Air Date: Monday, June 05, 2006
Time Slot: 9:30 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: "THE 2006 ALMA AWARDS"
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Marc Anthony, Andy Garcia, Michael Douglas, Carlos Mencia, Michael Pena, Jay Hernandez, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Maria Conchita Alonso, Lupe Ontiveros, Danny Pino, Sof�a Vergara, Adam Rodriguez, Amaury Nolasco, Cristina Saralegui, Sara Ramirez and Wilmer Valderrama Are Among the Honorees, Performers and Presenters

Some of the entertainment industry�s hottest stars from the worlds of film, television and music will appear at �The 2006 ALMA Awards,� airing MONDAY, JUNE 5 (9:30-11:00 p.m., ET/PT), on the ABC Television Network. Eva Longoria (�Desperate Housewives�) hosts.

On the Awards show, which will tape May 7 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the incomparable Longoria will open with an exciting performance alongside Carmen Electra (�Scary Movie 4�), Roselyn Sanchez (�Without a Trace�), Constance Marie (�George Lopez�) and Spain's hottest musical import, Paulina Rubio.

Among the highlights of the 2006 Awards ceremony will be a presentation of the Celia Cruz Award for Excellence in Music to internationally renowned award-winning singer and actor Marc Anthony. The presentation will be hosted by Randy Jackson (�American Idol�). R&B crooner Brian McKnight will perform Anthony�s classic hit, �You Sang to Me,� in English and Spanish.

Also, the Anthony Quinn Award for Excellence in Motion Picture will be presented to Academy Award-nominated actor Andy Garcia. The presentation will be hosted by George Lopez (�George Lopez�). Grammy Award winner and international recording artist Gloria Estefan and her husband, music producer Emilio Estefan, will present Garcia with the award, and Ms. Estefan will perform.

The eclectic mix of performances, spanning the worlds of pop, rock and Latin music in both English and Spanish, include country superstars Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy (�Nashville Star�) and Tex/Mex music legend Emilio.

Also scheduled to appear on the show as presenters are (in alphabetical order): Maria Conchita Alonso (�Desperate Housewives�), Ricardo Antonio Chavira (�Desperate Housewives�), Academy Award-winning producer and actor Michael Douglas, Jay Hernandez (�World Trade Center,� �Hostel�), Latin comedy genius Cheech Marin, Carlos Mencia (�Mind of Mencia�), Amaury Nolasco (�Prison Break�), Lupe Ontiveros (�Desperate Housewives�), Michael Pena (�Crash�), Danny Pino (�Cold Case,� �The Lost City�), Sara Ramirez (�Monty Python's Spamalot,� �Grey�s Anatomy�), Judy Reyes (�Scrubs�), Adam Rodriguez (�CSI Miami�), Freddy Rodriguez (�Poseidon,� �Six Feet Under�), legendary talk show host Cristina Saralegui, Wilmer Valderrama (�That 70�s Show,� �Yo Momma�) and Sof�a Vergara (�Four Brothers�).

The ALMA Awards was created by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., in 1995 as part of NCLR�s strategy to promote fair, accurate and balanced portrayals of Latinos in the media and the enhancement of the Latino image in the entertainment industry. The show was named �ALMA� (Spanish for �spirit� or �soul�) to honor the determined spirit of the Latino community.

Jeff Margolis, Janet Murguia and David Chavez are executive producers of �The 2006 ALMA Awards.� The show is produced by Jeff Margolis Productions. Producers are Eva Longoria, Tisha Fein, Gloria Fujita O�Brien and Mick McCullough. The director is Ron De Moraes.

For further information, please go to www.almaawards.com.

A TV parental guideline will be posted closer to airdate.

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