“I just had afternoon sex with a sophomore whose last name I couldn’t remember.” So opened the October 14th episode of MTV’s Awkward (10:00 p.m. ET), which for obvious reasons is the Worst Cable TV Show of the Week.Read more →
A new scientific study demonstrates that viewing scenes of extreme sex or violence in media makes viewers more tolerant of such content – and more lenient in allowing children to see it.Read more →
Two episodes in, and VH1 is still struggling to find an audience for its much-ballyhooed foray into the naked reality show genre, Dating Naked.
In fact, ratings were so low for episode 2, that it didn’t even break the top 100 cable shows for the week, though reruns of the 16-year-old sitcom Seinfeld did,...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 →
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 →
Last week, the annual PURPOSE Family Entertainment and Faith-Based Summit convened in Beverly Hills. All the convention’s attendees demonstrated a clear understanding of the concepts of “faith” and “family” entertainment — except America’s broadcast networks.Read more →
ABC has announced that it will be moving its graphic drama Grey’s Anatomy into the Family Hour next fall. When asked about the move, ABC President Paul Lee said showing explicit content when children are in the audience is “much less relevant than it...Read more →
The annual “upfronts” – during which TV networks announce their fall schedules and meet with advertisers to hammer out sponsorship deals – are occurring this week. From them came the welcome news that some of broadcast TV’s most offensive new series have been cancelled.Read more →
Brian Lowry is TV columnist for the entertainment industry trade magazine Variety. In a recent column, Lowry ripped apart the Fox broadcast network’s sick serial killer drama The Following — and agreed with the PTC that Fox incorrectly rates the program as appropriate for 14 year olds.Read more →
Should everyone be forced to pay for programming that only 1% of the viewing audience actually watches?Read more →
Last week, Fox Broadcasting announced that it had cancelled its ultra-graphic Animation Domination High-Definition (ADHD) series. This announcement came only days after the PTC called out Fox for its grotesque internet cartoon “The Easter Bunny’s Coming,” and Target for sponsoring the content.Read more →
For the network that airs Two and a Half Men, the bar was already pretty low for insipid and needlessly vulgar comedies, but with the debut last week of Friends with Better Lives, the bar has been set even lower. Debuting after the much-anticipated...Read more →