A couple of weeks ago, we set out to grade the television networks on their diversity efforts. ABC passed with flying colors, while the FOX network improved greatly from its grade in 2010. Now it's time to grade another network—The CW.
Last year, we gave the C-Dub a failing grade of F because the network had just one Latino (Dominican actor Tristan Wilds) in a lead role, and just two Latino actors (Mexican actor Michael Trevino and Ecuadorian actor Michael Steger) in supporting roles. But did the network become more diverse in 2011? The answer is: not really.
There are eight scripted shows on the CW's primetime schedule this fall: 90210, Supernatural, Gossip Girl, Nikita, The Vampire Diaries, Ringer, The Secret Circle, and Hart of Dixie. Tristan Wilds (90210) is still the only Latino actor with a lead role on the entire network, and Trevino and Steger are back in supporting roles on 90210 and The Vampire Diaries respectively. The C-Dub also cast Mario Lopez as the host of the reality show, H8R (the show was cancelled quickly) and Cuban actor Nestor Carbonnel was cast in a supporting role on the hit series, Ringer. (There are no Latino stars on the network's two other new fall shows: The Secret Circle and Hart of Dixie).
While we were thrilled to see Nestor Carbonnel and Mario Lopez join the network this fall, we must say that we're still disappointed by the CW's lack of diversity in front of the camera. Too many of the network's shows including, Supernatural, Hart of Dixie, The Secret Circle, and Gossip Girl feature largely white casts, which doesn't make a ton of sense, especially in light of recent census data that says that there are more than 50 million Latinos in America. We're hoping the C-Dub will add more color to the network in 2012.