FX Won’t Sterilize Nip/Tuck

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Beverly Hills, Calif. -- Watchdog groups be damned, don’t expect a tamer Nip/Tuckon FX this fall.

Ryan Murphy, creator and executive producer of the controversial series, unabashedly boasted at the Television Critics Association tour here Thursday that his show is the most sexual one the air and will continue on that track -- which he claimed other networks have copied.

With the drama about two randy plastic surgeons, Murphy said he has pushed boundaries and explored “things in our society that are a little bit taboo. We’ve always done that. We’ve always been upfront about it and we try not to be gratuitous about it.”

At FX’s TCA session, Murphy said, “I feel we did things that are now being copied elsewhere, which I take great pride in.”

Nip/Tuck will enter its fifth season in October, when the show’s locale will move from Miami to Los Angeles. While the setting may be changing, Murphy and cast members promised that the series will continue to push the envelope in terms of its depiction of sexuality.

“The show is still as sexy as it’s ever been,” he added.

“Television is a thing where some doors have to be pushed open and, once those doors are pushed open, other people will follow. I think our show -- two years, particularly -- we did a lot of very bold things.”

The series has been the target of a vigorous campaign targeting its advertisers, by a watchdog group, the Parents Television Council. Murphy was asked about his response to such groups.

“I respectfully say, “OK, thank you very much,’ and I really don’t get involved in that,” he said. “I don’t think that you can. I think anytime you try to tackle subjects that are adult and somewhat brazen, there are going to be people who are going to say, ‘This should not be on the air, our children should not be watching this.’”

FX supported Nip/Tuck against such attacks, and pressure from such groups doesn’t affect the creative process, according to Murphy. “I never think about that when you write the scripts or you’d never get anything done,” he told the TV writers.

Actor Julian McMahon, who plays Dr. Christian Troy in Nip/Tuck,complained that the show needs to get even edgier.

“I don’t think the show is kinky enough,” said McMahon, who sported a baseball cap during the panel. “I’ve kind of pushed for that kind of stuff consistently … I just want to push things even further.”

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