I've realized there are actually several current shows with African-American (or Afro-Canadian) female leads. The groundbreaker, premiering last year, was Scandal
, starring Kerry Washington as the lead character. It's been followed this season by Deception
, with Meagan Good as the central character, and the just-premiered Cult
, with Jessica Lucas as the co-lead along with a white male lead.
There are also at least two current shows with Asian-American female leads: Beauty and the Beast
, with Kristin Kreuk as the lead character (and actually playing a half-Asian character this time, unlike on Smallville
where she "passed" as Caucasian), and Elementary
, with Lucy Liu as the second lead.