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Tuning in to TV: Levine leads nominations for People’s Choice Awards

- - Sunday, November 18, 2012

Adam Levine spans music and television with his leading six nominations for the People's Choice Awards.

The Maroon 5 frontman and mentor on TV's "The Voice" is up for favorite band, song, album and music video, along with favorite celebrity judge and favorite competition TV show.

Nominations were announced Thursday at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Justin Bieber has five nods, followed by the newly crowned "Sexiest Man Alive" Channing Tatum with four. "Glee" was the most-nominated TV show with five, and "The Avengers" leads movie nominees with eight.

Fans chose the nominees by voting online and can do the same to select the winners. Voting in 48 categories continues through Dec. 13.

The People's Choice Awards will be presented Jan. 9 and broadcast on CBS.

Colbert wax figure featured at D.C. Madame Tussauds

Stephen Colbert has taken his place among the presidents at the Madame Tussauds wax museum in Washington and will be featured in a new media gallery.

Mr. Colbert visited the museum Friday to unveil a new wax figure created to represent him. The museum said Mr. Colbert donated his own clothes to dress the figure in a suit, tie, cuff links and lapel pin.

The new figure will be the centerpiece of a new media gallery with a replica of "The Colbert Report" set where guests can sit next to Mr. Colbert's figure behind his fake news desk.

Designers from Madame Tussauds went to Mr. Colbert's New York studio in June to take more than 250 measurements and photographs of the Comedy Central star to create the wax figure.

Univision collecting stories for immigrant archive

The Spanish-language media company Univision and one of its top advertisers are encouraging Hispanics to share their stories about establishing new lives in the United States for an immigrant archive.

The Univision network kicked off the effort, called Generacion America, during Thursday's telecast of the Latin Grammy Awards.

Univision and its affiliated networks will help collect stories from celebrities and average citizens to be part of the Immigrant Archive Project, an independent effort to collect the stories, and show snippets of them on TV. Advertiser Procter & Gamble is helping to fund the effort, although neither company would say how much is being spent.

Univision Networks President Cesar Conde said the kickoff was intentionally timed for after Election Day so it wouldn't become a political issue.

The election itself, where the Latino community played a key role in President Obama's re-election, may actually help to drive interest in the project, Mr. Conde said.

"We're seeing an increased amount of interest by Hispanics and non-Hispanics in the paths that have been taken in the United States," he said.

Thirty-two stories have been collected so far. In one, a businesswoman and Mexican immigrant named Mercedes Ruiz talks about how she took an English-as-a-second-language course and began working as a liaison for the company that offered the courses.

Fernando Espuelas, a Univision radio host of Uruguayan descent, talks about how people can actively choose to become Americans.

Stories are being collected in both Spanish and English.

For Procter & Gamble, makers of Pampers disposable diapers, Gillette razors, Tide laundry detergent and Duracell batteries, among many other products, the incentive is clear: Increasing visibility in the growing Hispanic market is a key to increasing sales.

The company will promote the effort on social media and through "Orgullosa," a company-produced program that preaches empowerment to Latina women, said Lauren Hoenig, an associate marketing director for the company.

Hispanics are encouraged to share stories on the GeneracionAmerica.com website.

Lucille Bliss, voice of Smurfette, dies at age 96

Lucille Bliss, the voice actress whose 60-year career including starring as Smurfette in the 1980s animated series "The Smurfs," has died. She was 96.

Miss Bliss died Nov. 8 of natural causes at an assisted living center in Costa Mesa, Calif., the Orange County coroner told the Los Angeles Times.

Miss Bliss worked steadily up until the time of her death after getting her start in 1950 with a voice role in Disney's "Cinderella" as the stepsister Anastasia. Her big break came with the title role in the original "Crusader Rabbit," the first animated series to be produced specifically for television. The show, which originally aired on NBC from 1950-52, was co-created by Jay Ward of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Dudley Do-Right fame.

Miss Bliss later voiced the original Elroy in the 1960s TV series "The Jetsons" (she reportedly lost that job when she refused to work under a stage name to cover up the fact the she was a woman voicing a little boy) as well as characters in "The Flintstones" and animated "Star Wars" spinoffs.

But she will perhaps be best remembered as the voice of Smurfette in the beloved '80s series. The character, as voiced by Miss Bliss, also appeared in several TV movies and specials throughout the decade. (Katy Perry voiced the character in the 2011 big-screen version along with its upcoming sequel.)

More recently, she had voice roles in the movie "Robots" and the TV series "Avatar: The Last Airbender."

Miss Bliss was born March 31, 1916, in New York to Frieda Siemens, a classically trained pianist who wanted Miss Bliss to train as an opera singer, and James Francis Bliss. After her father died in 1928, she and her mother moved to San Francisco, where Miss Bliss took acting lessons. She later borrowed $50 to move to Los Angeles for the Cinderella audition.

Miss Bliss never married and has no immediate survivors.

Compiled from Web and wire reports