Unlike the film industry, television prides itself in creating diverse and compelling storytelling these days.
But some networks are being called out for not stepping up to the diversity plate — specifically CBS, whose new ordered shows for the fall are exclusively starring white male actors.
The network's new fall schedule will include Bull starring Michael Weatherly; Kevin Can Wait starring Kevin James; The Great Indoors starring Joel McHale; Man With a Plan starring Matt LeBlanc; Pure Genius starring Augustus Prew and Dermot Mulroney; and MacGyver starring Lucas Till and George Eads.
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Despite getting heat for an obviously macho lineup, the network's new entertainment head Glenn Geller defended the network's fall schedule during CBS's upfronts on Wednesday, telling reporters:
"Our new series are more diverse this year than last year."
We're not sure if that makes the most compelling defense — was it really that bad last year??
Geller noted another series being held for midseason Doubt not only features a female lead (Katherine Heigl) but also trans actress Laverne Cox, adding:
"Doubt, I'm happy to say, is the first broadcast series to feature a transgender series regular. I think that's phenomenal."
We definitely agree with that sentiment!
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The network will also be holding freshman series Training Day for midseason — a series based on the 2001 thriller — starring Justin Cornwell, opposite Bill Paxton.
Pointing to more of the network's female led series currently on air, Geller continued:
"We are the network that has Madam Secretary and Two Broke Girls and Mom. We have lots of female leads, we have a great balance. We're moving in the right direction."
Do YOU think CBS has a great diversity balance, or does their minority representation need some love?
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