Voters may have overwhelmingly elected a black man as president in 2008, but broadcast TV decision makers still don’t fully believe mainstream audiences will embrace a drama series with a black lead unless coupled with a white actor or as part of a large, multiracial ensemble cast. And don't even consider two black leads carrying a drama series on a major network.
"Lost" creator J.J. Abrams may change that perception with his anticipated new show on NBC, "Undercovers," which debuts Sept. 22. (TODAYshow.com is a part of msnbc.com, which is a joint venture between Microsoft and NBC Universal.)
The drama stars Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Steven and Samantha Bloom, a married couple who were once spies and are now getting back into the business. At the core, the show is a brightly written romantic adventure with two strong leading characters who happen to be black.
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