The television addicts among you may have read the breakdowns of the upcoming network television shows/schedules that the generous and talented Smithwellette has been posting:
One thing that jumped out at me (beyond my general assessment that there's a lot of crap out there I have no interest in watching along with a few promising shows) was the fact that ABC in particular actually had a bit of diversity in their new lineup in terms of both actors and writers.
NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans noted the same thing today on All Things Considered where he "talks with host Audie Cornish about some of the new shows and the trends that they reveal" in a segment called Reading The Tea Leaves Of The Upcoming TV Season.
The discussion on diversity starts at about the 2:15 mark. [The transcript isn't up yet but I may update with quotes when it is - depending on how work is tomorrow morning.]
Now lets hope the new shows are entertaining and get an audience. Based on the talent associated with some of them, I think there's a decent chance of quality. As for audience, it's a tougher call as even the best shows can fail if given a terrible time slot.
FUN FACT: ABC's Thursday lineup of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and the new show How to Get Away With Murder (starring Viola Davis) will make Shonda Rhimes the first person to control an entire night of a networks prime time television since Aaron Spelling back in the 80s. (Thanks to PaulToes for sharing bit of trivia earlier today)