A moment of silence for the death of the family hour. After a federal appeals court struck down the FCC's regulations on indecency earlier this week, network television will have license to depict more violence, use more profanity and—as The Hollywood Reporter explains (with video!)—get a whole lot sexier:
Primetime TV this fall is going to be chock-a-block with even more blatant sexuality and raunchy language. It's a trend that's been a long time coming and is now accelerating.
The CW has been upping the quotient of sexy goings-on on "Gossip Girl" and its updated "90210"; CBS turned a blind eye, as it were, to a contestant caught topless on "Survivor" with the naughty parts blurred (have a look for yourself in the video player on this page).
And now we're bracing for couples doing it on "Friends With Benefits" on NBC; Kathy Bates smoking pot on "Harry's Law" (and she plays a lawyer!), also on the Peacock; and a CBS sitcom starring the irrepressible William Shatner titled "$#*! My Dad Says."
Said Andrew Schwartzman, head of the Media Access Project: "There's no question that this decision is going to mean more (sexual content on television)."
Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.