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Showrunners on This Fall’s New TV Series Are 90% White and 80% Male

Of 50 showrunners, there are just two women of color and three men of color.


In news that will surprise few but disappoint many, the list of showrunners for this fall’s TV lineup is an exceedingly homogenous bunch: 90 percent white and 80 percent male. The report comes from Variety, who crunched the numbers on new scripted series from the five broadcast networks (ABC, Fox, CBS, NBC and the CW).

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50 different showrunners are at the helm of 38 new shows premiering this autumn, a group that includes just two women of color and three men of color. Statistics from the Writers Guild of America show similar numbers among scribes, with nonwhites accounting for no more than 13 percent of writers’ rooms for the last several years.

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Among the shows not being run exclusively by white males are ABC’s “Conviction” and “Downward Dog”; Fox’s “24: Legacy,” “Star,” “Shots Fired” and “Son of Zorn”; CBS’ “Man with a Plan,” NBC’s “Great News” and “Midnight Texas”; and CW’s “No Tomorrow” and “Riverdale.” Avail yourself of the full report at Variety.

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