The presidential election victory by Donald Trump has had a ripple effect among television programmers and studios, who have been busy adapting to the new reality, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Over at ABC, entertainment chief Channing Dungey acknowledges that the rise of Trump and his blue-collar support forced her to question whether her programming was too focused on upper-income brackets,” THR reports. “Similar check-ins have taken place across the TV industry as executives try to better understand and appeal to a demographic to which many hadn’t paid enough attention.”
“Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, who already had a project in the works about politically opposite pundits who fall in love, said he has begun seeking out right-wing voices for the writers room. Barris is quoted in the report saying: “There was no way I wanted to do something that was going to further the divide in this country.”
ABC Studios chief Patrick Moran is quoted in the piece saying: “In years past, it would be very easy to let one side feel like the cartoon and have the show assume that the audience is siding with the other.”
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