Any Bias in the Business Of Reboots? in Primetime Posted June 1 3 hours ago, DramatistDreamer said: I probably should have been clearer about the time period because I definitely meant l, in the last three or four years. I strain to remember shows featuring a majority Black or POC cast that have gotten more than a video on Entertainment Weekly:s social media platform. I only just found out that House Of Payne got a reboot, then again, I have only ever watched one episode of that show. Oh, ok, got it. Black shows have definitely not been a part of the reboot wave. House of Payne only got a reboot because Tyler Perry can shoot at his own studio and reduce the costs to BET. 20 minutes ago, DramatistDreamer said: I have been thinking about ADW in terms of why they have had no reboot despite massive public interest and I think it is likely because NBCU or the other producers don't want to go to court, if Cosby is indeed the issue. Bill Cosby, a convicted sex offender would have a tough time keeping control of ADW if other producers truly wanted to fight him in litigation. Harvey Weinstein legally had his company wrested away from him eventually, so if it came down to a court battle, Cosby would have a decent chance of losing. It seems like a lack of will on behalf of the other producers, who may not see it as worth the effort, as hard as it may seem to believe by the rest of us. I often think of the fact that most of these sitcoms with minority majority casts had smaller budgets, less promotion and usually went off the air with little fanfare or media recognition. It reminded me of the time when Black movies were said to be unappealing to 'mainstream' audiences and therefore undeserving of larger budgets for production, promotion, etc. as they would only underperform--until they didn't, consistently. I once had a screenwriter/professor tell me that a movie with two Black leads couldn't get greenlit because it was assumed that the movie wouldn't "sell". I hope those days are over in the film business but I wouldn't be surprised if that bias still existed in network television. Insecure is approaching its final season, so we'll see how that send-off happens. It could be an indicator of what, if anything has changed on the landscape. There are fewer black sitcoms on the air now than there were in the past four decades so a degree of bias does still exist.