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According to a story in The New Yorker by television critic Emily Nussbaum, the streaming platform and series creators Robert and Michelle King came to an agreement to place a “CBS has censored this content” title card over a segment of an animated short that featured a song called “Banned in China.” The scene in question was part of the May 2 episode titled “The One Where Kurt Saves Diane.”
The bit begins with a lyric that included the fact that The Good Wife was banned in China a few years ago and takes aim at how American studios censor content from international releases to remain in good standing with Chinese censors, as the market share is too large to ignore.
“We had concerns with some subject matter in the episode’s animated short. This is the creative solution that we agreed upon with the producers,” representatives for CBS All Access said in a statement.
According to The New Yorker, the Kings — who have a lucrative overall deal with Good Fight producers and CBS All Access backers CBS TV Studios — threatened to quit the drama series if both sides could not come to a solution. The Kings reportedly wanted to leave the censored card up for 90 seconds — the length of the animated song — but ultimately opted against it.
The censorship arrives as the Kings have a show — the drama Evil — considered a frontrunner for a series pickup at CBS. The married producing duo remain one of CBS TV Studios’ top drama creators at a time when such showrunners are scoring eight- and nine-figure overall deals. The Good Fight has already been renewed for a fourth season on CBS All Access.
Read the New Yorker story here.
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