It's all black and white on CBS
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Color TV on CBS has changed to “black and white” with Monday night’s new schedule. I am not referring to reprises of the Dick Van Dyke series, or the Beverly Hillbillies — not even I Love Lucy.
I’m referring to its fall primetime lineup. First comes The Neighbor, a sitcom pitting a middle class black family and a middle class white family (neighbors) against each other for the most laughs as each deals with everyday problems from violence and school bullying to familial relationships.
Next is Bob (hearts) Abishola … an evolving romance between an overweight white, seemingly rich (he owns a Cadillac), male socks manufacturer and the Nigerian nurse who tended him after he had a mild heart attack. Her African-American extended family is pushing her to marry Bob so they can indulge in his wealth since they are living with Abishola.
Then follows All Rise, where the newly appointed female black judge, with several white associates, has to solve the problem of a Federal ICE agent trying to take into custody an illegal alien in her courtroom in California, a sanctuary state. With some wise advice from a white attorney and her new white female judge colleague, she remedies the dilemma.
Bull, the old “kid on the block,” has DiNozzo, from NCIS, portraying a jury expert who wins unsettling sorts of justice by assessing the decision-making mechanism of a jury to manipulate the outcome. One associate (what used to be referred to as a “token” black) is a gay, ex-pro football player with a troubled daughter in college.
There has been a hue and cry for portrayal of persons of color and persons with other sexual identities on TV. Let’s hope this new season will satisfy all viewers and maintain the quality of viewing with which folks have become accustomed.
John R. Cleary