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CBS Takes a Beating on Diversity

Aug 11, 2016  •  Post A Comment

CBS has been defending its record on diversity, with CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller getting grilled on the subject Wednesday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour. But according to veteran TV critic Tim Goodman, writing for The Hollywood Reporter, the network is unlikely to make significant changes anytime soon.

“CBS couldn’t have been too surprised at the dumpster fire that ignited during its TCA executive session over the fact that it is a very white, male network,” Goodman writes. “That’s pretty much its brand.”

Goodman suggests that the network was less prepared to defend its position than might have been expected. “A decade of whiteness (and regularly being quizzed about it) should make CBS ready for just about anything,” he writes, adding: “Hilariously parachuting in a bunch of photos of minority stars it would be adding (in supporting roles) in the coming season suggested it knew which questions were coming.”

But Goodman says the fact that Geller “could only really muster up ‘We need to do better’ was less hilarious, and his trying to spin his way out of this mess as the stage caught fire was even less impressive than the network’s underwhelming fall offerings, which have generated zero buzz here among critics.”

We encourage readers to click here to go to THR to read Goodman’s full analysis.

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