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21st Jun '16 5:37:16 AM MarcoPolo250
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* UPN in general faced this problem for its entire existence. While its black-led sitcoms were always popular with black audiences, none of them ever managed to break out of the ghetto and gain a substantial white fanbase. When UPN was merged with Creator/TheWB in 2006 to form Creator/TheCW, most of UPN's black-led shows wound up getting left behind, and the new network aimed for the WB's white middle-class audience. Ironically the WB itself started off similarly to UPN and had the same problem with its black sitcoms. Likewise Fox in the early '90s.

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* UPN in general faced this problem for its entire existence. While its black-led sitcoms were always popular with black audiences, none of them ever managed to break out of the ghetto and gain a substantial white fanbase. When UPN was merged with Creator/TheWB in 2006 to form Creator/TheCW, most of UPN's black-led shows wound up getting left behind, and the new network aimed for the WB's white middle-class audience. Ironically the WB itself started off similarly to UPN and had the same problem with its black sitcoms. Likewise Fox Creator/{{Fox}} in the early '90s.



* The Starz network crime drama ''{{Series/Power}}'' was created with this trope in mind. The marketing and advertising for the show was specifically intended to bring in more African American subscribers. It worked and the series became their highest rated series since [[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus]].

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* The Starz network Creator/{{Starz}} crime drama ''{{Series/Power}}'' was created with this trope in mind. The marketing and advertising for the show was specifically intended to bring in more African American subscribers. It worked and the series became their highest rated series since [[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus]].



* ''Series/InLivingColor'' was pretty much the African-American version of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and became a huge success for the Fox network, and was at one time competing neck-and-neck with SNL for ratings. The show ran for many seasons until it was finally cancelled, but not due to ExecutiveMeddling, but because the majority of the show's main cast all became big stars in their own right and went on to make successful films and television shows for themselves. And some of the people behind the scenes went on to create ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' which was also successful, though it was no longer a predominately African-American show anymore.
* ''Series/{{Empire}}'' has proven to be a surprise hit for Fox, with viewership dwarfing many of the other hyped up shows of the season like ''Series/AgentCarter''. Some people (including Music/FiftyCent) have actually accused the show of being a case of FollowTheLeader made to cash in on the success of the aforementioned ''Power''.

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* ''Series/InLivingColor'' was pretty much the African-American version of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and became a huge success for the Fox Creator/{{Fox}} network, and was at one time competing neck-and-neck with SNL for ratings. The show ran for many seasons until it was finally cancelled, but not due to ExecutiveMeddling, but because the majority of the show's main cast all became big stars in their own right and went on to make successful films and television shows for themselves. And some of the people behind the scenes went on to create ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' which was also successful, though it was no longer a predominately African-American show anymore.
* ''Series/{{Empire}}'' has proven to be a surprise hit for Fox, Creator/{{Fox}}, with viewership dwarfing many of the other hyped up shows of the season like ''Series/AgentCarter''. Some people (including Music/FiftyCent) have actually accused the show of being a case of FollowTheLeader made to cash in on the success of the aforementioned ''Power''.



* The ''Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' universe is set in a fantasy world with heavy inspiration from the FarEast and many of the lead characters being particularly dark skinned. Despite this, it is has become incredibly popular. While the [[Film/TheLastAirbender live action movie]] kept the FarEast cultural inspiration, it mixed up some of the races (So haphazardly it counts as one of the movie's many crimes): the Japanese-like (and notably plae) Fire Nation became a mix of Indians, Middle Easterners and Polynesians, while the blue-eyed and dark skinned Water Tribe became a mix of white lead actors and Inuit extras. SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' was just as popular, and also adds breaking out of the GirlShowGhetto to its list of achievements.

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* The ''Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' universe is set in a fantasy world with heavy inspiration from the FarEast and many of the lead characters being particularly dark skinned. Despite this, it is has become incredibly popular.
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While the [[Film/TheLastAirbender live action movie]] kept the FarEast cultural inspiration, it mixed up some of the races (So haphazardly it counts as one of the movie's many crimes): the races. The Japanese-like (and notably plae) Fire Nation became a mix of Indians, Middle Easterners and Polynesians, while the blue-eyed and dark skinned Water Tribe became a mix of white lead actors and Inuit extras. extras.
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SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' was just as popular, popular as the original, and also adds breaking out of the GirlShowGhetto to its list of achievements.
21st Jun '16 5:17:42 AM MarcoPolo250
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* The Starz network crime drama ''{{Series/Power}}'' was created with this trope in mind. The marketing and advertising for the show was specifically intended to bring in more African American subscribers. It worked and the series became their highest rated series since Spartacus.

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* The Starz network crime drama ''{{Series/Power}}'' was created with this trope in mind. The marketing and advertising for the show was specifically intended to bring in more African American subscribers. It worked and the series became their highest rated series since Spartacus.[[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus]].



* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' is probably one of the biggest aversions of this in TV history. Though, of course, Cosby had to work like heck to convince network execs that a show about a professional-class African American family was something that people would watch. Sadly, Coby being exposed as a sex offender in late 2014 placed the show back in the ghetto.
* Its sister series, ''Series/ADifferentWorld'', was also largely successful.

