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Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 9:45AM EDT
The CW launches a #CWOpenToAll campaign
The advertising campaign aims to reinforce The CW's commitment to inclusion and representation. “We think this campaign really captures the spirit and mission of the CW and why our fans come to us,” says CW president Mark Pedowitz. “We are committed to making sure our viewers see themselves represented on screen, and that we also have diverse voices being heard behind the camera.”
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 3:56AM EDT
Star Wars live-action TV series The Mandalorian reveals its first image, announces directors including Taika Waititi and Bryce Dallas Howard
The What We Do in the Shadows director and the Jurassic World co-star -- whose dad, Ron Howard, directed Solo: A Star Wars Story -- will be among the first non-white male directors to ever direct a live-action Star Wars project, joining TV veteran Deborah Chow and Dope director Rick Famuyiwa. The first episode will be directed by Star Wars: The Clone Wars vet Dave Filoni.
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 11:40PM EDT
This is the year networks finally embraced diversity
Source: BuzzFeed News
"For the first time in network TV history, shows with actors of color in lead roles outnumber shows with predominantly white casts," reports Kate Aurthur, adding: "Changes onscreen have come slowly to all of television. And at the ad-supported broadcast networks — which, with a few exceptions, still provide the biggest platforms — deeming the lives of people of color unworthy material for popularized storytelling has had toxic consequences. There are real-life effects for showing black and brown people as criminals, or otherwise dehumanized. Conversely, so rarely presenting the lives of people of color as joyful or romantic or exceptional enough to provide dramatic or comedic fodder has also contributed to decades’ worth of damage."
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 3:13PM EDT
Maybe the Emmys should adapt the "Popular Award" that the Oscars proposed
Sure, a hit show like Game of Thrones won the top drama award last night. But as Peter Rubin points out, "trophy after trophy went to the most prestigious of prestige TV: Netflix's Queen Elizabeth II bio-series The Crown; FX's Cold War domestic espionage cat-and-mouse The Americans; Amazon's upstart comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; HBO's ... everything. No question, these were deserving shows and performances. Henry Winkler? Still a treasure, even if his Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series award for Barry came at the expense of Atlanta's far more deserving Brian Tyree Henry. Meanwhile, some of the television series I've had the most conversations about it—the good kind, the morning-after-Slackathon kind, the "oh, you've gotta watch this" kind—got overlooked... All of which makes me wonder if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences might have been on to something with its proposed-then-scrapped idea to introduce a 'outstanding achievement in popular film 'Academy Award category—not for the Oscars, but the Emmys."
- Emmys allowed Lorne Michaels and his SNL stars to run wild, forgetting that they're supposed to be the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players"
- The Emmys did break diversity records, but it was during the Creative Arts Emmys
- Why The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is deserving of its Emmys sweep
- Oscars director Glenn Weiss and his new fiancé met at an awards show: The Tonys in 2001
- Ryan Murphy says he feels like he's "in the club" after his American Crime Story directing Emmy win
- New York Times to issue a correction after mistaking Angela Bassett for Omarosa in an Emmys caption
- Henry Winkler says winning his first Emmy "feels unbelievable"
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, NBC, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Angela Bassett, Glenn Weiss, Henry Winkler, Lorne Michaels, Omarosa Manigault, Ryan Murphy, Award Shows, Diversity, Oscars
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 8:17AM EDT
Emmys became a bloated SNL episode
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Lorne Michaels decided to turn the entire Emmys telecast "over to Saturday Night Live and Saturday Night Live-adjacent personalities in a way that no single show has ever dominated the Emmy proceedings in my lifetime," says Daniel Fienberg. The SNL bloat could be seen with longtime cast member Kenan Thompson being part of the beginning and the ending of the show. "Heaven knows I'm an appreciator of Thompson and his marvelous SNL legacy and his impressive pre-SNL legacy, but there's a statement you're making when you have Kenan Thompson present for outstanding drama series and it's something along the lines of, 'The history of television is, for tonight, all about just one show," says Fienberg. He adds: "Imagine CBS using its platform a decade ago to only let various cast members from CSI and its respective spinoffs present. Or ABC doing an Emmys telecast in which each award is presented by somebody from the Bachelor franchise. This was a bad look for NBC and for Michaels, and it'd be hard to begrudge any future network in this Emmys rotation thinking that skipping NBC talent for presentations would be fair play."
