• NBC Boss Admits: TV Doesn’t Show What Americans Want

    by  • December 11, 2014 • Broadcast Decency, Profanity, Sex, Television, Violence • 16 Comments

    BleepedCurseWordsTV network executives like to claim that “we’re only giving people what they want” when they show graphic sex and violence; but recently, one top network boss admitted this isn’t true.

    The writers and executive who work for the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox) frequently lament that programs on cable TV are able to be “edgier” – that is, contain more nudity, more explicit sex, more foul language, and more graphic violence. They see it as their mission to “push the envelope” by shoving more such content onto the publicly-owned airwaves, even at times when they know children are watching.

    Sometimes, those at the networks claim that “we’re only giving people what they want”; but recently, NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt (who formerly produced the serial killer drama Dexter for premium cable channel Showtime) confessed the truth. Speaking in TV NewsCheck about the graphic violence and explicit sex on cable, Greenblatt admitted:

    Most of them are little, tiny niche shows that we all think in our bubble of New York and LA, are massive, cultural game changers. In fact, my family in Indiana and Illinois have never heard of them. They didn’t get it. They didn’t care… The entire country, in spite of the fact that we live in a very liberal business, does not want to see lots of sexuality. They do not want to hear language. They do not want to see serial killers running around being the centerpieces of shows. They don’t watch those kinds of shows.

    Essentially, NBC’s chairman is admitting, “We’re an elitist medium, catering solely to those in New York and Los Angeles who love explicit sex and graphic violence – yet we push that kind of content on everyone in America, even though WE KNOW THEY DON’T LIKE IT, DON’T WANT IT, AND DON’T WATCH IT!”

    America’s broadcasters are allowed to use the airwaves owned by the entire American people – and use them for free – to make millions of dollars a year in profit. Why are they allowed to do so by forcing shows that appeals only to a tiny minority on everyone in the country?

    Those in the entertainment industry often castigate the PTC as “imposing its views on everyone in America.” But the truth is just the opposite: the PTC represents the voice of most Americans. It is the tiny clique of writers and executives who work for the network who are “imposing their views” on everyone else. Who speaks for the majority of Americans? The PTC – and NBC’s chairman admits it himself!

    At the end of his comments, Greenblatt lamented:

    “How do you compete with the glossy, sexy cable shows, but also … not lose your audience?”

    Here’s how: Instead of slavishly imitating what’s on cable,  try giving mainstream Americans the kind of entertainment THEY want – such as live performances of The Sound of Music, or comedies about something other than graphic sex.

    Such programming may not appeal to elitists in Manhattan and Beverly Hills…but it would bring in a lot more viewers.



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    16 Responses to NBC Boss Admits: TV Doesn’t Show What Americans Want

    1. John Stewart
      December 14, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      The Wall of Shame, CEOs and Executives who have perpetrated the worst sexual assault on families and children in history

      Imagine a multi-billion dollar coalition of corporate interest’s funding the enticement of young married mothers with children to strip naked with nude male strangers. Then have these young married mothers sleep with the men in the nude on national television to boost corporate profit while their husbands and children watched from their living rooms. Imagine the same thing being done to married fathers. In addition to the sexual humiliation, imagine that they were placed in a situation where they could suffer serious injury or death leaving their children orphaned. Now imagine if this ultimate sexual exploitation of families were masked with the ruse of being a survivor show and aired on afternoon timeslots 3:00 PM for family viewing including minors. This indecent proposal sounds like some surreal sick X rated movie about a futuristic world without laws or morality right? Unfortunately it has already happened.

      In 2012 The Discovery channel transformed itself from what its founder intended “To satisfy curiosity and make a difference in people’s lives by providing the highest quality content, services and products that entertain, engage and enlighten.” into the distributer of a particularly vile kind of pornography that goes far beyond just nudity. This happened as David Zaslav became CEO of the Discovery channel.

