I've written the following post in reverse-chron order, with oldest on top, in an attempt to be more logical than usual.
How Fox’s police procedural ‘Rosewood’ is expanding representations of black men in network TV http://t.co/pB2Jbw83Bu— stacia l. brown (@slb79) October 8, 2015
Nicely-observed @slb79 @washingtonpost - How @RosewoodFOX is expanding representations of black men in network TV. http://t.co/7PILBUncYy— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) October 8, 2015
It is legitimately hard to read about the existential terror of black people that a lot of Americans have. pic.twitter.com/1EGkOQldIx— Jamelle Boooooo-ee (@jbouie) October 8, 2015
For me, the highlight from Brown's column was this line:
"The subtlest moments — like Rosie, Dante, and those flowers — punctuate how rare it is to see two black men onscreen discussing something other than violence, racism, or their own mortality."
Especially as it finally stops trying to explain who every character is and can actually breathe a little and let the plots develop however they will.
Radar and Frank Burns.
In retrospect, some of those early M.A.S.H. episodes often seem like the show's writers were intentionally bullying Larry Linville's Burns character just to see what sort of reaction it might provoke in either him or the show's audience.
It's always especially noticeable in those episodes composed largely of clips.
You almost wonder what the writers were thinking.
Most TV viewers nowadays forget that, for a while at least, like the Mary Tyler Moore Show,
M.A.S.H. was forced by CBS network execs to use a laugh track, which was cringe-worthy, even though it was performed without a studio audience.
Like Brown, I also hope that they give the show a chance to properly develop and find its way.
It's always a good thing to have fully-realized characters on network TV, especially if they can be set against an area of the country that is -quite correctly I'm sorry to say- often regarded as the height of superficiality, where physical looks always-but-always trumps brain power every time.
(As I know so well from growing-up in sunny sand, surf and bikini-clad South Florida!)
How ironic would that be?
And if it can be a character that looks, acts and thinks like series star Morris Chestnut's, one that's doesn't adhere to most Hollywood's showrunners' pre-conceived paint-by-numbers notions of what the show has to do, as opposed to what it can do, so much the better for everyone concerned, not least, the poor TV audience who desperately prefers to see more accurate depictions of complex people's lives on the tube. And lives different from their own, with their own separate struggles.
But then a sophisticated TV audience that wants more also has to let the networks know they want that, not more of the same old thing, or variations on a TV theme from 25 years before.
And so it is here with Fox-TV.
People have to use their voices.
So far, so good!
So grateful to all of you enjoying and supporting #ROSEWOOD!! Keeping it going! Truly... Thank you! https://t.co/3KJpHPdoac— Morris Chestnut (@Morris_Chestnut) October 9, 2015
Since I sent out an email with much of the above Thursday afternoon to my corps of well-informed friends and Followers(!) across the country, have been greatly heartened by the number who say that they not only like and watch the show, but also agree with points that Stacia L. Brown and I raise.