In addition to the insane number of people required to make a television show, the extraordinary costs involved and the incredibly high stakes (if your show doesn’t work, you’ve caused several hundred assistants, grips, gaffers, camera ops, makeup artists, actors, writers and producers to lose their jobs) are the bloody crazy schedule that are necessary to bring your favorite shows to life. Twenty-hour days in a writers room, all night shoots, marathon editing sessions, weeks-long publicity campaigns, nail-biting mornings as ratings and reviews come in…and it’s a wonder that any TV gets made at all ever. Finding time to make a program perfectly diverse is hard to do when there’s so much else to get done.
The fact that television is a complicated business does not excuse what seems to be a consistent inability to make diversity a priority. These folks do have time to squeeze in all those meetings and late-night sessions…hopefully they can start squeezing in a little more thought to diversity issues as well.
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