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Showrunners for New TV Season Remain Mostly White and Male

8 June 2016 10:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Despite the success of series like “Black-ish,” “Empire,” and “Fresh Off the Boat,” the broadcast networks’ push for diversity hit a stumbling block with the rollout of the new fall lineup. A Variety investigation into new scripted shows for the 2016-17 season reveals that 90% of showrunners are white, and almost 80% are male.

This is based on information provided by the five broadcast networks, which gave Variety the names of the showrunners of their new scripted programs (a total of 50 across 38 new series). Variety independently confirmed the race and gender of each, via multiple sources. All names and data used for this story is available below. (Showrunner designations were not yet available for four series — two at NBC and two at ABC — and information on those programs was not included in the statistical analysis of the new season.)

Showrunners not only determine the creative direction of their programs; they also oversee the hiring, »

- Maureen Ryan

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Emerald City: NBC Releases First Look Photos for New Oz Series

11 May 2016 4:11 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_48798" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Rico Torres/NBC[/caption]

Go somewhere over the rainbow, and check out these new photos from the Emerald City TV show coming to NBC. The Peacock Network's journey to Oz features Adria Arjona as a 20 year-old Dorothy Gale. Vincent D’Onofrio is the Wizard. Florence Kasumba plays the Wicked Witch of the East. Oliver Jackson-Cohen is Lucus, the Scarecrow.

The Emerald City TV series is a production of Universal TelevisionDavid Schulner, Shaun Cassidy, and Matt Arnold serve as executive producers.



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