Monday, May 25, 2015

Upfronts 2015: Black and Hispanic and Asian are the New Black on Primetime Network TV

So let’s not bury the lead: As we arrive at the close of upfronts, network TV’s most exciting and chaotic time of year, ABC, the channel that last year made itself the champion of diversity, reigns as king of the primetime roost.

The Alphabet Channel’s bold bet on programs spotlighting multicultural protagonists such as Shonda Rhimes’s “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Black-ish” and yes, “Fresh Off The Boat” (starring, usual disclosure, my son Hudson Yang) paid off with resurgent relevance and stellar ratings — a major turnaround from the past few years, when ABC was trailing its competition in every meaningful metric.

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