SNL’s newest cast member! Sasheer Zamata! Details here: http://www.deadline.com/2014/01/saturday-night-live-adds-sasheer-zamata-black-cast-member/
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“We’ve created a place where a black woman can be at the front of the show, but a lot of our success is in how strong of an ensemble it is, and so many people can see themselves in it. We have a lead male who’s Latin. We have two black men. There’s a strong gay character. I look forward to the day when a show like Scandal is a success and it’s not newsworthy. We’re not there yet, but we’ll get there.”
Will you be watching Amy’s new show? Hope so!
“Rhimes, at 43, is often described as the most powerful African-American female show runner in television — which is too many adjectives. She is one of the most powerful show runners in the business, full stop.”
“It’s changed in Hollywood, but only so much. You can’t get Asians cast in leads yet. Maybe as a second lead, but the lead is still going to be Caucasian or African-American. But Hollywood is fickle, it follows trends. If a show or a film did well with an Asian lead, then it would take off.”
“at the current rate of growth it would take women 42 years to catch up with men in terms of TV writing staff jobs”
NY Times: 'Scandal' on ABC Is Breaking Barriers
DirecTV’s upcoming first original series, Rogue, stars Thandie Newton as an undercover detective. Great to see a woman of color featured in that lead role!
You may know Newton best as Dr. Carter’s love interest on ER, or as the woman targeted by a racist cop in the film Crash. Interesting fact: Newton once gave a TED talk on otherness. Among her comments, she shared this — “From about the age of 5, I was aware that I didn’t fit. I was the black, atheist kid in the all-white, Catholic school run by nuns. I was an anomaly.”
It is a good moment for woman of color on TV. Kerry Washington is killing it as the focus of ABC’s Scandal, and Meagan Good stars in NBC’s new Deception. Creators of Deception have stated that there was no specific intent to cast an African-American, Good simply read the part the best. Here’s hoping this kind of diversity in casting leads continues to increase…
“Nobody would make it. We went to everybody in town. We needed $5 million. Nobody would do it… They said it was too gay. Everybody. This was after ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ by the way. Which is not as funny as this movie. I was stunned. It made no sense to any of us.”
YES: Mila Kunis to exec produce new CW drama about the women’s lib movement! (Set in the 70s, but timely as ever!)
Honey Boo Boo on gay people
The Mindy Project's first episode is streaming for free on Hulu! Check out Mindy Kaling's new show now before it airs on FOX. I really enjoyed the pilot and will definitely be watching when it starts this fall…