We at TVWriter™ love us a good pioneer tale, and this article delivers five of ’em. Read on and see what we mean:
by K. Nicole Mills
Over the past two years, we have witnessed history in television. This has been the most diverse time period in the history of the small screen. The amount of diverse content available to audiences has drastically increased, and people of color currently headline numerous shows on every major network and digital platform. We have made great strides considering the fact that when ‘Scandal’ premiered in 2012, it was the first network drama with a black woman as it’s lead in almost four decades. Many attribute the shift of developing more diverse characters to the “Shonda Effect,” a term inspired by Shonda Rhimes who has continuously hired people of color in lead roles on all of her shows. She simply creates television shows that mirror the reality of the world that we live in.
“I’m normalizing TV. I am making TV look like the world looks. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people equal way more than 50 percent of the population. Which means it ain’t out of the ordinary.” – Shonda Rhimes