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 →
In March, the United Nations convened the fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York City, and this year, the Parents Television Council’s 4 Every Girl campaign was asked to be a part of it.
From March 10-21st, representatives of...Read more →
A fundamental tenet of business is first, find out what it is that people want or need; then set about to fill that demand. For years — decades, even — there has been data pointing to a massive, under-served market for family entertainment. The demand was unquestionably...Read more →
Recently NBC announced its production slate for the upcoming television season. In the works is an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s fanciful children’s books about the fairyland of Oz. Predictably, however, rather than remaining true to the source material and creating a...Read more →
A new study, released today, is giving credit for the decline in teen pregnancy rates to the MTV series “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant.” By comparing Nielsen television ratings and birth records, researchers Melissa S. Kearney, the director of the Hamilton...Read more →
The genius of Bill Cosby, Tim Conway, Carol Burnett and a handful of other comedians is not that their comedy is particularly revolutionary, but in their ability to find the humor in everyday situations and relay it in a way that is instantly recognizable to the...Read more →
Just a couple of weeks ago, Entertainment Weekly described NBC’s Thursday night ratings as “an apocalyptic wasteland; some smoldering ruinous city, once glamorous, where a devastating bomb has crumbled the skyline into gray ash.”Read more →
This past weekend, millions of households participated in a time-honored tradition of kicking-off the Christmas season by sitting down to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas together as a family.
A Charlie Brown Christmas continues to delight generations of children and adults while serving as a reminder, year...Read more →
On November 11th, in a rare act of responsibility, MTVedited footage from their European Music Awards broadcast for American audiences. The question is: why isn’t MTV as responsible the rest of the time?Read more →
In 1992 the NBC series Seinfeld aired an episode titled “The Contest,” which dealt with masturbation. Despite the theme, through intelligent and creative writing that adults could understand (but children could not) the word was never used, and the behavior was never depicted.
My, how times have changed.Read more →
If it’s there, there must be a demand for it, right?
How many times have you heard that, or similar arguments, offered as justification for the purely gratuitous flesh parade that is network and cable television today? “They’re just providing what the market wants!” “If people didn’t watch, it wouldn’t be there!”
Baloney.Read more →
How many “scandals” has MTV orchestrated in recent memory? And yet when they erupt, scorn is not directed at MTV, but heaped on the performers. And only the female performers, at that.
After the MTV-produced Super Bowl halftime show which saw Justin Timberlake ripping Janet Jackson’s bodice and revealing her breast to a national television...Read more →
Last week a blog post by Rebeca Seitz caught fire online. If I had to guess why this particular blog post took off the way it did, I’d say it was because she described a scenario that is all too familiar to parents these days.
In it she relayed her shock and horror...Read more →
Last year MTV sent out a casting call for young adults (ages 18-25) who were on the verge of losing their virginity to appear on a new reality series, reports the Daily Mail. This, from the same network that gave us “Teen Mom,” “16 and Pregnant,” “Jersey Shore,” “The Real World,” “Skins,”...Read more →
The UK’s Telegraph recently reported concerns raised by Equity, the union representing actors, about actors being asked to strip down for casting sessions due to the increased presence of sexual content and nudity on television.Read more →
We’ve just come out of Upfronts season, a dog and pony show where the networks fly their top stars to New York City to mingle with advertisers in an attempt to convince sponsors to commit advertising dollars “upfront,” ahead of the fall season. Sponsors are wined and dined and given a preview of what’s...Read more →
After Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives, Girls, Girlfriends, Cashmere Mafia, Hot in Cleveland, Pretty Little Liars, Golden Girls, Designing Women, Sisters… what TV has really been lacking is more shows about four girlfriends, “each on her own path to self-discovery.” So ABC is giving us Mistresses.
Although the female foursome has been done, and...Read more →
Remember the oh-so-earnest PSA featuring Hollywood celebrities in the aftermath of Newtown, calling for Americans to “demand a plan” for dealing with violence? Hollywood’s plans evidently didn’t involve curtailing on-screen violence. According to published reports, the esteemed Cannes film festival’s preview trailer showcases some intensely, “ultra-violent” films.
“First came a scene from Nicolas...Read more →
The outgoing chairman of the FCC wants to change the rules on what kind of content can be subject to enforcement action by the commission.
Under current standards, any content that fits the legal definition of “indecent,” i.e. “language or material that, in context, depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive...Read more →
Three months after the Vice President’s summit with leaders in the entertainment industry, four months after the horror of Newtown, someone in this administration is finally speaking up about the role media violence plays in contributing to real-world violence.Read more →