TV pilot season puts diversity on its radar

March 24, 2015 9:32 PM

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More diverse casting. Fewer dark crime shows. Comedies that focus on families rather than romantic couplings. And familiar TV faces, from Rob Lowe to Craig Ferguson, may be back, along with new projects from Jennifer Lopez and Eva Longoria.

Those are the highlights of the spring rite of passage known as pilot season, when broadcast networks cast, produce and screen dozens of pilots for potential series. This year it's taken on a more urgent feel. NBC and Fox are down sharply, and intense competition from cable and streaming services, o...

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