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When TV looks and sounds like America

When TV looks and sounds like America

In just 12 months, a seeming novelty has become the norm.

Last year, new-season buzz centered on the number of network series that featured ethnically and racially diverse casts: "Black-ish," "Fresh Off the Boat," "Jane The Virgin," "How to Get Away with Murder" and "Empire."

They have all survived. They have been joined by more new series featuring diverse casts. And networks are moving beyond casting: On new series such as "Truth Be Told" and "Rosewood," characters from very different backgrounds are deeply engaged in conversations, conflicts and new understandings of identity as they try to negotiate...