According to MTV’s Hollywood Crush,
“Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court struck down the FCC’s indecency policy based on it being “unconsistitutionally vague.”
The Hollywood Reporter says that the case originally stemmed from “profanity uttered by celebrities during live broadcasts of awards show” (thank you, Peter Facinelli and the 2010 MTV Movie Awards)( LEXICON EDIT see video below: warning language is not work safe, but it does illustrate the point being made by this article which involved an award won by the movie New Moon), but the result basically loosens primetime networks’ ability to use profane language and explicitly sexuality.
You can read THR, Esq.‘s in-depth summation of the court ruling on the link above, but we’re interested to see how the repercussions change TV in the upcoming season. Primetime has been getting markedly steamier over the past decade, especially in some of our favorites like “”Gossip Girl” and “90210.” THR also cites upcoming shows like NBC’s “Friends With Benefits” and CBS’s William Shatner-starring “S#*! My Dad Says” as other new shows willing to push television limits.”
As the article cites what particularly spurred this, was the spontaneous utterance of stars on Live Awards shows. Peter Facinelli responding to a show that was laden with F-bombs that were beeped out for home viewing decided to do it himself in attempt to satirize what went on that night not realizing that the MTV show wasn’t going to be quick enough on his additions. Peter later issued an apology via EW.