Tuesday, May 9, 2006

‘Unit’ Producers Soldier On Despite Lack Of Dirty Words

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Playwright David Mamet is renowned for the way he uses curse words in his work but, so far, he has avoided using them on his hit CBS drama, The Unit.

And there’s a good reason, according to the show’s other creator, Shawn Ryan, the man behind The Shield.

He says the show has researched the lives of real servicemen and, as he puts it, “The way these guys speak is so interesting that we don’t need to sprinkle profanity through it.”

The Unit is one of the season’s biggest new shows and Ryan figures it’s because, unlike other military dramas, it strives to include a feminine touch.

In his words, “A lot of our research was based on what the female wives go through. You wouldn’t think the wives of the people defending our country would have to worry about paying their electricity bill.”

The Unit, which stars Dennis Haysbert and Scott Foley, airs Tuesdays on CBS.

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