      I still believe the vast majority of us have that collective essence some may call a soul that makes us human beings. We all understand that no person, no corporation, no government has the right to entice a married person to strip naked and sleep with someone other than their spouse in the nude especially when children are involved.
      To see the evidence google: It’s Time for Some Awkward Spooning on ‘Naked and Afraid’
      In this video, the man, Tom, is married and has children including a daughter. The woman is a twenty something single girl that has been described as a “party girl and a hometown hottie”. They were required by the Discovery network to strip naked and spend 21 days together in the nude. As you can see from the video they engage in the sexual act of spooning in the nude when she presses her naked buttocks against his penis “to share body heat”. After Tom is technically molested, the pain, shame and regret shows on his face as he proclaims that what he is doing is wrong and refuses to do it anymore. Imagine the emotional damage inflicted on his wife and children as the Discovery network purposely placed him in this public adulterous situation for the networks financial gain. This is clearly pornography that falls under the genera of sexual humiliation and voyeurism under the ruse of a survivor show. In 2015 Discovery will air this show “Naked and Afraid” as early as 3:00 PM. They call it a family oriented show suitable for minors 14 years and up.
      I am not a religious zealot. I am just a married Dad with an 11 year old child who loved the Discovery Channel. When I found out about this, it made me bend over and vomit. The Discovery network has been taken over by an opportunistic soulless cancer and is no longer worthy of support from the vast majority of us human beings. Unfortunately the FCC does not regulate the content of cable or satellite television so it is up to us human beings who possess a soul to fight Discovery and the cable/satellite industry ourselves.
      The way to kill a cancer is starve it from nutrients. This cancer is fed with money.
      Here is my battle plan: 1) make a list of the companies that run advertising on the Discovery channel. 2) Google the CEOs of each company and gather their contact information. Email and call them to politely let them know what they are supporting. Most of these CEO’s are humans just like us. They just don’t realize what their marketing departments have done.

      I have just begun and the response has been surprising. I have been told by GEICO that they have blacklisted the show after investigating the situation. I was contacted by a representative from IHOP who told me his CEO had asked him to contact me and tell me they are investigating the situation. I have also had two calls from the Clorox Company. This is from one person working in my spare time on the weekend. Imagine what two of us humans could do in two weeks.

      Corporations don’t do bad things, people who run them do. I have faith that once these CEOs are enlightened they will starve the cancer. What CEO who sells a product to families would admit they fund pornography for kids and sexual exploitation of parents? If you really care join me in my fight.

    2. Rich
      December 13, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Thank you for the update. I wish our producers could serve us better.

    3. Jonathan
      December 13, 2014 at 10:50 am

      If Amercians didn’t want these shows then Walking Dead, Gotham, Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, South Park etc wouldn’t have high rating and reviews. All those shows I mentioned are some of the best shows on TV right now.

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        December 15, 2014 at 8:43 am


        “Best” is a subjective term. You may think they’re the best shows on TV right now, and you have every right to your opinion (as do the so-called “critics” who heap praise on these shows and give them good reviews). But so do other people who don’t agree with you, and many of them wouldn’t consider these shows the best. Ultimately, arguing over which shows are “best” usually comes down to which shows the people having the conversation happen to prefer.

        As for “high ratings,” of the shows you’ve named only The Walking Dead comes close to having a truly large following. The last episode of Sons of Anarchy (which drew one of the highest number of viewers for the entire series) had only 6.2 million viewers. To put this in perspective, there are approximately 115 million cable subscribers in America…which means that well over 100 million people DIDN’T watch Sons. On an average week, far more people watch NCIS or American Idol or even Blue Bloods than watch highly-acclaimed cable shows like Sons of Anarchy or Mad Men or Game of Thrones.

        The bottom line is, the networks make those shows because doing so makes them look “cool” to their cronies in Hollywood, not because they’re what most Americans want to watch. See this article for more information.

    4. December 12, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      This is all nice and dandy but I for one personally would like to see some action. When pitching to Networks for family friendly film, their staff do not have a clue about age appropriate material for children. It is all about the new trend and/or star. Everyone is following the leader for a quick fix.

      Please begin to hire folks that are experienced not only in producing a film, but with child development as well as early childhood education. Would you hire a an engineer to design a car if they have never driven a car? Then why hire folks to write or produce shows for children who are absolutely clueless.

      Parris Lane

    5. Dave Wollenberg
      December 12, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      Give us the wholesome, G-rated sitcoms. THAT’S what we in America want to see!

