It’s attracting critical buzz in the US thanks to its racy scenes and star casting, but American Horror Story: Hotel has had to be snipped for Australian viewers in only its first week.
Scenes including Lady Gaga were trimmed for ELEVEN viewers on Monday, to meet with its MA classification.
A Network TEN spokesperson told TV Tonight:
“There were elements of the show that were rated ‘R’ therefore they were edited. We are not allowed to show ‘R’ rated content in a 9.30pm timeslot, actually in any timeslot for that matter.
“No commercial network is allowed to broadcast any ‘R’ rated programs, nor have they ever been allowed to.
“American Horror Story: Hotel is rated MA with some scenes rated R.”
The anthology series screens in the US on cable channel FX, but has a Free to Air broadcast in Australia.
TEN has previously edited US shows, usually to comply with broadcasting classifications, including Californication, Glee, The Simpsons and The Bold and the Beautiful.
TV Tonight understands affected scenes included a rape scene, orgy scene and Lady Gaga cutting the throat of a Swedish hotel guest.