Eva Longoria Says Networks Are Scared To Program Latino Shows

Eva Longoria Says Networks Are Scared To Program Latino Shows
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Despite Gina Rodriguez's Golden Globe win, Latinos still have a long road ahead when it comes to fair representation on TV and film.

A new Associated Press report sheds light on the unequal representation of Latinos on television. They found that ABC, Fox and NBC can claim a higher percentage of blacks on scripted primetime shows than exist in the general population. Additionally, black characters surpass Latinos on all three networks and CBS, despite the fact that Latinos outnumber blacks in the general census, with 17.1 percent of Americans identifying as Latino and 13.2 identifying as black.

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"What I found over the years is that networks are so committed to developing diversity, but they're very, very scared about actually programming it," Eva Longoria told the site. 

Longoria has recently made it her mission to introduce more Latino characters into primetime TV. The actress produces Devious Maids for Lifetime, a show which stars five Latina actresses. Additionally, she will star in the upcoming sitcom Telenovela for NBC.

Alex Nogales, the president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, told AP that he has noticed improvements in recent years. "It's very little do to with good citizenship," he said of the networks. "They're not doing it because they love Mexicans so much. They're doing it because we're a good business proposition. I would rather they tell me that than tell me it's the right thing to do."

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