5 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Once upon a time, most women on television all looked like Donna Reed. Today, it’s a great time to be a woman of color working in television.

Last season, three women of color — “Scandal’s” Kerry Washington, “Modern Family’s” Sofia Vergara and “Steel Magnolias’” Alfre Woodward — were nominated for Emmys — lead actress in a drama, supporting actress in a comedy and supporting actress in a movie or miniseries, respectively. And this season, the broadcast networks rolled out show after show featuring African- and Asian-Americans and Latinos in lead roles. Half of ABC’s 12 new shows star actors of color.

“Pilot season hasn’t been this diverse in a long time, specifically as we are talking about women,” says Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, CBS’ vice president of diversity and communications.

That said, there’s still plenty of work to be done.

In 2013, out of six categories featuring actresses — lead and supporting in drama, »


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