Sunday, May 17, 2015

Jimmy Kimmel plays low and dirty (Ava and C.I.)

At last week's ABC upfront, Jimmy Kimmel attempted to be funny.  He claimed of ABC, "We are so diverse that when CBS drives by us, they lock their doors."



Fall 2014 through spring 2015 saw Maggie Q and Lucy Liu co-star in hour long dramas (Stalker and Elementary) and the main cast of of Elementary also includes Jon Michael Hill while the now cancelled Stalker also had Victor Rasuk in their main cast..

Grace Park, Daniel Dae Kim, Masi Oka, Chi McBride and Jore Garcia all are members of the main cast on Hawaii Five-O -- putting them miles ahead of the token African-American on Scandal (Kerry Washington), for example.  Jadyn Wong is one of the leads on Scorpion. L.L. Cool J co-stars in NICS: Los Angeles. Also in the cast of that show is Adam Jamal Craig and Miguel Ferrer.

CBS latest sitcom, The Odd Couple, includes Yvette Nicole Brown in its cast.  Garrett Morris is in the cast of 2 Broke Girls as is Matthew Moy. The cast of Mike and Molly includes Reno Wilson, Nyambi Nyambi and Cleo King.  The Millers had J.B. Smoove as a series regular.

The cast of Madam Secretary includes Patina Renea Miller, The cast of The Good Wife includes Makenzie Vega and Archie Panjabi (whose last appearance was in the season finale). The main cast of Battle Creek included Kal Penn.  Person of Interest's main female star is Sarah Shahi. NCIS: New Orleans has five people in its main cast, one of which is the legendary CCH Pounder. Rocky Carroll is one of the stars of NCIS.  One of the stars of Criminal Minds is Shemar Moore.  CSI: Cyber's main cast includes Hayley Kiyoko and Shad Moss (better known to music fans as the rapper Bow Wow).

We've ignored reality and news programming.

We've even ignored the summer season which, by the way, in summer 2014 included Halle Berry starring in Extant and will include Extant in this summer's schedule as well.

Jimmy Kimmel wanted to be funny.

One can dream.

But it's never funny to falsely accuse someone of racism.

And, for the record, ABC's tokenism isn't something that's easy to overlook.

They may now have Blackish on Wednesday nights but that doesn't excuse the lack of people of color in the main casts of The Middle or The Goldbergs.

And, let's be honest, the weak-ass attempts to add African-American characters to Modern Family have been as stilted as they were still born.

We could go on and on.

But how about you stop accusing others of racism to get cheap laughs?

Especially when your own network isn't doing that well at anything other than allowing Shonda Rhimes to fire one African-American actor after another.

And, Jimmy Kimmel, maybe  you can grasp how White your own network is when even People magazine is noting that after 19 seasons of the ABC staple The Bacherlor, they still won't make an African-American male the lead in that 'reality' show?

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