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TV Censorship (PT66)

Alex and Nick discuss the evolution of censorship on TV and the involvement of “standards & practices”.

What is considered censorship in television? How is sensitive content categorized? What are differences in TV censorship across the world? How have sensibilities changed across the years? When can standards & practices influence TV writing?

Plus, we answer our very first voicemail.

The Paper Team bleeps itself…



Paper Scraps: Rolling submissions and visa questions (00:49)
1 – How is television regulated? (03:56)
2 – Evolution of sensibilities on TV (20:46)
3 – Differences in censorship around some countries (33:20)
4 – TV writing solutions to standards & practices (40:16)
Resources and Next Week On (51:14)


Send a voicemail to TV Calling and Paper Team
“Immigrants: We Get the TV Job Done!” (PT56)
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“F$%& Censorship” (2×05 – The Chris Gethard Show) (Video)
Safe Harbor Law
Telecommunications Act of 1996
“He’s a Crowd” (5×12 – L.A. Law)
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“Rejoined” (4×06 – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
“On Losing Patience for Women Kissing” – The Mary Sue
Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel
American Crime (TV series)


“This Business of Television” – Howard Blumenthal

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Alex Freedman & Nick Watson

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