NBC’s new sitcom “Marry Me” was preempted for a special episode of “The Voice” (Nov. 11), but fans don’t need to fret. When the show returns with (almost) a full season order Nov. 18, viewers will get plenty more of Annie (Casey Wilson), Jake (Ken Marino) and their friends — all be it this time with a little less censorship.
“Marry Me” creator David Caspe tells Zap2it he’s heard some criticism for the comedy’s heavy use of bleeps and blurs to cover up inappropriate language and body part exposure (especially in the Halloween episode “Scary Me”). He says the use of words that need to be censored mostly been accidental.
Though Caspe agrees the bleeps might be “a little too much” at times, he defends it by saying, “[the censorship is] not really anything we think about. We write the scripts and where you would naturally say ‘f***’ or ‘s***’ we just write it in. We aren’t trying to be like, ‘Oh it would be so funny if they said s*** right here.’ It just happens.”
In the case of the most blatantly censored episode to air, “Scary Me,” Caspe says at least one bleep wasn’t supposed to make the final cut, but the writers weren’t aware they couldn’t use a certain swear word on TV.
“The very first bleep is Annie says it was a ‘God d*** mess,’ so we had to bleep ‘God d***.’ We just did not know that … it just slipped past us. That one was not even planned to be bleeped, but then we had to do it which added another bleep to an episode that already had several,” he admits. “I just didn’t realize ‘God d***’ was a swear word anymore, but it is.”
The writer says the bleeps and blurs aren’t something the writers are consciously doing as part of the show’s style, but fans may have to wait a while to see them reduced.
He explains even though the writing team is aware the in-your-face type of censorship on network TV isn’t that popular with viewers, there are no promises it will be done away with entirely. “It’s like pick your poison at a certain point,” he says. “Is it better to bleep it
and have it be something someone would actually say, or put in a word
that isn’t natural?”
“Marry Me” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.