Most Americans would agree that rape is not a laughing matter – but those in the entertainment industry feel differently. In the last week, there have been several examples of violent sexual assault of women and children on TV …and the TV networks have...Read more →
For the last few seasons, graphically violent programs about serial killers have enjoyed a boom on broadcast TV. Recently, some networks have cancelled such shows…but sadly, other networks are jumping on the murder bandwagon.Read more →
To those who grew up in the 1970s, The Muppet Show was a beloved family-friendly series suitable for the entire family. Now, ABC plans to bring the Muppets back…in what it is calling a “ more adult” format.Read more →
For desensitizing viewers to sickening concepts, the Tuesday, April 28th episode of CW’s iZombie (9:00 p.m. ET) is the Worst TV Show of the Week.Read more →
In honor of the PTC’s 20th anniversary and of Mother’s Day, we present, in no particular order, the 20 top broadcast TV moms of the last 20 years.
TV moms have changed over the decades. On television today we seldom see the idealized mothers of generations past; whose hair was always perfectly coiffed, whose clothes...Read more →
Jayne Meadows Allen, actress, raconteur, and widow of the PTC’s Honorary Chairman Emeritus Steve Allen, died earlier this week. The PTC honors her memory.Read more →
Several favorite family-friendly series from the past are receiving sequels on TV today.Read more →
The Parents Television Council called WE tv’s decision to take its live sex show, “Sex Box,” off the air after only airing five episodes a victory for its members and other concerned citizens who signed a national petition against the show.Read more →
PTC, Pro-Family and Consumer Groups File Amicus Brief in Support of a Review
LOS ANGELES (April 14, 2015) – The Parents Television Council, and on behalf of other pro-family and consumer groups, submitted an amicus brief in support of a review of “Fischer, et al....Read more →
In celebration of the holiday, a number of excellent programs for families are airing this week.Read more →
The Parents Television Council responded to today’s FCC announcement that it has fined CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, VA, $325,000 for violating the broadcast indecency law.
“On behalf of our members, and indeed on behalf of millions of Americans across our nation...Read more →
Hook-up culture is having its moment on cable television.
In just a few days, VH1 will be rolling-out Walk of Shame Shuttle, essentially Taxi Cab Confessions for the basic cable tier; a reality series in which a drivers pick up young adults after a one-night-stand...Read more →
In the course of our efforts to advocate for families and protect children from Sex Box , we’ve heard from a number of people who wonder how anyone could possibly object to a live sex show on basic cable. Here, we answer their most common complaints.Read more →
Thousands of Americans are offended at having to pay for WE TV’s upcoming show Sex Box – and the PTC has the comments from the public to prove it.Read more →
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 →
A new crop of family-friendly shows will soon be hitting TV screens. Read more →
Clint Eastwood’s new film, American Sniper, opened in theaters and raked in a record $105.3 million over the long holiday weekend. Obviously, this is a pretty staggering sum, and ranked the movie alongside most of last summer’s blockbusters in terms of its initial gross. ...Read more →
Broadcast and cable pioneer Lowell “Bud” Paxson passed away last week. Among many other accomplishments, the devoutly Christian Paxson was the founder of the PAX television network, a broadcast channel devoted entirely to showing clean, family-friendly original programming.Read more →
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!
It’s unusual for a major publication to devote such resources to...Read more →
Back on September 2, a law professor at George Washington University filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission urging the FCC to ban the use of the term “Redskins” on broadcast networks as obscene, or profane, or even classified as hate speech. Regardless...Read more →
The Hollywood trade press is trumpeting the news that the series finale of FX’s drama Sons of Anarchy had a “record” high number of viewers. But this claim isn’t telling the whole story.Read more →
TV network executives like to claim that “we’re only giving people what they want” when they show graphic sex and violence; but recently, one top network boss admitted this isn’t true. Read more →
A common refrain among the Hollywood crowd is that entertainment must be “edgy” or “push the envelope” of taste or appropriateness to gain an audience and be successful. As we at the PTC like to point out, that is very often the opposite of reality – and viewership numbers are the proof of that.Read more →
The PTC is pleased to join forces with other public interest groups, concerned private companies, labor unions and industry associations to form the Stop Mega Comcast Coalition. Comcast and Time Warner Cable announced the $45 billion deal in February; however, the transaction...Read more →
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,...Read more →