Darren Star’s much-ballyhooed new CBS series “Central Park West” has been taking its lumps in the ratings. But Star’s problems began even before the first episode was telecast.

On hand to talk about the travails of making TV in New York at a Center for Communications forum at the Museum of Television and Radio, Star was asked if the network ever complained that his series was “too New York” to resonate in the hinterlands. “We had written a flamboyantly gay character who was just in the background of the magazine” where the show is set, said Star. “And (the network brass) said ‘Cut him out.’ And I’m like, ‘He would be in one of those magazines.’ And they’re like, ‘I know, but cut him out.’ ” The character received a sex change and now is a straight woman.

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