Another thing on the whole Drama (diverse) vs. Comedy (not) thing: Entertainment Weekly had a piece on this issue a while ago and pointed while diverse shows are usually workplace oriented, all-white/all-black shows invariably take place in the home. This fits reality: our workplaces are generally more integrated than our neighborhoods. And while not an exact fit, more dramas are set at both work and home, while sitcoms are usually set completely at home. So the comedy/drama dichotomy makes some sense.
White people writing for blacks is tough…how do you make the voice real without being insulting. A fine line. I remember a sitcom on FOX called “The Show” (I think) that had two white writers going to work on a black, “In Living Color” - type show. I only saw the pilot, but found the premise fascinating. On the show, the two groups (b&w) are fighting over race and perspective for the whole show until they find a common reference point acting out a scene from Pulp Fiction. The sad thing is that it feels like black shows are getting “blacker.” Watching UPN is like a dropping into a parallel universe: I get all the cultural reference points, but find everything at most borderline funny. I guess blacks never got Seinfeld. I want to say “Vive la difference,” but it’s sad that there aren’t any high quality reference points between the races. Or maybe I’m pessimistic?