Dan Rather’s network only cares about white people:
Every show that CBS debuted this fall—Kevin Can Wait, Man With a Plan, MacGyver, Bull, Pure Genius, and The Great Indoors—did just that. They’re all fronted by white men, fashioned as “traditional” catnip for audiences resistant to broader cultural shifts.
These new series play like lethargic callbacks for viewers who grieve the kind of broad and depoliticized entertainment that preceded Peak TV. The way Kevin Can Wait and Man With a Plan contrast with other networks’ family sitcoms is especially informative. They were promoted as comeback vehicles for sitcom favorites of the late ’90s—Kevin James and Matt LeBlanc, respectively—and center on dopey dads putting their careers on pause to spend time with their families.
I’m sure Stephen Colbert won’t take this Lying down. I’m sure he’ll have a thing or two to say about it on his show. Bwahahahaha!