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 →
Though his name was not familiar to the general public, television writer and producer Glen A. Larson was responsible for some of the most widely popular — and family-friendly — TV series of the 1970s and ‘80s. Read more →
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It’s not exactly unusual for the PTC to criticize Family Guy. It’s consistently among the most offensive programs on television, and it’s particularly problematic given the fact that it’s animated and consequently naturally appeals to kids. Much of Family Guy’s most shocking content has been chronicled by the PTC during...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 →
UPDATE, Thursday 10:15 AM ET. Entertainment Tonight has posted the segment here.
PTC’s own Director of Grassroots Communication and Advocacy, Melissa Henson, will appear tonight on nationally syndicated Entertainment Tonight.
She will be discussing the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, and the PTC’s admonition to MTV and...Read more →
Ordinarily, a parent would think that a new TV program based in a comic book universe would be a welcome addition to the prime time line up. It might even be the type of show that the whole family could watch together, right?
Despite some requisite concerns...Read more →
The Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour aired on NBC last night, and perhaps not surprisingly, the viewing public yawned. In fact, the s
pecial had fewer viewers than any other show in its timeslot. There are likely a number of reasons for the low rating of the show,...Read more →
Earlier this week, the PTC encouraged NBC to edit or not air altogether a Miley Cyrus concert special set to air this coming Sunday evening. To be sure, Cyrus has become a problematic figure for parents of teens who may have grown up on...Read more →
We turn to the news in hopes of gaining the most accurate knowledge of our community and the world around us. We watch it to stay informed. But just how reassured can viewers be that the information we’re given is presented in its raw form? Read more →
If you’ve seen the entertainment headlines this week, you’ll know that on FX’s “Louie,” there was an attempted rape scene perpetrated by the titular character – a scene decried by many TV critics and others who are concerned about the use of rape as a plot device in...Read more →
A recent campaign to restart the former PBS children’s program Reading Rainbow received over $2 million in donations – in one day.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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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 →
If you grew up in the ‘80s, there’s a good chance you watched The Cosby Show. It was a cultural phenomenon and a ratings juggernaut for NBC for most of its eight-year run. The Cosby Show made for Must-See-TV for millions of households for the better...Read more →
Top Hollywood boss Harvey Weinstein is promoting his new TV series, one which he claims middle Americans will love…because it’s set in a trailer park.Read more →
The Parents Television Council offers congratulations to Gene Kimmelman, who was appointed to be president and CEO of Public Knowledge.Read more →
The Hollywood insiders who are pushing “dark” and “edgy” dramas containing ever-more graphic sex, violence, and language love to claim that, as a result, TV is now experiencing some kind of “golden age.” But when it comes to programs most Americans actually watch – especially comedies – this is a lie.Read more →
In the last decade, CBS has primarily served up two kinds of programs in prime time: crime/suspense procedurals, and sleazy sex comedies. This fall, the network shows no inclination to change.Read more →
Seth MacFarlane has consistently blasted audiences with the foulest and most sickening content on broadcast TV, with his prime-time cartoons Family Guy and American Dad; and this fall, MacFarlane may have another opportunity to offend audiences with his first live-action comedy.Read more →
For well over a decade, The Simpsons has been the one program even marginally safe for families on Fox’s Sunday night lineup. But this fall, the series will trash its own reputation and legacy – by doing a “cross-over” episode with Seth MacFarlane’s graphic and grotesque Family Guy.Read more →
Last week saw the return of the wildly popular A&E cable series Duck Dynasty. Despite the show’s popularity, the entertainment industry is unlikely to build upon its success…because they do not understand it.Read more →
The racist content of CBS’ long-running “reality” show Big Brother has served yet again to demonstrate the hypocrisy of the broadcast industry…and the people who run it.Read more →