A federal appeals court Thursday tossed a hurdle in the way of the Federal Communications Commission’s effort to make even isolated profanity subject to hefty fines — a case that arose from episodes of “NYPD Blue” and other programs.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan temporarily halted aspects of enforcement of guidelines issued in 2004 after a Golden Globes broadcast early that year in which profanity was uttered by Bono of the rock band U2.