I was catching up on one of my favorite new shows on E! network, "The Fabulist" starring Kristin Cavallari, former reality TV star of MTV's "The Hills" and "Laguna Beach" and fashion maven and blogger Orly Shani as hosts.
The premise of the show is each week, the hosts and a rotating duo of guests booked by the show producers go over trending fashion, drinks, hair and other things and decide whether it is fab or not; and in the end add one item to the fabuList.
After two episodes, I noticed a pattern in booking that looked to be more deliberate than coincidental by the time I finished screening all 4 of the episodes of the weekly series that air on Mondays on E! network.
With two White female hosts, show creators may have deliberately elected to mix up who gets booked so the panel doesn’t look too monolithic and they get a variety in perspectives while making their diverse audiences feel comfortable about seeing themselves, in a way, represented.
I enjoyed the input of each week’s guest tremendously and thought they all looked fab and deserving to sit on the couch dishing their perspectives and thoughts on the various trends. They each had chemistry.
Personally, I love my local Fox news anchor cast bc it is a blend of women and men from various racial and ethnic backgrounds. Their banter in between news stories and guests is authentic and real. I get various viewpoints. All female panel shows like The View or all male panel shows such as they have on sports networks are boring and lack the flavor if mixed up.
But all that said, if this pattern continues, does this mean there will never be a Hispanic, Asian or Black male or Hispanic, Asian or White woman join the hosts?
I’m sure E will mix it up later, but if deliberate, I wonder if casting this way ideal for appealing to broader audiences and dually shielding off the type of criticism that scripted shows like Silicon Valley, Girls on HBO, Seinfeld, Friends, Sex in the City and all others have gotten in the past.
I guess feedback from social media and focus groups will decide.