Diversity in Television


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Interviewees discuss various aspects of how diversity is depicted on television and within the television industry.

Highlights
George Takei on being an Asian-American actor
04:24
Sonia Manzano on watching TV as a child and not seeing "herself" depicted in the media
01:48
Geri Jewell on being the first visible character with a disability on a television series on The Facts of Life
02:36
Jonathan Murray on the diverse cast of The Real World
01:38
Sheila Kuehl on coming out as a lesbian on The  Geraldo Rivera Show  and Good Morning America
02:04
Debbie Allen on the impact of Roots; on being cast as "Nan" in Roots: The Next Generation
02:07
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Edie Adams

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Edie Adams on being an uncredited female writer/producer on her show Here's Edie
03:07
Edie Adams on advancements for women in television
05:55

Mary V. Ahern

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Mary V. Ahern on how opportunities for women in television have changed over the years
01:24
Mary V. Ahern on her experience as a female television producer in the 1950s
02:12

Debbie Allen

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Debbie Allen on casting Marisa Tomei as the only Caucasian character on A Different World
00:53

John Amos

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John Amos on the public reaction to Roots
02:34
John Amos on his experience playing "Kunta Kinte" on Roots and how his background prepared him for it
12:12
John Amos on the effect of Roots on his personal self-esteem
01:00
John Amos on how roles for African-Americans have changed since he started acting
01:39

Lucie Arnaz

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Lucie Arnaz on problems faced with I Love Lucy due to her father, Desi Arnaz, being Cuban
01:05

Larry Auerbach

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Larry Auerbach on dealing with discrimination against Harry Belafonte
02:00
Larry Auerbach on representing Sammy Davis, Jr.
03:58

Bob Banner

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Bob Banner on producing It's Showtime at the Apollo
05:28

Paris Barclay

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Paris Barclay on directing a pivotal episode of ER in which a main character is revealed to have AIDS, and seeing the power of television's reach
04:43
Paris Barclay on producing City of Angels
02:47
Paris Barclay on his involvement with the Diversity Committee of the Directors Guild of America
01:26
Paris Barclay on being openly gay and how it has affected his career
01:57
Paris Barclay on whether or not he's faced racism in the television industry
01:05

Bob Barker

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Bob Barker on the success and inclusiveness of The Price is Right
02:24

Milton Berle

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Milton Berle on booking the African-American group The Four Step Brothers on Texaco Star Theater
05:31

Steve Binder

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Steve Binder on producing Petula, and the controversy surrounding a segment of it (part 1)
04:49
Steve Binder on producing Petula, and the controversy surrounding a segment of it (part 2)
04:54

William Blinn

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William Blinn on "Huggy Bear" on Starsky and Hutch
01:28

Linda Bell Blue

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Linda Bell Blue on sexism in the television industry
03:44

George Bodenheimer

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George Bodenheimer on the importance of female sports fans
00:37
George Bodenheimer on televising women's sports and ESPNW
01:34
George Bodenheimer on ESPN Deportes
01:07

Mili Lerner Bonsignori

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Mili Lerner Bonsignori on becoming one of four female editors in New York after World War II
02:18
Mili Lerner Bonsignori on meeting the other three female editors in New York
00:57
Mili Lerner Bonsignori on not being treated as an equal to the men on See It Now
04:20

Pat Boone

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Pat Boone on controversial performances on The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom and his view of race relations
08:03
Pat Boone on problems he got from sponsors when booking African-American performers on The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom
04:06

Vivian Brown

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Vivian Brown on dealing with racism in the industry
02:32
Vivian Brown on being a female meteorologist 
02:51

Carol Burnett

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Carol Burnett on how Lucille Ball changed when Ball and Desi Arnaz got divorced and the dynamic of females in Hollywood
02:11

Ken Burns

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Ken Burns on his documentary series Baseball, and his career-long exploration of race in America
06:35

Allan Burns

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Allan Burns on placing the main setting of The Mary Tyler Moore Show in a newsroom and "Mary Richards" not being a married woman
04:58
Allan Burns on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the feminist movement
00:52
Allan Burns on The Mary Tyler Moore Show episode "Good Time News"
02:59

Vince Calandra

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Vince Calandra on getting African-American talent on The Ed Sullivan Show
03:24
Vince Calandra on Ed Sullivan's contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and putting African-Americans on television
02:51

Reuben Cannon

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Reuben Cannon on how the business of casting has changed since he started as the first black casting director
01:00

