The move comes after complaints were lodged with the BCCSA claiming that the Reaper series is brutal, unethical and violent. It was also recommended that the series was suitable for adult audiences and should not be broadcast before 8pm. Billed as an American television “comedy-drama”, Reaper was created by Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, who also serve as executive producers.
align=justifyThe core of the complaints was that the series portrayed the Devil as involved in the life of a young man who had just turned 21. His parents had sold his soul to the Devil so as to save the life of his father. Now that he was 21, the Devil was claiming what was “rightfully” his.
align=justifyThe complaint was upheld. The BCCSA ruled that the series, with its serious underlying theme, crude mixture of religious and evil undertones and fairly explicit scenes of violence, should not be screened before 8pm.
align=justifySome complainants have requested that this series be stopped by the BCCSA. “This is not within the BCCSA’s powers and there is, in any case, no necessity for such a drastic step,” reads a statement from the BCCSA.
align=justifyM-Net has changed its scheduling and moved the series Reaper from 7.30pm to the 8pm slot, effective from August 26.