Ellen Pompeo, star of the award winning television series Grey’s Anatomy, is making headlines today with her statements regarding this year’s Emmy Awards broadcast. Pompeo appears in an SLN video released Monday where she states in part, “I didn’t see any diversity in the Emmys at all…That dance number was embarrassing. Did you see one person of color in that dance number?”
The critical star was not in attendance at Sunday night’s telecast of the 65th Annual Emmy Awards from the Nokia theater in Los Angeles, CA – hosted by New Mexico native Neil Patrick Harris, who can now boast that his latest hosting effort pulled in the highest ratings for the show in the past seven years.
Another notable New Mexican very noticeably absent from the evening’s festivities was actor Steven Michael Quezada – who has starred in Breaking Bad, this year’s Best Drama Winner, since its first season on AMC. In previous years Quezada has been an attendee at the show, featured here and here. But on this, the show’s final run at the awards, the actor who has portrayed “Steven Gomez” since the beginning – whom like Aaron Paul’s character “Jesse Pinkman” was originally slated to be killed-off early on in the series only to make it to the bitter end of season 5.2, was nowhere to be found*.
Likely upon a flurry of inquiries mixed with congratulations on the Albuquerque based show’s big win of the night, Quezada posted online “I look at this picture and I get a little sad. I appeared in 33 episode (sic) and was never made a cast member. Don’t get me wrong, I was extremely blessed to be on this great show…Oh well I have to work harder. Congrats to the awesome cast of the best TV show ever.”
So it appears that the awards show that honored the “best show on television” Sunday night, quietly celebrated some form of diversity with its choice of show host, but visually offended some who were looking for recognition and representation of talents of all creeds and colors, while perhaps some Hollywood politics led to the best drama snubbing one of its own, who happens to be a “person of color”. Possibly a more complicated storyline than any script of the night.
*It is unknown if Quezada declined or was unable to attend the awards show. OHI reached out to him for comment today, but the actor declined taking a position on any Emmy or Breaking Bad situation, saying only that he is “moving forward”.
ACTOR AND ALBQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENT
STEVEN MICHAEL QUEZADA TO RUN FOR SCHOOL BOARD
Actor and Albuquerque Public School parent Steven Michael Quezada will run for Albuquerque School Board in District 5, a newly created school board district on Albuquerque’s Westside.
Long active in programs that promote youth education, involvement and development, Quezada says the most compelling reason he has for wanting to be on the Board is to impact the lives of children.
“The incredible challenges our schools face require a Board Member who is committed to change and innovation,” Quezada said. Quezada continued, “Albuquerque’s my home. I want my kids and all of our children to be able to go to any public or charter school and receive and excellent education. It’s our responsibility to make sure no child falls through the cracks.”
Quezada served from 2009-2010 as the President of the Public Academy for Performing Arts PTSO Board and later served as Vice-President/Parent on the Public Academy for Performing Arts Charter School Governing Council where three of his four children attend.
“From experience, I know young people thrive in environments where academics and artistic creativity are paired,” says Quezada.
In the 1980’s Quezada was the director for Youth Development Inc.’s gang intervention program, “Teatro Consejo”, and more recently, he has been involved with YDI’s Elev8 program for Middle School students. Quezada, with the help of three-time Emmy winning actor Bryan Cranston developed and directed YDI’s Actors Core program.
Quezada volunteers his time and energy for various charitable causes in New Mexico.
Endorsing Quezada for the board are Westside leaders, Bernalillo County Commissioners Debbie O’Malley and Art De la Cruz, State Senator Elect Jacob Candelaria and State Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas, YDI President and CEO Chris Baca and the South West Alliance of Neighbors President Klarissa Pena. Also supporting Quezada is former State Senator and longtime friend, Eric Griego.
As a lifelong resident of Albuquerque’s Westside, Quezada attended West Mesa High School and Eastern New Mexico before becoming a comedian and actor and television star. Quezada currently stars as DEA agent Steven Gomez, the partner of main character Hank Schrader in the Emmy Award Winning AMC series Breaking Bad.
Quezada and his wife Cherise have four children.