Marcy Carsey

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Marcy Carsey on the progression of her career at ABC and becoming head of series television
02:05
Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner on the Cosby spin-off A Different World and the awareness the program brought to black colleges
02:38

Thomas Carter

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Thomas Carter on the African-American cast of The White Shadow  and fan reaction to the show
02:23
Thomas Carter on addressing racial issues in the series Equal Justice
06:41
Thomas Carter on the portrayal of African-Americans on television in 2013
04:50
Thomas Carter on dealing with racism in his career
03:57

David Chase

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David Chase on the role of women characters on The Sopranos
David Chase on the subject of a gay mafia member on The Sopranos and how the character of "Vito" coming out was dealt with

Julia Child

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Julia Child on being a female chef
01:28

Nick Clooney

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Nick Clooney on hosting a teen dance show (The Nick Clooney School Salute) in Lexington, Kentucky and integrating the show
04:10

Dick Gregory with Emerson College

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Dick Gregory on racism in America
08:20

Paul Rodriguez with Emerson College

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Paul Rodriquez on the Mexican-American community's reaction to a.k.a. Pablo, and their objections to his act
05:31
Paul Rodriguez on being inspired by Richard Pryor to use his Mexican heritage and identity in his act, and on the language he uses in his act
05:32
Paul Rodriguez on the then-current state of his career, and on his relationship with the Mexican-American community
03:12
Paul Rodriguez on things he has had the opportunity to do in his career, and on the then-current state of Latinos in comedy
02:00

Hal Cooper

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Hal Cooper on directing Love, Sidney
06:28

Barbara Corday

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Barbara Corday on pitching Cagney & Lacey in 1974 and on being involved in the women's movement at the time
05:11
Barbara Corday on the premise of Cagney & Lacey and on dealing with women's issues on the show
04:43
Barbara Corday on how the status of women in television has changed since she started
04:45
Barbara Corday on the challenges of being a female executive in television
03:00

Katie Couric

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Katie Couric on feeling like most of the women at ABC News were in subservient positions
01:37

Judith Crist

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Judith Crist on Al Morgan of Today being a big supporter of women
01:19
Judith Crist on why she left Today and feeling the decision to let her go was sexist
01:33
Judith Crist on getting to know women in television
03:54
Judith Crist on not encountering sexism in the television industry
12:24

Judy Crown

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Judy Crown on diversity in her field
04:22

Robert Culp

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Robert Culp on I Spy's having black and white equal leads
02:23

Ossie Davis

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Ossie Davis on participating in the Civil Rights Movement
06:31

James Day

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James Day on Frieda Hennock, the first female commissioner of the FCC
02:14

Phil Donahue

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Phil Donahue on his television talk show, Donahue, and the controversial topics covered
13:43
Phil Donahue on interviewing boxer Joe Frazier and doing the show from Attica Street prison
07:31

Hugh Downs

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Hugh Downs on racial tensions and booking diverse guests on The Tonight Show
02:30

Betty Cole Dukert

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Betty Cole Dukert on hard to anticipate questions from female journalists and balancing the panel of reporters on Meet the Press
03:01
Betty Cole Dukert on being a female producer and the male to female ratio of guests on Meet the Press
04:56

Stephanie Edwards

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Stephanie Edwards on gender discrimination she see's in the business
00:53

Hector Elizondo

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Hector Elizondo on Cane  representing a Latino family
00:57

Ruth Engelhardt

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Ruth Engelhardt on her sister being an agent at William Morris, and on how she was treated as a woman in the industry
04:25

Jeannie Epper

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Jeannie Epper on her few close fellow stuntwomen and the passing of her brothers and sisters
02:16
Jeannie Epper on being one of the founding members of the Stuntwoman's Association of Motion Pictures
03:36
Jeannie Epper on the challenges that stuntwomen face that stuntmen don't
04:04
Jeannie Epper on the lack of women stunt coordinators
02:54

Nanette Fabray

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Nanette Fabray on her difficulty with her hearing, and on her participation in issues involving the deaf community
06:26
Nanette Fabray on appearing on The Carol Burnett Show and doing sign language for the first time on television, and promoting sign language on television
03:53
Nanette Fabray on her guest appearance as stroke survivor on Maude in the episode "Maude's Reunion"
03:35

Jeff Fager

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Jeff Fager on bringing on younger correspondents when he became executive producer of 60 Minutes and the importance of diversity
01:27
Jeff Fager on diversity on 60 Minutes and hiring Bill Whitaker as a correspondent on the show
02:31

