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‘BoJack Horseman’ Creator on Re-Editing the Show’s Beginning for Comedy Central and If the Series Is Close to Ending
by Liz Shannon Miller
“BoJack Horseman” has been a critical favorite for so long it’s hard to imagine people still are discovering it. But that’s just what happened Wednesday night, as the Netflix animated comedy pulled off an unprecedented move by premiering in syndication on Comedy Central.
Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg spoke to IndieWire in the lead-up to Season 5, but while he was getting ready for the latest season’s launch, he was also in the process of going back through Season 1 to ready episodes for their debut on cable.
The Hollywood satire, featuring Will Arnett as the voice of a one-time sitcom star who is now drifting through his acting career on a cloud of alcohol, drugs, and self-loathing, has no shortage of adult content. That makes it a natural fit for Netflix’s lack of standards and practices, but not a dealbreaker for Comedy Central.
“We’ve been going back and editing the first season right now for time, not for content — just to fit in the content of commercial breaks,” Bob-Waksberg said. “You know we’ll see what happens when we get to Season 5 with all the dildos. But so far they’ve offered zero content restrictions.”
Given that “BoJack” is airing after “South Park,” which has always pushed the boundaries of what can and can’t be done on cable TV, airing an uncensored cut isn’t too surprising. “If we need to blur certain words or bleep certain words as we air it at different times of the day, we will, but they have not asked us to change anything as far as content goes,” Bob-Waksberg said. “That’s been really exciting.”
“But I’m really excited to see if the show finds a new audience and what people think of the show on that network,” he said. “To quote the great J.D Salinger, ‘Let’s find out!’”
When it came to adding commercial breaks, Bob-Waksberg said the process has been fun. “I mean, it’s a different way of thinking about the episode,” he said. “It’s been really interesting going back and watching and thinking about how this show has evolved since Season 1, and looking at the first season episodes and going like, ‘Oh, there’s some stuff we haven’t figured out yet. It’s fun to tighten them a little bit, too… Yeah, we can take a little air out of this scene or this doesn’t have to quite go on for so long. We can fiddle with this.’”…