#ConStarClicks No. 6 features some writerly advice form Eric Haywood, the evolution of Nickelodeon's kidsitcom format & some Larry Wilmore praise. Click at your own risk!
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.
Welcome Larry Wilmore to the Late Night bunch! I'll definitely be watching his show, The Minority Report--a cliched but perfect title for both what it is and before what's it's replacing.With Larry Wilmore's role as "Senior Black Correspondent" on the Daily Show, we already have an idea of what the show will entail, but it also means (hopefully) more black late night writers and more discussions of black issues that the Daily Show doesn't cover.
Issa Rae is living the dream these days. Create your own YouTube show, have it become a viral sensation, get people like Shonda Rhimes to get you to write stuff with/for them, get your own show picked up by HBO! This is one of the new models of this age for writers and actors to get their work out there. And this is especially inspiring because she is a black woman. It’s hard for non-industry connected people of color to get in the business (I don’t know Issa Rae’s connections but the thought still stands for me) so having all of these avenues is a blessing. And it’s great to see someone out there making the new system work for them. I still need to finish season 2 of misadventures of Awkward Black Girl but I will and I hope Issa’s show does well. We need more black television (it seems to me that we’re at a serious low in the number of black scripted television shows) and we need more television that showcases the different sides to black women in general.