BET’s family comedy ‘Reed Between the Lines’ is one of the few TV shows featuring families of color.
“I’ve seen this movie before. How is it that there are people of color who are CEOs of companies, that are presidents of universities, but there is no reflection of that on the networks? It is arrogance and it is narcissism. Even the commercials have more black people than the programs.”
— Bill Cosby - After ‘Cosby,’ less sitcom diversity - LA Times
In an age where more television than ever exists, this is a sad footnote. Look at the sitcoms with mostly-black casts from the early 1990s, and you’ll see a lot of innovation missing from the sitcom landscape now. An example: “Roc,” a Fox show from the era that was never a big ratings winner (but a critical success), once produced a full season LIVE. You’d never see a network taking a risk like that now (and risks like that were rare even then), and that’s a shame. Why is it that “Arrested Development” or “Modern Family” or “How I Met Your Mother” can do such interesting things with the sitcom form, but there isn’t any equivalent that does the same kind of thing with a diverse cast? The last live-action comedy show we can think of that fit this bill is “Chapelle’s Show,” and that ended like five years ago.
(Source: Los Angeles Times)