Sex & Violence


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Interviewees discuss sex and violence on television.

Highlights
John Singleton on representations of violence in his work
Darren Star on controversial storylines on Beverly Hills, 90210, including "Brenda Walsh" sleeping with "Dylan McKay" in the first season's "Spring Dance" episode
Edie Falco on violence on The Sopranos
William H. Macy on being proud of the way Shameless deals with sex and his personal objections to the unrealistic way violence is depicted on television
James Arness on the amount of violence on Gunsmoke and show's reaction to the anti-violence campaign
Jay Sandrich on having fun finding ways to depict sex in a subtle way on Soap
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James Arness

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James Arness on the amount of violence on Gunsmoke and show's reaction to the anti-violence campaign

Robert Conrad

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Robert Conrad on the violence on The Wild, Wild West

Edie Falco

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Edie Falco on violence on The Sopranos

Robert Halmi, Sr.

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Robert Halmi, Sr. on his commitment to family entertainment

Stanley Hubbard

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Stanley Hubbard on the government's role in broadcasting and dealing with FCC regulations

Angela Lansbury

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Angela Lansbury on being asked to curtail violence on TV

Richard Lewis

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Richard Lewis on testifying to Congress about violence in television Westerns

William H. Macy

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William H. Macy on being proud of the way Shameless deals with sex and his personal objections to the unrealistic way violence is depicted on television

Sheila Nevins

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Sheila Nevins on producing Eros America for HBO (later Real Sex)
Sheila Nevins on how she handled criticism of sexual content on HBO

Hugh O'Brian

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Hugh O'Brian on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp's attitude towards violence

Del Reisman

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Del Reisman on Robert Stack as "Elliott Ness" on The Untouchables, and on the violence of the show

Jay Sandrich

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Jay Sandrich on having fun finding ways to depict sex in a subtle way on Soap

Thomas W. Sarnoff

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Thomas W. Sarnoff on his response to criticism of violence on TV while an NBC executive

Alfred Schneider

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Alfred Schneider on a controversial episode of Bus Stop ("A Lion Walks Among Us") and how it led to further inquiries into the effects of violence on television
Alfred Schneider on regulating portrayals of violence in Roots versus S.W.A.T. and The Six Million Dollar Man
Alfred Schneider on how and why portrayals of sexuality and other controversial topics have become more acceptable over time on television

Fred Silverman

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Fred Silverman on the "anti-violence crusades" of the late 1970s affecting CBS and NBC more than ABC, which was more family, comedy and fantasy-oriented

John Singleton

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John Singleton on representations of violence in his work

Darren Star

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Darren Star on controversial storylines on Beverly Hills, 90210, including "Brenda Walsh" sleeping with "Dylan McKay" in the first season's "Spring Dance" episode
Darren Star on the censorship issues that arose on Melrose Place, particularly involving the character "Matt Fielding," who was gay
Darren Star on a Sex and the City gag that HBO objected to

William Tankersley

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William Tankersley on CBS' expected limitations of violence on television

Frederic Ziv

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Frederic Ziv on criticisms of too much violence on television Westerns

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