Radio and Television Society takes on censorship and reality TV
This past Wednesday, television's top showrunners got together for a Hollywood Radio and Television Society luncheon where they got to grouse collectively about the twin evils of Mark Burnett and broadcast standards. Chiming in were Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane, The Office's Greg Daniels, Lost's Damon Lindelof, Gilmore Girls' Amy Sherman-Palladino and Battlestar Galactica's Ron Moore (pictured) among others. The discussion was facilitated by Jimmy Kimmel. How much would you have loved to be in that room? How much would I love to be working for any single person in that room - really, any of them?
According to reports, most of the chatter was amicable and fairly middle of the road. The only real war stories came from the writers recounting their network censor run-ins. MacFarlane shared his frustration over not being able to bring his full arsenal of bodily humor to bear while Battlestar's Moore detailed on-going negotiations on the number of pelvic thrusts that could be shown before cutting away. It wasn't the number of thrusts that were the issue. It was the depiction of "rhythmic sex." I'm not even sure what that means.