She used the platform to celebrate the group’s leader, Gail Abarbanel. Olsen thanked the room for the space to share how Abarbanel has cared for victims and shaped perceptions through “policy reforms, educational reforms in our police force and in homes and communities.”

Honoree and Latino Community Foundation head Jacqueline Martinez Garcel made a particularly poignant speech where she encouraged the people of the communities surrounding the mecca of Los Angeles to become entrepreneurs and leaders. In a spontaneous moment, she bid the whole room to give thanks to “the workers who have served this food for us tonight.”

Yousafzai, in her new role as a content producer, delivered a hard dose of truth about diversity in front of and behind the camera.

“Asian people like me make up less than 4% of leads in Hollywood,” she said of actors. “Muslims are 25% of the population but only 1% of characters in popular TV series. Behind the camera, the statistics for Black and Brown creators are even worse.”

DuVernay and Winfrey gave a rousing spotlight to the 42 female directors, many of them first-timers, behind the OWN original series “Queen Sugar.” DuVernay brought the audience to fever pitch listing off the dozens of high-wattage shows these women have gone on to direct since getting a start. Oprah brought the evening home with wise words from her friend and mentor Maya Angelou.

“I told Maya that my school, which had just opened, was going to be my legacy. She said, ‘your legacy is never one thing. It’s everything you touch.’ Tonight I think of every life and story we touch,” Winfrey said.

Variety’s Power of Women was produced by Goldsky Productions. Vita Motus provided production design. Daisy O’Dell provided music direction.



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