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* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' is probably one of the biggest aversions of this in TV history. Though, of course, Cosby had to work like heck to convince network execs that a show about a professional-class African American family was something that people would watch. Sadly, the controversy surrounding Coby being exposed as a sex offender in late 2014 placed killed reruns of the show back in the ghetto.
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Its sister series, ''Series/ADifferentWorld'', was also largely successful.
4th Jun '16 10:58:56 AM MysteriousZorua1994
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* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' is probably one of the biggest aversions of this in TV history. Though, of course, Cosby had to work like heck to convince network execs that a show about a professional-class African American family was something that people would watch.

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* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' is probably one of the biggest aversions of this in TV history. Though, of course, Cosby had to work like heck to convince network execs that a show about a professional-class African American family was something that people would watch. Sadly, Coby being exposed as a sex offender in late 2014 placed the show back in the ghetto.
15th May '16 10:21:58 AM dsneybuf
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* There's also ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'', a hip-hop musical almost exclusively starring non-white actors (the only white character is the BigBad). Not only was it a smash hit on Broadway, but the cast album managed to make it to #12 on the Billboard 200, the highest entrance for a musical since 1963.

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* There's also ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'', a hip-hop musical penned by Puerto Rican Creator/LinManuelMiranda, and almost exclusively starring non-white actors (the only white character is the BigBad). Not only was it a smash hit on Broadway, but the cast album managed to make it to #12 on the Billboard 200, the highest entrance for a musical since 1963.
15th May '16 10:19:21 AM dsneybuf
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* ''Theatre/TheWiz'', despite spawning a BoxOfficeBomb of a movie adaptation, did last four years on Broadway, and also won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The 2015 TV special of the musical also earned strong ratings and reviews.

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* ''Theatre/TheWiz'', despite spawning a BoxOfficeBomb ''Theatre/TheWiz'' presented an all-African-American retelling of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', also boasting African-American songwriters and a movie adaptation, did last black director. It lasted four years on Broadway, and also won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The Additionally, the 2015 TV special of the musical also (which unlike the BoxOfficeBomb of a movie adaptation, had an African-American director as well as black actors and actresses) earned strong ratings and reviews.
25th Apr '16 12:38:51 PM comicwriter
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->'''Brian K. Vaughan''': This is an original fantasy book with no superheroes, two non-white leads and an opening chapter featuring graphic robot sex. I thought we might be cancelled by our third issue.

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->'''Brian -->'''Brian K. Vaughan''': This is an original fantasy book with no superheroes, two non-white leads and an opening chapter featuring graphic robot sex. I thought we might be cancelled by our third issue.
25th Apr '16 12:38:09 PM comicwriter
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* ''Comicbook/{{Saga}}'', which starts two aliens who were (per WordOfGod) designed to look non-white. Creator/BrianKVaughan even said he thought the two leads being people of color might hurt sales; thankfully, he was wrong.
->'''Brian K. Vaughan''': This is an original fantasy book with no superheroes, two non-white leads and an opening chapter featuring graphic robot sex. I thought we might be cancelled by our third issue.
21st Apr '16 8:48:02 AM comicwriter
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* Justin Lin had a hard time raising money for his first movie, ''Film/BetterLuckTomorrow'', because very few people wanted to fund a movie with an entirely Asian-American cast. One potential investor said he'd donate a million dollars to the budget if Lin would agree to cast Creator/Macaulay Culkin as the lead...[[RaceLift despite the fact that the movie was based on a true story about an Asian-American teen]].

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* Justin Lin had a hard time raising money for his first movie, ''Film/BetterLuckTomorrow'', because very few people wanted to fund a movie with an entirely Asian-American cast. One potential investor said he'd donate a million dollars to the budget if Lin would agree to cast Creator/Macaulay Macaulay Culkin as the lead...[[RaceLift despite the fact that the movie was based on a true story about an Asian-American teen]].
11th Apr '16 9:08:03 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''ComicBook/{{Witch}}'' has a majority minority cast (two biracial girls, one Chinese-American girl, one lightskinned ambiguously latina girl, and one white girl) but that's never hurt its popularity. It's one of the more popular female-aimed comics (and [[WesternAnimation/{{Witch}} cartoons) of the 2000s.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Witch}}'' has a majority minority cast (two biracial girls, one Chinese-American girl, one lightskinned ambiguously latina girl, and one white girl) but that's never hurt its popularity. It's one of the more popular female-aimed comics (and [[WesternAnimation/{{Witch}} cartoons) cartoons]]) of the 2000s.
11th Apr '16 9:04:35 AM Pichu-kun
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* Jokingly {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Series/TheRealHusbandsOfHollywood''. J.B. Smoove eventually leaves the show to join the cast of ''Series/TheMillers'', and brags about how much more he's getting paid now that he's on a "white show" rather than a Creator/{{BET}} production. He's also seen wearing a shirt that reads "White people love me."

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* ''Series/TheRealHusbandsOfHollywood'':
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Jokingly {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Series/TheRealHusbandsOfHollywood''.{{lampshade|Hanging}}d. J.B. Smoove eventually leaves the show to join the cast of ''Series/TheMillers'', and brags about how much more he's getting paid now that he's on a "white show" rather than a Creator/{{BET}} production. He's also seen wearing a shirt that reads "White people love me."




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* ''ComicBook/{{Witch}}'' has a majority minority cast (two biracial girls, one Chinese-American girl, one lightskinned ambiguously latina girl, and one white girl) but that's never hurt its popularity. It's one of the more popular female-aimed comics (and [[WesternAnimation/{{Witch}} cartoons) of the 2000s.
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