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New black TV shows serve up all the drama

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Gone are the black scripted shows of the 90s that dominated major networks during primetime. During the early 2000s, due to network changes, cast differences and a need for “diversity” in programming, most of our favorites fell off the schedule. Recent shows like TV One’s Love that Girl and BET’s The Game struggle to reach the audience needed to keep them on the air. Most of the black people we see now on TV serve as the one black cast member in an otherwise all white cast. Is the “black TV show” dead? No. While we can admit the need for black TV is apparent, the upcoming fall TV season brings two shows with black leads, one of which has an all black cast. Will you be tuned in?

 

ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes has done it again! The show, lead by veteran actress Viola Davis, is set in a law school and stars Davis as the “brilliant, charismatic and seductive” professor of a criminal law class she dubs “How to Get Away with Murder.”

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