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'The Smoke' Not Returning for a Second Series
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aurora1888 From: aurora1888 Date: April 28th, 2014 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Maybe they couldn't sell the rights to other countries? I'm just guessing here or it could have been that it was slightly ahead of it's time in terms of Kev's injuries and people are just not ready to see that yet.
Sky's loss though
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: April 29th, 2014 02:36 am (UTC) (Link Me)
It's true, grievous crotch injury isn't something you see depicted all that often, let alone more than once over the course of a series. I'd still argue that with context brought into play, much MUCH worse stuff gets depicted on TV over here. (A lot of the torture Theon went through on Game of Thrones last season, for example; and Kev's injuries in The Smoke at least had a crucial role in the plot. Most of those Theon scenes were dragged out and didn't advance his storyline at all.)

This underlines a certain point though, which is that for American networks, virtually anything depicting "the downstairs area" as it were (particularly for men) is restricted to premium channels like HBO and Showtime. Which don't pick up foreign series much if ever, they're more interested in developing their own programming. Some basic cable nets have stretched a lot of boundaries, but not that far, and I can't see how you'd air The Smoke and edit out THAT shot in the first episode. It's the lynchpin of Kev's entire character arc. That leaves streaming options, which is what I was rooting for all along. Netflix aired The Fall without any cuts last year, and there's some very extreme content in that, difficult to watch but crucial to the plot and the tone of the show.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: April 29th, 2014 02:54 am (UTC) (Link Me)
While we know that wasn't actual full frontal nudity, I think networks - broadcast and network - would deem it as such and thus have to edit or perhaps blur it out. Premium cable, increasingly, has no issue with full frontal, but, as Zegeekgirl pointed out, they desire to produce their own original programming, which would leave streaming services like Netflix and Amazon as options for the show.

In defense of US television, I will say networks, censors and the viewing audience seem to be loosening up. Though, I'm sure with the networks, a lot of that has to do with trying to compete with cable and streaming services to which they are losing viewers at an alarming rate. Some forms of nudity, swearing, sex and graphic violence are becoming much more commonplace on TV shows. I watch 'Hannibal' and, even though it's on at 10 pm, I'm still shocked at what NBC, a broadcast network, allows to air.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: April 29th, 2014 04:04 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I watch 'Hannibal' and, even though it's on at 10 pm, I'm still shocked at what NBC, a broadcast network, allows to air.

Agreed. I mean, it's filmed outrageously beautifully, but it's still pretty gruesome. (And some of it isn't technically visually gruesome, but... that last Hannibal/Gideon scene? OH VOMIT.)

It's definitely the violence that the broadcast networks are loosening up on though, not the sex or nudity. There was a lot of heavy breathing and blurred writhing on the last Hannibal sexytimes scene but nothing terribly explicit.
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