• Archive for May, 2013

    Worst Cable TV Show of the Week: Girl Code on MTV

    by  • May 30, 2013 • Misrated, Sex, Sexualization, Worst Cable Show of the Week • 52 Comments

    “The dirty little secret at MTV is that their demo is not 22-year-old college students. Their demo is 12, 13-year-old kids, 14-year-old boys and girls who are often home alone and unsupervised.” — Rachel Campos-Duffy, a cast member on MTV’s The Real World: San Francisco (CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, January 21,2011) 

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    Fall Shows: “lowestcommondenominator,” and “Ugly stew of racist sexist shtick.”

    by  • May 22, 2013 • Advertiser Accountability • 1 Comment

    We’ve just come out of Upfronts season, a dog and pony show where the networks fly their top stars to New York City to mingle with advertisers in an attempt to convince sponsors to commit advertising dollars “upfront,” ahead of the fall season. Sponsors are wined and dined and given a preview of what’s...

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    Where’s the Consumer Demand for THIS?

    by  • May 21, 2013 • Cable Choice • 5 Comments

    How many times have you heard it argued that television content providers are just delivering what audiences want? That since networks are in the business to make money, they would never air content that would drive away viewers, and so if you’re offended by what you see, you must be in the minority.

    If that’s...

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    Adultery Is In at ABC

    by  • May 20, 2013 • Sex, Sexualization • 2 Comments

    After Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives, Girls, Girlfriends, Cashmere Mafia, Hot in Cleveland, Pretty Little Liars, Golden Girls, Designing Women, Sisters… what TV has really been lacking is more shows about four girlfriends, “each on her own path to self-discovery.” So ABC is giving us Mistresses.

    Although the female foursome has been done, and...

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    Coming Soon To A Theater Near You: Ultra-Violence

    by  • May 17, 2013 • Violence • 0 Comments

    Remember the oh-so-earnest PSA featuring Hollywood celebrities in the aftermath of Newtown, calling for Americans to “demand a plan” for dealing with violence?  Hollywood’s plans evidently didn’t involve curtailing on-screen violence.  According to published reports, the esteemed Cannes film festival’s preview trailer showcases some intensely, “ultra-violent” films.

    “First came a scene from Nicolas...

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    ESPN Boss Trashes Cable Choice Bill

    by  • May 16, 2013 • Cable Choice • 1 Comment

    Millions of Americans will be enthused about Senator McCain’s Cable Choice bill…but ESPN President John Skipper isn’t.

    ESPN is far and away the most expensive of the basic cable channels. Dishonestly attempting to shrug off McCain’s bill, Skipper recently opined that “the cost for a family of four to go to dinner and a movie...

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    FCC Knuckles Under to Entertainment Industry – AGAIN!

    by  • May 14, 2013 • Broadcast Decency • 0 Comments

    Last month, the FCC asked for public comments on its new policy of taking action only against “egregious” violations of broadcast decency law. The deadline was May 20th. Though nearly 100,000 Americans filed comments demanding the agency enforce current standards, the FCC has extended the deadline – because the entertainment industry told them to. 

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    TV’s Latest Sex Obsession: Virginity

    by  • May 13, 2013 • Sex, Sexualization • 0 Comments

    In the sex-obsessed world of TV, the sex topic du jour on TV is virginity.

    Recent plot lines on Game of Thrones, Mad Men, and New Girl have centered around characters’ first sexual encounters, chastity vows, and a man confiding to a date that he has never had sex.

    Though superficially this may seem like a positive development...

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    Who Sets the Standard?

    by  • May 9, 2013 • Broadcast Decency • 0 Comments

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    The outgoing chairman of the FCC wants to change the rules on what kind of content can be subject to enforcement action by the commission.

    Under current standards, any content that fits the legal definition of “indecent,” i.e. “language or material that, in context, depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive...

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