Adults only for talker ‘ Springer’

Universal Domestic TV’s talkshow “Jerry Springer” has become the first show on broadcast TV to have some episodes tagged with the controversial TV-M content rating, which means the programs may be unsuitable for children under age 17.

While most episodes of “Jerry Springer” receive a softer TV-14 rating, two recent episodes that aired during the February sweeps were rated TV-M. One episode was titled “Behind the Scenes of an Adult Film,” and the other was “I’m Looking to Make My First Adult Film.”

The ratings decisions for “Jerry Springer” and Universal’s other talkshows are made by the executive producers of the shows on an episode-by-episode basis.

No episode of a network series has ever received a TV-M rating, but NBC is planning to place that adults-only rating on the uncut, commercial-free film “Schindler’s List” on Sunday. A programming executive at UPN affil KCOP L.A. also said some of the movies in the station’s library have been rated TV-M.

While individual, local stations can and may have changed any rating placed on a series by the parent broadcast network or syndicator, “Jerry Springer” is the first show to be given the adult rating by its producers, with viewers around the nation being cautioned about its content.

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