Television: The Vast Whiteland

Do not adjust your set. It's the big four networks' fall schedule that needs its color contrast fixed

This was, in retrospect, perhaps not the best month for Calista Flockhart to invite the press to "kiss my skinny white ass." And for once, "skinny" wasn't the problem. "White," rather, reminded us too vividly that Fox had bumped to midseason the heftier black keister of Thurgood Stubbs, animated star of The PJs, in favor of Ally, the half-hour Mini-Me to Ally McBeal and, incidentally, part of the most Caucasian fall lineup in years. It should not have surprised anyone, then, that N.A.A.C.P. president Kweisi Mfume last week issued a similarly spirited directive to the Big Four networks, ABC, CBS, Fox...

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