Tuesday, May 19, 2015

You Will See Even Less Women of Color on your TV Next Season.

It's that time of year again. All our favorite TV shows are having their season finales. Mad Men is over and we have months to wait until Walking Dead starts again. This is also the time of year where TV networks renew or cancel shows. I was so sad and kind of shocked to hear that 2 of my favorite shows were canceled.

ABC's Cristela and Fox's The Mindy Project will not be back on television this fall. I loved both of these shows. They were filled with quick wit humor. More importantly they were women-centered in front-of and behind the camera. Even better, they starred women of color.

Cristela was the story of a young Mexican-American woman working an internship at a law firm and working toward passing the bar exam. She lived with her sister, brother-in-law, niece, nephew and mother. The show was was filled with cultural punch lines and the set was filled with Jesus mugs and San Marcos blankets. The show reminded me a lot of the George Lopez show, but sadly network executives did not think the show deserved a second season.

The Mindy Project followed Mindy and her fellow ob/gyns in New York. Not as heavy on the cultural references this was a quick witted and funny show. Mindy was an equal partner to the men at her practice and even though we watched her experience her share of heart breaks, Mindy always stayed true to herself. The smart, independent and a bit arrogant self. After 3 seasons Fox has decided to drop The Mindy Project. Luck for us, Hulu has picked up the show and already ordered 26 episodes.

I was so excited to have a Latina lawyer and a Indian woman doctor on television. And can we talk about how both are beautiful stylish women who are not a size 2? We can only hope that the new shows for next season look just as diverse and have powerful, cultural women leads. 

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