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Talk of diversity (or lack thereof) dominates TV press tour

Twice a year, the Television Critics Assn. convenes in Los Angeles for a two-week ritual known as “press tour” — a seemingly endless series of Q&A sessions and cocktail parties at which TV networks, streaming services and other content providers showcase new and returning programs for several hundred journalists.

Once dominated by talk of ratings and scheduling strategy, the gathering has lately become a venue for networks to defend — or in some cases, boast about — their track records on diversity. In dozens of panels at the summer press tour, which concluded Wednesday at the Beverly Hilton, journalists peppered top television producers and executives with questions about race, gender, sexuality, class,…

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