Showbiz Sandbox 275: TV Casting Isn’t Just Black and White

March 30, 2015


Thanks to the success of new shows like “How To Get Away With Murder”, “Black-ish”, “Fresh Off The Boat”, “Jane the Virgin” and, of course, “Empire”, Deadline Hollywood reports this year’s pilot season is experiencing an explosion of minority casting. Networks are now writing roles specifically for ethnic actors and demanding series pilots feature a diverse cast. Though long overdue, the suggestion that the “pendulum might have swung a bit too far in the opposite direction” ruffled a few industry feathers.

In less controversial news, the Library of Congress announced the 25 recordings it will be adding to the National Recording Registry this year. Among them are classics by The Doors and Radiohead, Broadway cast albums and hits by The Righteous Brothers and Johnny Mercer. There are even a few historical wax cylinder recordings dating all the way back to the 1890s.

And just when you thought the awards season was long over, the New York Independent Film Critics held their annual meeting to select the IRA Film Awards. Our host Michael Giltz was on hand to argue, discuss and vote for the best in movies from last year with a prestigious group that believes they have better taste than all those other awards shows. We’ll go over the list of winners.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including who will replace Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show”, the popular television series “Downton Abbey” calls it quits as does Zayn Malik, a now former-member of One Direction.


IMDb Preserves Legal Win Over Revelation of Actress’ Age

2014 IRA Film Award Winners

IRA Awards Best Films of the 1960s

Steve Martin, The Doors and Radiohead Albums Named to National Recording Registry

Sorry Wrong Number Radio Play

Vernacular Wax Cylinder Recordings

Trevor Noah Will Succeed Jon Stewart At ‘Daily Show’

The Onion Reviews The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,34637/

Zayn Malik Quits One Direction

Heartbroken Workers Seek Compassionate Leave after Zayn Malik Quits One Direction

Gustavo Dudamel’s L.A. Phil Deal Reverberates Across Classical Music World

HBO Expands Its Offerings of Vice Content

‘The X-Files’ Revived at Fox for Six-Part Limited Series

Craig T. Nelson to Star in ‘Coach’ Follow-Up Series for NBC

Elvis Costello Penning Memoir ‘Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink’

BBC Ditches ‘Top Gear’ Host Jeremy Clarkson

Apple to Relaunch Beats Music Service With Trent Reznor

Willie Nelson Is Launching His Own Brand of Weed

‘Downton Abbey’ Done After Season 6

Pilots 2015: The Year Of Ethnic Castings

Gene Saks, Tony-Winning Director of Neil Simon Hits, Dies at 93


  • Mgiltz

    Check out our latest podcast about entertainment news from an insider’s perspective. I love the story on the rise of diverse casts on network TV. Some folk (anonymously, natch) complained about how some white actors were shut out of certain roles because the show already had enough white people on it. To which every actor of color would say, “Welcome to my world, b****!”