With the increasing call to action regarding the police and the injustice of systemic racism, the television industry is also feeling the criticism.
Many of today's most popular shows are loosely based on the lives of cops and departments. These shows are under pressure to re-examine the dramas and stories woven on-screen for an ideal representation. Even the CBS hit NCIS was criticized. And CBS reacted quickly and implemented changes.
If you haven't seen "NCIS", you're missing out
Mark Harmon as NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs | Eddy Chen / CBS via Getty Images
NCIS is the CBS flagship Juggernaut, which has been a staple since it premiered in 2003. The American police series, which focuses on a team of special agents within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, has been number one in program television and counting by deadline for nine seasons.
It has spun off two other NCIS series, NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans, and Mark Harmon as the mysterious and intriguing team commander. Leroy Jethro Gibbs is the former Marine Corps scout sniper turned special agent and leading a team of brilliant supporting characters who have also become fan favorites.
The latest round of criticism of "NCIS"
With the recent protests against police brutality, an increased number of criticisms has also targeted the cop shows on television. The portrayals of characters, including the perception of those characters, can indirectly encourage or glorify unjust conduct.
In a study conducted by a nonprofit civil rights group called Color of Change that calculated a number of components for various shows by police officers, discrepancies were cited between many American favorites such as Blue Bloods and NCIS.
Detective stories in general often show the idea that what criminal justice characters are doing is right simply because they are police. Others suggest that it is not uncommon for main characters on these shows to make insensitive or unjust decisions that go with impunity or inconsistency.
Some shows are also criticized in terms of race and gender representation. For example, according to the LA Times, NCIS is almost 100% Caucasians and 80% men.
The official CBS response to recent reviews
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CBS has not taken the criticism lightly and has already responded and made changes. Network officials have publicly recognized that with an audience of millions, they have an incredible responsibility to do the right thing. And it's not just paying lip service.
CBS recently signed an agreement with an outside advisory group, 21CP Advisors, to make changes and receive immediate feedback. The advisors are consulted for each script. Advisers within the advisory group include senior law enforcement officers, lawyers, civil rights scholars, and thought leaders in the public safety field.
A growing trend to study the perception of law enforcement agencies
According to TV Line, CBS plans to partner with 21CP on all law enforcement-related shows. Tiffany Smith-Anoa & # 39; i, EPP for Diversity and Inclusion at Viacom / CBS, hopes this agreement will give typists the best perspective on inclusion and authenticity in all script work.
The narrations are expected to be richer, and audiences will notice a more community-centric rendering of law enforcement and police stories. This is one of many changes that is yet to come, considering that many other networks are taking a closer look at their written representations and are making the necessary changes as well.
NCIS is unlikely to be losing fans anytime soon. There was practical hysteria when CBS recently announced on TV Line that it was one of 23 series returning for the 2020-2021 season. But fans can expect that there may be changes to the storylines, dialogues and representations in the coming episodes. The CBS teams and writers will work to ensure that only representations are possible across the board.