• About Melissa Henson

    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.

    Carol Burnett Returning to TV!

    by  • October 27, 2016 • Other • 3 Comments

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    Nearly everyone over a certain age has fond memories of watching The Carol Burnett Show, which ran for eleven successful seasons on CBS, picking up 25 Emmy Awards, 8 Golden Globe Awards and 3 People’s Choice Awards along the way.

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    ABC’s “Of Kings and Prophets,” Broadcast TV’s Version of HBO’s Explicit “Game of Thrones”

    by  • March 1, 2016 • Broadcast Decency, Sex, Television, Violence • 13 Comments

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    On Tuesday, March 8th, ABC will debut a new miniseries based on Old Testament stories called “Of Kings and Prophets.” But this miniseries will be nothing like the 2013 Mark Burnett and Roma Downey-produced “The Bible” miniseries that broke ratings records when it aired on the...

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