CBS Programming Bosses ‘Feeling Good About Our Diversity’ With Fall Schedule


S.W.A.T., a new drama series inspired by the feature film, stars Shemar Moore (pictured) as a locally born and bred S.W.A.T. sergeant newly tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles. S.W.A.T. will be broadcast in the 2017-2018 season on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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CBS’ fall 2018 schedule includes seven original scripted series with people of color in leading roles. The number represents a significant uptick for a lineup that has for years been criticized for a dearth of onscreen inclusion.

“We’re feeling good about our diversity,” said CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl, who spoke with reporters Wednesday along with top CBS programming exec Thom Sherman at a breakfast where they revealed the network’s fall schedule.

After the two execs were elevated to their current positions last year, they faced a barrage of questions about diversity and inclusion at the Television Critic Association summer press tour. On Wednesday, Kahl said that growing the level of inclusion in the network’s programming had been a priority going into this development season.

“We sat in front of a lot of you at TCA and said that we were going to do it,” Kahl said. “I think quite frankly there were a lot of eye rolls, and I think if you look at the schedule, we did what we said we were going to do.”

New series “The Neighborhood,” “Happy Together,” “Magnum P.I.,” “FBI,” and “God Friended Me” all feature people of color in…

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