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My NPR adventure: Will Lifetime's Devious Maids explode or exploit stereotypes about Latinas?

The cast of Lifetime's Devious Maids.


The cast of Lifetime's Devious Maids.

Here's the NPR version of the column I wrote for the Tampa Bay Times a few weeks ago, questioning the racial implications of Lifetime's new series about five Latinas, dubbed Devious Maids.

In it, I reference a conversation with David Mills, the now deceased journalist-turned-TV writer who always used to offer wonderfully sharp conversations on race and media.

As one letter writer notes, while noting network TV's scramble for a Hispanic Cosby Show, I didn't mention ABC's George Lopez, a family sitcom which featured the Latino comic as executive producer and star.

That show kinda proves my point; the most successful sitcom with a Hispanic lead also featured that comic as executive producer with a prominent creative voice. Kinda makes you wonder why the networks don't have a show on today developed in a similar way.

Here's the audio. Read my print version by clicking here.






[Last modified: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 11:00am]


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