Edie Falco

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Edie Falco on her Nurse Jackie character, "Jackie Peyton," as an anti-hero, and the uniqueness of her being a female anti-hero
01:26
Edie Falco on how roles for women have changed since she started out in television and how she relates to her characters as a woman
01:57

Jerry Falwell

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Jerry Falwell on how his ministry, and by extension Old Time Gospel Hour, deals with homosexuality
05:09

Julian Fellowes

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Julian Fellowes on the rape storyline on Downton Abbey
03:34

Eddie Foy, III

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Eddie Foy III on casting Julia
05:25

Richard Frank

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Richard Frank on developing Ellen, and "Ellen" coming out
06:00

Ron Friedman

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Ron Friedman on the groundbreaking female characters of G.I. Joe
01:26

Pamela Fryman

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Pamela Fryman on how the industry has changed since she started, and on women in the industry
03:49

Sharon Gless

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Sharon Gless on not experiencing sexism as an actress in the 1970s
00:53

Leonard H. Goldenson

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Leonard Goldenson on the impact of Roots
00:35

Curt Gowdy

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Curt Gowdy on international broadcasters
01:35

Lee Grant

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Lee Grant on how opportunities for women in television have changed over the years
02:25

Earle Hagen

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Composer Earle Hagen on NBC initially not approving Bill Cosby to co-star in I Spy because it feared repercussions from Southern affiliates
02:02

Donald Hall

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Donald Hall on Hallmark Hall of Fame's  presentation of "Green Pastures"
03:13

Florence Henderson

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Florence Henderson on working during her pregnancies
01:42

Winifred Hervey

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Winifred Hervey on getting accepted to the Warner Bros. Writing Workshop
02:12
Winifred Hervey on becoming story editor for The New Odd Couple and rewriting original scripts from The Odd Couple to tailor them to African-American performers
01:20
Winifred Hervey on efforts made to diversify the writing staff of Benson  
00:20
Winifred Hervey on being the only female writer on The Cosby Show
01:52
Winifred Hervey on the writers' room of The Golden Girls
02:09
Winifred Hervey on not loving to do "issues shows" on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
02:59
Winifred Hervey on her biggest challenge in the business - being female and a minority
02:07
Winifred Hervey on the representation of African-Americans on television
05:41
Winifred Hervey on opportunities for women and minorities in writing
00:40

Arthur Hiller

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Arthur Hiller on the list of "don't dos" they had from the sponsors and the network on NBC Matinee Theater, and a near-controversy when he cast an African American actor as a doctor
01:41

James Hong

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James Hong on how little change he's seen in the types of roles offered Asian-Americans in his lifetime
02:04
James Hong on the cliched/novelty roles offered to Asian-American actors
00:30
Actor James Hong the criticisms of David Carradine's depiction of an Asian character on Kung Fu
01:58

Silvio Horta

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Silvio Horta on the Latino heritage and social class of Ugly Betty
02:59
Silvio Horta on the issue of sexuality on Ugly Betty
01:11

Felicity Huffman

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Felicity Huffman on her Desperate Housewives character, "Lynette Scavo's" struggle with balancing motherhood and work, and how it related to Huffman's own work-life balance
03:54
Felicity Huffman on how roles for women on television have changed since she started in the industry
02:32

Allison Janney

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Allison Janney on her West Wing character, "C.J. Cregg"
02:07

Lucy Jarvis

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Lucy Jarvis on the work environment for women in network news in the early 1960s
03:45
Lucy Jarvis on hiring women for The Nation's Future  and organizing a landmark class action suit against NBC for discrimination against its female employees
05:10
Lucy Jarvis on the impact of the organization Women in Film
01:27

Geri Jewell

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Geri Jewell on dreaming of being a television actress when she was young, and how this dream related to her cerebral palsy
01:36
Geri Jewell on the first time she did stand-up comedy, and how she talked about cerebral palsy in her routine
05:57
Geri Jewell on being the first visible character with a disability on a television series on The Facts of Life
02:36
Geri Jewell on having to perform a dance number on the first The Facts of Life episode on which she appeared ("Cousin Geri")
03:26
Geri Jewell on the impact of her visibility as a person with a disability on The Facts of Life
03:54
Geri Jewell on her experience with "overnight fame" and the impact of her visibility as a person with a disability
02:54
Geri Jewell on the impact of her role on The Facts of Life and appearing on Norman Lear's special I Love Liberty
06:18
Geri Jewell on her feelings about actors without disabilities playing characters with disabilities
04:14
Geri Jewell on the difficulty she faced while filming a scene with Peter DeLuise on 21 Jump Street
02:33
Geri Jewell on filming the Deadwood episode "Jewel's Boot Is Made for Walking" and how show creator/director David Milch coaxed a reaction from her
03:55
Geri Jewell on advice for aspiring actors
02:45

