The Osbournes to run uncensored, bleep-free in Canada

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  1. Trevor H

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    The Osbournes to run uncensored, bleep-free
    Saskatoon StarPhoenix
    TORONTO (CP) -- To bleep or not to bleep?
    That was the question facing CTV executives who are planning to broadcast season 1 of The Osbournes on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. starting Sept. 17.
    The MTV-produced reality show, which follows the antics of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, his manager wife Sharon and teenagers Kelly and Jack, has been a hit in the United States and Canada.
    But the 10-episode series is riddled with profanity, and MTV Canada and MTV in the U.S. broadcast the program with "bleeps" to cover up the foul language.
    The censorship is sometimes so frequent that viewers find themselves laughing at the pileup of bleeps, often several in a single sentence uttered by the patriarch heavy metal-rocker or his colourful teen offspring.
    In the end, network executives decided to make the show uncensored, following the precedent set by the hit Mafia series The Sopranos. MTV in the U.K. also runs bleep-free Ozzy.
    "Some viewers will be surprised by how the Osbournes talk to each other, but coarse language is part of their world," Susanne Boyce, CTV president of programming, said in a statement Wednesday.
    "It's used as they really use it. The heart of The Osbournes is their honesty. Their fights, their love for each other -- and their language -- is real."
    In an interview, Boyce said people at the network watched the entire series before deciding it "felt more honest to run it uncensored" during an adult time slot.
    "You do see, at the end of the day, it's a family that certainly communicates -- teenagers are actually talking to their parents . . . You can get beyond the language."
    The "watershed" or cutoff point that separates family viewing time from programs with more adult content on Canadian airwaves is 9 p.m.
    CTV says it's erring on the side of caution by waiting an extra hour to broadcast The Osbournes at 10 p.m., when presumably most impressionable youngsters will be in bed. That, however, won't stop the owners of satellite dishes from seeing the program earlier in the West.
    The network plans to run strongly worded advisories about the content throughout each show, and in all print and on-air advertising.
    Wayne Sterloff, vice-president at MTV Canada, said in an interview this spring that the No. 1 comment from Osbourne viewers was they wanted the bleeps eliminated.
    At the time, he said his audience demographic for the show is in the 12-17 range, and the station would never run it without covering up the bad language.
    But he added that one would have to be "brain dead" not to figure out what is being said.
    And although CTV will be running season 1 and season 2 (eventually) uncensored, MTV Canada will continue to use the bleeps, spokesperson Alexis Walker said Wednesday.
    The series, launched in March in the United States, is also seen in Australia, Brazil, Europe, Germany, Latin America, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland and Russia.
    Meanwhile, Sharon Osbourne, 50, has just had surgery for colon cancer at a Los Angeles-area hospital.
    Family spokesperson Lisa Vega said Tuesday that Osbourne was "in good spirits and doing well," and added that the disease was in its early stages and doctors expect a full recovery.
    Ozzy Osbourne postponed two performances, but planned to resume his Ozzfest 2002 tour Wednesday night in Scranton, Pa., Vega said.
    Walker said it's not known yet whether elements of Ozzfest and Sharon's illness will be included in season 2.
    © Copyright 2002 Saskatoon StarPhoenix
     
  2. Kwang Suh

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    Yup. We got swearing, boobies and bare asses all over the place. What a country.
     
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    I am soooooo jealous!!!!! Just one more why reason Canada is better than the U.S.!
    He said "boobies"[​IMG]
    Mike
     
  4. Morgan Jolley

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    Wow, something Canada has that I actually want[​IMG]
     
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    Good for them. The censoring of language in american media (not just TV, but newspapers and magazines too) is ridiculous.

    /Mike
     
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    The show is also aired in an (almost) uncensored version in Australia - there is so much swearing, though, that the allowable limit of bad language is exceeded, so a few of the f*** are bleeped. I must say, it does get pretty tiresome pretty quickly though.
     
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    Ahhh... Canada, the country where you can say fuck as many times as you want on broadcast TV... lets see NBC do that!

    Peter
     
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    Episodes aired here in New Zealand seem to be uncensored also.

    Adam
     
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    I'm not sure, but the lack of beeps might actually hurt ratings. While I get annoyed at sometimes not being able to decipher a bleep-out swear word, the beeps add their own bit of humor. Without them, the show may lose some of its charm.
     
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    Brian, I agree with that.

    /Mike
     
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    It's not surprising CTV decided to go the uncensored way. Their uncensored rebroadcasts of The Sopranos have been highly successful with possibly very few complaints from the public. After all, they wouldn't be rebroadcasting all the previous seasons more than once if the public was deeply offended.
    It's good that they're warning the public about the broadcasts before and during the show. But how would they announce it?
    "Warning! The following show contains more foul language in a half hour than 'The Sopranos' ever had in an entire hour. Viewer discretion is STRONGLY advised."
    Hmmm... That could even be used in the advertising! [​IMG]
     
  12. Morgan Jolley

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    The fact still remains that the bleeps are there for censorship. While it is funny to watch the show and not hear anything but that bleep noise for 5 minutes straight, it's still censored.
     
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    It's funny but wasn't Canada offended with all the stuff from Howard Stern. I remembered them hating him so bad, or maybe they still do.
     

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