The Hollywood Reporter says that the case originally stemmed from “profanity uttered by celebrities during live broadcasts of awards show” (thank you, Peter Facinelli and the 2010 MTV Movie Awards), but the result basically loosens primetime networks’ ability to use profane language and explicitly sexuality.
You can read THR, Esq.’s in-depth summation of the court ruling on the link above, but we’re interested to see how the repercussions change TV in the upcoming season. Primetime has been getting markedly steamier over the past decade, especially in some of our favorites like “”Gossip Girl” and “90210.” THR also cites upcoming shows like NBC’s “Friends With Benefits” and CBS’s William Shatner-starring “S#*! My Dad Says” as other new shows willing to push television limits.
But we’d be interested to see if, with these new freedoms, primetime networks are going to follow HBO and Showtime’s routes in creating racier shows with more controversial storylines. “The Sopranos,” “True Blood,” “Weeds” and “Dexter” all have found large audiences and CBS even tried to bring the latter to primetime, though it didn’t work out very well.
What is certain is that we are entering a new age of television. While we fully support the idea of some scandalous Elena/Stefan romps hitting the CW’s “Vampire Diaries,” we’re kind of nervous about this could mean for primetime. Accidental uncensored curses on cable award shows are one thing, but I still don’t like the idea of PG-13 language becoming a primetime staple. The Wall Street Journal says there’s a fat chance of that actually happening, but it’s still a scary thought.
How do you feel about the loss of FCC’s indecency policy? What do you think it will be mean for primetime television?