Lamont Johnson

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Lamont Johnson on directing the groundbreaking gay drama That Certain Summer starring Martin Sheen and Hal Holbrook
03:53

Robert Johnson

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Robert Johnson on broadcast networks and the black community
01:37

Shirley Jones

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Shirley Jones on ageism in the industry and on her family following in her footsteps
03:26

Quincy Jones

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Quincy Jones on first working on Holllywood films
03:05

Lucille Kallen

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Lucille Kallen on being the only female in the writers room of Your Show of Shows
05:04

Asaad Kelada

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Asaad Kelada on challenges breaking into the TV industry
03:57

H. Wesley Kenney

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H. Wesley Kenney on hiring a female camera operator
01:01

Ernest Kinoy

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Ernest Kinoy on The Defenders  episode "The Non-Violent" and the Civil Rights movement
01:24
Ernest Kinoy on the public reaction to Roots  and its impact on the Civil Rights movement
02:20
Ernest Kinoy on the legacy of Roots  and Roots: The Next Generations
02:22

Eartha Kitt

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Eartha Kitt on being an African-American performer on television in the 1950s
07:30
 Eartha Kitt on dealing with racism in television
02:46

Sheila Kuehl

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Sheila Kuehl on the planned Zelda Gilroy  spin-off of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
06:28
Sheila Kuehl on coming out as a lesbian on The Geraldo Rivera Show and Good Morning America
02:04
Sheila Kuehl on the Supreme Court's 2013 ruling regarding gay marriage
01:42
Sheila Kuehl on being the first lesbian elected to the California State Assembly
02:04

Paul LaMastra

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Paul LaMastra on editing the made-for-television movie Foxfire and living with HIV
11:37

Rita Lakin

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Rita Lakin on the advent of the showrunner, and on being the first female showrunner on Flamingo Road
03:50
Rita Lakin on the television movie Torn Between Two Lovers, and on advancing the cause of more women television writers
01:33

Lucy Lawless

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Lucy Lawless on Xena's world on Xena: Warrior Princess  and the lesbian overtones of the show
02:41
Lucy Lawless on dealing with her fame from Xena: Warrior Princess  and being a feminist icon
02:00
Lucy Lawless on how television has changed for women and in general since she started acting
02:25

Gene LeBell

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Gene LeBell on doing stunts for black actors
01:32

Norman Lear

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Norman Lear on what prompted him to create shows about upwardly mobile black families with Good Times and The Jeffersons
04:34
Norman Lear on the controversial abortion episode of Maude
03:13

Michael Learned

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Michael Learned on how things have changed for actresses since she started acting
01:25

Steve Levitan

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Steve Levitan on wanting to have a gay couple raising a child as one of the central families on Modern Family
00:37

Judith Light

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Judith Light on dealing with the AIDS crisis and playing "Jeanne White" in The Ryan White Story
14:35
Judith Light on starring in A Step Toward Tomorrow  with Christopher Reeve
02:49
Judith Light on her Ugly Betty  character "Claire Meade" and working with America Ferrera as "Betty Suarez"
04:44
Judith Light on the importance of Transparent
04:13

Loretta Long

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Loretta Long on the power of television, and on the impact that her character of "Susan" on Sesame Street has had on black television characters
01:31

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus on being the only woman on the set of Seinfeld
00:42
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the atmosphere on the largely female set of The New Adventures of Old Christine
02:00

William H. Macy

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William H. Macy on the TV movie Door to Door, which he co-wrote and starred in, and which was based on the true story of Bill Porter, a door-to-door salesman who had cerebral palsy
03:06

Ann Marcus

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Ann Marcus on quitting Days of Our Lives  over a controversial a story-line
02:03
Ann Marcus on her attempt to integrate the cast of Peyton Place
03:47

Beth McCarthy-Miller

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Beth McCarthy-Miller on being a woman working on Saturday Night Live
02:44

Bob McGrath

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Bob McGrath on memories working with guest star Linda Bove on Sesame Street and the far-reaching impact of an episode about hearing impairment
01:31

S. Epatha Merkerson

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S. Epatha Merkerson on the excitement of seeing black people on television when she was young
01:42
S. Epatha Merkerson on coming to Law & Order after it had been on for four seasons (two female characters were introduced the year she came on)
03:26
S. Epatha Merkerson on wearing a wig to cover her natural hair when portraying her Law & Order character "Lt. Anita Van Buren"
02:57
S. Epatha Merkerson on whether opportunities for black women on television have changed over the years
02:26

