There aren’t many shows on television that feature characters with disabilities, or actors with disabilities, for that matter.
Allen Rucker’s story in New Mobility Magazine brings light to an issue that’s been hidden for a long while. Rucker says, “This fall’s TV schedule, with one exception, is devoid of any new showcase of characters with disabilities.” That one exception is The Inspectors on CBS.
According to Gail Williamson, a prominent talent agent for actors with disabilities in Hollywood, says, “characters with disabilities are pretty much one of the last marginalized minority groups coming to the ‘entertainment table’ because we have so few like them in the executive offices.”
Williamson adds, “In 2015, you really can’t fake black, Hispanic or Asian, say, but because you can fake someone with a disability, there’s an easy and insidious way to do so.”
The article goes on to talk about how the The Inspectors is moving into the limelight when it comes to featuring a character with a disability. Although Bret Green, the actor playing Preston, doesn’t have a disability, the scripting of the show allows for him to play both the role as a person with a disability and the role of pre-paralyzed Preston in the flashback scenes.
It’s been an honor to be a technical advisor and work with the cast and crew to make the show as realistic as possible. I appreciate how the show focuses on inclusion in the community. Preston participates in many activities with his classmates and spends a lot of time with family and friends.
One of Preston’s biggest supporters is his physical therapist, David, which is played by Gregory Gadson. You may remember Gadson when he played an Army veteran in the movie Battleship. But before he was acting, Gadson served our country as an Army colonel and became a wounded warrior when he lost both legs after his armored vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Baghdad.
While The Inspectors only airs for 30 minutes each week, it gives you a true perspective that there’s more to life than just being in a wheelchair. This show is leading the way for more roles for characters and actors with disabilities.
To read the New Mobility Magazine article, go to http://www.newmobility.com/2015/11/the-inspectors/.
You can watch full episodes online at http://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/the-inspectors/834251/ or tune in to CBS on Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. Eastern.