Maureen Ryan reveals many disappointing numbers in her article "Who Creates Drama at HBO? Very Few Women or People of Color." She notes:
With one exception over the course of four decades, HBO has not aired an original one-hour drama series created by a woman.She later notes that:
With one exception over the course of four decades, HBO has not aired an original one-hour drama or dramatic miniseries creatively led at its debut by a person of color.
Audiences can and should take individual writers to task for problems they perceive in a given show. But as long as this debate is limited to individual dramas, and doesn't consider the entities that commission and distribute them, the conversation is likely to go around in circles indefinitely.Ryan points out that half-hour shows that do have a little more diversity are not unimportant. However, the hour-long dramas constitute "the prime real estate of TV culture," and those shows "not only capture the public imagination, but often cement or increase the power of the people who make them."
What particular aspect of Ryan's article drew your attention or got you thinking the most? Why or how so?