CBS Show to Explore Open Marriage

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What could be one the most controversial television shows of the summer debuts this week on CBS.

It's called "Swingtown," and explores a world of drugs, sex and open marriage in suburban America during the 1970s.

"This show is about the Midwestern American middle-to-upper class," the show's co-executive producer Alan Poul said.

"I think that everyone will relate to this show because ultimately it's about the choices that intimate couples make," Poul adds. "It's about a time when America was in flux and people were faced with new choices about how to balance personal liberty and the desire for freedom."

Wife swapping, bisexual sex, and adultery are all common elements in the show's story line. One commercial for "Swingtown," asks viewers "Remember the good old days when neighbors swapped recipes. and wives?"

Responding to the provocative nature of the show, creator Mike Kelley expressed frustration that not everyone would be able to look past it's sexual themes.

"I don't understand why this show is so threatening. But I don't understand why gay marriage is so threatening either," Kelley told Los Angeles Times.

"I understand there's going to be a portion of the available audience that will just say, 'I can't do this, I can't go there,'" he added. "Too bad, because there is so much to embrace in this show. I think people who reject it have a problem with fear in general in their lives."

For more on this show, click play to watch Melissa Henson, with the Parents Television Council on CBN Newswatch.

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