Diversity in entertainment has been a blisteringly hot topic for years now. And while the movie industry progressing so slowly they're being lapped by hypothermic turtles, television is at the forefront of making meaningful strides. This fall, Fox is debuting 24: Legacy starring Straight Outta Compton's Corey Hawkins and Pitch and a series imagining the black and female MLB pitcher. NBC heaps on the family feels with This Is Us. The OWN Network is also making a power move to steal broadcast eyeballs with Queen Sugar created by visionary director Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey.
Meanwhile, CBS will roll out six new shows...all starring white men. Say it with me, y'all: #CBSSoWhite. Thankfully the media and frustrated television viewers have loudly voiced their distaste with CBS's problematic programming practices.
During their network panel at the Television Critics Association press tour last week, CBS entertainment president Glen Geller offered a pitiful and ham-fisted response to the pointed questions about the network's glaring lack of diversity. "We need to do better and we know it...We showed you some photos of 16 new series regulars, 11 of them are diverse. I know they’re not leads, but 11 are diverse and that is our commitment to diversity," Geller said, according to EW.com.
Translation: Inclusion is awesome for supporting characters whose only purpose is to serve the white leads, and can be killed off to evoke white pain come sweeps. See Yvette Nicole Brown's role as Oscar Madison's assistant in The Odd Couple reboot. And Taraji P. Henson's late Det. Joss Carter in Person Of Interest.
Since I sincerely believe CBS's heartfelt promise to do better and that it's not a half-assed rationale of their casting methods, I decided to do the heavy-lifting for them. So next season, there will be no excuse for the stars of their shows to look like the audience of a Donald Trump rally.
Here are 8 diverse actors who are long overdue for their own television shows…
With just a few weeks into summer and a promising stack of new and returning summer shows just beginning, is it a little TV-greedy to petulantly whine: “Is it fall yet!"?
Not if you’ve watched the recently released and stirring teasers for HBO’s Insecure and OWN’s Queen Sugar. These new series are made by and for black women, and look like the TV shows I've been fantasizing about for years...
Just when you think that you could love Supernatural star Jared Padalecki even more, the actor-turned-mental health activist launches yet another Always Keep Fighting fundraiser with an emotional and candid video celebrating the campaign’s first year anniversary with its most powerful message yet.
Jump back to second gear, everyone! The entire cast of Friends is officially and finally reuniting in a two-hour NBC event honoring TV director James Burrows, who recently directed his 1000th episode of television last year (as well as 15 episodes of Friends), TVLine.com reports.
The special, airing February 21 on NBC, will also include reunions and stars from Burrows other successful shows, including Emmy-magnet Frasier, Will & Grace and Taxi as well as The Big Bang Theory and the recently-canceled Mike & Molly.
While the format of the event has yet to be revealed—TVLine.com hints at a SNL 40-style sketch show—I hope it re-visits our favorite Friends nearly 12 years after their iconic series finale. Here’s what I imagine happens to the six BFFs who found love and some success in the Big Apple…
Dust off your favorite trucker cap and brush up on your Tori Spelling gossip because Bobby Singer is returning of Supernatural!
Actor Jim Beaver will once again reprise his role in this season’s 16th episode as beloved surrogate father to the world’s hottest demon hunters, TVLine.com reports.
Wait, there’s more! Bobby’s late BFF Rufus (Steven Williams) is returning too! EP Jeremy Carver told TVLine.com that the upcoming episode will feature the “wonderful relationship between Bobby and Rufus” in flashbacks as Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles respectively) re-visit one of Bobby and Rufus’ cold cases.
Rufus met his maker in the season 6’s “And Then There Were None.” Fan favorite Bobby died in the season 7’s fantastic “Death’s Door” but has returned several times, most recent being last season’s “Inside Man.”
All new episodes begin on January 20.
Who else would you like to see return to Supernatural? Sound off below!
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A few weeks ago, James Kennedy and lip-liner lovin’ Lala Kent from Bravo’s dirty guilty pleasure reality show, “Vanderpump Rules,” dropped more f-bombs on a live broadcast of “Watch What Happens Live!” than the characters in a Quentin Tarantino film. You could almost hear producers signing their pink slips; and thanks to the censors, not much else.
Even host celebrity-scandal addicted host Andy Cohen, who once famously had Lady Gaga’s pee turned into perfume, was horrified: "They didn’t stop cursing, and I was really irritated. The viewers hated it. They were cursing so much, whoever our censor is, they’re very liberal, and every time you say a curse word, they block out the sentence before, the sentence after, so it’s like the whole episode was on mute. And it was very irritating. It just left a really bad taste in my mouth,” Cohen told BravoTV.com
So how does a show about the bed-hopping, partner-swapping, profane waitstaff of “Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump’s sexy restaurant Sur earn even a modicum class? By getting a theme-song remix from a sexy and sophisticated Oscar winner, of course!
Tuesday morning, wife and dedicated Instagrammer Chrissy Teigen posted a video of hubby John Legend performing a sultry version of the show’s now famous opening song for a friend, and it's even better than you can imagine. His glamour and charisma elevates Vanderpump's rep...at least until some bangs someone else’s boyfriend. Watch and swoon below!
"Grey's Anatomy" is about to get even dreamier!
Legendary actor and two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington is coming to "Grey's Anatomy," which is the stuff of my TV fantasies.
Before you wonder if he'll whip out his "Training Day" persona during surgeries or will have meet-cutes in the elevator with Dr. Stephanie Edwards (one of my faves), Washington will be utilizing his talents in behind the camera, TVLine.com reports. Washington will direct this season’s ninth episode slated to air during November sweeps.
Though he has directed feature films such as "Antwone Fisher" (2002) and “The Great Debaters” (2007), this will mark his first time directing on the small screen.
Until Washington’s arrival, “Grey’s Anatomy” is continuing to cycle back to its racy rom-com + surgery roots. The sneak peek for this Thursday’s episode, “Old Time Rock And Roll,” finds Maggie remorseful and mortified after a night of “filthy” sexy time with an intern.
Check into “Grey’s Anatomy” every Thursday at 8/7c on ABC.
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