The fourth season of critically-acclaimed HBO series “Game of Thrones” just got underway, and stirred-up controversy here and overseas when ten minutes into the episode, the prince is shown stripping a group of prostitutes before selecting the one he will spend the night with.Read more →
For the network that airs Two and a Half Men, the bar was already pretty low for insipid and needlessly vulgar comedies, but with the debut last week of Friends with Better Lives, the bar has been set even lower. Debuting after the much-anticipated...Read more →
“How can the largest cable company in the country buy the second-largest and gain control over 19 of the country’s top 20 markets, 30% of cable, and 40% of broadband, and there be no serious questions?” asks David Carr of The New York Times.Read more →
In his keynote address at the group’s annual trade show, National Association of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith boasted about broadcasters dedication to “the public interest.” But there are plenty of ways the networks aren’t meeting their obligations.Read more →
I’m a diehard hockey fan and will forever admire, respect and revere Wayne Gretzky, the greatest player ever to lace up a pair of skates. I’m also a golf nut and subscribe to Golf Digest, poring over every page of every issue hoping to improve my game. Read more →
In last month’s Costco Connection magazine, PTC president Tim Winter penned the “Yes” position in a debate asking “Should we rethink the ratings system for television and film?” As he skillfully put it, “it’s time for wholesale reform of the entire ratings system, and those whom the ratings are intended to serve...Read more →
NBC is already home to a TV series glorifying gruesome, gory serial killing and cannibalism on its series Hannibal. And this week, the network announced an upcoming series that will make a hero out of sadistic mass murderer Charles Manson.Read more →
The Philadelphia Inquirer has a terrific story this morning that offers some details into the Washington, DC lobbying machine that is the Comcast Corporation. With the gigantic merger between Comcast and Time Warner cable now pending, it’s easy to understand why the company is this active in lobbying: it wants to ensure...Read more →
The latest episode of Fox’s The Following, a sophomore drama about a charismatic serial killer with legions of followers who do his bidding, perfectly illustrates how deeply flawed the television rating system is.
In it, a young woman is taken hostage by the psychopathic follower...Read more →
Want to make $80 million? Simply become the head of Time Warner Cable, serve for 44 days, then sell the company to Comcast. Voila — instant “golden parachute.”Read more →
In March, the United Nations convened the fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York City, and this year, the Parents Television Council’s 4 Every Girl campaign was asked to be a part of it.
From March 10-21st, representatives of...Read more →
Profanity is more extreme – and more widespread on TV today than ever before. But one writer claims that the only possible alternative to using foul language is to “give up the idea of communication altogether.”Read more →
Despite a previous commitment made by the network, NBC has rejected former MTV vice-president David Janollari’s “supernatural” series Conception – a program which had the potential to offend millions of Christians.Read more →
MTV executives failed to nominate a single female character for “Best Hero” in the upcoming MTV Movie Awards. But given the network’s treatment of women in the past, the only surprise is that anyone’s surprised.Read more →
(6th in a Series about Media Violence)
Whenever the public expresses concern about the excessive graphic violence on television, the TV industry’s argument is the same: it’s the parent’s job to keep violence and other dangerous content away from their kids. “Use the V-Chip! Look at the...Read more →
The WE TV cable and satellite network has announced that it will air the program Sex Box, a “reality” show in which a real couple has real sex live on TV…and pay-TV customers will be funding it, even if they never watch it.Read more →
Don Kaplan of the New York Daily News wrote about our criticism of the CW network for giving children online access to a more sexually explicit version of last week’s episode of “Reign.” By adding in scenes that the network’s own standards department cut and then posting the episode on the...Read more →
Pay-TV’s defenders like to claim that the greater license on cable allows for more complex and “sophisticated” storytelling. But as Time magazine recently revealed, some cable TV producers and networks demand nudity — even when the show’s creators don’t want it.Read more →
Last Friday, NBC’s ultra-violent serial killer drama Hannibal returned to prime time…and once again deluged viewers with graphic gore.Read more →
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Last week, we warned you about the return of NBC’s Hannibal – a prime-time TV series, airing on the publicly-owned airwaves at 10:00 p.m. ET (only 9:00 p.m. in the Central/Mountain time zones), in which a...
The Academy Awards are in the books for another year, and there wasn’t much in the way of surprises among the award winners. If you’ve been paying attention to all the other many awards shows thus far this year, you already know that a handful of films have claimed more or less all the...Read more →
One of the media cartel’s favorite tricks is “bait-and-switch”: make pay-TV subscribers think they’re getting one thing, then give them something else. This week, the cable industry has provided yet another demonstration of its arrogant and overbearing behavior.Read more →
(4th in a Series about Media Violence)
After the Newtown and Aurora shootings, entertainment industry executives talked about their “longstanding commitment” to helping parents protect children from media violence.
And how did one such network — NBC — fulfill that promise?Read more →
Despite being last in its timeslot and one of the lowest-rated dramas on broadcast TV, the grotesque cannibalistic serial killer drama Hannibal is returning for another season by NBC.Read more →
A fundamental tenet of business is first, find out what it is that people want or need; then set about to fill that demand. For years — decades, even — there has been data pointing to a massive, under-served market for family entertainment. The demand was unquestionably...Read more →