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Too many white men creating the shows at HBO, TV critic says

Too many white men creating the shows at HBO, TV critic says
Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey star in HBO's "True Detective." (HBO)

HBO is a great place to create a TV show — if you're a white guy.

So says a new report by Huffington Post TV critic Maureen Ryan, who argues that the premium cable channel — home of such acclaimed series as "True Detective," "Game of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" — is almost exclusively the province of white male writer-producers.

Or, as the story refers to such people, "narrative architects."

"Guess how many women or people of color have been a creator or narrative architect on a one-hour HBO drama or miniseries since 2008 (the year after 'The Sopranos' ended)?" the article asks.

"None. Not one."

Ryan also faults male-created series such as "True Detective" for propagating female stereotypes such as "'crazy' mistresses, nameless strippers, randy hookups, disgruntled daughters [and] dismayed wives."

An HBO spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a Show Tracker request for comment. But a network rep is quoted in Ryan's story: "We can do better; we are doing better; we are striving to do better."

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Have a look at Ryan's piece. What's your take?

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