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''City of Angels'' may skew TOO urban

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No sooner does Steven Bochco flout TV convention by cocreating the African American dominated hospital drama ”City of Angels,” starring Blair Underwood and Vivica A. Fox, than people complain that it’s still not diverse enough. CBS sources say even all-black focus groups have questioned whether ”Angels” features enough white, Latino, and Asian characters.

”One thing about viewers,” says one rival network exec, ”[they] watch a show because it feels real. If it’s not real, they won’t watch it.” Replies Bochco: ”I don’t put a whole lot of stock in testing. The bottom line is, my creative choice from day one was to make a fundamentally black drama set in an inner-city hospital. To the degree it does or does not conform to an arbitrary demographic profile, I don’t know, and candidly I don’t care.”

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