- Associated Press - Monday, August 20, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) - A watchdog group says broadcast television is implying a lot more nudity in prime time than it used to.

The Parents Television Council said Monday that its researchers found 76 instances where a person appeared nude, with private parts obscured, in prime time last season. It happened on 37 different shows. The group says that’s a sharp rise from the 15 instances the networks aired the season before that.

Examples include a couple skinny-dipping on ABC’s “The Bachelor,” Howie Mandel jokingly appearing nude in his dressing room at NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and a naked man jumping out of a car trunk in the candid camera show “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” on NBC.

In each case, the full nudity is obscured by pixilation or strategically placed objects.

“It’s a lot more suggestive than we’ve seen in the past,” said Melissa Henson, spokeswoman for the group.

The parents group, which also monitors language and sexually suggestive content on broadcast television, said it will complain about the development to the Federal Communications Commission.

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