S.W.A.T. Co-Creator on What Hollywood Needs to Change

You know the scene well: a police officer, unable to obtain information from a suspect, resorts to threats that turn into violence. Now, they have got what they need. This would be the most litigation and disciplinary action in the real world. On TV, it is the vigilante police. A soldier who wants justice in any way does not mind the oath of service and security. Countless TV shows like this have come up, and need to change according to the people who make them.

In an essay with Vanity Fair, Aaron Rahson ThomasCBS co-producer S.W.A.T. During the police process, when there is a need to change behind the scenes, it opens up. Thomas, who is one of the few black listeners, especially on a broadcast TV procedural, said he is a “rare creature” due to the fact.

“A black man who has made a career, in part, writing for the Network Police show, eventually making his own show, S.W.A.T., For CBS, “he wrote.” For me, writing television can never be only about entertainment. Many people in Hollywood fear being preachy, preaching messages that put audiences at risk are uncomfortable. But, in the shadow of George floydDeath at the hands of Minneapolis police officers remains a question — is the show we’re writing contributing to the justice system, class, race, and image of black men? I see it not as a creative burden, but as an essential responsibility. “

S.W.A.T. Stars Shemale moore, Alex russell, Jay harrington, Leena asco, Kenny johnson, David lim, Patrick st esprit And Amy farrington. Inspired by the TV show and film of the same name, the new version stars Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson (Moore), a former Marine and S.W.A.T. Sergeant in charge of a special tactical unit in Los Angeles. Thomas made the series Shaun Ryan. Ryan made shield, An FX series starring Michael Chiklis As a corrupt police officer.

In his Vanity Fair essay, Thomas covers procedural history, including The net Required approval by the LAPD in the 1950s, and once shared opinions David simon Those black writers are unable to write universal stories (most strive for a broadcasting process).

“My earlier black procedural writers have often sought to be seen as writers using the ‘colorblind’ method, which in theory levels the playing field, but devaluing in reality and any viewpoint Separates from the status quo. Anything is going to change, this mindset must be reorganized, “he wrote.” I take this task personally, and this is one of the reasons why I take my middle name on all my professional credit Clearly indicates that I am a black writer. Rather than using a colorblind approach, it would be more to increase empathy for diverse views and life experiences. Ideal. “

In addition to casting, there should also be diversity behind the scenes. Thomas wrote, “If the voice behind the characters remains consistent and almost exclusively white, then the variation is literally just dark skin.”

He said, “The goal should be to increase the point of view of both sides, in front of and behind the camera. It would be great to see more police officers who have the power to empathize, or at least humility and this Kind of ability. ” said.

Thomas said that when he listens to the coworker whether the hero has done enough to address the police image, “a procedural primacy,” his answer is clear: “Hell f – king no.”

“There’s a ton of work that we still have to do,” he said. “The question is, how honest will we be in that work?”

What can be done instead of lip service?

“We, as creators in Hollywood, want to be prepared to expand the perspectives from which these stories are told. Instead of just focusing on how to make our jobs easier and more convenient, real Change requires hard and sometimes uncomfortable work, conversation, “and consider,” Thomas said. “Failure to do so can have real-life consequences. Ultimately, better TV shows, more granular coop processors, and those in the know, probably influence real-world interactions between the police and the community. “

Law and Order: SVU showrunner Warren Leight In the center of Thomas’s piece the very question was asked – what can be done? – and that in a lengthy interview with THR. Leight said of history-making season 21, he worked in the writers’ room with new voices, including people who had never written for TV before.

“I put together a new employee and I made a conscious effort to bring in new voices, fresh voices, different voices and it was a fundamentally different writers’ room that we saw, even Compared to the people I put together years ago. ” The trend, and I think we are all becoming more aware of our responsibilities to that, to appoint people you know, “Leight said.” You put together a team of writers Are keeping and you go out for the usual suspects, the agents push the usual suspects, and there is an experience level that you want your writers to have and because the general suspects have that experience and the people who Found that they do not have that experience near closed doors, it works against them. “

Hiring outside the “usual suspects” is a start, Leight said, but there is much more to be done.

“I think we’ve tried really hard over the past year to see how class and race affect the outcomes of justice in society, but I suspect that ‘really tough’ wasn’t enough,” Leight said said. “This is a moment where people make themselves uncomfortable, where those in power have to make themselves uncomfortable.”

Law and Order: SVUThe longest running primetime scripted drama is planned to deal with the death of George Floyd and consequently calls for police reform in the new season.

“There are ways, we will find our way to tell the story. Presumably our police are still trying to do the right thing, but it will be hard for them and they will understand why it will be difficult for them,” he said.

Both S.W.A.T. And SVU Created afresh for new seasons. S.W.A.T. Midsonson is slated for, although this fall is still up in the air due to a coronovirus epidemic when any show will premiere.

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