The 19-year-old daughter of the president of the United States includes a issue. On a single hand, her love with her new boyfriend couldn’t be better. But trouble is brewing.
For Zoey Bartlet (Elisabeth Moss)–the daughter that is first NBC’s White House drama, “The West Wing”–the dilemma is her beau, Charlie younger (Dule Hill), is black. White supremacists have been giving death threats to the White home, as well as an increasingly worried president (Martin Sheen) blocks the couple intends to go to the opening of the hot club that is new. When Zoey tells Charlie, who’s also her father’s aide that is personal during a lunch, he storms from the restaurant.
The scene, which appears in tonight’s installment of “The western Wing,” is merely one example of an onslaught of prime-time show being aggressively tackling romance that is interracial. Until a few seasons ago, such relationships had been a rarity on network television, considered too controversial and responsive to depict or explore. Now at the very least six dramas that are prime-time comedies have tale lines revolving around mixed-race couples.
“There’s this ‘toe-in-the-water’ approach now in tv about showing blacks and whites in love on tv,” said Robert M. Entman, director of this Department of correspondence at North Carolina State University and co-author associated with future book “The Black Image in the White Mind: Media and Race in the us.”
“Both ‘ER’ and ‘Ally McBeal’ have had these kinds of romances into the previous few periods, plus it didn’t end in outrage or impact reviews,” Entman stated. “So now there’s a little more boldness in approaching interracial relationships.”
The story lines revolving around interracial relationships are blossoming during a television period that has been blasted by the NAACP along with other minority groups for the possible lack of cultural diversity regarding the four major sites. Even though “The Jeffersons” of this mid-’70s featured a long-married interracial couple, this season’s focus is on the tension of courtship additionally the societal conflict it can provoke.
Andrew Rojecki, who co-wrote “The Black Image into the White Mind” with Entman, suggests the stormy interracial love a few periods ago on “ER” between surgeons Peter Benton (Eriq LaSalle) and Elizabeth Corday (Alex Kingston) had been the main force in tearing down the opposition toward showing grayscale couplings.
“That relationship really challenged the cultural and social taboos on tv,” Rojecki said. “It was done for a Top 10 show that appeals to both black and white watching audiences, which generally have different preferences in what shows they watch. What’s happening now along with these other shows is fantastic. Whether it’s a harbinger of things to come continues to be become seen.”
Sensitive Area for Promoting Programs
Producers suggest the trend is primarily driven by way of a wide range of mainly story that is uncharted. Indeed, while audiences seem to be more receptive, such plots stay an area that is sensitive the companies’ promotional machines.
The field that is current of cuts across age, social and professional obstacles. Sexual and tension that is romantic been building on CBS’ “Judging Amy” between Judge Amy Gray (Amy Brenneman) and her black colored court services officer Bruce Van Exel (Richard T. Jones), and a recent episode showed her dreaming about a steamy erotic encounter with him in her workplace. On ABC’s “Once and Again,” Grace Manning (Julia Whelan), the high-strung, embarrassing teenage daughter of Lily Manning (Sela Ward), is falling deeply in love with her black classmate Jared (Robert Richard). CBS’ inner-city hospital drama, “City of Angels,” features a new Jewish resident, Dr. Geoffrey Weiss (Phil Buckman), performing a tight romance with rn Grace Patterson (Maya Rudolph) over the vociferous protest of her dad. University students Shawn (driver Strong) and Angela (Trina McGee-Davis) are continuing their courtship on ABC’s “Boy Meets World.” And also the upcoming WB governmental drama, “D.C.,” about twentysomethings in the nation’s capital, has interracial couple, television news producer Sarah Logan (Kristanna Loken) and U.S. Supreme Court clerk Lewis Freeman (Daniel Sunjata), who’re living together.