You Can't Air That: Four Cases of Controversy and Censorship in American Television Programming

You Can't Air That: Four Cases of Controversy and Censorship in American Television Programming

by David S. Silverman


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In this illuminating book, David S. Silverman assesses four controversial television programs from the perspective of media history, assessing the censorship present at all four networks and the political and intellectual inertia it produces in broadcast television.

Beginning with The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in the sixties, the author also examines The Richard Pryor Show, TV Nation, and Politically Incorrect. Drawing on firsthand accounts by the writers, producers, and performers of these programs, Silverman offers an unbiased view of the ways in which censorship, sponsor intimidation, regulation, and network tampering force all American broadcasters to manipulate creative talent and stifle genuine controversy. Shedding new light on the prevalence of censorship in broadcast television, this book reinvigorates the subject of free speech in American society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815631507
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2007
Series: Television and Popular Culture Ser.
Pages: 181
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Television Censorship and Regulation: An Introduction     1
Tuned In, Turned On, Then Kicked Off: The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour     33
"When You Hire Richard Pryor, You Get Richard Pryor": The Richard Pryor Show     62
Two Networks, One Emmy, and the Some Outcome: TV Nation     99
Do Not Relinquish the Right to Criticize: Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher     132
Discussion and Conclusions     146
Works Cited     157
Index     167

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