: After a polarizing first season, Lena Dunham's HBO comedy "Girls" faced serious criticism over its lack of color among the cast. Attempting to quiet the critics, Dunham cast "Community" star Donald Glover as a love interest for her character in Season 2. Dunham used the interracial relationship to go all meta on us and address one of the show's most glaring problems.
Why this didn't work
: The attempt to please her critics felt hollow and forced, as Dunham ultimately made Glover's character a throwaway distraction, one who only seemed to be there to allow her to make a point. Whatever she was going for backfired, as the same critics only seemed even angrier after Glover's arc quickly wrapped. A more realistic inclusion of characters of color may be coming in Season 3 with talk that "Orange Is the New Black" star Danielle Brooks will be appearing on the show as the first black female character in its history. A lesson for other white-washed shows? Don't use the inclusion of a character of color to make a point. Allow them to feel like a real person.
-- Billy Nilles, Zap2it