Brent Bozell

Series creator Mike Kelley says he has based the series in part on his own suburban neighborhood in Winnetka, Illinois, where one summer, the "neighborhood kind of switched partners," and surprise, "Eventually most of those marriages broke up." Ironically, and perhaps pathetically, his own mother is trotted out as a fan of the series, even if she's hesitant to admit to the behavior depicted. Her son "embellished" the swinging a bit, since he saw it through "young eyes." Kelley professed to the Times that he was thrilled for his parents when they broke up.

Kelley claims the "crazy second adolescence" of his parents "inspired me to be as brave and honest as I can be in my own adult relationships and not worry so much about what other people think or say about them." He told the Times "the jury is still out for me on marriage and monogamy." Asked if he's presently involved in a relationship, he declared he's had a handful of "primary" relationships over the years, "none of which society would probably deem conventional."

Hollywood sweetens its own selfishness in a sugarcoated notion of bravery and honesty. "I'm brave enough and honest enough to say I've enjoyed using you and then tossing you aside."

Kelley began with a series obviously aimed at pay cable, but he's now delighted to be on a broadcast network, even if it means toning down the nudity and graphic depiction of sex acts. "I think we're able to be more groundbreaking and more culturally subversive by putting this on a network, where more people will be exposed to it and where we'll have to deal with these adult issues in an oblique way."

Notice that Hollywood producers openly proclaim they're "culturally subversive" with a smile, that each new frontier of taste they shatter is "groundbreaking." But the ground that's being broken here is the family -- a foundation of hope and love that proves itself in devoted daily consistency and self-sacrifice. That formula doesn't make for sassy programming in the plastic world of television, I know, but it works in the real world.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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