NPR

'Hawaii Five-0' Casting Announcement Doesn't Fix CBS's Larger Diversity Problem

CBS announced the three new actors who will be joining the cast of its cop drama. To no one's surprise, all are nonwhite. But the network still has work to do.
Actors Daniel Dae Kim (far left) and Grace Park (second from right) appeared alongside Alex O'Loughlin (far right) and Scott Caan in CBS's Hawaii Five-0. Source: Kevin Lynch

This is the network TV definition of too little, too late.

On Wednesday, CBS announced the names of three new actors who will be joining the cast of its long-running cop drama Hawaii Five-0. To no one's surprise, all three actors are nonwhite: Ian Anthony Dale is half Japanese, Meaghan Rath is half South Asian and Beulah Koale is of Samoan descent.

The announcement comes not long after the series weathered intense criticism when the show's most visible cast members of Asian descent left. Daniel Dae Kim, who is Korean-American, and Grace Park, a Canadian-American of Korean descent, left the program after CBS failed to raise their pay to the same

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR3 min read
'Modern Love' Is An Uneven Tour Of New York Romance
Amazon's adaptation of the "Modern Love" column from the New York Times boasts a big, interesting cast. The stories, on the other hand, aren't so great.
NPR2 min read
'The Blob,' A Smart Yet Brainless Organism Fit For Sci-Fi, Gets Its Own Exhibit
Is it an animal? A type of fungi? No, it's "the blob." The amorphous "slime mold" may not have a nervous system, but it's the star of a new exhibit at the Paris zoo.
NPR4 min read
'Curious Toys' Gets Itself Into Unnecessary Trouble
Elizabeth Hand's new historical thriller has a compelling main character and vivid, carefully drawn settings — but its treatment of the story's murderous villain leaves an unpleasant aftertaste.