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Diversity defines Fox TV's 2009-10 lineup

The Cleveland Show centers on Family Guy’s Cleveland Brown (voiced by Mike Henry).


The Cleveland Show centers on Family Guy’s Cleveland Brown (voiced by Mike Henry).

In the era of President Barack Obama, Fox TV's 2009-10 schedule will feature more new shows starring people of color than all the television networks combined could manage last fall.

The roster includes Brothers, a comedy starring Ed alum Darryl "Chill" Mitchell and former NFL star Michael Strahan, and The Cleveland Show, a Family Guy spin-off originally scheduled for this season centered on a black family.

Most important, comic Wanda Sykes, who wished liver failure on Rush Limbaugh during the White House Correspondents' Dinner, gets a chance to make that request nightly, hosting a late-night roundtable talk show starting in November that will compete against the first half-hour of Saturday Night Live each week.

"If you look, it's a pretty monochromatic landscape in late-night television," said Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly in a conference call with journalists Monday, likely referring to the fact that network TV's six late-night comedy/talk shows are hosted by six white males.

Last fall, Fox's The Cleveland Show was the only new series starring a character of color on network TV; the network eventually delayed the show to fall 2009, ordering more episodes.

Other notes

• St. Petersburg native Monica Raymund likely gets another year of employment, as her series Lie to Me was picked up for fall.

• Cult favorite Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles was canceled, while cult favorite Dollhouse was renewed.

• Summer competition So You Think You Can Dance airs again in the fall, mirroring Fox's midseason schedule with American Idol in January.

• Fox executives wouldn't speculate on the future of Idol's fourth judge, Kara DioGuardi, saying they would evaluate the show after this season ends.

Diversity defines Fox TV's 2009-10 lineup 05/18/09 [Last modified: Monday, May 18, 2009 8:18pm]
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