LOS ANGELES — Renewed for a second season in February 2016, Aziz Ansari’s comedy-drama TV series “Master of None” is set to premiere sometime in 2017. The Indian American actor has spoken out about where he sees the show going in season two.
Ansari has said he wants to make sure there are more people of color on the second season of the show.
The series has been created by Ansari and Alan Yang. It stars Ansari in the lead role of Dev, a 30-year-old actor who attempts to make his way through life in New York City.
“One thing I’ve thought about in going from season one to season two is now we’re in a position to help other people, and, in season two, I’ve been like I have to find... I have to do just even more, and find even more actors of color and writers of color,” he said.
Ansari, 33, and actress Kerry Washington sat down for the fourth season of Variety’s and PBS’ “Actors on Actors” series, and the two actors spoke about issue of diversity.
Expanding on how he wants to use his resources to bring more diversity on TV, Ansari said, “I’m friends with Chris Rock, and I’ve seen how he really takes that initiative to foster talent and to look out for people, and I think it’s really important.”
“It’s kind of a responsibility we have once we kind of get to a certain place to look out for people, and I’ve really tried to do that in season two of my show,” he added.
Both Washington, 39, and Ansari believe it’s not just Hollywood but every industry in America that is white dominated.
“I saw this chart in the New York Times about like decision makers — the gatekeepers in every single industry — and it was like all white people,” said Ansari.
“It came out after the Oscars so white, and I loved that they did it, because there was all this attention on Hollywood, but it was like no no no, every industry is so white,” Washington added.
The two-part fourth-season premiere of “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” airs June 12 and June 19 on PBS SoCal.