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Will Obama Election Change Face of TV Leads?

Dec 1, 2008  •  Post A Comment

With an African-American about to move into the White House, television networks may be looking to cast more black actors as the lead character in series, the New York Times reports. Laurence Fishburne is taking over the top spot on  “CSI,” and figures including LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Romany  Malco, Garbrielle Union are the lead characters in shows in development. “People are not living in single-race silos anymore,” says Paula Madison, head of diversity for NBC Universal. “We said, ‘Let’s try to develop a world that looks like the world we’re living in.'” NBC is developing a sitcom called “Making Friends With Black People.”
—Jon Lafayette

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