CBS reality shows, including “Survivor,” “Big Brother” and “Love Island,” will feature more diverse casts next season, under an initiative that will also target development budgets and writing rooms, the network announced on Monday.Starting in the 2021-22 season, at least half of the cast members of its unscripted programs will be people of color, the network said in a statement. It said it would also allocate at least a quarter of its annual development budget for unscripted shows to those created or co-created by people of color, including Black and Indigenous people.- Advertisement – Those complaints came to light this year as widespread protests swept the United States after George Floyd, a Black man, was killed in police custody in Minneapolis, leading some entertainment companies, news organizations and other businesses to question longstanding industry practices. The announcement on Monday was the latest development in a series of steps the network has taken regarding diversity in its casting, staffing and storytelling. The network did not immediately reply to a request for more details about the initiative.In July, CBS Television Studios and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced a production deal for N.A.A.C.P.-produced content, saying that 25 percent of the network’s programs would come from creators who are people of color. CBS also pledged that, by the 2022-23 season, 50 percent of the writers on its shows would be people of color.The initiatives for its reality shows built on those commitments, CBS said in the statement on Monday.- Advertisement – Mr. Cheeks moved to his current role at CBS as it made a significant change in its leadership in January, months after the network merged with Viacom.- Advertisement – The network has faced criticism in recent years for a prime-time lineup that lacked diversity, including complaints from staff writers over how race and gender were handled at “All Rise,” a drama with a Black woman as its protagonist. George Cheeks, the president and chief executive for the CBS Entertainment Group, described the commitments as “important first steps” in bringing in new voices.“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,” Mr. Cheeks said in the statement. The network will also work to expand diversity in the creative and production teams, it said. – Advertisement –
This month’s IndieBox game is The Next Penelope: Road to Odysseus. It’s a top-down sci-fi racer puzzle shooter game, kind of like a cross between Velocity and Rock and Roll Racing. It’s an indie game currently available on Steam and, like other IndieBox games, can only be found as a physical edition through IndieBox. And it’s a pretty cool edition.This game’s box isn’t cardboard. Instead, IndieBox packed The Next Penelope in a plastic clamshell box like the one that used to be at video stores back when there used to be video stores. The box actually has cut-outs to hold an SNES, Sega Genesis, or N64 cartridge. The box art sleeve looks good, and there’s even a lenticular art print of the box art you can remove from the box.The IndieBox standard additions are: Steam code for the game, USB card with DRM-free copy of the game, soundtrack CD, printed instruction booklet, stickers. The game also comes with a papercraft kit of the ship in the game, which looks kind of like an Arwing from Star Fox without the wings. Also, I’m terrible at making papercraft.The game also comes with a mini poster of of the ship in Tron-style line art, and a slap bracelet. Remember slap bracelets? This game comes with one. I don’t know why, but it’s cool, because the art is nice. And, really, it comes in a mid-90s game cartridge rental box. I’m not gonna complain if the next IndieBox has freaking pogs.IndieBox is a monthly subscription that’ll run you about $25 per game, but if you want something a bit more rare and elaborate, check out Gamer’s Edition. It offers physical editions of games like IndieBox does, but they’re much more comprehensive collector’s editions. Currently, the only upcoming Gamer’s Edition is Hotline Miami 1 and 2, a $60 package with DVDs of the games, a trade paperback of the Hotline Miami 2 comic, a cassette mix tape, a stencil, and art/trading cards.Gamer’s Editions are produced based on preorder, but they’re still currently accepting orders for the Hotline Miami release. Gamer’s Edition also tried to get a physical edition of Paper’s Please going, but the project is currently stalled due to lack of preorders. Preorders might seem skeevy at retail, but for projects like this they make sense; small scale mixed-media products like this are much more expensive per unit, so most, if not all, copies of a pricey bunch-of-things-in-a-box boutique release need to be spoken for to pay for production.