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  •  Not familiar with TWD and can't speak to it.... (0+ / 0-)

    Instead, I'll lament the demise of "Last Resort," which features a black hero skipper and a splendid black villain.

    As always happens, series that show the slightest deviation from jiggle/smut ("Two Broke Girls") or "Dancing with the Fill In the Blank," or reality, get sent to the trash heap without so much as a "by your leave."

    I have noticed, however certain things that dosturb me. For example: "The Unit" included a black character, Hector, who rarely had any lines or action and was eventually killed off. For a while, everyone on "Flashpoint" was white. OK, no idea whether the fellow playing Hector was doing something else and perhaps even asked to be written off the show. But every time the replacement character is a blonde (and don't call her an "actress"), I cringe.

    •  That's a bit of a hyperbole (1+ / 0-)
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      As always happens, series that show the slightest deviation from jiggle/smut ("Two Broke Girls") or "Dancing with the Fill In the Blank," or reality, get sent to the trash heap without so much as a "by your leave."
      Is Modern Family a deviation from the formula you mention?  What about The New Normal?  Scandal (a black female protagonist)?  Revolution (which features a black antagonist)?

      I'm a fan of Andre Braugher and think he should get more work, but shows need to be good or have a premise that audiences embrace.  The show might have been good, but I think the premise of a rogue submarine crew that launches a nuclear missile at DC, might have been too much for audiences to accept.

      •  I don't watch those. Just talking about the shows (0+ / 0-)

        I liked, e.g. "Better Off Ted" (a show that made me laugh out loud, which is a rare feat), "The Middleman," "Lone Star," etc. Heck, the NBC geniuses cancelled "JAG" after one season, and it went on for another 9 on CBS. Now if only they'd can the execrable "NCIS: L.A.," a show rich in characters I just want to smack.

        FWIW, I think the Scott Speedman character is the soul of the show. Braugher plays the same character he always plays, although a bit more vulnerable than Pembleton.

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