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ABC and CBS TV Fall lineup to have greater ethnic diversity

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The fall lineup released this week by ABC and CBS TV indicates greater ethnic diversity for the new season that starts in September.

Network TV shows, at least at ABC and CBS TV, will have diverse casts that include Latinos, Asians, and African-Americans. The ABC comedies include, a Latino comedy titled "Cristela," and it is about a law school student who is going into her sixth year. Cristela is very close to getting her first big unpaid internship at a well renowned law firm. "Cristela" is expected to debut on Oct. 10 at 8:30 p.m.

Also at ABC is "Selfie" starring "Star Trek's" John Cho, and "Doctor Who's" Karen Gillan. Gillan plays Eliza Dooley who has over a quarter-million of social media followers, who hang on every one of Eliza's posts, Tweets, and selfies. Eliza soon realizes that none of her "digital friends" are really her friends, so she then hires Cho's Henry to remake her or "re-brand" her image by teaching her how to interact and socially connect with people. It is expected to premiere on Sept. 30 at 8 p.m.

"Blackish" starring Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne, is an updated version of the "Cosby" show....about a successful African-American family that has Anderson with a great job, a beautiful wife played by Tracey Ellis Ross, along with four kids. They all live in the suburbs, where the neighborhood is a mixture of white and black people. This comedy explores how much of oneself should you give up in order to be successful and respected in America. "Blackish" premieres on Sept. 24 at 9:30 p.m.

There is the Asian-American comedy titled "Fresh Off the Boat," which is set in the 1990s. It has been compared to the "Wonder Years," but the characters are Chinese-American. The narrator of this comedy, Edie, is a 12 year old boy who loves hip-hop who gets a the culture shock when his family move from Orlando to Washington DC's Chinatown.

Two ABC dramas premiere, one is part of a Shonda Rhimes lineup, while the other drama goes deep into the character of study of race relations between Whites and Latinos in the US. "How to Get Away With Murder" created by Rhimes, and stars Viola Davis as a Professor Annalise Keating, who is brilliant and extremely charismatic. Davis' Annalise and four of her students in her law class all get entangled with a murder of their own. It debuts on Sept. 25 on ABC.

"American Crime," the other ABC drama, is about a young couple from Modesto, California, who are attacked by young Latinos during a home invasion. "American Crime" stars Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton. The debut date is yet to be announced.

CBS has revealed that their hit shows for the fall will include current hits "The Big Bang Theory," "NCIS: LA," and "The Amazing Race." "The Mentalist" will debut latter in the season, along with "Mike & Molly," and "Undercover Boss."