Is Extant only the SECOND national primetime scripted TV show with an African-American female lead? I'm looking specifically for mainstream networks. To be explicit, BET is not that - talkshow and reality TV isn't it either.
Only other show I can think of is Scandal.
I've noticed that a majority of TV shows have this casting mold:
- Older white male
- Younger white male / Younger white female
- Younger white female/ Younger white male
- Minority (used to be African-American, now interchangeable with Asians/Latinos)
I have also noticed the following:
Mainstream, primetime shows with a female lead are still a minority.
To be sure there ARE some shows that have "a" Afram female protagonist, but they're pretty much token.
Ever noticed how African-Americans play authority figures that are completely minor roles? Like judges, doctors? E.g. Tamara Tunny on CSI Miami
"The Rush Hour" movies were completely shocking, because there was NO white lead at all.
There are a FEW shows with MALE Afram leads, but these hardly ever lasted more than one season, only the Unit comes to mind, and whether Haysbert was the main protagonist is debatable