Posts Tagged ‘TV’

2 Broke Girls: ‘so racist it’s baffling’

Thursday, May 10th, 2012


(Guardian) While the debate about the all-white casting on HBO's Girls has been garnering attention on the blogosphere, it's surprising there hasn't been a similar dialogue concerning the portrayal of Asian-Americans in US sitcoms.

E4's latest aquisition, 2 Broke Girls, is the most problematic. Created bySex and the City's Michael Patrick King, it's the story of two white waitresses (Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs) who work in a Brooklyn restaurant whose boss is Asian-American Han Lee ( Matthew Moy). Short, asexual and work-obsessed, Lee is ridiculed for his broken English and failing to "get" US culture. In one episode Dennings' character says, after a run-in with Lee: "You can't tell an Asian he made a mistake. He'll go in back and throw himself on a sword."

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Why didn’t The Cosby Show herald a new age of black sitcoms?

Monday, May 7th, 2012


(The Guardian) Twenty years ago this week, the final episode of The Cosby Show aired. At its mid-80s peak, the sitcom spent four years as the most-watched programme in the US. But the lack of a televisual legacy for the show about the residents of 10 Stigwood Avenue, Brooklyn Heights, prompts the question: why didn't it pave the way for a new wave of African American sitcoms?

When it began in the autumn of 1984, The Cosby Show broke multiple TV moulds. The Huxtables were an African American family whose race and upper-middle-class socio-economic position weren't factors in thecomedy or the drama, but just facts of the narrative. Cliff was a gynaecologist, Clair was a high-powered lawyer and their eldest child, Sondra, was at Princeton – but the thrust of the show didn't hinge on these elements; it was about the normality of their day-to-day lives.

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HBO’s Girls: Black and White in the Media

Saturday, April 21st, 2012


(Citizen of the Month) There are quite a few articles today about a controversy revolving around the new Lena Dunham- created HBO show, Girls, and the lack of diversity in the cast, particular with African-American characters.  One of the reasons for the outcry over this show rather than the countless other all-white shows is that critics have been wetting their pants over the show, calling it the VOICE of the twenty-something generation of women.

Whenever something is crowned “the voice of a generation,” those who don’t fit into the demographic always feel left out.  We should retire that expression.

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Kids Choice Awards 2012: Meet The 22 Coolest Latino Kids In Hollywood

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

(Huffington Post) Selena Gomez, Victoria Justice and "Big Time Rush" singer Carlos Pena are just a few of the young Latino stars getting slimed at tonight's annual Kids Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

And since there are more Latino stars this year than ever before, we decided to take a look at the 25 Coolest Latinos in Young Hollywood. These talented youngsters have their own shows, movies, albums, clothing lines – you name it! Some of them are gay rights activists and some make a difference by volunteering to help The American Cancer Society, or by visiting Guatemala with the "Girl Up" Foundation." In short, they're all the total package: beauty, brains, intelligence, and public service.

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George Takei finds new success in activism, social media

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

(McClatchy) Once only a lieutenant on the fabled Starship Enterprise, George Takei has become a captain in pop culture and the most visible alum of that 1960s sci-fi television show, “Star Trek.”

Takei will appear at 5 p.m. Saturday at Emerald City Comicon. Some of Takei’s young fans have never seen an episode of “Star Trek” or the six subsequent motion pictures based on it. But they’ve gotten to know the 74-year-old Takei as he continues to act, works as an activist and, until recently, was a contestant on Donald Trump’s “The Celebrity Apprentice,” and has become a titan of social media.

Takei has 1.3 million followers on Facebook where he posts humorous captioned photos and the occasional shoutout to his two favorite issues: the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) equality.

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Black First Family Sitcom Coming Soon

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

(The Root) Don't get enough of the Obama family from their annual family photos and occasional inside-the-White House interviews? The next-best thing might be The First Family from Byron Allen's Entertainment Studio. The sitcom, about an African-American family living in the White House, is set to air on NBC this fall.

From the Times Leader:


Entertainment Studios, Inc., ( the largest independent producer and distributor of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations, and owner of seven 24-hour HD television networks, announced that is has ordered 104 episodes of the new show.

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Queen Latifah to star in Lifetime’s all-African-American ‘Steel Magnolias’

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

(Entertainment Weekly) Queen Latifah is joining the star-studded cast for Lifetime’s all-African-American Steel Magnolias reboot as M’Lynn, the character played by Sally Field in the 1989 feature film of the same name. Condola Rashad will play her diabetes-stricken daughter, Shelby (played by Julia Roberts), and Rashad’s mother Phylicia will reinterpret the role of Clairee (portrayed by Olympia Dukakis). Alfre Woodard will tackle the irascible Ouiser, who was unforgettably played by Shirley MacLaine, Jill Scott looks to fill Dolly Parton’s shoes as understanding hairdresser Truvy, and Pariah breakout Adepero Oduye will play insecure newcomer Annelle, made famous by Daryl Hannah.

“The caliber of talent associated with this film is astounding,” said Nancy Dubuc, President and General Manager of Lifetime Networks. “Queen Latifah, Phylicia, Alfre, Jill, Adepero, and Condola are some of the most celebrated women in music, film, television and stage — and we could not be more thrilled and honored for them to bring Robert Harling’s poignant story about the strength of women to a whole new generation.”

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Hispanic soap operas thrive in Miami’s climate

Monday, March 12th, 2012

(The Guardian) Blanca Soto moved to Los Angeles from Mexico to make a better life. After a decade of struggling there, she relocated to Miami where she works 10-hour days, six days a week. Her job? Being a star.

Hollywood may be losing movie sets to cheaper locations overseas, and New York soap opera mainstays like All My Children and One Life To Live are gone, but Miami is enjoying a boom in the production of telenovelas, daily soap operas that are wildly popular among Spanish-speaking audiences.

Five telenovelas are being shot in Miami, up from only one or two a few years ago. Last year producers spent $40m in the area, up from $11.5m in 2009, according to the Miami-Dade County Office of Film & Entertainment.

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George Lopez To Star In And Produce Comedy Series For Debmar-Mercury

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

( George Lopez is returning to the family sitcom genre. I’ve learned that Lopez, star, co-creator and executive producer of multi-camera sitcom George Lopez, which ran on ABC for six seasons and 120 episodes, has closed a deal in principal with Lionsgate TV subsidiary Debmar-Mercury to co-create and star in a new multi-camera comedy about a Latino family. Lopez will executive produce the series with his manager, 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg.

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Melissa Harris-Perry show at MSNBC breaks more than gender, race barrier

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

(Christian Science Monitor) While watching Melissa Harris-Perry debut her own show on MSNBC last weekend, I found myself reacting with a sort of battered awe: A woman of color, hosting a serious show on a serious cable-news channel? Another glass ceiling, shattered.

Ms. Harris-Perry is the first African American woman to ever solo-host a news and politics show on a major television outlet. But here’s another eureka coup: She’s a tenured professor of political science at Tulane University in New Orleans.

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