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La Plaza
Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Jimmy Smits
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Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

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Jimmy Smits's recent motion picture credits include Star Wars III, Million-Dollar Hotel, Price of Glory, and Bless the Child. But he is probably best known for his roles on the small screen as Victor Sifuentes on LA Law, Bobby Simone on NYPD Blue, and presidential candidate Matt Santos on The West Wing. Smits talks with critic Ilan Stavans about growing up in a working-class family in New York City, the teacher who inspired him to become a performer, and the actors whom he admires.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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