Tammy Faye Bakker Messner

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Tammy Faye Bakker-Messner on her experience as a woman in Christian television
00:18

John Moffitt

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John Moffitt on how The Ed Sullivan Show reflected the Civil Rights Movement
00:55

Ricardo Montalban

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Ricardo Montalban on his Emmy-winning performance as an American Indian in How the West was Won
03:54
Ricardo Montalban on playing his characters with dignity
01:12
Ricardo Montalban on the founding of Nosotros
10:36

Millie Moore

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Millie Moore on being one of the sole women in the A.C.E. when she joined
03:03
Millie Moore on women being more welcomed into the A.C.E. as editors, not just librarians, after the studio system began to crumble
00:45
Millie Moore on how women editors have progressed through the years
01:50

Priscilla Morgan

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Priscilla Morgan on being a female agent in the '50s
05:41

Garrett Morris

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Garrett Morris on being the only black cast member on Saturday Night Live and other shows
06:38
Garrett Morris on the representation of minorities on cable TV versus network TV
05:13

Michael Moye

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Michael Moye on the not-so-diverse writing staff of Good Times
05:24
Michael Moye on whether or not he experienced racism in the television industry
02:03
Michael Moye on hiring diverse writers
01:56
Michael Moye on some people seeing racism where he does not
04:07

Jonathan Murray

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Jonathan Murray on the diverse cast of The Real World
01:38

Horace Newcomb

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Horace Newcomb on the historic and then-current lack of diversity in television
04:42

Nichelle Nichols

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Nichelle Nichols on how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. persuaded her to remain on Star Trek
Nichelle Nichols describes her character "Uhura" on Star Trek; how the studio didn't want a black female character on the series; Gene Rodenberry defended it as "that's what America looks like"
Nichelle Nichols on the famous Star Trek scene where her character kisses William Shatner's character in TV's first interracial kiss; the response from the South

Leonard Nimoy

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Leonard Nimoy on his penchant for playing ethnic roles in his early TV career
01:05

Agnes Nixon

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Agnes Nixon on being one of the only women to write for the Golden Age anthology dramas
00:29
Agnes Nixon on the groundbreaking "Carla Grey passing as white" story on One Life to Live
06:26
Agnes Nixon on the then-recent (1997) introduction of a gay character on All My Children
01:37

Ed O'Neill

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Ed O'Neill on the relationship between "Jay Pritchett" and his son, "Mitchell Pritchett" on Modern Family
02:00

Edward James Olmos

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Edward James Olmos on the future of Latinos on television
02:45
Edward James Olmos on the ongoing lack of diversity on television and in movies
03:36

Bernie Orenstein

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Bernie Orenstein on the legacy of That Girl: representing feminism on television
02:14
Bernie Orenstein on lectures he gives on the influence of African Americans in television
02:09

Roscoe Orman

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Roscoe Orman on his awareness of the lack of diversity on television during his childhood
01:19

Gail Parent

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Gail Parent on being the only female writer on a variety show when she was hired on The Carol Burnett Show
03:31
Gail Parent on how the business has changed for women since she started
01:07

Dick Van Patten

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Dick Van Patten on issues Eight is Enough dealt with throughout the series
00:23

Timothy Van Patten

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Timothy Van Patten on diversity on The White Shadow
00:56

Jane Pauley

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Jane Pauley on dealing with her pregnancy and motherhood on air
12:17

Alan Perris

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Alan Perris on promoting diversity at WJXT in Jacksonville and working for Ben Bradley
02:01

Maury Povich

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Maury Povich on co-anchoring news in Los Angeles with future wife Connie Chung; on her start at CBS
02:42

Charlotte Rae

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Charlotte Rae on how roles for women on television have changed over the years, and on how television has changed since she started
01:39

Jorge Ramos

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Jorge Ramos on interviewing President Obama and pressing him on immigration reform
03:23
Jorge Ramos on Univision covering presidential politics and its importance to the Latino community
02:31
Jorge Ramos on hosting an English-language show for Fusion
03:30
Jorge Ramos on what he hopes to achieve with his influence 
02:03
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on what separates Univision from other news gathering organizations 
06:30
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on issues that are important to them personally 
03:54
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on Univision's role in the 2008, 2012 and then-upcoming 2016 elections 
05:43
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on the emergence of Latino candidates in presidential elections
01:55
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on changes they've seen in television journalism and Spanish news
03:45
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on the then-future of Spanish-language news and Latino journalists
04:26
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on dream projects or goals in the then-future
03:30

