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Jessica Chastain Is Shaming CBS for the Lack of Diversity in Its Fall Shows

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The debut of the fall TV season is only about a month and a half away, and I seriously can’t wait. Amidst all of the excitement about new premieres and my fave shows returning, CBS faced some backlash a few months ago when its fall show lineup featured all male, predominantly white lead roles. Now, Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain is speaking out against the network and its lack of diversity, Refinery29 reports. 

Earlier this week, CBS’s executive vice president of programming Thom Sherman tried to defend the network’s male-dominated shows, claiming that this year’s female-led pilots just weren’t strong enough to air. “The way things turned out, those pilots were not felt to be as good as some of the other series that were picked up,” Sherman said at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour. “That’s just the cycle of business and how it happens sometimes.”

Chastain took to Twitter to express her disappointment with CBS, reminding her fans that are literally hundreds of other networks and streaming platforms to turn to for entertainment. She even gave a shout-out to some of her fellow Juilliard alumni currently killing it in the acting industry.

While Sherman insists that CBS is slowly approaching more content with women and minorities featured, the network definitely seems behind the times compared to other channels' shows. Props to Jessica Chastain for reminding us that there is far worthier TV out there to enjoy!

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