Friday, March 24, 2006

Sex lies and college

There’s a new 'controversial' series airing in the States this week, 'The Bedford Diaries', with the emphasis being on the bed. Think 'Sex Lies & Videotape' with undergraduates.

Starring Matthew Modine ('The Real Blonde') and an attractive young cast, 'The Bedford Diaries', which is airing on the soon-to-be-defunct WB network, that's due to merge with UPN to form CW, follows a group of students in New York City who are on a course in human sexuality. Seriously, it must be like media studies for the zeros.

As part of their course, the students have to keep a video diary of their sex lives. The racy title sequence created by New York design studio Adolescent (a perfect gig for them) tells you exactly what the show is going to be like with its feeling of voyeurism and videocam shots, which you can watch here.

Sounds like it’s going to be pretty racy, though how racy can you get on US network TV, and will no doubt cause a powder puff of controversy, guaranteeing some early ratings, which in the quick to cancel world of US TV seems like a must.

The WB network are obviously a little worried about the content themselves.

According an article in the New York Times WB has censored next week's episode over the objections of the programme's creator because of fears that it might be fined by the Federal Communications Commission, which recently slapped CBS with a $3.6m (£2.06m) fine for screening a programme featuring group sex scenes.

The scenes that got the chop was one that showed two girls kissing in a bar on a dare and another of a girl unbuttoning her jeans.

No word on where it might end up in the UK, but it seems like shoe in for Five or Living TV.


At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just goes to show how conservative the Yanks still are. The Gay Hordes in the States are allowed Will and Grace (just as we were allowed along time ago, Are you Being Served?) but where are the serious representations of homosexuality in the US mainstream? We can laugh at the poofs but we can't see them getting down to it.

I'm particularly aggrieved that we couldn't see the birds snog. So much for Freedom. Isn't this the sort of censorship we used to slate Saddam for? Isn't this the sort of freedom the west is supposed to represent?

Let the lesbos kiss I say.


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