Comedy Showrunner Roundtable: Marta Kauffman, Kenya Barris on Limits of Sexual Innuendo on TV
David Mandel, Alan Yang, Aline Brosh McKenna and Nahnatchka Khan discuss what they have (and haven't) been able to get away with showing and talking about on the small screen.
How many sexual innuendos are too many on TV? In THR's Showrunner Roundtable, TV writer-producers including Black-ish's Kenya Barris, Grace and Frankie's Marta Kauffman, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Aline Brosh McKenna and Veep's David Mandel shared how their shows were able to get sexual without always being ... sexual.
Kauffman shared that working with Netflix has provided a more liberating atmosphere compared to network television, seeing as the word "nipple" wasn't allowed on her show Friends back in the '90s. Kauffman said the restriction birthed the word "nippular," which ended up being acceptable.
Barris, however, said that with Black-ish, he's been able to get away with some names for sex acts, including "chicken cooping."
Watch the video above for more of the explicit references showrunners were able to get away with.
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