Diversity Report Card: The CW

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Embarrassed as I am to admit it, the CW is one of my favorite networks. I’m a big fan of 90210 2.0, and I watch The Vampire Diaries religiously. But when I started grading the C-Dub for its diversity as part of our series looking at diversity on the networks, I was surprised at how little of it there actually is on the mostly all-White network.

The CW has eight scripted TV shows: Smallville, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Life Unexpected, 90210, One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, and Melrose Place. Of those eight shows, three series: Smallville, Supernatural and Life Unexpected feature all-White casts. Don't believe me? Check it out for yourself.

And the lack of minority actors doesn’t stop with those shows. Eight of the ten stars on The Vampire Diaries are White (the exceptions are African American actress Katerina Graham and Mexican actor, Michael Trevino), while 10 of the 11 series regulars on One Tree Hill are White. On 90210, eight of the ten stars are White (Ecuadorian actor Michael Steger and Dominican actor Tristan Wilds round out the cast), and on Gossip Girl, eight out of the nine stars are also White (the exception is ambiguously ethnic star, Jessica Szohr). Finally, five of the seven stars on Melrose Place are White.

Altogether, on the CW’s eight scripted shows, the network employs 53 White stars, and only eight are of color. Of those eight, only three actors: Tristan Wilds (90210), Michael Steger (90210) and Michael Trevino (The Vampire Diaries) are Latino. Wilds is the only Latino on the entire network to have a leading role.

I would like to remind everyone that 15% of the U.S. population is Latino. So why aren’t we being represented that way in front of the camera?

Final Grade: F

Are you as surprised as I am by the lack of diversity on the CW? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

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