• License and Licentiousness

    by  • October 9, 2013 • Sex • 3 Comments

    If it’s there, there must be a demand for it, right?

    How many times have you heard that, or similar arguments, offered as justification for the purely gratuitous flesh parade that is network and cable television today? “They’re just providing what the market wants!” “If people didn’t watch, it wouldn’t be there!”


    It’s there for a reason alright, but that reason isn’t audience demand. In a piece for Variety, Brian Lowry quotes Showtime Entertainment chief David Nevins at the July TV Critics Association tour: “It’s license. Pay cable, you take license. Your licenses are sex, violence and bad behavior.”

    The ratings tell the story. What do viewers want? Duck Dynasty, apparently – which attracts upward of 13 million viewers in any given week without recourse to sleazy sex scenes, salty language, or brutal violence. Or how about the Mark Burnett-produced mini-series The Bible , which debuted to the largest cable television audience ever. Game of Thrones (5.4 million), Breaking Bad (6.4 million, on average), and Dexter (2.8 million) may appeal to the TV critics and Hollywood Insiders, but that’s not where the viewers are.

    Although Lowry focuses on the salacious content on premium cable networks like Showtime, the trickle-down effect of this glut of sex and profanity is quickly felt on the basic cable tiers and eventually, too, on broadcast television.

    Read More: http://variety.com/2013/biz/news/cover-story-brave-nude-world-pay-tv-pushing-boundaries-1200703785/



    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.

    3 Responses to License and Licentiousness

    1. G.B.
      October 11, 2013 at 4:39 am

      Is there anything new under the sun? Old Testament thinkers and modern day cults and religions know have basic instincts can be “played upon” and perverted.

      • mary
        October 11, 2013 at 9:20 pm

        TV and Movie entertainment used to mean worthwhile stories of conquering evil, saving the weak and helpless; exploring true stories, seeing success stories of individuals, towns and ideas. and presenting educational situations. The history of our country and development of the American spirit and accomplishment were instructive.

        Today shows start and in 30 seconds someone is naked, or dead, or cursing or inventing demonic scenes and declaring it is the real thing. It is perversion and misleading our youth and confusing people to think evil is normal. Just look at the evil tattoos people are wearing. There are very few happy faces.

    2. lindablueeyes2001@yahoo.com
      October 11, 2013 at 3:37 am

      The simple key is do not watch television or purchase the products that they support!
      Thank you for all that you’re doing to help the American families

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