Interesting entertainment tidbit! Louis C.K. appeared on Kimmel last night to announce “an unconventional casting choice he made for Season 3,” according to The Huffington Post. (His groundbreaking, critically-acclaimed FX series Louie begins new episodes on Thursday, June 28 at 10:30 pm.) C.K. says he cast a black actress to play the biological mother of his “extremely white” children. Susan Kelechi Watson has been cast as Louie’s ex-wife. (The show is largely autobiographical, but Louis’ real-life ex-wife is a white woman.) Here’s what Louis had to say about casting Watson:
It’s worth nothing that this type of racially blind casting has been going on in theatre for a long time, but this is a fairly new thing for television. I can’t think of a sitcom off the top of my head that used a player which asked us to think beyond race in terms of casting, to accept a black actress as being the biological (not adoptive or step) mother of white children. This will be a fascinating experiment, and by now his audience has come to expect nothing less from C.K.