The premiere of Reign garnered a lot of attention this week. The reason: a scene deemed too dirty for television. Reactions to the scene were volatile. Many said that it was irresponsible of The CW to allow such a scene to air. The CW played along and decided to alter the scene for content.
The scene in question features one of Mary, Queens of Scots’ ladies-in-waiting pleasuring herself in the stairwell. The scene gets even hotter when the young lady is approached by the king who continues to… finish the job. In exchange for the loss of graphic nature in the “masturbation” scene, The CW decided to add a bloody beheading scene to the premiere.
As part of The CW family, my co-workers and I were given the opportunity to screen the pilot episode months ago. We were also lucky enough to see the un-cut scene in its entirety. We were quite impressed with the network and their ballsy approach to this scene. We thought that it took a lot of courage and originality to create a scene like this one. We were blown away when they then decided to alter the scene… until the premiere last night, that is.
The scene may have been shortened slightly, but in all actuality, it seems that the changes were very minimal. In the premiere, it is still very obvious that the young lady is pleasuring herself and the king still approaches the girl mid-session and continues to do his thing. The changes were so minor that I could barely tell the difference.
So what’s the deal here, folks? Was the scene changed to better suit the audience? Or does the old adage “Any press is good press” apply here?
For more information about the “altered” scene, check out this post.
Vanessa Rao/ CW44 Tampa Bay