Possibly adding a little racial diversity to its predominately white lineup, HBO has green lit a new Lorne Michaels-helmed half-hour comedy. Starring former Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writers, Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, the yet untitled show centers around two reporters hoping to gain fame and success in Atlanta’s New South.
Following in the footsteps of the network’s Treme, a program set in post-Katrina New Orleans, Riddle and Salahuddin’s show will be set in a primarily black area, using race as a major plot point. Unlike Treme, however, shows like Girls, Game of Thrones, Family Tree, Boardwalk Empire and Veep aren’t exactly colorful.
It seems we’re not the only ones pleased by the introduction of darker pigmentation on HBO. Comments on Deadline demonstrate that the dearth of racial diversity hasn’t gone unnoticed. “HBO is doing a black show? Wow,” wrote Aaron, and, “About time HBO introduce a little bit of color. And I’m not talkin Donald Glover on Girls [sic]” wrote an anonymous commenter.