The election will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.
via Neri Holguin
Holguin Campaigns & Communications
As we told you here, Bryan Cranston will be the guest on the 100th episode of “The After After Party.” – and now it’s official!
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – To celebrate the final season of “Breaking Bad,” The Emmy Award-winning star of the hit TV show “Breaking Bad,” will judge a Walter White look-alike contest at the taping of the historic 100th episode of “The After After Party” on Tuesday December, 4.
The 99th and 100th episodes of the locally produced late night variety show will be taped at 7 p.m., at the Wool Warehouse in downtown Albuquerque.
The show is hosted by Albuquerque actor and comedian, Steven Michael Quezada, who plays DEA agent Steve Gomez on “Breaking Bad.”
“Bryan came up with the idea, and we thought what a great way to celebrate our 100th show and ‘Breaking Bad,’” Quezada said. “You wouldn’t know it from Walter White, but Bryan has a great sense of humor.”
Quezada said contestants should show up at 5:30 pm at the Wool Warehouse. Staff will choose 10 contestants to appear on the show. The contestants will get “Breaking Bad” swag, while the winner will also get to have lunch on the set of “Breaking Bad.”
Check out the “The After After Party” Facebook page for more information.
The “After After Party” is produced by the Rio Grande Media Group.
For more information, contact Steven Michael Quezada at 505-304-3487
Amazing special guests are scheduled to appear, and admission is absolutely free for all ages!!!
The 100th Episode Celebration takes place at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4th at the historic YDI Wool Warehouse, located at 518 First Street NW (1st and Roma, just two blocks south of Lomas and directly north of the Albuquerque Convention Center)! It will kick off with the taping of Episode 99, followed immediately by the filming of the historic 100th Episode!!!
Admission is absolutely FREE! There will be a cash-only bar in the lobby serving drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)and snacks. There will also be t-shirts and merchandise on sale from “The After After Party” and The James Douglas Show! Doors open at 6:30 p.m.!
“The After After Party” airs every Saturday night at 12:30 a.m. (just a half hour after “Saturday Night Live”) on NBC! The show also airs on My Family TV on Fridays at 10:30 p.m., and on Tuff TV on Thursdays at 10:30 p.m.!
The words, “fifth and final” have been tough ones to swallow ’round here in the world of New Mexico Film, as two of the most long lasting and acclaimed productions in NM history have reached their end.
Anyhow, the New Mexico son who has worked, and worked in the entertainment industry to make a name for himself, and Nuevo México for more than 20 years, has achieved some of the recognition he deserves as one of the few, the proud, and the still living on “the best show on television”!
Tonight NM’s Own, Steven Michael Quezada continues to enjoy Emmy weekend with his Breaking Bad TV family and his beautiful bride, Cherise. Here, courtesy of Rio Grande Media Group, is YOUR NIGHT at the 2012 Emmy’s with Steven Michael Quezada!
Fans know this pair as Gomez and Sual; the two Breaking bad stars, Steven Michael Quezada and Bob Odenkirk played to a packed house Tuesday night at a live taping of Quezada’s own TV talk-show, The After After Party.
Just what they played remains to be seen…But the Breaking Bad gang is locally known for really bringing it to their brother’s hometown stage. This is after all where Cranston transformed into White for season four and where he also let lose with his inner Panabaker…Click and scroll here for video.
Quezada released the stage pic saying, “If you don’t come to the AAP, you don’t know how rough some of these interviews can get.”
Get in on the next LIVE taping, Tuesday May 8. You never know who or what is going down at New Mexico’s number one spot for late, late night television.
The After After Party airs Saturday nights, right after Saturday Night Live on NBC here in New Mexico. Click here to find the show streaming online and for more broadcast times & channels.
Steven Michael Quezada doesn’t waste any time – in the Breaking Bad off-season, or during! Between shooting a film in Roswell, writing and starring in his own television drama series and hosting duties on his long running late night tv talk show, The After After Party, he’s been busy filming the fifth and final season of Breaking Bad right here in the Q.
Now in its third season, The After After Party continues to showcase the finest LIVE entertainment in New Mexico! Tonight, host Steven Michael Quezada, and the whole After After Party crew, including the phenomenal house band, The James Douglas Show are proud to welcome some of SMQ’s Breaking Bad family to the stage!
