As more television viewers ditch their cable service in exchange for Netflix and other online-streaming services, it’s clear that the power of non-network shows is bigger than ever before.
Netflix hit series like Orange is the New Black, whose fourth season is set to premiere in 2016, and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, whose first season just streamed on Netflix in March, are without a doubt pushing the diversity envelope and proving to mainstream networks that viewers are yearning for more representations of reality.
“People are hungry for people who look like them and stories they can relate to,” said Tituss Burgess during a 2015 Advertising Week panel titled, A Diversity Revolution: How Non-Network Shows are Shattering Mainstream Norms.
Burgess, who plays the role of a gay rising actor in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, sat on the panel alongside Orange is the New Black stars Uzo Aduba and Dascha Polanco.
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