Good Fight producers threatened to quit over censorship
An animated short in The Good Fight upset CBS, with Robert and Michelle King threatening to quit.
Those animated song sequences that appear from nowhere in The Good Fight are one of its unique contributions to current drama.
But creators Robert and Michelle King threatened to quit the show when one got caught up in a censorship row.
CBS All Access baulked at airing an animated segment in Season 3’s eighth episode that took aim at, coincidentally, US companies that censor its content to appease the lucrative Chinese market.
A “CBS HAS CENSORED THIS CONTENT” image was shown for nearly 10 seconds in place of the animation, with CBS saying it was “the creative solution that we agreed upon.”
“[I was] very surprised and upset,” Michelle King tells The New Yorker.
Robert King added, “Can I say parenthetically here, we’re not the bad kids at the table — we love all the people at the table, at CBS. This is an unusual circumstance.”
Seems the Kings were particularly perturbed that CBS raised its objection after the sequence had already been “fully written and animated, then vetted by legal and run through all the regular corporate oversight.”
“I mean, on the face, it’s so absurd: they censored a song about censorship,” the episode’s writer, Laura Marks, told the mag. “I know it should be funny, but it’s not.”
The Good Fight screens in Australia on SBS.
Source: TV Line