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29 January 2010 @ 11:17 pm
"We've got to get this approved by the suits at network."  
Dear suits at network, please weigh in on the following lingering things about my show-by-collective-hive-mind, RISK.

The results of the screen test poll are as follows:

Dylan Hart*, team leader: Lee Thompson Young [*since Dylan is unfortunately one of the whitest names ever, for serious -- do I change it? To what?]


Camilla Fairchild, combat expert: America Ferrera


Tabitha Brewer, infiltration expert: Alona Tal


Michael, technical expert: Percy Daggs [a) needs last name, b) it's cool that I have a bunch of men of color on my show who are paired with white women, right? am I doing Something Wrong with my imaginary show?]


Catherine Shea, linguistics consultant: Miracle Laurie [close race, omg!]


Alexander Lim: John Cho [according to the poll, actually, John Cho should play every role in this and every show, and I <3 this publicity shot.]


James Green*: Taylor Kitsch** [*Last name may be changed due to me muttering "Good shot, Green!" whenever I see it. Suggestions welcome!, **OK, he won the poll fair and square, but since Zachary Gilford lost out for Dylan, can I cast him as this? He's more clean-cut and therefore can pass more as being corporate.]

or


POLL to sum up my questions and because polls show that people like polls:

Poll #1518565 Oh them? They're my network.

Dylan's character name should be:

Left as it is!
9(90.0%)
Changed!
1(10.0%)

Dylan's new name should be:

The imbalance of characters of color between men and women is:

Not a problem.
9(90.0%)
A problem, for social reasons I may or may not go into in comments.
1(10.0%)
The casting choice is not a problem, but worrying/asking about it is a problem.
0(0.0%)

Michael's last name should be:

James should be cast with the following actor:

Taylor Kitsch
2(22.2%)
Zachary Gilford
7(77.8%)
Another actor entirely, who may or may not also be from Friday Night Lights.
0(0.0%)

Another actor entirely, who may or may not also be from Friday Night Lights:

Show management by poll is:

Awesome and fun! Keep doing it!
2(18.2%)
Shouldn't you keep your eyes on your own paper and write your own show?
0(0.0%)
OMG! A poll!
3(27.3%)
 
 
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Opal: bsg tighPodoparu on January 30th, 2010 11:21 am (UTC)
ou know, in "Independence Day" the little kid's name was Dylan, and he was black, 'tis all good.
Little Red: gleee! - nenyamylittleredgirl on January 30th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm super excited about my show and about the cast! :-D
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Little Red: b5 - ivanova oven - crazybeemylittleredgirl on January 30th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
HAHA, yeah, there's an element of color-blindness in all- or mostly-white communities, I've found, where people are kind of actually blind to race instead of acknowledging it? I thought of casting Dylan a white mother though, for the name, and because I have cast white chicks as his love interests, so it would be all freudian? It's weird -- really, it's like I'm pretending this is an actual show, where people will write editorials about it based on promo shots without really reading it.
a universal sighnaushika on January 31st, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
There are some fake shows out there that have 100% white casts, which bothered me when I saw them. I was going to make a thinky post about it.. but my own cast seems to be suffering from token-minority-itis. :| So it's probably not my place to judge.

But to look at it from another direction.. tv already suffers from whitewashing, and I picked my actors from my favorite tv shows mostly, and I had an extremely hard time coming up with any non-white actors to put in my roles. I got Zoe Saldana who is not even a tv actor, and Ninomiya Kazunari who can't even really speak English in reality. I was having a hard time finding non-white actors who fit the roles as I saw them in my head because there wasn't much of a pool to start with, I think.

In short, I LOVE LEE THOMPSON YOUNG AND I'M GLAD HE WON.
Little Red: b5 - ivanova oven - crazybeemylittleredgirl on February 2nd, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
tv already suffers from whitewashing, and I picked my actors from my favorite tv shows mostly, and I had an extremely hard time coming up with any non-white actors to put in my roles.

It was remarkably difficult for me to find an actress who wasn't stick-thin, so I can only imagine! And I had the resources of my whole flist to do it!!

I love that THE FAMOUS JETT JACKSON is the star of my new teevee show. SO AWESOME! HEE! :) I think I will probably have some thinking to do as I write, though, because I will automatically write things in based on something I pick up from my black coworkers, will then make me stop and think "As a white woman writing a black man saying this... am I allowed to say this?"