Mrs Brown’s Boys won’t be censored if shown on US networks
Mrs Brown’s Boys was hugely successful on Christmas Day after it brought in an audience of 9.4 million on Christmas night when it aired at 9:30pm.
The comedy, which is set to go into its fourth season and has a movie in the works is also wanted by networks in the United States.So while this would be good for the cast of Mrs Brown’s Boys and creator Brendan O’Carrol it would prove difficult in terms of the content on the show.
American networks have strict rules on explicit language so if Brendan O’Carroll wants the show to go stateside then some serious editing would be required and he doesn’t seem to want to agree to that.
Rory Cowan who plays Mrs Brown’s son Rory and is the manager of Brendan O’Carroll off screen told the Irish Mirror that O’Carrol had refused to remove any explicit language from the show.
He said: “The problem with us in the US is because there is swearing in it – there cannot be swearing in any TV shows on any network channel.
“By law if there is any swearing it has got to be beeped – and not just change the words. Brendan won’t agree to that at all.
“Brendan would stick to his guns. He would rather not change anything.”
Apparently though HBO, PBS and Netflix all have an interest in airing the show as Cowan said: “I know all the US army bases get the DVDs – I don’t know where they get them.
“We are getting fan mail from all the army bases all over America. And they get them free – they’re being sent from somewhere.
“Brendan is talking to HBO and PBS about doing it in America and they do want it as it is – swearing and all. Brendan is also talking to Netflix and that’s how they will get around that.”
Cowan also revealed that Brendan O’Carroll was also not happy with Russian television channels who in line with their homosexuality laws had edited out gay characters Rory and Dino from the show.