From the show:
“BIG NEWS!!!! Bob Odenkirk will be our first guest on the AAP next Tuesday, he will be doing a one man sketch and interview! Also Stewart Lyons our favorite producer of Breaking Bad and many more….. Don’t miss out on all the fun people!”
…annnd now rumor has it that a certain “cook” will be making a special appearance in addition to all the amazing scheduled talent!
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts promptly at 7. NO COVER, cash bar, FREE EPIC ENTERTAINMENT, what more could you ask for ‘Burque!
I will never forget the night when, as a festival programmer, I first unleashed Calvin Lee Reeder’s short film The Rambler onto a paying audience. There was squirming in seats, nervous laughter, outright confusion, revulsion, shock and outbursts of spontaneous applause. It was perfect. Exactly what you want to do to a midnight audience. And I knew – or at least hoped an awful lot – that we’d be seeing more from Reeder in the coming years.
-Todd Brown, TwitchFilm
As we told you here, acclaimed indie short, The Rambler by Calvin Lee Reeder has achieved both raves and a strong fan following since its first film festival rounds back in 2008.
Now set to yield a full-length feature adaptation, The Rambler is currently in production right here in New Mexico.
Lindsay Pulsipher retains her starring role, as seen in the original “blood-soaked mini-classic”, pictured above right in Reeder’s, The Oregonian.
Universally adored actor Dermot Mulroney has been added to the cast, and has not been camera shy in the fledgling days of The Rambler shoot.
See Mulroney pictured above with homegrown actor, comedian, producer Steven Michael Quezada (Breaking Bad, Warrior Woman, Duke City) and New Mexico producer/actor, film industry vet, Chris Ranney.
The production got underway in Roswell, NM over the weekend. A casting call for (volunteer) background extras was issued last week, details here.
Local actors have been in auditions for featured roles for weeks, extras casting is underway and crews have been hard at work, as have been the writers for months now, tackling the grand finale season of the best show on television.
New Mexico’s own Steven Michael Quezada, aka “Gomie” was facebooking on set today, as were production team members and talent saying,
“Oh it so good to be back at work on set of the best show on tv, Breaking Bad” -Studio Member
“Today was an amazing day. Not only did I get to act with Bryan Cranston, [but] I found out today was the first day that they officially started shooting..so I’ll be in the first episode of the last season of Breaking Bad” -Actress Monique Candelaria
Keep-up with the epic show and be entered to win a prize pack of Br Ba swag by signing-up for the official newsletter at the show’s website here.
Welcome back Breaking Bad!!! CONGRATULATIONS to all our hometown talent and crew who are back at work! Break a leg!
Albuquerque, NM – Now in development, an original crime/drama television pilot, headed by Breaking Bad Star Steven Michael Quezada:
What happens when you play both sides of the fence?
Eddie “Duke” Montano is a longtime undercover drug agent. Desperate to escape his dangerous double life, he’s suddenly appointed leader of the Albuquerque street gang he’s infiltrated.
Now, Duke must walk the line between maintaining his gang cover, dealing with the threats of Mexican cartels, and holding off the suits from Washington, hellbent on cleaning up the type of renegade undercover work he’s been involved in.
Duke discovers a possible way out when he’s ordered to follow the money in a money-laundering operation. But whenever salvation appears near, Duke is sucked into yet another level of international intrigue that reveals the true forces behind the drug trade.
Rest assured state treasure, Steven Michael Quezada is safe and sound and not in need of emergency rescue from the streets of Madrid. OHI and likely hundreds of Quezada’s associates received the following email message from the actor’s email address this a.m.:
from Stevenmichael quezada
date Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 1:09 AM
subject Holiday Trip!!!
hide details 1:09 AM (6 hours ago)
Just hoping this email reaches you…Well,i’m sorry for this emergency and for not informing you about my urgent trip to Madrid,Spain but I just have to let you know my present predicament. Everything was fine until I was attacked on my way back to the hotel, I wasn’t hurt but I lost my money, bank cards, mobile phone and my bag in the course of this attack….I immediately contacted my bank in order to block my cards and also made a report at the nearest police station. I’ve been to the embassy and they are helping me with my documentation so i can fly out but I’m urgently in need of some help from you to pay up my hotel bills and my flight ticket back home…My return flight back home is scheduled to leave in few hours from now…Now am freaked out….Please i need your help..
