I caught the latest episode of Lie to Me @ http://www.hulu.com/watch/70629/lie-to-me-undercover.
And shock of shocks. Sean Patrick Thomas (“Dupree”) shows a sensuality and maturity I’ve never had the chance to see before. It happens in a love scene with Monica Raymund (“Ria Torres”). Two people of color in a romantic scene who aren’t hypersexualized or caricatured. His character goes on to make a stand against a Brendan Hines (“Eli Loker”) who is trying to compromise his lover.
What was missing? No black slang written by white writers who left black friends behind in college and now only have black acquaintances. No Tom, Coon, Mulatto, Mammy, Buck or Hot Tamale sightings. Consideration between two people trying to fall in love.
Terrific black actors often get stuck – admittedly profitably – in supporting television roles that require so little range or emotion that it’s hard to see how good they are: James McDaniel (Edge of America, Before It Hits Home) , S. Epatha Merkerson (Lackawana Blues, Lady Day at the Emerson’s Bar and Grill).* Just another reminder that casting with a very open mind is crucial.
The show has its problems but I hope it stays on the air so that we can see this potential love triangle develop.
*I know this happens to other actors as well but want to focus on black actors this time around.