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Al Madrigal To Host Fusion Special On Latinos' Growing Power

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Comedian Al Madrigal poses for a portrait in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Al Madrigal is ready to travel far and wide across the U.S., leaving no stone unturned to reveal the growing power of Latinos. Or is it Hispanics? He'll have to tackle that question first.

The actor and comedian, best known as the senior Latino correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," will join forces with Fusion to host a primetime special that explores the influence and impact of Latinos in America, the network announced Monday. The hourlong special is set to air this fall, some time before November's midterm elections.

Next month, Madrigal will set out on a trip across America with Fusion correspondent Romina Puga to "capture a unique portrait of the many facets of Hispanic culture and life in the U.S.," according to a press release from Fusion. The duo will be joined by special guests along the way.

"I'm delighted to carry on in the tradition of the great reporters like Edward R. Murrow, Ernie Pyle, and Geraldo Rivera to probe vitally important issues of the day, starting with whether I'm Hispanic or Latino," Madrigal said in the press release.

In the past, the comedian has tackled issues like Latino stereotypes and accusations of bias in Spanish-language media on "The Daily Show."

"I'm so sick of people treating Latinos like some homogenous group that all feel the same way about everything," Madrigal said in a "Daily Show" segment last summer.

Madrigal then proceeded to interview several Latinos on the streets of New York City and found that we are perhaps more similar than we think.

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