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‘Jane The Virgin’ Part of Renewed Push for TV Diversity

8 October 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

The accidental artificial insemination of a young woman saving herself for marriage and an aspiring lawyer on the brink of her big break are two new series debuting this fall that have one thing in common: They both feature predominantly Latino casts. The CW’s “Jane The Virgin” and ABC’s “Cristela” are two series that highlight a growing number of opportunities for Latino performers onscreen and onstage. In addition to hosting the casting directors for both series, Los Angeles is also playing host to a growing number of Latino theater companies and workshops designed for Spanish-speaking actors. Alyson Silverberg and Jonathan Clay Harris, who cast “Jane,” said that casting directors and TV executives are increasingly cognizant of the need to diversify the talent they showcase. “If you look at the landscape of what’s on TV now, it’s clear there’s a bigger push for diversity,” Harris told Backstage. »

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