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TVSource Podcast Ep. #1, Part 3: Year in Soaps 2016 – Token Diversity

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In part 3 of the series premiere episode of the TVSource podcast, the Year in Soaps discussion turns to diversity, or lack thereof in soaps. Why does it feel like the minorities only interact with each other? We discuss this and more.

The discussion with TVSource Magazine’s Ryan White-Nobles, Jenn Bishop, Ashley Dionne and Coryon Gray shifted to diversity in soaps after Ashley discussed the lack of storyline for General Hospital’s Jordan. From there, we touch on the lacking characterization and motivation for some of the minority characters in soaps – The Young and the Restless’ Hillary Curtis-Winters, Days of our Lives’ Theo Carver and more. We discuss the underutilized Tequan Richmond of GH, and question how is it that a young star of his caliber can’t seem to find airtime, when the problematic actions of others led to more.

We examined the need for new, fresh ideas in the writer’s room, and highlight Days of our Lives’ Ryan Quan as a potential opportunity for that. As the only person of color in a head writing position in daytime, Quan has been given the opportunity directly impact his show in a way many haven’t. It remains to be seen if new equates to better. DAYS is praised for seemingly doing more with young Theo in recent weeks, including the showcasing of some very much needed point of view.

We tease upcoming podcast topics towards the end of the episode including shows on Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale and whether one’s identity makes them better at their creative job.

The new episode is embedded below.

Episode Length: 20:05

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