In a time-nurtured rite of well-intentioned, industry accountability taking, Hollywood will sporadically hold up a full-length mirror to itself, proclaim, "Hey—I'm predominantly white and have a penis!" then sate any momentary pangs of guilt by making a mental note to try to be less so in the future. This discouraging report from the WGA keeps the tradition alive:
The Writers Guild of America, West, (WGAw) says that women and minority writers remain underrepresented on television staffs, according to the preliminary findings from its forthcoming Hollywood Writers Report. [...]
According to the WGAw, the data for hiring on show for next season "looks increasingly grim following the recent shuttering of urban-oriented networks UPN and WB to create the newly launched, fledgling CW network."
The CW consolidation is only likely to make the ongoing crackerfication of TV worse, though the merge-crazy, bottom-line-focused network has offered the concession of combining all their urban shows into a one-hour dramedy staffed entirely by 60 women and minority scribes, an exciting opportunity for underrepresented writers to bang out the weekly adventures of Taye Diggs and Eve raising their adopted son, young Chris Rock.