CBS has often been criticized for its lack of diversity in casting and staffing. But now the no. one network is making an all-out commitment to inclusive programming. Ava DuVernay, along with Greg Berlanti, is producing the new series The Red Line about anaccidental shooting death of a black doctor by a white cop (is it ever really an accident?), and several of its other new fall shows are headlined by actors of color. Now that is impressive.
CBS made inroads last year when it introduced Star Trek Discovery to CBS access, with gorgeous lead Sonequa Martin-Green. Also joining CBS access this year is The Twilight Zone reboot, executively produced by Oscar winner Jordan Peele.
Speaking of reboots… Murphy Brown is back on CBS. The news titan of the nineties is back to report on the major change in America… an untimely 45. Murphy and team are going to take on the establishment – we can’t wait for the rebuttal tweets. The series hasn’t shot a pilot yet so its first show of the season will accurately showcase who’s the latest to be fired from Trump land – maybe even Trump himself!
Here are the shows you need to check out this upcoming season:
God Friended Me (Sunday) Hello Brandon Micheal Hall – he plays an atheist, who doesn’t believe in God but has to have second thoughts when God friends him online. Suddenly he is intervening on lives of people he doesn’t know – only to learn that small gestures can make an even bigger impact on another life. Mind blown. It’s like a black version of Kevin Probably Saves the World. We’d have no problem if these two Hollywood sincerely Nice guys teamed up to make our world a better place.
The Neighborhood (Monday) Cedric the Entertainer loves his unapologetically black middle-class LA-neighborhood, so he’s thrown for a major loop when a white family from the midwest moves in next door. It leads to some frank discussions that America (unfortunately) needs to be having in 2018. Grab your clueless white gal pal and watch with her – she’s gonna need some jokes spelled out
Happy Together (Monday) No one plays a lovable dork better than Damon Wayans Jr. Now he’s back on TV as a married accountant who happens to have a pop star as a client. And then said pop star shows up on his door, looking for a home to hide in to escape the paparazzi. A little rock star life may add a much-needed soundtrack to his ordinary coupling.
Magnum P.I. (Monday) Jay Hernandez takes over the pivotal role once played by Tom Selleck. Cases, cars, cocktails on a Hawaii beach. All we can say is CALIENTE!