THE BLOG
08/16/2010 04:03 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Let's Have Sex on TV!

Now-a-days, EVERYBODY has a sex tape! While most of us keep it under lock and key in a old Payless "Pro-Wings" box in the back of the closet, some of us actually release it to the world and become an instant Superstar! Paris Hilton did it, Kim Kardashian and Ray J did it. More recently, the internet has been going crazy because Laurence Fishburne's 18 year old daughter, Montana Fishburne is set to release an adult DVD with Vivid Entertainment!

But there was a time, not so long ago, when Sex was taboo in the world of entertainment, especially on mainstream TV. Gone are the days when showing a belly button could lead to cancellation of a Prime Time Network series. Today, sex sells, literally! And we're all buying in to it. Well at least most of us are.

With the recent rejection of the FCC indecency policy, which attempted to regulate the use of profanity on radio and television, the question of censorship has been raised once again.

From covered up navels and married couples sleeping in separate beds, to skimpy bikinis, barely-there dance costumes and in-your-face sexual encounters, TV Guide Network pulls back the sheets for the first-ever special dedicated to the evolution of nudity, sexual content and censorship on American television. Narrated by actress Brenda Strong of the racy television series Desperate Housewives, Sex on TV premieres Sunday, August 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

With archival clips and commentary from media and pop culture experts, Sex on TV documents the progression of titillation, nudity and sex that has been captivating television audiences since the 1950's. The two-part special shows how television pushed the envelope by making once taboo topics trendy. From the characters of Gidget and I Dream of Jeannie, who were required to cover their navels, and the birth of "jiggle TV" with Charlie's Angels, to the popular yet risqué shows of today,Sex on TV examines the changing landscape of television, including how the networks regulated content to reflect the evolution of society with the understanding that less clothing meant higher ratings.

"Sex hasn't changed over the years but how Americans view sex through television certainly has. This special focuses on how the country's views on sex have evolved," says Diane Robina, TV Guide Network's Executive Vice President of Programming and Marketing.

Sex on TV highlights historical television moments including the first interracial kiss between Nancy Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. and the first same-sex kiss on L.A. Law that provoked nationwide debate and encouraged television to reflect a more progressive society. The two-part special also examines the argument between salacious nudity versus nudity deemed justified by being a reflection of real-life events such as in the mini-series Roots.

Watch me talk about Sex on TV on the TV Guide Network, Sunday, August 15th at 8p ET/PT. See me in the clip below!

And also, don't forget to vote for my one-woman show "FAT BITCH!" to be presented at the BROOKLYN MUSEUM for Target First Saturdays! Voting ends August 20th so VOTE TODAY!!!!!!!

http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/community/shoutoutbrooklyn/vote-performance