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Press Release

PTC Cheers ABC’s Plan for Family-Friendly Fridays

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 10/3/2018

LOS ANGELES (October 3, 2018) – The Parents Television Council welcomed ABC’s announcement that it would return its Friday primetime lineup to “TGIF” (Thank Goodness its Funny) featuring family-friendly TV shows.

“Kudos to ABC for recognizing the value of programming for families by reigniting its dormant ‘TGIF’ programming block. It is ironic that ABC’s new Friday night lineup will be competing directly against the family-friendly juggernaut, ‘Last Man Standing,’ which the network foolishly cancelled in 2017. Still, their decision to offer an evening of family-quality entertainment should prove to be a good business move, both for ratings and for the network’s ad sales,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“We must caution ABC that, in order for this move to be successful, the content must truly be appropriate for family viewing. Our research has demonstrated that programs marketed as family-friendly sitcoms – and especially those on ABC – frequently are wholly inappropriate for family viewing. If the network pursues this same path, families will quickly turn away and not return. The good news is that ABC has initially selected programs for its Friday’s lineup that are among the safest bets for families: ‘Fresh Off the Boat,’ ‘Speechless’ and ‘Child Support.’

“We applaud ABC’s announcement and urge the network to ensure its ‘TGIF’ shows are indeed appropriate and safe for entire families to watch together.”

The Parents Television Council® (www.parentstv.org) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media.

This national grassroots organization has more than 1.4 million members, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children.

The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

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To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 307-9404 or email at kelly@kellyoliverpr.com.