Marian Rees

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Marian Rees on producing "Tell Me Where it Hurts" for General Electric Theater  and her commitment to feminism 
04:23
Marian Rees on producing The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
08:22
Marian Rees on executive producing "Love Is Never Silent" for Hallmark Hall of Fame  and her struggle with the network to cast deaf actors in lead roles
09:26
Marian Rees on executive producing Ruby Bridges
14:48
Marian Rees on the African-American crew on Ruby Bridges  and gaining Ruby Bridges' trust
06:16
Marian Rees on the Norman Rockwell painting on which Ruby Bridges  was based and recreating it
07:25
Marian Rees on public reaction and the educational benefits of Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection's "Almost a Woman"
14:48
Marian Rees on her involvement in Women in Film
07:01

Gene Reynolds

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Gene Reynolds on how African-Americans were depicted on Room 222
02:36

Lee Rich

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Lee Rich on the episode of The Waltons that dealt with race
00:28

John Rich

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Director John Rich on Sammy Davis Jr.'s suggestion, as a guest on The Tonight Show, that he would make a funny guest star on All in the Family (leading to his appearance on the classic episode "Sammy's Visit")
01:04

Hank Rieger

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Hank Rieger on publicity for NBC shows starring African-Americans
02:58
Hank Rieger on NBC's African-American executives
00:31
Hank Rieger on advice to someone wanting to go into Public Relations, and how it's a great career for women
02:37

Geraldo Rivera

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Geraldo Rivera on the concept behind WABC Eyewitness News
02:05

Doris Roberts

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Doris Roberts on the challenge of being an older woman in Hollywood and beyond
04:13

Al Roker

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Al Roker on being one of the only African-Americans on camera in the Syracuse area when he was in college
02:05

Meta Rosenberg

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Meta Rosenberg on developing the series Julia starring Diahann Carroll
03:57
Meta Rosenberg on advice to an aspiring television producer and succeeding in the industry as a woman
02:21

Barney Rosenzweig

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Barney Rosenzweig on giving Aaron Spelling criticisms of Charlie's Angels and wanting to incorporate the themes of the Women's Movement into the show
04:53
Barney Rosenzweig on the idea for Cagney & Lacey
01:42
Barney Rosenzweig on what Cagney & Lacey was about at its core
03:41
Barney Rosenzweig on the legacy of Cagney & Lacey and what it did for the portrayal of women on television
01:55

Maria Elena Salinas

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Maria Elena Salinas on how identifying with two cultures informed her news reporting
00:59
Maria Elena Salinas on the state of Hispanic news when she started
03:38
Maria Elena Salinas on appealing to different aspects of the Latino community 
Maria Elena Salinas on interviewing then-governor Pete Wilson about his stance on immigration issues for California 
02:30
Maria Elena Salinas on covering immigration and doing advocacy journalism 
03:37
Maria Elena Salinas on being called "the most recognized and trusted Hispanic newswomen in America"
01:50
Maria Elena Salinas on the challenges of being a female news anchor
02:47
Maria Elena Salinas on the current state and then-future of diversity in television 
01:30
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on what separates Univision from other news gathering organizations
06:30
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on issues that are important to them personally
03:54
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on Univision's role in the 2008, 2012 and then-upcoming 2016 elections
05:43
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on the emergence of Latino candidates in presidential elections
01:55
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on changes they've seen in television journalism and Spanish news
03:45
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on the then-future of Spanish-language news and Latino journalists
04:26
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on dream projects or goals in the then-future
03:30

Marlene Sanders

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Marlene Sanders on the number of women in television when she started
00:57
Marlene Sanders on other female journalists when she came along
02:50
Marlene Sanders on being the first woman to anchor an evening news broadcast (for one night) and later for three months; on more women entering the business
04:29
Marlene Sanders on her role in the women's movement
10:08
Marlene Sanders on publishing the book "Waiting for Primetime" and her conclusions about women in broadcasting
02:31
Marlene Sanders on advice for women in broadcast journalism
01:33

