NBC Ain’t So Universal Afterall
According to the LA Times, there are no black actors with leading roles in any of the six new series airing this fall on the network. Though Naturi Naughton can be seen as the sassy Brenda in their promotional materials, she may not be a leading character on the show. Admid the criticism, network executives have pumped up Maya Rudolph‘s role in ‘Up All Night’ and recently added Nick Cannon to the cast.
Comcast’s bid to buy a majority stake in NBC was approved by the FCC under conditions that included diversity issues. At the time, the network had it’s revolutionary new series “Undercovers,’ which starred Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in lead roles. The network also had Blair Underwood in ‘The Event.’ Both shows have since been cancelled.