‘The Detour’ Stars Jason Jones and Natalie Zea Slide By Censors To Depict TV’s Most Inappropriate Family — Turn It On Podcast

IndieWire | 2/9/2018 | Staff
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When TBS’ “The Detour” was first ordered to series, the network gave executive producers Jason Jones and Samantha Bee plenty of leeway to make an edgy (sometimes aggressively edgy) family comedy. But there were still some rules: “****” could be said — but not by the show’s kids.

Still, the Turner censors missed one. And indeed, later when they asked to remove another kid’s swear, Jones pointed out that “The Detour” had already “established precedence. Sorry guys, it’s legal precedence. You already put it on the air!”

Conversations - Turner - Standards - Practices - Team

And so goes perhaps some of the most interesting conversations Turner’s standards and practices team has on a daily basis. Another time, Jones wanted to show a baby crowning — but of course, even on basic cable, showing a **** is still a no-no. “It forced us to do a reverse crowning POV shot,” Jones said. “They had no problem with a reverse crowning shot, a baby coming down the birth canal!”

Zea also notes that a scene in which her character smokes was quickly nixed, “but a couple of episodes later we had a pregnant woman doing cocaine so I don’t know what to tell you!”

Jones - Stars - Nate - Zea - Wife

Jones stars as Nate and Zea as his wife, Robin, on “The Detour,” which recently returned for its third season. Their parenting is questionable and the decisions they make are terrible, yet everything they’ve gone through has only made them closer.

IndieWire’s TURN IT ON recently sat down with Jones and Zea to talk about what TBS lets them get away with, why conservative media critics love to hate their show, and even what’s inspiring Zea’s move into directing. Listen below!

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Jones said he has a four-season plan for “The Detour,” putting the Parkers through the wringer every season. The family has been stretched to the limit, but Jones said he knows...
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