In permissive Gaul, broadcasting authorities are pretty casual about sex and violence on TV.
But plastic surgery, it seems, is another matter.
The squeamish Audiovisual Council (CSA) recently slapped a primetime ban on “Nip/Tuck,” telling cabler Paris Premiere that graphic images of body parts under the surgeon’s knife did not make suitable pre-watershed viewing.
The Parisian pay TV web finished airing series two of the show back in January, so the CSA’s letter didn’t cause any immediate programming problems. But Paris Premiere says it will toe the line and air the third season after 10:30 p.m.
“If we don’t obey orders we’ll get our knuckles rapped,” says a spokesman.
However, Gallic TV viewers have stronger stomachs than the folk at the CSA.
Gallic TV reviewers love the show, and when it recently went free-to-air in France, “Nip/Tuck” gave adcaster M6’s ratings a big facelift, tripling previous numbers for the timeslot to grab a 21% audience share.