Over at ABC Family, "Lincoln Heights," the one-hour drama focusing on the lives of an African-American family living in a Los Angeles working class neighborhood, has actually seen its ratings climb with each season proving wrong any naysayer (i.e., television executive) that says the family drama is dead.
Executive producer Kathleen Mc Ghee-Anderson spoke to our Jim Halterman about how there can't be enough family dramas on the air, how she is keeping things real with stories about Iraq and race as well as fan reaction to the interracial romance between two of the teenage characters.
With all being said and done in this show, I hope the character list grows and the show ends up being even more successful than it is now.
Jim Halterman: Even though you weren't the creator of "Lincoln Heights" you came in early on and successfully steered the ship to make it a hit. Kathleen Mc Ghee Anderson: I've been trying to sell a version of this show for 20 years but I was told that a family drama and particularly a family drama with an African-American family at the center was going to be impossible to sell, that it wouldn't be a success and there was no way it could really sustain beyond any length of time so nobody was ever going to buy this kind of show.
I'd just like to say thank you to those who created it.
While television buzz lately seems to often be filled with the likes of lovelorn vampires, reality shows and the Kardashians, the family drama genre is alive and well even when it's not creating the kind of buzz that sells magazines and bumps up website traffic.
And how rich is this single in terms of friends & family?Join us for a live Facebook Q&A with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets director Luc Besson Thursday, Nov. It has a lot of episodes that any family can relate to. The Suttons really try their best to keep their family together.