Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel favorite Charisma Carpenter was supposed to appear in an upcoming episode of Fox's 9-1-1. Well, now the show will have to regroup in order to bring the actress on the series via a new storyline, because the one she was supposed to be in has been deemed too R-rated by Fox's Standards and Practices. In today's age of Grey's Anatomy and other medical dramas, you may be wondering what storyline could have given Fox pause. Well, this is it.
As we all know, real life can sometimes be more R-rated than television is allowed to be. Hence why the storyline that Fox shut 9-1-1 down from airing involved Charisma Carpenter's character stuck in a difficult position. Explaining the situation, 9-1-1 showrunner Tim Minear told TVLine that the story involved Carpenter's lover dying on top of her while under the influence of Viagra, leaving the pair stuck together. Yes, like that.
Despite a case similar in nature being shown on the CBS medical drama Code Black, Fox did not give 9-1-1 the all-clear to move forward on the racy episode. In fairness, Tim Minear did say 9-1-1's take differed from the CBS series', though he did not elaborate on the logistical variances. Medical shows tend to be given a lot of leeway when it comes to the graphic nature of the content presented.
As 9-1-1's showrunner points out, he was able to present a graphic scene involving a tapeworm, so it all sort of depends. And Grey's Anatomy fans will undoubtedly recall the Season 3 episode where a couple became stuck due to one of the pair's piercings. The storyline the Fox medical drama wanted to do sounds very similar to that one.
Given that Code Black had already taken on the issue set to be depicted in 9-1-1, it would be interesting to learn what exactly the differences between the content of the two shows' scenes are. The good news for Charisma Carpenter fans is that 9-1-1's showrunner has vowed to have her back on the show when he finds the right thing for her.
Hopefully, that process will not take too long and the second time will be the charm. And the super talented Charisma Carpenter will be cast in a storyline that can make it to air. Fans of Carpenter will have to stay tuned to find out which storyline she ends up being cast in and how much less R-rated it is than her initial one.
The second season of 9-1-1 premieres Sunday, September 23 on Fox. The show will regularly air Mondays at 9 p.m. on Fox. For new television shows set to arrive this fall, check out CinemaBlend's guide to TV's fall premieres. To find out what's coming down the road for Fox only, check out the network's fall schedule.