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 →
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 →
Unless you’re a fan of the New England Patriots or the Carolina Panthers, it’s unlikely you remember very much from Super Bowl XXXVIII, played on February 1, 2004 – except maybe the halftime show. Read more →
Supposedly aimed at children ages 2-6, the Nick Jr. cable network drove away most of its viewers with its “NickMom” programming block two years ago. Despite its financial and popular failure, the network remains committed to pushing content totally unacceptable for children.Read more →
David Janollari, the former MTV boss who pushed dramas about minors engaging in drug use and graphic sex at teenage audiences, is now producing a new prime-time series for NBC – about a Christian church.Read more →
Dads, a new sitcom airing on Fox, Tuesday nights at 8:00/7:00c, focuses on Eli and Warden, two game developers whose lives drastically change when their fathers move in with them.
Have you been watching? My guess is “No,” being that Dads earned a series low this week according to TvByTheNumbers. But I can’t say I’m...Read more →
TV today is infamous for its sex-slathered sitcoms, from Dads to Two and a Half Men. But during a recent Television Critics Association interview, one TV writer claimed that sex on sitcoms is not gratuitous. 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 →
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 →
Santa Claus, a gun-crazed killer. Eggnog presented as semen. These and other horrors were Seth MacFarlane’s early Christmas presents to the American people last Sunday night.Read more →
A child shot in the head. This is how Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane remembered the anniversary of the school shooting in Newtown last Sunday night. 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 →
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 →
The organization Morality in Media – one of the PTC’s closest allies in battling sexualization and sexual content in entertainment – is initiating a National Day of Prayer Against Pornography on December 10th.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 →
Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein loves foul language – and ignoring the movie ratings system. In recent years, he has deliberately used the f-bomb in his films, then bullied the Motion Picture Association of America into changing R-ratings to PG-13. This week, Weinstein struck again.Read more →
NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt says the solution to bringing his network back from fourth place in the ratings is to be more “provocative.” Unfortunately for families, so far that has translated to, “show more violence.”Read more →
After months of reruns, the Fox broadcast network’s ADHD returned with some original programming last week. Unfortunately, the new content was just as bad as the old. Read more →
The entertainment industry loves to claim that TV showing graphic violence, sex, and profanity has absolutely no influence on viewer’s attitudes or behavior. Yet a media analysis group predicts that $3 billion will be spent on political TV ads before next year’s midterm elections.Read more →
The Parents Television Council issued a stern warning to the IFC Center in New York City requesting that the theater not allow the admittance of children to the NC-17-rated film, Blue Is The Warmest Color, as the theater has presumably been doing.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 →