Picks and Pans Review: The Bedford Diaries

UPDATED 04/10/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/10/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT

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According to The New York Times, The WB was concerned that this new series pushed sexual boundaries a little too hard. Which, actually, one might expect the series to do, since it's basically about sex on a New York City campus. But rather than risk the annoyance (and fines) of the FCC, The WB ordered some snipping. The excised bits, which include a girl unbuttoning her jeans, can be found on the network's Web site.

Despite all that, the show isn't D.H. Lawrence for WB viewers. It's not even Grey's Anatomy, which has more carnal oomph despite the surgical gowns. The main characters in Diaries have enrolled in a course called "Human Behavior and Sexuality," taught by Matthew Modine. Modine is a relaxed, unfussy actor, but not one who gives off much sexual charge. Wouldn't it be a treat if Chris Meloni came in the door and announced that he was substituting? The students, one of whom survived a suicide attempt throwing herself off a campus roof, are given video cameras to record their thoughts on love, sleeping around, dealing with unhappiness and so on. As an ensemble they are, like their teacher, attractive but not very exciting.

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