Nellie Andreeva on the uptick in ethnic casting for Deadline

March 25, 2015 6:22 PM

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Nellie Andreeva on the uptick in ethnic casting for Deadline

Late last year, I, like most reasonable people with even a passing interest in race, gender, television (or all of the above) read Alessandra Stanley’s New York Times piece about Shonda Rhimes with a combined mix of fascination, shock, horror, and disgust. In that infamously tone-deaf piece about the successful showrunner behind Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder, Stanley referred to Rhimes as an “angry black woman” and equated Viola Davis’ age and dark complexion as being “less classically beautiful” than that of the younger, lighter-skinned Kerry Washington.

Now, I’ve read Nellie Andreeva’s Deadline article on the uptick in “ethnic casting” in television, and my main reaction is a sense of déjà vu. The headline—“Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings—About Time or Too Much of Good Thing?”—is enough to make your eyes roll very far into the back of your...

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