[Shift: Television] After 30 years, a Black Woman Leads a Prime-time TV Show

“Female writers and producers are no longer a rarity in television—think Chelsea Handler, Whitney Cummings, and The Good Wife co-creator Michelle King—but it’s hard to not notice that most of these shows are written by and for and feature white women. All that changes with Scandal on the spring lineup. When the hourlong drama—the brainchild of Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes and starring Kerry Washington—debuts in April, it will be the first time in 30 years that a single African-American woman leads a primetime show on network TV. (The last time was Teresa Graves’s turn as an undercover detective in the 1974 made-for-TV flick Get Christie Love!)”

Read more at The Daily Beast

[Shift: Television] When 3 Women is 3 Women Too Many

The co-creator of “Two and a Half Men” has something to say about women on television.

And it ain’t nice.

Lee Aronsohn recently blasted female-centric comedies, lamenting that all they do is talk about mentruation. “Enough, ladies,” he said, “I get it: You have periods.”

He added: “We’re approaching peak vagina on television, the point of labia saturation.” Nice.

Yeah. Because men on TV never talk about their penises. Ever.

Later, Aronsohn claimed “it was a joke” but his twitter feed tells a different story. He tweeted, “Women, please look up ‘irony.’” 

Mr. Aronsohn, please look up “misogyny”.

[Source: EW]

[Shift: Television] Will There Finally Be a Black ‘Bachelor’?

A gentleman named Lamar Hurd hopes to be the first African American “Bachelor”, the Huffington Post reports.

According to the article, show creator Mike Fleiss told Entertainment Weekly that they are always looking to “cast for ethnic diversity” but “for whatever reason, they don’t come forward. I wish they would.”

Hmm… is this the same as the “maybe no Black people showed up to the audition?” argument? I mean, what does looking to cast for ethnic diversity really mean?

You can read the full article here.

Side note: do yourself a favor and DO NOT read the comments. You have been warned.

[Source: Huffington Post]

[Shift: Movies] Viola Davis as Barbara Jordan? YES, PLEASE!

Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis  is developing a movie about Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, SlashFilm reports. Jordan was the first Southern African-American woman elected to Congress, a lesbian, and bad-ass paradigm shifter.

[Source: SlashFilm]