• On Heels of PTC Report Calling Out Adult Content on “The Muppets,” ABC Annouces Shakeup

    by  • November 6, 2015 • Family Friendly • 1 Comment


    Just a couple of weeks after the Parents Television Council released an eye-opening report on the frequency of adult content — especially sexual innuendo and drug and alcohol references – on ABC’s new Muppets series, ABC has announced major changes are coming.

    Deadline reports Bob Kushell, the series’ co-creator, executive producer and showrunner will be replaced. It was Kushell, who ahead of the series’ debut said, “Yes, there will be jokes that are pitched that are a little too risqué, and then we have to find a way to make it more clever, I guess you would say, so that it works on two levels. That’s the fun challenge of what we do… already, the writers are thinking in a way where you don’t go to the more racy joke first, you go to the clever way to say the racy joke. It’s becoming second nature very quickly.”

    Reports indicate that the six episodes airing after the show’s midseason hiatus will look “very different” from the episodes that have aired to date, and that the second half of Season 1 is being considered a “relaunch.”

    When you have a show that inherently attracts kids, but frequently exposes them to adult content – sexual innuendoes, sexual references, drugs and alcohol – it’s bound to fail. We are calling on the ABC Television Network to relaunch The Muppets so that parents can actually watch the show with their children without fear of their children being confronted by sex and drugs on this iconic TV show.

    For more on what ABC got wrong with this reimagining of the Muppets, click here.




    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 On Heels of PTC Report Calling Out Adult Content on “The Muppets,” ABC Annouces Shakeup

    1. Sara
      November 9, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Keep up the great work! I just hope this relaunch isn’t in the direction of making it even raunchier! The “new girl” was a producer on That 70s Show and How I Met Your Mother!

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