Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 28, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
TY PERMISSIVENESS Network taboos differ By DICK KLEINER HOLLYWOOD (NEA) You cannot weigh or measure TV scripts and say that you will allow 20 pounds of sex or 25 yards of violence. Any restrictions placed on TV producers must, by its very nature, be qualitative rather than quantitative. Because of that, some strange things happen. Some network "don'ts" become positvely silly. Some are ridiculous. Some are dangerous. They range from restric- tions on showing bathroom fixtures to matters of ethnic pride. When The Odd Couple first began, the studio built a complete apartment set for Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. It was a total home living room, bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom. And every room was furnished thoroughly. Except in the bathroom, where there was everything but a toilet. They stuck an apple box in that spot. A toilet could not be seen, even accidentally. At the other end of the censorship spectrum, there was Danny Arnold's pilot, The Life and Times of Capt. Barney Miller, that Need a Prescription? We Offer Prompt Prescription Service 6 Days a Week Chargex Cards Accepted McCaffrey's 'The Peoples Drug Store" 41113IH SI. N. Ph. 327-3445 Man. thru Sit. la 9 dealt with a Jewish police captain. There was a scene in which a Puerto Rican boy came in to the police station with a gun. The hero, Miller, talked him out of the gun and gave him the card of a lawyer. The boy looked at the card and said, "This name here, Mankiewicz, that's not a Puerto Rican "He's the script had Miller saying. "It's practically the same thing." When the script was sub- mitted to ABC, it came back with that line crossed out and with this accom- panying critique: "It would be an affront to the Chicano community." Arnold feels that such an attitude is dangerous in its appeal to ethnic pre- judices. Sometimes, the networks go by the book. Actor Nicholas Hammond remembers being in a scene in a TV movie deal- ing with rape and murder. The network censor let it all pass, unchecked. Then there came a scene in which a young hood held a gun to Martha Scott's head. He had a cigarette in his mouth. "Hold said the network rep. "How old are The actor said he was 24. "No said the rep. "Nobody is allowed to smoke unless he's over Tom Kersey, head of ABC's West Coast Depart- ment of Broadcast Stan- dards and Practices, says that kind of dictatorial pressure is rare. he says, "we .don't just say, 'Don't do we offer alternate ideas." Kersey and his counter- parts at the other networks get in on things at the beginning, usually from the moment a writer submits a brief outline of the pro- jected script. They follow through, at every stage of the production, checking and rechecking the script and, ultimately, the filming. Kersey says the biggest problem he has to face isn't sex or language, but violence. "I am personally oppos- ed to he says, "and I am also committed by the network to be oppos- ed to it. Each of my editors, as he reads a script, must ask 'Why must this man be why must this fight be so long and My dedication is to downgrade excessive, gratuitous violence." He says for a one hour show, there is, on the average, four hours of reading and consulting to get an acceptable script and another three hours to screen the filmed show and work out changes. There is almost always a disagreement between the network and the producer over what is and isn't acceptable. He says there is "always a fight, always pressure call it a conver- sation." And, still, some things get past which shouldn't. When you cannot weigh ob- jectionables, some things will slip through. Variety FREE MOVIES The Charlotte, N.C., social services office has found a way to help applicants pass their time while waiting to fill out forms for food stamps. It offers movies. ARISTA REPLACES BELL Columbia Pictures In- dustries Lric. has formed Arista Records, with Clive Davis as president. Davis has been consultant lor Columbia's Bell Records for the last six months. BAN LIFTED The South African government ban on the play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams has been lifted. SCHOLARSHIP The Otis Redding Scholarship Fund for black students to attend Mercer University's law school is being set up. The fund -'seeks SMITH'S SPORTS SPECIALS SATUHUAY PRO BOWLERS TOUR, p.m., Ch. II. The Midas OpeD features rive finalists competing for shares of a purse. Live. CBC SATURDAY SPORTS, 1 p.m., Cb. 7. Featured are higtligtits of the Canadian Ski Championships in Jasper and the North American Speed Skating Championships from Winnipeg. 2 hrs. WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS, 2 p.m., Ch. 11. Today's program covers the Flamingo Stakes, the Tournament of Thrills Daredevil Cham- pionships and a look at renewed Second World War airplaoes in the National Championship Air Races. 90 min. WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS. p.m., Ch. 13. Amateur taring and World Wristwrestling Championships are scheduled. 90 min. NHL HOCKEY, 6 p.m., Ch. 7. From Montreal comes the game between the Canadians and the St. Louis Blues. Live, SUNDAY NBA BASKETBALL, 10 a.m., Ch. 9. The Los Angeles Lakers meet with the Washington Bullets in Landover, Md. 2 hrs., 30 min. SUPERSTARS, 11 a.m., Ch. 11. Superstar competition from Honolulu features members of the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steeiers and the Minnesota Vikings. 90 min. CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR, p.m., Ch. 9. For boning first Roberto Duran defends the world lightweight title against Ray Lampkin and second. Jimmy Ellis takes on former world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier, 2 hrs. WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS, p.m., Ch. 11. International Cham- pionship Motorcycle Racing on Ice, a visit with high-wire artist Phillippe Petit and the World Pro Skiing Championships are seen. 90 min. BRIER REPORT Curling, p.m., Ch. 7. The Canadian Curling Championships opening-day action highlights are seen. MONDAY BRIER REPORT Curling, pjn., Ch. 7. The Canadian Curling Championships continue Kith second-day action. TUESDAY BRIER REPORT Curling, p.m., Cb. 7. Third-day action in the Canadian Curling Championships is seen. WEDNESDAY NHL HOCKEY, E p.m.. Ch. 13. ID Toronto, the Maple Leafs plav host to the Detroit Red Wings. Live. WORLD FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS SPECIAL, p.m., Cfa. 13. The pairs' finals are scheduled. BRIER REPORT Curling. p.m., Ch. 7. Fourth-day action in the Canadian Curling Championships are seen. THURSDAY WORLD FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS SPECIAL, p.m., Ch. 13. The men's finals are scheduled. BRIER REPORT- Curling, p.m., Ch. 7. The Canadian Curling Championships are in fifth-day action. FRIDAY WORLD FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS SPECIAL, 8 p.m.. Ch. 13. Women's finals are scheduled. BRIER REPORT Curling, p.m., Cb. 7. Sixth-day action in the Canadian Curling Championships are seen. 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