Today, PTC president Tim Winter called on MTV not to repeat the mistakes made during the 2013 Video Music Awards. Although much of the media attention was focused on the performance of Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke, the explicit content of last year’s VMAs...Read more →
VH1 Has now assaulted families with Dating Naked, which is just as you might imagine – a “dating” show entirely predicated on the nudity of the contestants – for three weeks now. The episode that aired last Thursday evening contained near-constant nudity, several instances of...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 →
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 →
LOS ANGELES (May 8, 2014) – The Parents Television Council welcomed the news that Fox Broadcasting cancelled “Dads” after one season, calling it a victory for families.
“We are heartened that Fox Broadcasting has cancelled ‘Dads’, a program containing material that may...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 →
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 →
We have WONDERFUL NEWS to report!
The Parents Television Council has just learned that the Fox Broadcasting Network has cancelled its “Animation Domination High Definition” (“ADHD”) program. According to a wire story in the Hollywood trade publication Broadcasting & Cable, executives at...Read more →
It’s a sad day for the American entertainment industry, and especially for the FOX broadcasting network.
Here at the PTC, we monitor all prime time broadcast TV programs and quite a bit of cable in order to fulfill our mission to educate parents and families...Read more →
In last month’s Costco Connection magazine, PTC president Tim Winter penned the “Yes” position in a debate asking “Should we rethink the ratings system for television and film?” As he skillfully put it, “it’s time for wholesale reform of the entire ratings system, and those whom the ratings are intended to serve...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 →
(4th in a Series about Media Violence)
After the Newtown and Aurora shootings, entertainment industry executives talked about their “longstanding commitment” to helping parents protect children from media violence.
And how did one such network — NBC — fulfill that promise?Read more →
(3rd in a Series about Media Violence)
In a desperate attempt at damage control after the Newtown and Aurora shootings, entertainment industry executives met with Vice President Joe Biden in January of last year. They emerged from the meeting claiming they have a “longstanding commitment...Read more →
(2nd in a Series about Media Violence)
“Anyone who thinks the media has nothing to do with this is an idiot.”
That’s what Les Moonves, President of CBS, said in the wake of the school shooting…in Columbine…fifteen years ago!
Since that time, there...Read more →
(1st in a Series about Media Violence)
It’s common sense that what people see on television influences their thoughts, decisions, and behavior. If it didn’t, why would advertisers spend $74 BILLION advertising their goods and services during 2012? Read more →
Unlike many in the USA, a foreign TV critic demonstrated an appropriate concern for audiences when it comes to Family Guy – even while enjoying the show himself.Read more →
The Parents Television Council is calling on its members to file indecency complaints over an episode of Fox Broadcasting’s “Dads,” which featured an implied depiction of and references to semen, and references to masturbation.Read more →
It is a commonly-held belief that Europe is more permissive than the U.S. But two recent incidents demonstrated that European nations are more willing to take positive steps to protect children from harmful media content. Read more →
Days after Motion Picture Association of America head Joan Graves stated that “parents don’t want even one F-word in PG-13″ rated movies, her organization has changed the R rating on a profanity-riddled film…to PG-13. Read more →
One obvious proof of the need for Ratings Reform is the fact that the Motion Picture Association of America still refuses to consider changes to its movie ratings system – despite criticism from those inside and outside the entertainment industry.Read more →
The Parents Television Council is calling for a complete reform of the television and motion picture ratings systems to address recently documented inaccuracies and inconsistencies of both.Read more →
After the horrific massacre of children in Newtown last year, the entertainment industry promised parents “tools” to protect their children from media violence. The PTC’s new study shows how well the networks have kept their promise.Read more →
Motion Picture Association of America CEO Chris Dodd received $3.3 million last year – more than the PTC’s entire annual budget. Yet under Dodd’s leadership, violence has tripled in PG-13 rated movies.Read more →
On Nov. 11, 2013, a new study released by researchers from the Annenberg Public Policy Center and Ohio State University found that “that gun violence in PG-13–rated films has more than tripled since 1985….Since 2009, PG-13–rated films have contained as much or more violence as R-rated films films.”Read more →