Trashy is Better

Excerpt: Editor's note: Michael Ackley's columns may include satire and parody based on current events, and thus mix fact with fiction. He assumes informed readers will be able to tell which is which.

Blasphemy, profanity and sexual innuendo all are on the rise on television – because it makes better art.

At least, that's what TV executives told the Los Angeles Times recently.

Todd A. Kessler told the Times the FX network's "Damages" didn't aim "to push boundaries," but the show's attorney protagonist "functions in a society where she does battle not with guns, but with words. So words become very potent ant powerful."

FX's President John Landgraf was more pointed: "There's very little you won't see on our air, as long as it's in context and not gratuitous. Because, frankly, it would be ludicrous to write shows about high-stakes litigators, cops, firemen, plastic surgeons or tabloid journalists without using profanity."

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