Jay Sandrich

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Jay Sandrich on an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show with a character who is gay and getting that episode on air
01:52
Jay Sandrich on the controversies surrounding some of the gay themes of the show Soap
02:53
Jay Sandrich on a scene in Soap which deals with sexual tension, written from a woman's perspective
01:15
Jay Sandrich on how Susan Harris brought a woman's perspective to the writing on Soap
01:43
Jay Sandrich on the thrill of having the number one show in American be about an African American family (The Cosby Show)
01:44
Jay Sandrich on the show Love, Sidney based on a film, which had a gay character, though the network wouldn't allow a gay character on the television version
01:19
Jay Sandrich on the impact the women's movement came to have on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
01:30
Jay Sandrich on what good comedy can do for us socially
01:37

Isabel Sanford

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Isabel Sanford on The Jeffersons legacy within the African-American community
02:26

Joseph Sargent

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Joseph Sargent on casting black extras on Gunsmoke
01:37

William Schallert

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William Schallert on starting the Committee for Performers with Disabilities
05:01

Bob Schiller

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Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on racial issues on Maude
01:25

Alfred Schneider

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Alfred Schneider on the decision not to allow two men to kiss on Thirtysomething
01:34
Alfred Schneider on writer/producer Susan Harris's response to being told that a scene in Soap where women were discussing sex had to be cut
00:51
Alfred Schneider on negotiating the depiction of the controversial subject matter of That Certain Summer
01:43
Alfred Schneider on meeting with special interest groups and handling their concerns about portrayals of certain groups and depictions of controversial topics on television
02:15
Alfred Schneider on sit-in protests by the gay community in response to Marcus Welby, M.D.
01:28

Robert Schuller

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Robert Schuller on dealing with Civil Rights and racism on Hour of Power
04:01

Ralph Senensky

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Ralph Senensky on censorship when directing Breaking Point and "The Bull Roarer" episode in which a young man thinks he might be gay
02:27

Richard Shapiro

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Richard and Esther Shapiro on writing the made-for-TV movie Minstrel Man
07:04
Richard and Esther Shapiro on Dynasty star Jack Coleman ("Steven Carrington")
02:43
Richard and Esther Shapiro on memorable storylines on Dynasty - on "Steven Carrington's" homosexuality
02:10
Richard and Esther Shapiro on "Steven Carrington's" homosexuality on Dynasty
01:15

Esther Shapiro

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Esther Shapiro on the limited number of female writers
00:27
Esther Shapiro on being a female writer in Hollywood and whether or not having a male writing partner helped her
02:45
Esther Shapiro on fellow female executives at ABC
01:25
Richard and Esther Shapiro on writing the made-for-TV movie Minstrel Man
07:04
Richard and Esther Shapiro on Dynasty star Jack Coleman ("Steven Carrington")
02:43
Richard and Esther Shapiro on memorable storylines on Dynasty - on "Steven Carrington's" homosexuality
02:10
Richard and Esther Shapiro on "Steven Carrington's" homosexuality on Dynasty
01:15

Jack Shea

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Jack Shea on diversity on television during the era of Sanford and Son
00:53
Jack Shea on diversity within the DGA
01:01

Abby Singer

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Abby Singer on dealing with Affirmative action as a production manager
01:16

John Singleton

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John Singleton on The Arsenio Hall Show being the only variety show that would put on hip hop and R&B artists at that time
00:32
John Singleton on directing Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time" music video, and his vision for putting Michael Jackson with "a whole bunch of black people"
03:48
John Singleton on how opportunities for African Americans in entertainment have changed over the course of his career
00:38

Aaron Spelling

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Aaron Spelling on believing that you can teach and entertain at the same time
00:31

Lesley Stahl

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Lesley Stahl on consciously trying to convey authority as a reporter
01:07
Lesley Stahl on encountering sexism within news crews when she was a rookie reporter for CBS in Washington D.C. in the 1970s
01:47
Lesley Stahl on being told to re-do an on-camera piece without smiling (to exude more authority) while a correspondent for CBS in Washington in the 1970s
00:51
Lesley Stahl on getting hired at CBS' Washington D.C. news bureau, and how affirmative action played a part in her hiring
01:21
Lesley Stahl on the jobs women had at NBC News when she started in 1967
00:24
Lesley Stahl on women in broadcast journalism during her day
01:51

Jean Stapleton

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Jean Stapleton on how All in the Family used comedy to expose social issues, including bigotry
00:37
Jean Stapleton on her involvement with the Women's Movement of the 1970s
01:21

Darren Star

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Darren Star on the censorship issues that arose on Melrose Place, particularly involving the character "Matt Fielding," who was gay
03:16

