If you are accustomed to watching the TODAY show while you’re getting your kids ready for school in the morning, you got a heavy dose of BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Sadism, Masochism) with your Wheaties last week.
50 Shades of Grey is opening in theaters this...Read more →
Which Super Bowl ads do you find yourself sharing with your Facebook friends and family? Or talking about at work the next day? Or watching over and over again on You Tube? Like most people, I expect they are the ads that tug at your heartstrings,...Read more →
This week, fast-food behemoth McDonald’s announced a new strategy to move its marketing in a more positive direction. We can’t help but wonder if this new direction might not have been prompted, at least in part, by the PTC’s repeated calls over the past...Read more →
Today The Parents Television Council released its annual list of “Best and Worst TV Advertisers,” which catalogues companies based on the television content they chose to underwrite with their media dollars over the past year.
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Here is my challenge to you. Tomorrow night when the neighborhood children come trick-or-treating at your door, keep a tally of how many of those children are dressed as one of the characters from the Disney film Frozen, then post the number in the comments...Read more →
Earlier this week, the entertainment news show Entertainment Tonight addressed the increasingly risqué sexual content on television. PTC President Tim Winter was invited on to share the concerns and frustrations felt by millions of parents across the country at prime-time television’s increasing hostility to family audiences....Read more →
Sophia Bush, star of the TV series Chicago P.D. recently shared her story of being stalked and harassed by someone on Twitter.
For the past few months I have been harassed to the point of sheer horror by an online stalker. This person has taken to harassing...Read more →
The trend of violence on television has not abated one whit. If anything, it has intensified.
News.com.au observed of this year’s Emmy nominees and winners, “While Hollywood basks in its current and much-lauded golden era of television, the new normal of programming is for...Read more →
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A model whose likeness was used for a highly suggestive Burger King ad five years ago is claiming that she did not consent to having her image used in that way and is calling for a boycott of Burger King.
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Two episodes in, and VH1 is still struggling to find an audience for its much-ballyhooed foray into the naked reality show genre, Dating Naked.
In fact, ratings were so low for episode 2, that it didn’t even break the top 100 cable shows for the week, though reruns of the 16-year-old sitcom Seinfeld did,...Read more →
It has often been said that Hollywood is out of ideas. And even on the rare occasions when a network comes up with something truly original, the other networks trip all over themselves trying to follow suit.
Spurred on by comparative success of Discovery’s “Naked and Afraid,” TheWrap reports that broadcast and cable programming executives...Read more →
Much has been said and written about the broadcast networks’ perceived need to compete with cable as a justification for pushing the boundaries on broadcast television. Most recently, NBC Entertainment division chairman Bob Greenblatt spoke of the challenges broadcasters face in trying to compete...Read more →
Vanity Fair recently published a piece outlining Maleficent costume designer Anna B. Sheppard’s efforts to create an innocent, age-appropriate, non-sexualizing costume for 14-year-old Elle Fanning, who plays princess Aurora in the new Disney hit.
“I really walked away from that image completely. I wanted something really girly and...Read more →
This past Friday, while an emotionally disturbed young man was on a murderous rampage on the grounds of the University of California’s Santa Barbara campus, NBC was showing a man being disemboweled by a serial killer, and a woman’s throat being graphically slit open for “entertainment.”
Haven’t we seen enough real-life bloodshed and senseless violence? Why,...Read more →
Main Line Parent published our “Tips for Watching TV with Your Kids,” a summary of which appears below. For the full article, visit http://mainlineparent.com/2014/05/6-steps-to-smart-tv-time-for-kids/.
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“The environment in which a message runs is part of the message.” Andrea Alstrup
We’ve received some feedback and questions about our efforts to hold McDonald’s accountable for their sponsorship behavior, so I’d like to take a moment here to explain what...Read more →
Last week we told you about Family Guy‘s bizarre fixation with child sex abuse. This week, the writers of Family Guy doubled-down on the offensive content with an art exhibit featuring pictures of hundreds of babies in suggestive situations, and Quagmire performing an inappropriate magic act at a children’s birthday party.
Quagmire: (subtitled) Hey, can...Read more →
Based on the 2011 R-Rated movie starring Cameron Diaz, Bad Teacher is TV’s latest bad sitcom. Airing at 9:30 Eastern and Pacific (only 8:30 Central and Mountain), the premise is that Meredith, an attractive and self-centered woman was recently dumped by her rich husband,...Read more →
Hollywood has been dogged by stories of rampant and wide-spread child sex abuse for years. Former child actor Corey Feldman has spoken openly about the abuse he and his late friend and former co-star Corey Haim suffered when they were just starting out. Said...Read more →
Earlier this week it was announced that a number of major corporations like Kia and Red Bull had pulled their sponsorship from the LA Clippers in light of the racist statements allegedly made and caught on tape by team owner Donald Sterling.
Those corporations made the right decision to protect their brand name and image...Read more →
With the broadcast upfronts (where the networks announce their fall schedules) less than two weeks away, speculation has already begun about which shows will be renewed and which will be dropped. Don’t be surprised if the struggling new CBS sitcom Friends with Better Lives...Read more →
The fourth season of critically-acclaimed HBO series “Game of Thrones” just got underway, and stirred-up controversy here and overseas when ten minutes into the episode, the prince is shown stripping a group of prostitutes before selecting the one he will spend the night with.Read more →
For the network that airs Two and a Half Men, the bar was already pretty low for insipid and needlessly vulgar comedies, but with the debut last week of Friends with Better Lives, the bar has been set even lower. Debuting after the much-anticipated...Read more →
The latest episode of Fox’s The Following, a sophomore drama about a charismatic serial killer with legions of followers who do his bidding, perfectly illustrates how deeply flawed the television rating system is.
In it, a young woman is taken hostage by the psychopathic follower...Read more →