TV Development Season 2015 Encourages More Diversity
A story from The Hollywood Reporter (THR) has stated that a trend among pilot shows in development for the upcoming 2015-2016 season is emerging. Networks are apparently scrambling to bring a more diversified cast or show to the small screen. Find out more about this story in the details below.
It seems television next season will be featuring more race and color. According to THR, networks are apparently determined on building shows that either feature a cast, character or story that highlights the minority.
For instance, the TV adaptation of the ’80s film “Uncle Buck” on ABC, which originally features an all-white cast, has been changed into an all-black family. It’s the same for the development of “Love Is a Four Letter Word” on NBC, which has primarily hired black actors. Meanwhile, networks are also working out deals with minority power players like Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Will Packer and Jerrod Carmichael, who are producing new TV shows.
The trend, according to the analysis by THR, has been quite noticeable this development season, but it has been going on in Hollywood for at least a few years now. The reason? It’s what viewers are looking for and it’s apparently also great for business.
“It’s a wake-up call that there’s a gigantic audience that doesn’t want to see themselves reflected in token casting. They want authenticity,” said Jennifer Salke, the Entertainment president of NBC, in the report.
THR also presented some numbers in its analysis saying that diversity has become such a priority for networks even if their audience or reach is mostly made up of white viewers. The numbers also reveal that a show with a minority in the cast — such as “Empire,” “Black-ish” and “How to Get Away With Murder” — are hitting the ratings well. “Empire,” in fact, has been consistently increasing its reach week after week, as reported on Variety. All these shows mentioned, by the way, are on its first season run.
Every year, TV development season usually starts by January, while networks confirm which shows are pushing forward during the upfronts presentation to advertisers in May.
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