Fall TV 2014 Trend: Minority Actors as Lead Stars

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
Fall TV 2014 Trend: Minority Actors as Lead Stars
Viola Davis at the film premiere of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows in Alice Tully Center, New York City in November 2010.

Fall TV 2014 will feature something that has not happened on television before, where less than a dozen primetime shows will feature leads played by minority actors. In the past, premiere television programs that featured very few minority actors, such as African Americans, Latinos, Indians or those of different race other than Caucasian, were criticized for its lack of diversity. But times are changing, and the small screen has also adapted to these changes. Who are these actors and what fall TV show do they belong to? Read on to know more.

Leading the pack is Viola Davis, who will headline the Shonda Rhimes drama series, “How to Get Away with Murder,” which will air on ABC. Davis, who was recognized by various award-giving bodies for her role in movie “The Help” in 2011, is playing the role of a relentless law professor at a university in Philadelphia.

Octavia Spencer, Davis’ co-star in “The Help,” has also landed a significant role in “Red Band Society,” which comes from FOX. She will play the head nurse at the prestigious youth hospital that is featured in the show.

Taraji P. Henson, who was part of the supporting cast on “Person of Interest” for two and half seasons on CBS, will be playing the lead on “Empire,” a drama series that puts focus on the music industry. Henson will be sharing top-billing with another black actor, Terrence Howard. “Empire” is set to debut midseason on FOX.

Jane the Virgin” has the young Latina-American actress, Gina Rodriquez, leading the cast. The show, which is actually the first time The CW will try and have a non-Caucasian leading its series, will premiere this October. Rodriguez had her promising start on TV in “The Bold and Beautiful.”

The political drama, “State of Affairs,” from NBC has given Alfre Woodward a most influential role. She’s playing the American president in the series.

ABC will also have diversified series like “Black-ish,” featuring an African-American famil;, “Cristela,” featuring a Mexican-American family; and “Fresh off the Boat,” featuring an Asian-American family. The latter will debut during midseason.

And there you have it for the Fall TV 2014, which will offer a good balance of lead stars who are from the minority. It’s going to be an interesting season indeed!

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Rachel will watch any TV show once to see if it's worth following. She watches 55 to 60 American, British and Canadian TV shows on any regular week. Glued to TV, she has not seen the world outside in a while. :P