• About Dan Isett

    As Director of Communications and Public Policy for the Parents Television Council, Dan Isett is responsible for advancing the PTC’s mission to federal, state and local elected and appointed officials, as well as the Federal Communications Commission.

    EW’s Exclusive Q&A with PTC President Tim Winter

    by  • December 29, 2014 • Advertiser Accountability, Broadcast Decency, Cable Choice, Misrated, Movies, Profanity, Ratings Reform, Sex, Sexualization, Television, Violence • 2 Comments

    Just before Christmas, Entertainment Weekly published an unedited question and answer session (warning: the original story on the Entertainment Weekly website contains graphic images) with PTC President Tim Winter.

    It’s not to be missed!

    TimWinter

    It’s unusual for a major publication to devote such resources to...

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    TV Writers Take Note: The PTC is equally concerned about violence and profanity as sex on TV

    by  • November 21, 2014 • Sex, Television, Violence • 13 Comments

    In the wake of the PTC’s criticism of the FX network for bringing HBO-caliber p*rnography to basic cable, some critics and TV writers have taken the PTC to task for “hypocrisy” and claiming there was “divide” exposed between parental sensitivities on explicit sexual content and graphic violence.

    Simply put,...

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    Can Double Entendres Be Indecent?

    by  • November 15, 2014 • Broadcast Decency, Profanity, Sex, Television, Worst of the Week • 10 Comments

    WARNING: EXPLICIT DIALOGUE AND DESCRIPTIONS

    It’s not exactly unusual for the PTC to criticize Family Guy.  It’s consistently among the most offensive programs on television, and it’s particularly problematic given the fact that it’s animated and consequently naturally appeals to kids.  Much of Family Guy’s most shocking content has been chronicled by the PTC during...

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    NY Post: The Family Hour Is Dead

    by  • October 27, 2014 • Broadcast Decency, Profanity, Sex, Sexualization, Violence • 9 Comments

    Naomi Schaefer Riley has an excellent piece over at the NY Post, highlighting some of the vulgarities masquerading as “family shows.”

     “Mom” has its humorous moments, but this is one “family” sitcom you’d never watch with your family. And it’s hardly alone. The premiere of “The Millers” last year included an extended conversation...

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    “Hannibal” and Hypocrites

    by  • July 15, 2014 • Violence • 7 Comments

    Every time anybody criticizes the sexual and violent content so prevalent in the entertainment industry, the consistent refrain from

    nbclogoHollywood is that it’s “all about the money,” or network executives simply “give the public what it wants to see.”  At the PTC, we spend a good...

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