- UPDATE: 70th Primetime Emmys hit a new ratings low, based on early numbers
- A cringey, tone-deaf embarrassment and an enraging slog: This was the worst-produced awards show since James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosted the Oscars
- The Emmys joked about TV's lack of diversity, and then demonstrated it by handing out 22 of 26 awards to white nominees
- Michael Che and Colin Jost had the energy of two students giving a dutiful book report: Their jokes suggested they barely watched TV, and they looked like they'd rather be anywhere else
- It seemed like every presenting pair would've made better hosts than Che and Jost
- Opening "We Solved It" number upstaged hosts Che and Jost, making them uncomfortable, unfunny afterthoughts
- There should've been some award show chaos -- instead, Che and Jost took these crazy times and turned them into something humdrum
- Perhaps what was most admirable about the telecast was how little Trump came up
- It's remarkable that an Emmy ceremony that emphasized diversity awarded statues to shows that barely addressed race at all
- Honorees created moments that felt bigger than the show encasing them, from Henry Winkler to Thandie Newton
- Emmys steering clear of overt political gestures was a welcome change from last year
- Netflix topped all networks with five Emmy wins Monday night, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel led all shows with five wins
- Overall, HBO and Netflix tied with each taking home 23 Emmy awards this year
- Oscars director Glenn Weiss on his surprise Emmy proposal: I expected the Emmys director to cut me off and play me out
- Glenn Weiss considered warning the Emmys director about his proposal -- but the Emmys director was a rival in his category
- NBC's SNL and ABC's Oscar ceremony were the only broadcast winners Monday night
- John Oliver weighs in on Emmys ignoring Trump: “In the drinking game, I think we’re just trying to keep America sober"
- RuPaul wasted his RuPaul’s Drag Race historic Emmy victory by focusing himself instead of the LGBTQ community
- Atlanta was completely shut out as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel dominated the comedy categories
- Emmy winners (The Americans) and losers (Emmy bits)
- More winners (old people) and losers (the loudest crowd in recent memory)
- Darren Criss' lead actor in a limited series victory marked the second year in a row that an actor of Asian descent won in the category
- Hannah Gadsby nearly stole the show with her one minute of Emmys glory
- Emmys bleeped out Thandie Newton saying "I am so f*cking blessed to work with the people I have gotten to work with"
- Six of the most awkward moments: From the silences to Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph's awkward bit
- Donald Glover's Atlanta character Teddy Perkins was spotted in the audience -- played by SNL alum Jay Pharoah
- Henry Winkler and Ron Howard had a Happy Days reunion in the audience
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, HBO, NBC, Netflix, Atlanta, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Colin Jost, Darren Criss, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, Henry Winkler, John Oliver, Lorne Michaels, Michael Che, RuPaul Charles, Thandie Newton, Award Shows, Diversity, Emmys, Ratings
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 4:43PM EDT
Watch the trailer for Chef's Table's more diverse Season 5
David Gelb’s docuseries returns on Sept. 28, addressing concerns about diversity by including more women and people of color.
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 11:07PM EDT
NRA depicts Thomas & Friends with KKK hoods to slam diversity
NRATV used the iconic kids' character Thomas the Tank Engine to mock the show's recent partnering with the United Nations to increase diversity on the program. Mattel later denounced the use of its show in association with hate images.
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 1:11PM EDT
BoJack Horseman creator: "The fact that I’m still making this show with mostly white people in every episode fills me with tremendous guilt"
"I say this not to just flagellate myself or to show off what a great guy I am," says Raphael Bob-Waksberg, "but because I want to put this on the record and to hold myself up to this when I go about making other shows. Also so that other white people making shows can see that this has been something that I have wrestled with, (instead of) looking at my show and saying, 'Oh well, he did it and it’s OK, so maybe it’s not that big a deal.' I would (also) like to be very open that my guilt does not solely come from a place of white progressivism. I do think that the show has been hurt by our all-white cast." Bob-Waksberg points to Alison Brie's casting as an Asian-American woman. "For a long time, because we cast a white actress to play Diane, I was afraid of this conversation happening," he says. "And because of that, we really downplayed her race and her cultural heritage. We’ve treated her basically like a white woman because I didn’t want to have a white woman playing an overtly Asian character, because that felt somehow more wrong to me. And now I feel the opposite. We did a complete disservice to the character by making her so white. Obviously what white-coded means is subjective, and there are Asian women who relate to Diane and I don’t want to discount their experiences. But I do think we have avoided stories that could have been more interesting because of my own fear and guilt about the casting."
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 12:52PM EDT
The Witcher showrunner leaves Twitter after diverse casting backlash
Source: The Daily Dot
Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich has been taking a lot of heat for the Netflix fantasy drama's diverse casting. Things got particularly heated over the weekend when a casting call surfaced for a non-white actress to play the key role of Ciri, who is a white blonde woman in The Witcher books and video game series. "It's time for a Twitter hiatus," Hissrich tweeted Monday. "The love here is amazing, and the hate is enlightening, like a real-life Trial of the Grasses, except I HAVE to read less and write more -- or we won't have a damn finale. Be back soon with more insight and more Roach. Be nice to each other, okay?" Hissrich previously faced backlash for having a diverse writers' room.
