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STILL PLAYING LIMITED ROLES SHOWS FEATURE MORE NON-WHITES, BUT FEW AS LEADING CHARACTERS
[THIRD Edition]
Boston Globe - Boston, Mass.
Subjects: Minority & ethnic groups; African Americans; Prime time; Multiculturalism & pluralism; Television programming
Author: Ryan, Suzanne C
Date: Oct 31, 2002
Start Page: D.1
Section: Living
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For actors of color like [Andre Braugher], that's the paradox of the new fall season on prime time commercial television. There are substantially more African-American, Latino, and Asian-American faces on screen than just three years ago, when the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People denounced the industry for the lack of cultural diversity in prime time casts. Indeed, on the big four broadcast networks, as well as UPN and the WB, there are actors of color in 26 of the 33 new shows debuting this season.

"How unrealistic can you get?" said Alex Nogales, president of the National Hispanic Media Coalition in Los Angeles. (CBS said it plans to feature Latino actors in guest roles to accurately reflect Miami's population, and network executives pointed out that the cast includes Khandi Alexander, who is African-American.)

ABC points out that its prime time lineup includes starring roles for comedians [George Lopez] and Damon Wayans of "My Wife and Kids." CBS said three of the five reg ulars on "Robbery Homicide Division" are actors of color. Fox gave Cedric the Entertainer his own show and Craig Jackson, also African-American, hosts the reality show "30 Seconds to Fame."

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