• Charles Manson Coming to NBC

    by  • April 1, 2015 • Broadcast Decency, Violence • 5 Comments

    http://www.metalsucks.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/charles-manson.jpgA new “entertainment” series about the notorious murderer begins on NBC May 28.

    In recent years, serial killers have dominated television programming. From Showtime’s Dexter, to A&E’s Bates Motel, to prime-time broadcast series like Criminal Minds, Hannibal, and The Following, serial murderers and graphic gore have dominated the airwaves. And now, NBC is preparing to move from fictional criminals to glorifying a heinous real-life murderer for the purposes of “entertainment.”

    Premiering May 28, 2015, NBC’s new show Aquarius will feature a pair of detectives investigating missing persons and murder cases which will lead them to the killer: real-life convicted murderer Charles Manson.

    As the PTC previously reported, NBC’s top brass are rapturous in their praise for the series, and apparently see nothing wrong with exploiting the real-life crimes of one of America’s most infamous murderers purely for ratings. One can only wonder what the relatives of Manson’s victims will think of this show.



    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.

    5 Responses to Charles Manson Coming to NBC

    1. Brad Douglas
      April 14, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Frankly, the world would be a much better place if motion pictures or television had never been invented. Two industries we don’t need.

      • brandon
        April 15, 2015 at 10:14 am

        As a film maker I find that offensive. You prefer to live in a world without imagination or artistic expression through film.

    2. brandon johantges
      April 9, 2015 at 12:41 am

      If it is about defeating Charles Manson then what is the issue?

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        April 13, 2015 at 4:10 pm

        If it is similar to other serial killer programs like Dexter, Bates Motel, The Following, and Hannibal, far more time will be spent making Charles Manson look exciting and exotic than on the actual police work, or on portraying the negative consequences of his actions. Shows like those named do a much better job of making serial killers and violence look glamorous than they do in making it look diseased and sick.

    3. April 1, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Interesting article… and speaking of Charles Manson, you may also be interested in reading a fascinating new book… Manson, Sinatra and Me: Virginia Graham’s Memoir and How She Helped Vincent Bugliosi with the Helter Skelter Case… the truth behind Susan Atkins confession and the informant who put Charles Manson and the rest of the Manson Family in jail…

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