Posted Sunday 9/09/18 at 12:19PM EDT
Emmys make history with black actors sweeping all guest categories
The Creative Arts Emmy Awards had a historic night on Saturday with black actors winning all guest acting categories in comedy and drama. Tiffany Haddish won the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for hosting Saturday Night Live, while Katt Williams won Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for his appearance on Atlanta. Ron Cephas Jones won Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for This Is Us after being nominated for the second year in a row, while Samira Wiley won Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for The Handmaid's Tale. The sweep seemed all the more likely when a whopping 11 black actors were nominated in the guest acting categories.
- Megan Amram fails to win an Emmy for An Emmy for Megan, vows that Season 2 will be about "revenge"
- Rick and Morty wins its first Emmy, for Outstanding Animated Program
- Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker says "never say never" to a "USS Callister" spinoff TV series after it won the Emmy for Outstanding Made for Television Movie
- Game of Thrones won seven awards at Creative Arts Emmys
- James Corden picked up two Emmys, including one for "Outstanding Actor" for his portrayal of James Corden in James Corden's Next James Corden
- Read the complete list of Creative Arts Emmy winners
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, An Emmy for Megan, Black Mirror, Game of Thrones, James Corden’s Next James Corden, Rick and Morty, James Corden, Katt Williams, Megan Amram, Ron Cephas Jones, Samira Wiley, Tiffany Haddish, African Americans and TV, Diversity, Emmys
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 9:45AM EDT
TV executives are scrambling to hire more minority writers, but they're facing a shortage of Hollywood's own making
Source: The New York Times
"Plenty of minority and female writers are looking for jobs, but may be unknown to or overlooked by showrunners, unrepresented by agencies, or seen as lacking in experience," reports Cara Buckley. “'The pool is wide but not deep' is a common refrain. Even those at the forefront of diversification efforts acknowledge that a shortage exists. Not enough minority women have been groomed for senior writing jobs, a function not only of the industry’s white male focus, but also of rarefied access, discrimination in promotions, and low entry-level pay." About 13.7% of writers are minorities. As Jamila Hunter, the head of comedy at ABC explains of minority writers, "it’s an industry of privileged apprenticeship. Economically, there is not a pipeline for them.”
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 10:18PM EDT
Doctor Who reveals a diverse staff of writers and directors for Jodie Whittaker’s first season
Showrunner Chris Chibnall said his diverse writing and directing staff, which includes a number of minorities and women, will make the series stronger. “Hailing from a range of backgrounds, tastes and styles," he says, "here’s what unites them: they are awesome people as well as brilliant at their job. (It matters!) They love Doctor Who. And they’ve all worked above and beyond the call of duty in an effort to bring audiences something special, later this year.”
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 7:08PM EDT
Bachelor in Paradise had a surprisingly frank conversation about race
"Venmo John" Graham from Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette and Jubilee Sharpe from Ben Higgins' season of The Bachelor discussed being minorities on The Bachelor franchise on last night's episode. Jubilee, who is black, said she "had a really rough time. I think it was just because I was, like, very different from all the other girls." John responded: “I had that same thing too. I’m half Chinese half white, and I came in kind of intimidated, because looking at the guys I’m like, ‘I’m not this archetype of the homecoming king, something doesn’t compute.’”
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 1:57PM EDT
Stephen Colbert: We had to take "extraodinary" steps to get a diverse writers' room
Source: The Cut
The Late Show host was "frustrated" with the challenge of making his writing staff diverse, until he realized the process of finding diverse writers was flawed. As he recounted to The New York Times, “It wasn’t until we said, no please, don’t send us anyone but women. Because we would say, you know it’s very important, we want writers of color, we want women, and you would get 150 packets and there would be eight women. And we’re like, ‘God, that’s so frustrating.’ Until I said no, only women, and then I got 87 women.” He added: "We realized we had to take an extraordinary step to get an extraordinary room. And now it’s half, you know, white guys and half either women or writers of color.”
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 7:53PM EDT
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is being rebooted with a black female lead
Joss Whedon will be on board as executive producer, but Midnight, Texas creator Monica Owusu-Breen will serve as the writer, executive producer and showrunner of the new Buffy, which will build on the mythology of the Sarah Michelle Gellar-led original series. It will be pitched to cable and streaming services this summer. "Like our world, it will be richly diverse, and like the original, some aspects of the series could be seen as metaphors for issues facing us all today," according to producers." According to Deadline, "the diversity in the show’s description reflects the producers’ intention for the new slayer to be African American." Owusu-Breen and Whedon previously worked together on Marvel's Agents of SHIELD. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "talks for a new Buffy began last fall. A decision to move forward was determined after Breen was identified as the right writer for the reboot. A script or director has not yet been determined. Casting for the central role of Buffy has also not yet been determined."