Last year, there were six Latino stars in lead roles on CBS—but this year, there are only two. Chilean actress Cote de Pablo is still in a lead role (as Israeli Weapons Expert Ziva David) on the network’s #1 drama (heck, TV’s #1 drama!), NCIS, while the network’s hit show, CSI: Miami features Puerto Rican actor Adam Rodriguez in the lead role of Eric Delko.
While CBS is run by a Latina (Puerto Rican Nina Tassler is the President of CBS)—this fall there were few Latinos cast on CBS’ new shows. In fact, the network launched three new dramas this fall including Unforgettable, A Gifted Man, and Person of Interest—and there is not a single Latino star on any of them. In addition, the network's returning dramas (Hawaii Five-O, NCIS: Los Angeles, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Minds, The Mentalist, and CSI: NY) don’t feature any Latinos either. The one exception is the award-winning drama, The Good Wife, which featured Honduran actress America Ferrera in a recurring role last spring.
CBS has the same problem when it comes to its comedies. The network's two new comedies, 2 Broke Girls and How To Be A Gentleman feature no Latino stars, while established comedies like, Rules of Engagement, Mike & Molly, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother all feature mostly white casts—and no Latinos—a fact that’s depressing given that there are more than 50 million Latinos in America and 1 in 6 Americans are Latino.
Last year, CBS got a B+ for its diversity efforts. This year, we have to give the network a failing grade. The eye network needs to open its eyes to the fact that Latinos are here and we need to be represented on the small screen.
FINAL GRADE: F