The knock-on effects of the unprecented efforts of the US Federal Communications Commission to “clean up” American TV are already becoming apparent. Steven Bochco, producer of gritty cop series “NYPD Blue”, one of America’s many export successes, says that he’s “ready to give up” on the show. “If we have to keep reining ourselves in like this, it just wouldn’t be worth continuing to do the show,” Bochco told the Hollywood Reporter. He said he suspects the politicians complaining about content haven’t watched “NYPD Blue” or any of the other shows being targeted.
“NYPD Blue” is booked for one more season on the ABC network. He says episodes already made have had to be changed after ABC requested cuts to some sexually explicit scenes. According to Bochco, in the past such scenes have been broadcast with hardly any negative reaction from viewers. “We unfortunately live in a time where we no longer have broadcasting philosophies,” Bochco said. “We have divisions of giant companies who do staggering amounts of business with the government. Because of their size and responsibility to shareholders, they’re prepared to accommodate anything rather than take on the government in ways that could cost money and damage their relationship with advertisers.”