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Old March 20 2014, 11:32 PM   #1
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The Walking Dead family friendly edited version coming to Broadcast TV

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Ever wonder what AMC’s ultra-violent hit The Walking Dead would be like if it was edited for a broadcast network instead?

Fox-owned syndication channel MyNetworkTV has picked up the exclusive broadcast rights to re-air the zombie drama. Starting this fall, MyNet will run two episodes a week, edited for broadcast standards, from seasons of the show that have previously aired on AMC. Though not one the popular Big 4 networks, MyNet reaches 97 percent of the country and is likewise categorized as a broadcast channel mostly airing repeats of shows like Monk, House and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. “It’s not often you get to add the hottest show on the planet to your lineup,” said Frank Cicha of the Fox Television Stations. “We just did, and it’s a tremendous get for our stations.”

The Walking Dead could have ended up on broadcast (it was famously rejected by NBC). And while we will never know what creative changes broadcast executives might have demanded of comic creator Robert Kirkman during a traditional network development process, we will get to find out what AMC’s version will look like when edited for a more family friendly audience. MyNet confirms The Walking Dead on MyNet will be edited to meet broadcast content standards and will carry a TV-14 rating.
I can't believe they are doing this. This reminds me of the whole Dexter season one thing.
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Old March 20 2014, 11:42 PM   #2
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Family Friendly? Are they going to just edited a Season or a half season into a single episode? Although, I imagine not much would have to be edited to make it able to air on Broadcast Network (In later Prime Time), I can't imagine being able to edit it down to something you would call Family Friendly, without chopping out great swaths of the show.
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Old March 20 2014, 11:48 PM   #3
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Well, given what they show on stuff like The Following and CSI, I have to wonder how much they will be editing out. Apparently Hannibal also goes pretty far with the gore, but I haven't watched it yet.
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Old March 20 2014, 11:54 PM   #4
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Old March 20 2014, 11:55 PM   #5
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It's not the gore, it's the violence. I don't think you can show beheadings or swords actually penetrating people.
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Old March 20 2014, 11:59 PM   #6
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Are they going to make zombies hug each other?
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Old March 21 2014, 12:20 AM   #7
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It's not the gore, it's the violence. I don't think you can show beheadings or swords actually penetrating people.
I'm pretty sure I've seen stuff like that on network shows. I've always been kind of confused when it comes to the borders of basic cable and network content levels.
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Old March 21 2014, 12:58 AM   #8
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You mean like Breaking Bad?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=CtZpo89mmJo
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Old March 21 2014, 01:13 AM   #9
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This is exactly what I thought of.

And, to others above, while "broadcast standards" may be pretty.... lax these days when it comes to content TWD still exceeds that when it comes to gore, violence and even language.
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Old March 21 2014, 01:34 AM   #10
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I thought about this sketch upon seeing this thread title too. And then The Sopranos came on the A&E channel in 2007.
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Old March 21 2014, 09:50 AM   #11
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It's not the gore, it's the violence. I don't think you can show beheadings or swords actually penetrating people.
It depends on the individual channels, of course, but later primetime (9:00-11:00 PM) network TV has become pretty damn violent and gory over the past ten years. The aforementioned Hannibal has gore which you would typically find in only a rated-R film (it regularly exceeds stuff seen in even the Hannibal Lector film series). And The Following routinely shows people being stabbed in the head or having their throats cut. The pilot episode featured a girl getting her eyes gouged out. CSI and the other forensic and police procedural shows regularly show beheadings both as they happen and postmortem, and Sleepy Hollow can't really avoid beheadings given the subject matter.

I can't think of anything I've seen on TWD that I haven't seen on network television these days, other than some very mild curse words, because God knows the world would come to an end if someone said "shit."
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Old March 21 2014, 04:08 PM   #12
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Nonsensical idea. Either accept the series for what it is--which includes the gore, violence, language and dark themes, or go watch PBS.
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Old September 1 2014, 12:18 AM   #13
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MyNetworkTV Sets Fall Schedule With New Additions ‘Walking Dead’ & ‘The Mentalist’

MyNetworkTV has unveiled its fall lineup, including new additions AMC’s The Walking Dead and CBS’ The Mentalist. The network announced in March it had acquired off-network rights to the blockbuster zombie drama. The Walking Dead will air on Wednesday nights and The Mentalist on Thursday nights.
How much will this really boost TWD's fanbase? I imagine plenty of kids are already watching it on AMC, or when it is released on dvd. The show is quite popular with families even with its extreme violence.
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Old September 1 2014, 01:48 AM   #14
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Has anyone watched Spartacus on SyFy? I just wonder how coherent it is since so many key scenes revolved around baths, orgies, gladiator locker rooms, and nude masquerade parties. Do they cut the scenes entirely or CGI strategically placed dick concealing tables and breast concealing hands?

Plus, it's just not the same show if "Jupiter's Cock" is not mentioned at least fifteen times an episode.

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More singing perhaps?

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