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.
''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.
It's a sad day when networks have to start editing content because of the FEAR of getting fined by the FCC.
My friend Dave Wildman is trying out for Mark Burnett's new reality TV show, INXS Rock Star.
I helped him make this application video.
We filmed it inside this really cool store in Cambridge called Absolutely Fabulous. It's run by Mara Kustra Loeber. She pulled all the display items out of the front window of the store, and that's where Dave set up to sing.
We had a little time beforehand to do a short interview, so to get out of the noise we went down the street to a little coffee shop. They had a great sound system with music playing, so that's some of what you hear in the background.