New court ruling may mean more nudity on network TV

Pin it

girls baring their derrieres

The bare-butt revolution will be televised: The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals has nullified the $1.21 million worth of fines that the FCC had levied against ABC for daring to show actress Charlotte Ross' naked tush on NYPD Blue back in 2003. It's been seven long years, but it looks like network television could be experiencing a hiney-exposure renaissance.

In overthrowing the fine, the court used the FCC's own declaration that "nudity itself is not per se indecent" against it. It also reiterated that the FCC's indecency test is "unconstitutionally vague." This latest ruling could open the door for networks to include more backside baring in their programming, in order to goose stagnant ratings.

But NYPD Blue co-creator Steven Bochco doesn't necessarily think that means all Caligula, all the time. He says, "It's not just a question of, 'Oh, maybe they'll program where you're going to see a little T&A.' That's not the issue. The issue is, generally speaking, having a broader palette to tell your stories." Only time will tell how this new leeway will manifest itself in some of our favorite shows. All you Helen Mirren fans get ready.