The FCC doesn't want you to see this.
The deleted scenes from "The Bedford Diaries."
So the network's decision to cut some explicit images from the show -- an act of preemptive self-censorship that sent ripples through the TV industry this week -- is, in a sense, extraneous. As co-creator Tom Fontana points out, the WB always knew what it was getting.It's a sad day when networks have to start editing content because of the FEAR of getting fined by the FCC.
''We didn't lie to them," he said in a phone interview. ''We didn't say we were going to do [a series about] accountants."
Things changed for the network censors last week after the Federal Communications Commission proposed $4 million in indecency fines against television stations -- the bulk of them to a group of CBS affiliates, for airing an episode of ''Without a Trace" that featured a teen orgy. Suddenly, ''they were afraid," Fontana said of WB executives. ''They didn't know if it was indecent. They were afraid it was indecent.