Diversity in television moved off the back burner recently with criticisms being fired at a number of showrunners over the whiteness of their casts. In particular, Lena Dunham of HBO’s “Girls” and Amy Sherman-Palladino of ABC Family’s “Bunheads” have come under fire, with “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Shonda Rhimes among the most vocal critics.
The discussion has not always been free of rancor. Sherman-Palladino referred to what she called a “pissing match” with Rhimes. “Girls,” meanwhile, appears poised to add a black cast member.
But for at least one show, diversity appears be viewed as an opportunity, not a problem. TVWeek Open Mic blogger Hillary Atkin breaks down how this cable reality show is embracing not just ethnic differences but other traditional barriers as well. Read her insightful analysis here.