Television: City Of Angels

Steven Bochco's new hospital drama adds color on both sides of the camera

You'd think Steven Bochco was the Branch Rickey of American dramatic television. Ever since the announcement of City of Angels (CBS, Wednesdays, 8 p.m. E.T.), an urban-hospital drama with a mostly black cast, the powerful producer (Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue) has been portrayed like the man who brought Jackie Robinson to the majors: the beneficent white guy who ushered minority talent onto the playing field of TV drama.

But since last July, when the N.A.A.C.P. threatened boycotts against ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC for underrepresenting people of color in prime time, many shows have plugged minorities into their lineups. City's...

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