Just as there are boundaries in every relationship, there are limits to what HBO will allow Girls to show viewers.
And for all the rampant on-screen nudity and offbeat sexual scenarios depicted on Lena Dunham’s Girls (remember when Hannah’s boyfriend peed on her in the shower?), executive producer Judd Apatow says there have been a few instances when the cable network bosses have exercised their censor prerogative.
Best known for big-screen hits like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, Apatow made the surprising admission during a recent address to students at Loyala Marymount University in Los Angeles.
“There have been things on Girls where HBO has said to us, ‘If we put this on TV, we literally could lose our license to broadcast’,” admitted the 46-year-old screenwriter and director.
Naturally, Apatow declined to elaborate on the specific scenes that were forbidden by HBO, or when they were planned during Girls’ three-season run. “Let’s just say it’s something you see in adult film. Elements of sexual intercourse. The high points of sexual intercourse,” he said.
But since he’s a pragmatic sort of guy (and possibly because he once topped the list of Hollywood’s 50 Smartest People), Apatow said he completely understood why HBO excised the boundary-bending scenes.
“Cause you’re home watching HBO,” he told students. “You watch Hope Floats, then you see that on Girls. It’s good. It’s all good. And I understand that. But that’s our job, to try and figure out where the line is.”