Auditions of several candidates are reportedly scheduled for Monday on the "SNL" stage.
But if and when "Saturday Night Live" makes good on its promise--which came only after the furor erupted--will the show fall into the "token syndrome" that has befallen other shows and producers who have added blacks to series only when they come under fire?
The following examples illustrate the awkwardness:
1. After being repeatedly blasted by the media for the all-white cast of HBO's
However, their relationship lasted only a few episodes and Glover's character was dispatched. "Girls" continued for the rest of the season with an all-white cast.
Actress Vanessa Williams, who joined "Desperate Housewives" in 2010, was still steamed about Woodard's story line when she joined the series in 2010--so much so that she had to be persuaded to come on the show.
"She had her son in chains in the basement," Williams said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "It was like, 'Really? Do we have to go there with our first black character?'
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"I honestly fell off the show after that. I think it was just so implausible and just an image that black folks don't want to see -- their child chained and shackled in the basement."
4. NBC's critically acclaimed
[For the Record, 4:18 p.m. Dec. 18: An earlier version of this post misspelled Alfre Woodard's last name as Woodward and gave the last name of her "Desperate Housewives" character, Betty Applewhite, as Applegate.]