As anyone knows, dubbing for curse words never works and taking out sex scenes whole hog, instead of, say showing the same scenes without nudity as if they would if it is originally on cable (A&E IS CABLE!) dampers things.All you've done is name a couple of cable shows that might have possibly been considered for broadcast TV at one time. To imply they both could have and would have been the same as the versions that DID actually air on cable is conjecture at best.
The closest we have is Sopranos and the atrocity it became when edited for "regular" TV. I have no idea why you think this particular argument supports your point.
A good example is the HBO show "Dream On". The creators did 2 versions - one with nudity and one without for broadcast showing down the line and guess what it did air on broadcast TV (one season on FOX).
Btw, do you still think that Breaking Bad has too much violence on TV considering (and this is a show I did forget), FOX had "24", which included torture?
So you are conceding you are wrong?How about for musicals? Drama is the category that counts.
After all, plenty of comedy is far better than the vast majority of drama. Exhibit A: Community.