Casting announcement for a new CBS show left people confused and eventually disappointed after learning that it will not center on an interracial romance as they had expected.
On Friday, Deadline posted a tweet announcing that Chinese Malaysian actor Ronny Chieng and British Nigerian actress Susan Wokoma were cast in “Super Simple Love Story,” an upcoming romantic comedy pilot from CBS.
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) March 28, 2019
Users received the news of an Asian man and a Black woman leading the show as a victory in representation, marking the network’s first of such pairing in romantic roles.
Unfortunately, early fans were disappointed after learning that Chieng and Wokoma were not cast as the power couple — instead, they will play supporting roles as friends to actual leads David Walton and Elizabeth Alderfer.
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Chieng, known for “The Daily Show” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” will play Harris, an atheist, former college roommate of Kevin (Walton) who “loves to debate” and “mostly ruins every social interaction by getting in his own way,” according to Deadline.
Wokoma, known in America for her roles in “Crazyhead” and “Chewing Gum,” will play Abby, a coworker of Morgan (Alderfer) who is “happy to hate her job as long as the check clears” and takes an interest on “cute Rabbi Sarah.”
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) October 26, 2017
Some called out Deadline for the “misleading” news.
This was hella misleading and y’all know it.
— Lena Waithe’s Side Part🇬🇭 (@TheDarkAgez) March 31, 2019
— James (@ispizzaratalive) March 31, 2019
This is some wish dot com free items level of clickbait
— Frankie | 프란키 (@frankieonye) March 30, 2019
feels like clickbait since you left out “added to” to try and capitalize on the popularity of Asian actors as of late, thanks to the overperformance of Crazy Rich Asians.
— Jet City Ninja (@JetCityNinja) March 31, 2019
This clickbait was uncalled for
— Amy Rose 🥀 (@SushiRollPhan) March 31, 2019
Meanwhile, one pointed out that CBS has a practice of putting POC actors on the sidelines.
This is what @CBS always does. POC friend..King of Queens, Mike & Molly..etc. We are the sassy best friend from college, the no nonsense or wisecracking coworker, or the life long always rolls eyes to the white persons shenanigans and yet still participates best friend.
— Ms. Maralison (@maralison84) March 30, 2019
Others seemed to have lost interest in the show altogether.
I was so into this until I found out they aren’t the couple…. nvm i’ll pass… good for them tho… pic.twitter.com/eePb9HAz0I
— Rita Repulsa (@LaMonstrella) March 29, 2019
I thought they were the couple. I’d much rather watch that show
— Kendra (@KendraKat13) March 30, 2019
I was about to live my fantasy of loving Ronnie through Susan. I feel cheated honestly pic.twitter.com/F5kNL6R7EC
— Lelethu (@Maleza12) March 30, 2019
I took away my like when I went through the comments and saw that they were only the friends of the white couple😠 I’ll pass.
— champloo4eva (@SSngwa) March 30, 2019
damn i would have watched this show if they were the couple
— Risa (@wonderfullyedi) March 31, 2019