Jessica Chastain just called out CBS for its fall TV roster’s lack of diversity
We’re big fans of Jessica Chastain’s, from her acting to her feminist views. Now, Jessica Chastain called out CBS’ lack of diversity, at least when it comes to their fall TV roster, reported Nylon. Chastain spoke about it on August 3rd — via none other than Twitter.
But first, some background info. As you may know, at the Television Critics Association press conference, TV networks present their new TV shows to journalists. When CBS’ shows were announced, it was noted that white males are leading five of the six new fall shows. Furthermore, five of those leads, except for Shemar Moore of S.W.A.T., are white. Yup, that’s right!
We’ll take a dramatic pause here while we digest this information — five out of six CBS fall shows will have male leads!
And here’s how Chastain feels about it.
And here’s how we feel about her tweet.
Other people agree with Chastain, too.
Of course, thankfully, there ARE some shows with female leads on other channels and streaming services.
And this is a great reminder, too!
So what does CBS say about the lack of female leads in their fall shows?!
Thom Sherman, senior executive vice president of programming, said CBS did develop female-led shows, but those pilots did not get picked up, he told reporters at the TCAs, reported The Wrap.
Hmmm. Reporters also asked Sherman about CBS’ casting department — and why it’s all white people.
We’re with Chastain — overall, more diversity, please!