Pamela Anderson’s Indian fans may need to stay up late if the country’s government succeeds in banishing the local version of “Big Brother” from primetime.
On Tuesday Anderson, hugely popular in India thanks to “Baywatch,” began a guest stint on the show, known as “Bigg Boss,” which airs at 9 p.m. on Viacom 18’s Colors channel.
The information and broadcasting ministry ruled on Wednesday that “Bigg Boss” would have to shift to a later time — between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. — due to its content.
The ministry received complaints before Anderson joined the show about contestants wearing skimpy outfits, using foul language and kissing, which is considered inappropriate in the socially conservative country.
On Thursday, Viacom 18 appealed to the High Court and obtained a stay on the government order, so “Bigg Boss” will continue in the 9 p.m. slot until a hearing on Monday.
Also due to be shifted to a late time-slot is the local version of “Judge Judy,” “Rakhi ka Insaaf,” which is under police investigation following the suicide of a participant. “Rakhi” airs at 10 p.m. on Turner’s Imagine TV.
The ministry has banned news channels from airing clips of the two shows during daytime.