How are your favorite PoC characters doing so far this season? Have they survived the midseason slaughter (as I am now calling it)?
I start reviewing one of fall's biggest hits: rife with diversity, humor, and heart--things I think more TV shows need. Let's dive into the telenovela goodness!
More Diversity in Prime Time: It’s Not Your Imagination – The Root
This article mostly talk about black-ish in the aftermath of it’s premiere yesterday, but it also spotlights Jane the Virgin, which I must say was probably my favorite pilot this fall. Check it out!
Also check out two more articles regarding blackish:
In ABC’s ‘Black-ish,’ everyone has racial issues [Washington Post]
Black-ish: “Pilot”: Don’t call it the black Modern Family [AV Club]
I'd kinda wanted to watch this, and now I *really* want to watch this. Jane the Virgin is original and diverse and is laying the seeds for some fun, dramatic storytelling, with tellanovella twists.
Of course I'm going to watch The Flash, who do you think I am? Helps that I'm obsessed with Arrow and there are a couple of crossovers already in the works. The CW is getting a lot of my viewership this fall.
It might not be The Fault in Our Stars, but Red Band Society was nicely done. It's cute and fun and has a lot of story and character potential. But it is also a great opportunity to add more diversity to its already diverse cast. Let's hope the writing gets even stronger and allows people of all colors and capabilities to be represented on television.
Cristela started off a bit rough, but pleasantly surprised me in the end. A solid show featuring a funny Latino family with an opportunity to break stereotypes along the way.
Is Black-ish the new Cosby Show? I'm not so sure, but there's certainly potential. Also, Tracee Ellis Ross kills it.
Check out the Post’s article on the PoC led dramas coming this fall. And a few are led by women! Numbers are getting better, but no where near where they need to be.
The link and a couple of quotes below.
With “Scandal” commanding $200,970 per 30-second advertising spot, it’s a cash cow.“The color Hollywood loves the most is green,” says Wilmore. “Shonda Rhimes really showed that you can have a black lead in your thriller and you can have a great show. She broke down that wall, and Hollywood follows success.”
Hollywood definitely follows the money. Hopefully these new shows prove to be great television as well. The problem we’ve faced in the past has not always been a lack of content (well, yes, this is the problem, but) sometimes the content put out there isn’t good. There are a lot of times people of color will watch a show featuring someone of their background and that will boost ratings, but ratings will drop off if they don’t consider the show good. It’s not just about representation in numbers, but representation in quality and content. Don’t just give us a show with a black person and say it’s diversity, the content has to be good as well.
Rina Mimoun, executive producer of “Red Band Society,” says that, because of the Rhimes effect, “people will open up their casting. There’s no reason not to.”
More and more producers are realizing this, but things still aren’t where they need to be. The Emmy’s certainly showed that with the small amount of PoC nominees and smaller winners (most weren’t even televised). Hopefully, with this new crop of PoC led shows, next year’s Emmy’s will feature more PoC nominees and winners (now that Breaking Bad is finally out of the race; and maybe Emmy voters will finally be over Modern Family).
(In addition to these current shows, let’s not forget Sleepy Hollow, also led by a black female–I don’t think the article mentioned it.)
via Minority actors land the lead roles in fall’s diverse TV lineup | New York Post.
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