SCENE & HEARD// NBC Universal Criticized for Not Being Diverse EnoughPublished by Larry Ossei-Mensah on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 1:05 pm.
Executives at NBC Universal have come under fire for not holding up their end of the bargain when it comes to diversifying the programming on their network. As part of a deal to complete their merger with Comcast earlier this year, NBC Universal committed to highlighting more people of color in prominent roles in their network. But things haven’t changed much.
Judging by their fall 2011 lineup—Free Agents, Grimm, Prime Suspects, The Playboy Club—none of them feature a minority in a major role. Long gone are the days when NBC’s programming reflected a different perspective. The Flip Wilson Show, Sanford & Son, Diff’rent Strokes, 227, Amen, The Cosby Show, and A Different World—remember the time?
What do you think it will take to have more diversity on NBC and network television in general?