CBS has announced that all of their reality shows—including Big Brother and Love Island—will feature casts of 50 percent people of colour in upcoming seasons.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the network announced a new diversity pledge just yesterday (November 9), where they confirmed that the changes will impact the upcoming 2021-2022 seasons: All casts will be 50 percent Black, indigenous, and people of colour.
CBS has announced that all of their reality shows, like Big Brother, Love Island, and Survivor, will feature casts of 50 percent Black, indigenous, and people of colour in future seasons.
“The reality TV genre is an area that’s especially underrepresented, and needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production and all phases of storytelling,” the president and chief executive officer for the CBS Entertainment Group said in a statement. “As we strive to improve all of these creative aspects, the commitments announced today are important first steps in sourcing new voices to create content and further expanding the diversity in our unscripted programming, as well as on our network.”
EW points out that many former Survivor contestants have been vocal about the show’s lack of diversity, and Big Brother has been plagued by social and racial issues between the houseguests in recent years, further proving the network had an issue on their hands. Additionally, the move follows Big Brother Canada’s pledge to do the exact same thing following this summer’s Black Lives Matter protests.