it is plurality Latino there are very few Latino characters on the show. In LA particularly Hispanics outnumber whites by a large margin and have quintuple the number of black or African American in the population
Not according to the US Census Bureau http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/06037.html
Besides, most of the cast appear to be other than "White alone, not Hispanic or Latino."
Who cares? Peeps from all over the hood, man; this ain't the RNC.
Record breaking ratings. I liked it. Its a TV Show much like General Hospital or As The World Turns except people's normal consumer routine (work-buy-owe-pay) is abandoned and there are zombies. Cheer for the good guys. It is new. It is on the West Coast. It must stand alone. Divorced from Revolver Rick, Big White Carl, Caring Carol and the dude with the bangs glued to his forehead, the show must not be seen to have concurrence or connectivity because one group has already survived the downturn. For TWD, it is cleanup on aisle 6 time. Crush threats and move forward. Of course deciding what the threats are and what to do with them while balancing what it means to move forward presents enough individual and team drama to last several more years. And if their fortress becomes a village and its beacon so shines that more come to build on and live long and prosper then the series comes to an end with a glimpse of hope twinkling from the survivors eye.
I think that FTWD has to pay more attention to small nuances, like video feeds on smartphones and rumors and fears among the school kids. I think the characters have to sell the idea that they will not believe it is as bad as it is. I think they are getting it right. I could not identify with the characters yet and L.A. life does not appeal to me; so, the key parts included clues that begin pinging the alert radar that something bigger than ordinary troubles might be developing. More on that in a minute. I do like the main characters though. The Dad trying to care for two families unlike the textbook says was a good choice. He's a good actor. The Mom was cast right too. Tougher than high school, she actually works there. Failed marriage, new guy, smarter than hell daughter and junkie older son combines with the high school position to create a persona that knows to scream and fight when in trouble. The daughter and son are perfect. The girl is older than her years and her work to develop her brain will carry her a lot farther than muscle. Also, she is very attractive in a "not really from California" kind of way. The son I first thought was an overachiever. He is overdoing it a bit, says I. Then I thought it was the drugs. Then I thought it was my drugs. Then I remembered that I say no to drugs and that he is not really on drugs but is merely acting like he is for the TV Show. Then I realized he has been classically trained. I looked it up. Yes. A lot of Shakespeare. Right on. Rather than watching a 60-minute game televised for 4.5 hours on Sunday, I will keep watching this.
A TV show, with ratings being king, may have to get exciting faster than it should in order to keep people interested these days. I would rather see the perspective of as many characters as I can. People holding onto hope and being prepared and active. People giving up hope because help does not come. The premier gave signs and asks the question: "At what point does a person/family consider that this too will not pass and the SHTF alarm lever needs to be pulled? Do they stay or do they go? That will be one of the next questions. At some point, one must decide that the recoverable point has passed and is being dropped much farther down the scale. That moment when "this cannot be happening" is accepted as real and now. Many people wait too long. So, I call the small warnings DEW points, after the great mind of Marshall McLuhan, who also brought you "global village," and "The medium is the message."
“I think of art, at its most significant, as a DEW line, a Distant Early Warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it.”
Its just a TV Show.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Henry David Thoreau