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ABC's 'American Crime' series pushes hot buttons of race, culture
ABC's 'American Crime' series pushes hot buttons of race, culture

After several decades of falling short in developing comedies and dramas that reflect society's changing demographics, major broadcasters are finally showcasing series with lead characters of color and ethnic themes. "How to Get Away With Murder," "Empire" "Fresh Off the Boat" and "The Mindy Project" are among the shows praised for bringing more cultural variety to the TV landscape. Even more significantly, most have drawn solid ratings. But with the notable exception of HBO's multi-layered urban treatise "The Wire," which ended in 2008, prime time has largely sidestepped examining racial and ethnic tensions, prejudice and...

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