Hope to read from you soon.
Thanks and Regards.
Steven Michael Quezada
A quick check of the most trusted site for news and information on the web, Facebook (second only to Wikipedia), verifies that the overtly suspicious email was a fake, as confirmed by Quezada who wrote, “I am not in Spain and everything fine.”
My next Acting classes will begin on January 18th at Triple Threat Academy on San Rafiel and Tramway from 6-7:30pm the class will last 11 weeks and I will concentrate on auditioning because that is what actors have to be the best at in order to compete for the jobs.
I work on many sets and I always work with actors from L.A., Denver and Dallas right here in New Mexico. This should be concerning to local actors. I know we have the talent to do those roles but for some reason we are not getting the opportunity to get cast into those roles. If this is what you need to work on then please and you want more info call 304-3487 and leave a message.
All the Governor’s men say, yes. The Duke says, HELL YES, and the rest of us are tasked to assemble and conquer for this business we call show and bring it all the way home to New Mexico.
Albuquerque Studios juts out of the far reaches of the NM desert just like the visions of a Vegas empire did to one Ben Siegel in a scene straight out of Bugsy. There on location, where action meets the vision of vast development; of land, economy and long term prosperity, NM Film Avengers & Advocates assembled last night.
The Governess had a long standing commitment against the industry and was unable to attend to voice the support we’re hearing she now lends so fervently to the industry; its jobs, education and global notoriety for our great state.
But state leaders, Governor Richard Berry, Chief of Staff Keith Gardner, Deputy Chief of Staff Ryan Cangiolosi, and New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis were in attendance to tout their full support and commitment to growing a sustainable future for New Mexico in the film industry.
Like Jesus, Mayor Berry stands with the carpenters, emphasizing that he is all IN on the film industry for the strong roots he wants laid in the Q and beyond for trades and small businesses.
Chief of staff Garnder went so far as to announce that the Governor vows to wield a veto pen on any proposed decrease to our film incentives come this next legislative session.
From the tippy-top of YOUR State Film Office, Nick Manianitis re-affirmed his dedication and efforts to keep films, their jobs, revenue and education rolling into New Mexico. Maniatis re-asserted the Film Office’s commitments to community partnerships with ongoing town hall meetings all over the state and an upcoming education summit.
While he prioritizes television production for its long term jobs and revenue, Maniatis further commented that his charter is too to branch NM production into digital media, gaming and post-production work.
Unable to divulge specifics on television prospects (citing three productions) expected down the pike, Maniatis was able to deliver a gingerly worded, press-release-lite, officially committing that the MAJORITY of Disney’s, The Lone Ranger film WILL shoot here in NM…
While attaining and maintaining industry growth for the state, by way of education, trades and small business opportunities, were the overriding sentiments of the night, the underlying theme was one of unity. A step in the right direction as voices raised together are voices more likely heard.
All of the above, representatives Egolf and Keller, hosts NMedia, every actor, crew member, support service provider and industry business in attendance share in the like-minded goal of furthering New Mexico’s name in film.
Closing the night was one of NM’s Own most outspoken…As always SMQ artfully and comically brought home some truth, echoing the immortal words of Whitney Houston, “the children are our future…tech them well”. Here, here! Teach them something for cripes sake!
Quezada noted that New Mexico’s youth are our “greatest natural resource”, and that they deserve to have more options in arts and entertainment than the prospect of being on cops or even on his own, one and only, Hispanic-led late night television talk show, The After After Party…No one fosters growth in the arts for New Mexico’s youth like SMQ and his crew, but they can’t do it all and they certainly can’t do it alone!
Just as MC Vivana Vigil had kicked-off the night by naming the Film Industry as a source of education and careers choices, giving all New Mexicans a reason and possibilities to stay in the state and make it great, Quezada concluded with the FACT that Film works for New Mexico.
Thank you NMedia at Mesa del Sol for wrangling so many film advocates in rallying for the cause!