This is why we can’t have nice things. And by nice things, we mean diversity.
In a bright shining example of Hollywood whitewashing, CBS has reportedly cast two white actors in lead roles written specifically for minorities.
Mission Control is a hot new science fiction pilot by the author of The Martian, and just like in that novel Andy Weir populated his team of scientists with a diverse group of people reflecting the world at large.
Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen at CBS.
The character of African American NASA commander Malik Stevenson will be played by Grimm star David Giuntoli (Presumably as Mark Stevenson? Just a guess…).
Meanwhile the role of bilingual Latina Julie Towne will be played by Aussie actress Poppy Montgomery, a CBS vet who starred on several seasons of Without A Trace. Her character will reportedly no longer speak Spanish after rewrites.
This is a continuing problem for CBS; last fall, after being asked about the fact that almost all of the network’s new pilots’ leads and ALL of the showrunners were white, Entertainment President Glenn Geller told the press:
“We are definitely less diverse this year than last year and we need to do better. We need to do better and we know it.”
Guess they forgot?
There will reportedly be minority actors in supporting roles for the Mission Control pilot. So there’s that.
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