The four top English-language networks ‘«Ű ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC ‘«Ű have an impressive total of 24 scripted shows with Latinos in the lead or supporting cast this Fall‘«™but the distribution between the networks is way, way off. NBC clearly leads the way with ten programs, both dramas and comedies, that have a significant Latino presence. ABC provides a strong second with eight, while FOX and CBS have only three each‘«Űa particularly poor showing for CBS, a network that programs three hours a night compared to FOX's two hours.
The split between the networks has become clear just as the season's starting; so many established programs are adding Latino cast members and regulars this season that it's become harder than usual to keep an accurate scorecard. And every network is getting into the changing game, from CBS' "Blue Bloods," to NBC "Harry's Law" to ABC's "Private Practice" to FOX's House and more.
NBC: Terrific with Ten
NBC has at least one program featuring Latinos from Monday to Friday, and a couple of nights there's a Latino in almost every scripted show of the evening. You've got Eddie Cibrian starring in "The Playboy Club" on Mondays, Sarah Ramos in "Parenthood" on Tuesday, and Wednesday chock full o' Latinos with Al Madrigal in "Free Agents," Karen Olivo joining the cast of "Harry's Law" (not to mention Alfred Molina's early-season multi-episode arc), and Danny Pino becoming a regular on "Law & Order: SVU." On Thursdays, Mel Rodriguez from "Running Wilde" is becoming a regular in "Community," Aubrey Plaza is still part of the "Parks & Recreation" ensemble, as is Oscar Nu??ez in "The Office," and both Kirk Acevedo and Elizabeth Rodriguez are co-starring in the new "Prime Suspect." Fridays, you'll find Josh Gomez an essential part of the returning "Chuck" for at least one more year, but there's nothing new on Saturday or Sunday‘«Űthough interestingly, none of the four networks is offering original programming on Saturdays and very little on Sundays.
ABC: Not Bad at All at Eight
Castle with Jon Huertas returns on Monday, Hector Elizondo is Tim Allen's bosom buddy on "Last Man Standing" on Tuesday, Sofia Vergara and ALMA Award-winner Rico Rodriguez are both back on "Modern Family" on Wednesdays, while Thursday is All Latinos, All the Time, with Ramon Rodriguez as Bosley in the new "Charlie's Angels," Sara Ramirez still practicing on "Grey's Anatomy," and Benjamin Bratt heating up "Private Practice." You won't find any Latinos in Thursday and Friday programming, but Sunday's anchor, 'Desperate Housewives," is still with us for one more season; Eva Longoria and Ricardo Chavira continue to shine there. And beginning October 21, you'll see Lana Parilla on Sundays, in ABC's new fairy tale/crime drama "Once Upon a Time."