Nick Stewart

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Nick Stewart on performing for both black and white audiences on the Vaudeville circuit
02:54
Nick Stewart on black performers and the type of comedy they practiced
02:24
Nick Stewart on the NAACP protests of Amos 'N' Andy
02:45
Nick Stewart on the end of Amos 'N' Andy  due to protests from the NAACP
05:16
Nick Stewart on how race relations affected the television industry
03:43
Nick Stewart on the then-current state of African-Americans on television 
05:56

George Sunga

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George Sunga on the diversity of the crew of The Jeffersons
01:58

George Takei

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George Takei on being an Asian-American actor
04:24

William Tankersley

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William Tankersley on how CBS Program Practices handled Civil Rights storylines on TV shows in the 1950s
02:04

Nina Tassler

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Nina Tassler on the importance of developing shows that provide leading roles for women as well as a work-life balance for lead actresses
02:36
Nina Tassler on diversity in television
03:52

Tony Thomas

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Tony Thomas on the black community's reaction to Benson and its cancellation
01:15

Stanford Tischler

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Stanford Tischler on how the mid-70s pilot Only in America was not picked up by ABC because it was considered too "ethnic"
01:06

Saul Turteltaub

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Saul Turteltaub on Marlo Thomas' input on That Girl, and how his and Bernie Orenstein's push for Thomas' character to get married led to the end of the show
02:14

Leslie Uggams

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Leslie Uggams on appearing on The Paul Whiteman TV Teen Club as a child and not being allowed to win a car on the show because an African American boy had already won one on the show
01:26
Leslie Uggams on getting recognized on the street after appearing on Sing Along with Mitch and the extra pressure she felt as an African American woman in the spotlight
01:01
Leslie Uggams on the pushback from the network to her being on Sing Along with Mitch because she was African American and how Mitch Miller stood up for her
01:32
Leslie Uggams on discrimination she faced early in her career and barriers she broke down by appearing on Sing Along with Mitch
02:14
Leslie Uggams on the role television played in the Civil Rights Movement
01:05
Leslie Uggams on how The Leslie Uggams Show came about and her efforts to have a diverse crew and writing staff
02:24
Leslie Uggams on the success of Roots and what it taught Americans about their own history
01:30

Dean Valentine

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Dean Valentine on Ellen DeGeneres' decision for her character "Ellen Morgan" to come out of the closet on Ellen, and on th cultural impact of "The Puppy Episode"
11:00

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner on what he believes The Cosby Show  was trying to achieve
01:48
Malcolm-Jamal Warner on black culture on The Cosby Show
00:58
Malcolm-Jamal Warner on how the portrayal of Black Americans has changed since he started acting
02:28

Matthew Weiner

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Matthew Weiner on the Mad Men  episode, "The Other Woman," in which "Joan Holloway" (Christina Hendricks) prostitutes herself to get an account for the firm
04:41
Matthew Weiner on the gender equality themes of Mad Men  season 7a
00:44

Bob Weiskopf

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Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on racial issues on Maude
01:25

Tom Werner

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Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner on the Cosby  spin-off A Different World  and the awareness the program brought to black colleges
02:38

Av Westin

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Av Westin on negative reactions to Barbara Walters and other female news anchors
04:40

Susan Whiting

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Susan Whiting on diversity in Nielsen samples
02:21
Susan Whiting on being a female executive in the media world
01:26

Tucker Wiard

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Tucker Wiard on fond memories working on The Carol Burnett Show
14:24

Joseph M. Wilcots

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Joseph M. Wilcots on being the first African-American to join the camera union
06:05
Joseph M. Wilcots on how things changed for black cinematographers during his career
00:42

Fred Willard

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Fred Willard on playing the gay character "Scott" on Roseanne
12:18

Larry Wilmore

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Larry Wilmore on the writers of The PJs, and on the diversity of the writing staff
03:42
Larry Wilmore on changes he's seen in for African-Americans in television
01:55

Ethel Winant

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Ethel Winant on dealing with the network on casting blacklisted actors and minorities on television in the '50s
02:08
Ethel Winant on difficulties she encountered in casting minority actors for shows like Playhouse 90 and The United States Steel Hour's production of "Doomsday at Noon"
04:51
Ethel Winant on rising up through the ranks at CBS as a woman
01:26
Ethel Winant on being the first female executive at CBS and dealing with other executives like William S. Paley
05:58

Leo Yoshimura

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Leo Yoshimura on the persistent lack of representation of Asian Americans on television
03:57
Leo Yoshimura on playing "Sulu" in several Star Trek parodies on Saturday Night Live over the years, and on lack of representation of Japanese people on television
06:08

Jeff Zucker

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Jeff Zucker on the importance of diversity in television
00:58

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