Alas, No 'Sex' Likely for Broadcast TV
Bad news for Carrie Bradshaw and the women of “Sex and the City”: You’re not entirely wanted.
Reps from ABC, NBC and FOX told the Associated Press on Monday that they have no interest in airing a sanitized version of HBO’s often-explicit, Emmy Award-winning comedy, which, come next January, is heading into its final season on the pay-cable network. (HBO, like PEOPLE, is part of AOL Time Warner.)
CBS, however, would not comment on the possibility of taking on the series and running it as a prime-time show.
According to Variety, HBO executives had approached the TV networks with an offer to air sanitized versions of “Sex,” which stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall, who won a Golden Globe last month for her role as the insatiable Samantha.
While it’s unusual for a cable series to land on a broadcast network, the situation is not without precedence. Last year, ABC successfully picked up reruns of the USA Network series “Monk.”
HBO, however, is reportedly asking a very high (by industry standards) $3 million per episode for the popular series.
Although “Sex and the City” often went beyond R-rated movies in its content, those scenes could easily be excised given that the commercial-free HBO shows run a full 30 minutes, while network shows need to be cut back to 22 minutes, in order to accommodate ad spots.
For its part, NBC nixed “Sex” for several reasons, spokeswoman Rebecca Marks tells AP.
“It would have to make fiscal sense for us,” she said. “Secondly, we feel confident about our own (series) development. Lastly, we don’t have any needs at this current time.”