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Emmy Snubs for Rita Moreno, ‘One Day at a Time,’ ‘Superstore’ Reveal the TV Academy’s Latinx Blindspot (Column)

Emmy Snubs for Rita Moreno, ‘One Day at a Time,’ ‘Superstore’ Reveal the TV Academy’s Latinx Blindspot (Column)

There are plenty of superstars on television, but only a few icons. Let’s make it clear: Rita Moreno is one of those icons. For kids of my generation, we first knew her as the lady who screamed “Hey you guys!” at the start of PBS’ “The Electric Company.” My parents, of course, knew her as the spitfire in 1961’s “West Side Story.” Now, my kids know her as Lydia, the outspoken grandmother on “One Day at a Time.”

I’ve known Rita Moreno as a legend since the moment I knew what the word meant. Yet that didn’t prepare me for the raucous phone call I had with her early in the Covid-19 pandemic. With production halted on “One Day,” Moreno was back at her house in the Bay Area when I called to get her picks for Variety’s “TV Guilty Pleasure” feature.

Moreno is 88, and was

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