TV Diversity: 5 Hit Shows That Need to Shape Up
Empire is one of the many shows on TV that are proving diversity sells. Sadly, not every show has caught onto that fact, especially when it comes to filling their writers' rooms — something Empire show creator Lee Daniels was quick to call out during a recent panel on diversity in Hollywood.
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Lee sat on Vanity Fair's "Expanding Empire — the New Diversity in Hollywood" panel on Tuesday, where he declared shows which lack a diverse writers room and up losing, "the truth. And it becomes bulls—t. They continue to underestimate the intelligence of America. Everybody’s afraid in Hollywood."
Unfortunately, Lee's comments are pretty on point. In fact, according to a report issued by the writers Guild of America last spring, over a third of TV shows have no minority writers on their staffs.
With stats like that, it's no surprise there are still a lot of hit shows with very little diversity in front of the camera, either. Here are just 5 big offenders. Bear in mind — we love a lot of these shows, and they have a lot to offer. We just wish diversity were one of those things.
The Big Bang Theory
We don't mean to discount the adorable awesomeness that is Raj, but it's notable that the most popular sitcom on TV only has one non-white main character.
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Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones has made some strides in the right direction as the seasons have gone on and we've explored more of the world, but the fact remains that for such a huge hit, the main cast is strikingly white.
Another HBO offender, this critical darling got a lot of flak for its lack of diversity when it first came out. Despite some half-hearted attempts to improve, the only characters we're actually supposed to care about remain entirely white.
With its all white, all male main cast, Supernatural feels like a blast from the past — which we guess makes sense, since it is over a decade old.
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We adore this Emmy winner. It makes us laugh more than just about anything else on TV. However, it's also almost entirely white. The only major exception is Sam Richardson's Richard Splett. One consolation is he's totally hilarious.
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