      • Pernell Harrison
        August 3, 2015 at 10:47 am

        Amen to that!

    6. Vicki
      December 12, 2014 at 9:03 am

      I feel it’s absolutely disgusting what the major networks throw out us and our children. You can’t watch a single PG or PG13 show without Victoria’s Secret supposedly sexy angels being thrown at you during primetime. Girls in garders?? Come on….do kids, even teenagers need to see this?? It’s absurd. Why are women raped? Because graphic violence depicts the attackers as the star of the show. My kids have learned to mute or change the channel during every commercial. From 7 pm forward you see on ABC, CBS and NBC commercials on viagra, vaginal dryness with some woman trying to speak in a sexy tone about being with your man, it’s just horrific what they are allowed to show to simply make their pockets fatter. Laws protect the criminals over the innocent. Our innocent children are being exploited by simply watching tv. Yes we have a choice but parents get busy even when in the house. 24 x 7 surveillance is not possible nor should it have to be. Absolutely disgusting what the networks have been allowed to legally throw at us. Where are the morals, laws, decision makers that actually have values. Where is our government in all of this??

      • Lisa
        December 13, 2014 at 7:06 am

        Amen sister!!!! I could have not said it better!!! My children were also taught to mute commercials, and if we can’t find the remote in time, I have to “sing” or make noise during anything disturbing. I’m very close to cancelling my cable TV. We usually watch and record the old shows like, Full House and Little House on the Prairie. These shows help to teach virtues in our children. At the end of the show there’s always a good message. I think the TV executive should listen to its viewers and clean up their programming, or many more families will stop watching.

      • John Stewart
        December 14, 2014 at 2:38 pm

        If you think that ‘s bad read my post. If you are mad join my fight.

      • Patricia
        December 14, 2014 at 4:11 pm

        Vicki, I and my husband totally agree with you! The junk/trash they put on TV is disgusting, especially during family viewing…it is downright embarrassing! We do not have cable and are very selective of what programs we watch. At times we just can’t change the channels fast enough when junk is being thrown or spewed at us. Why doesn’t the FCC enforce and fine the networks for what is being shown? It seems the FCC is just another very liberal government agency intent on destroying the morals of future generations. No wonder our children are losing their innocence at such a young age! We need to get involved and get loud…that seems to be the only thing that gets their attention.

    7. Laura
      December 12, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Years ago I knew a Navy Seal who never watched horror/ sci-fi / graphic violence shows because while diving in total darkness, those mental images came back to him thereby making missions far more difficult.
      My husband and I adopted similar viewing guidelines while raising my (happy and well adjusted) children.
      Greenblatt’s insane sense of “entertainment” was never invited into our home and was exactly why I dropped cable and TV years ago, switching to Netflicks by mail.

      Time to order another “Kill your Television” bumper sticker for my new car.

    8. Kathleen dunmore
      December 12, 2014 at 7:12 am

      So, the people that PAY for cable are targeted with more sex, violence and profanity, AND they have to watch commercials which take up as much air time as the show……….it seems to me if we are PAYING to watch television the commercials should be limited. People, including this household, are considering doing without cable or the dish.

      • John Stewart
        December 14, 2014 at 2:49 pm


        You are absolutely right. Are you mad? read my post and try what I am doing. The pen in mightier than the sward and there are more of us than there are of them. Join my fight.

    9. Ruth
      December 12, 2014 at 5:28 am

      I hardly watch any network shows any more because they are just trash. My favorite shows are Doc Martin and Downton Abbey. Why don’t we in the USA make historic drama shows like some of the ones made in England – like their Midwife show and Bletchley Circle? We get most of our news from Fox News. Another gripe I have is the drug commercials that are so explicit. Our family is grown and thankfully, they don’t allow our grandchildren to watch a lot of TV.

    10. Dana
      December 11, 2014 at 7:25 am

      Sometimes massive amounts of graphic sex and violence are the only things networks CAN air because “they are cheaper and make money.” No surprise there, considering the antiquated and draconian copyright laws and royalties and such that prevent anything of quality and variety from ever seeing the light of day again!

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