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US TV corpses 'more than double'
CSI: New York is the latest version of the popular show
The number of dead bodies seen on US TV has more than doubled in the last year, a study has suggested.

The survey for the Parents Television Council pressure group recorded 63 corpses on the six main US networks during one week's primetime shows.

It counted 27 bodies visible in the same period in 2004.

The graphic scenes recorded included a man falling from a skyscraper in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and a badly decomposed body in Bones.

Other scenes to be reported in September included the victim of a deliberate hit-and-run car collision in Inconceivable.

PTC research director Melissa Caldwell said the issue of the number of corpses was overshadowed by concerns over sex scenes.

"Americans seem to have more of a taste for violence, unfortunately, so it's a little bit more difficult to get people worked up over it," she said.

TV producers have defended the depiction of death.

Violence complaint

Peter Liguori, Fox entertainment president, said gore was not the programme-makers' "goal".

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Quentin Tarantino directed the recent season finale of CSI

"Accurate storytelling is," he said.

"When you look at a show like Bones, the character Bones is a real-life forensic psychologist.

"This is what she sees on a daily basis when she's called in to solve a case."

The PTC has previously singled out CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for criticism over its portrayal of violence.

Earlier this month, the group complained about a scene in which a stripper's throat was slit because it was shown before 9pm.

The findings come after a survey for health pressure group the Kaiser Family Foundation found the number of scenes on US TV featuring sex had nearly doubled in the last seven years.

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