“The following program is rated TV-MA LSV. It contains strong language, sexual situations, violence, and nudity.”
With a warning like that, is it any wonder that the Wednesday, November 5th episode of FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show (10:00 p.m. ET)is the Worst Cable TV Show of the Week?Read more →
In every other business, driving away customers means losing money. But not in the cable industry.Read more →
Dear Matt (with a copy to Seth MacFarlane),
There is nothing funny about rape.
According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, an American is sexually assaulted every two minutes. The damage, both physical and emotional, is incalculable. Too many have suffered and too few of...Read more →
Calling the current marketplace “anti-competitive and anti-consumer,” one cable company has asked the FCC for Cable Choice.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 →
A wave of mergers is causing media companies to get bigger — to the detriment of consumers. Read more →
The new series follows eight exceptionally gifted children on their remarkable journeys to become successful artists in dance, music, vocal performance and more.Read more →
In 2012, MTV sent out a reality show casting call for young adults “who are ready to LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY!” Outrage greeted the announcement, and MTV scrapped the show before it aired. Now, MTV is trying the same premise again.Read more →
The mega-conglomerates that run the entertainment industry love to claim that “we’re just giving people what they want.” But in a battle over cable fees, nearly a million subscribers have demonstrated they don’t miss networks like MTV. Read more →
The Hollywood Reporter recently detailed a “roundtable” meeting between some of the most influential “comedy” writers working in television today. The article revealed how such writers revel in subjects many Americans don’t find notably funny.Read more →
So-called “reality” TV dating shows have typically been racy, from ABC’s (relatively) mild The Bachelor to MTV’s explicitly sexual Jersey Shore. But now, talk show host and former Bravo network executive Andy Cohen is planning a series that will take “explicit” to a whole new level.Read more →
Should everyone be forced to pay for programming that only 1% of the viewing audience actually watches?Read more →
Comcast has raised its price for basic TV service 68% over the past four years – and now, the cable and internet wants to merge with its chief rival in the field, Time Warner Cable, thus creating an even bigger monopoly which will control...Read more →
“How can the largest cable company in the country buy the second-largest and gain control over 19 of the country’s top 20 markets, 30% of cable, and 40% of broadband, and there be no serious questions?” asks David Carr of The New York Times.Read more →
Want to make $80 million? Simply become the head of Time Warner Cable, serve for 44 days, then sell the company to Comcast. Voila — instant “golden parachute.”Read more →
MTV executives failed to nominate a single female character for “Best Hero” in the upcoming MTV Movie Awards. But given the network’s treatment of women in the past, the only surprise is that anyone’s surprised.Read more →
The WE TV cable and satellite network has announced that it will air the program Sex Box, a “reality” show in which a real couple has real sex live on TV…and pay-TV customers will be funding it, even if they never watch it.Read more →
Pay-TV’s defenders like to claim that the greater license on cable allows for more complex and “sophisticated” storytelling. But as Time magazine recently revealed, some cable TV producers and networks demand nudity — even when the show’s creators don’t want it.Read more →
One of the media cartel’s favorite tricks is “bait-and-switch”: make pay-TV subscribers think they’re getting one thing, then give them something else. This week, the cable industry has provided yet another demonstration of its arrogant and overbearing behavior.Read more →
VH1’s new show Naked Dating is “all about a noisy, provocative hook, and we embrace that!” boasts network vice-president Susan Levison. Naturally, every cable and satellite subscriber will be forced to pay for the show – whether they watch it or not.Read more →
Next month, Cartoon Network will begin pushing its “Adult Swim” live-action and animation block at even more young children.Read more →
Former FCC Chairman Michael Powell says consumers shouldn’t be “forced” to pay for their local broadcast channels on cable – but he has no problem forcing them to pay for dozens of cable channels they never watch.Read more →
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s reverent History Channel mini-series The Bible was a huge success earlier this year. Now, History Channel is preparing a “sequel” on the life of Christ – written and produced by the men behind the R-rated horror movies Hostel and The Texas...Read more →
“They’re as complicated and complex as we are. VAGINAS!”
And another episode of MTV’s Girl Code gets underway.
The November 6th episode of MTV’s trashy “comedy” sexualized girls and exploited their insecurities… earning the program the title of Worst Cable TV Show of the Week. 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 →