Tripp Mickle and Joe Flint, writing back in September 2018 for The Wall Street Journal, “No Sex Please, We’re Apple: iPhone Giant Seeks TV Success on Its Own Terms”:
Apple’s entertainment team must walk a line few in Hollywood would
consider. Since Mr. Cook spiked “Vital Signs,” Apple has made
clear, say producers and agents, that it wants high-quality shows
with stars and broad appeal, but it doesn’t want gratuitous sex,
profanity or violence.
The result is an approach out of step with the triumphs of the
video-streaming era. Other platforms, such as HBO and Amazon.com
Inc., have made their mark in original content with edgier
programming that often wins critical acclaim. Netflix Inc., which
helped birth the streaming revolution, built its original-content
business on “House of Cards,” a drama about an ethically bankrupt
politician, and “Orange Is the New Black,” a comedic drama about a
women’s prison. Both feature rough language and plenty of sex.
I suppose you can argue about the word “gratuitous”, but the TV+ shows I’ve watched — The Morning Show, For All Mankind, and Servant — don’t seem to hold back on sex or strong language. The Morning Show and Servant in particular are clearly adult shows. I haven’t watched See, but from what I’ve heard, it too is for adults. As far as I’m aware, The Wall Street Journal never walked this back.
★ Tuesday, 4 February 2020