• 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 coming in the fall, but the news for families isn’t good.

    Advertising Age provided a run-down of the worst new shows offered by the networks during the Upfronts:

    (1) The Millers (CBS) Of a piece with CBS’ lowestcommondenominator yuks, the sizzle reel was basically 3 minutes of masturbation and fart jokes. Dreck.
    (2) Dads (Fox) Seth MacFarlane’s first liveaction TV comedy is an ugly stew of racist and sexist shtick. Makes The Cleveland Show look like Cheers.
    (3) Undateable (NBC) Unwatchable.
    (4) The Crazy Ones (CBS) Mork and Buffy run an ad agency. Sufferers of Robin Williams Intolerance, steer clear.
    (5) Intelligence (CBS) The Six Million Dollar Sawyer meets Google Glass: The Procedural.

    How many times have you heard classic TV sitcoms from yesteryear dismissed as too unsophisticated for today’s TV viewers? As beneath the intelligence of adult viewers in this day and age? And yet CBS and Fox are offering us the television equivalent of a junior high school locker room.  Also keep in mind these shows were developed before outgoing FCC Chairman proposed the rules change that would loosen indecency restrictions. If this is what the networks try to get with under existing standards, can you imagine what the networks will be offering if the rules change goes into effect?



    Ms. Henson is a noted expert on entertainment industry trends and the how the impact of entertainment affects children and the American popular culture at large. She also directs the organization’s Advertiser Accountability Campaign, which encourages companies to sponsor family-friendly entertainment. She previously supervised the research and program content analysis operations of the PT and produced a number of groundbreaking PTC studies that document the levels of graphic sex, violence and profanity on television. Some of those reports include: The Ratings Sham I & II, Dying to Entertain, Faith in a Box, The Sour Family Hour, The Blue Tube, and TV Bloodbath. She began her career with the PTC in 1997 as an entertainment analyst, documenting instances of inappropriate content on television. Ms. Henson has appeared on a variety of television shows including Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, Your World with Neil Cavuto, The Big Story, CNN Headline News’ ShowBiz Tonight, CNBC’s On the Money, MSNBC’s Scarborough Country, and CBN’s Newswatch. She is a frequent guest on radio talk shows across the country and has been quoted extensively in news sources such asEntertainment Weekly, Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, New York Daily News, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Variety, Associated Press, Reuters, and Bloomberg. Ms. Henson is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she received a BA in Government. She resides in Falls Church, Va., with her husband and their son.

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

    1. William Hughes
      May 24, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      It just seems to get worse with every passing year. I no longer watch any of today’s TV Shows, and I seldom go out to the movies either. Fortunately many Family-Friendly shows are available on Home Video.

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