The latest episode of Fox’s The Following, a sophomore drama about a charismatic serial killer with legions of followers who do his bidding, perfectly illustrates how deeply flawed the television rating system is.
In it, a young woman is taken hostage by the psychopathic follower...Read more →
(6th in a Series about Media Violence)
Whenever the public expresses concern about the excessive graphic violence on television, the TV industry’s argument is the same: it’s the parent’s job to keep violence and other dangerous content away from their kids. “Use the V-Chip! Look at the...Read more →
Last Friday, NBC’s ultra-violent serial killer drama Hannibal returned to prime time…and once again deluged viewers with graphic gore.Read more →
(5th in a Series about Media Violence)Read more →
Last week, we warned you about the return of NBC’s Hannibal – a prime-time TV series, airing on the publicly-owned airwaves at 10:00 p.m. ET (only 9:00 p.m. in the Central/Mountain time zones), in which a...
(4th in a Series about Media Violence)
After the Newtown and Aurora shootings, entertainment industry executives talked about their “longstanding commitment” to helping parents protect children from media violence.
And how did one such network — NBC — fulfill that promise?Read more →
Despite being last in its timeslot and one of the lowest-rated dramas on broadcast TV, the grotesque cannibalistic serial killer drama Hannibal is returning for another season by NBC.Read more →
(3rd in a Series about Media Violence)
In a desperate attempt at damage control after the Newtown and Aurora shootings, entertainment industry executives met with Vice President Joe Biden in January of last year. They emerged from the meeting claiming they have a “longstanding commitment...Read more →
(2nd in a Series about Media Violence)
“Anyone who thinks the media has nothing to do with this is an idiot.”
That’s what Les Moonves, President of CBS, said in the wake of the school shooting…in Columbine…fifteen years ago!
Since that time, there...Read more →
Movie executive Harvey Weinstein recently vowed to stop producing movies containing graphic violence. In an op-ed the Daily Caller, PTC President Tim Winter applauded Weinstein — but questioned whether this would lead to less movie violence in general.Read more →
(1st in a Series about Media Violence)
It’s common sense that what people see on television influences their thoughts, decisions, and behavior. If it didn’t, why would advertisers spend $74 BILLION advertising their goods and services during 2012? 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 →
On Nov. 11, 2013, a new study released by researchers from the Annenberg Public Policy Center and Ohio State University found that “that gun violence in PG-13–rated films has more than tripled since 1985….Since 2009, PG-13–rated films have contained as much or more violence as R-rated films films.”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 →
Kurt Sutter, the creator of Sons of Anarchy, just can’t stay out of his own way.
In case you missed it, PTC founder Brent Bozell penned his column this week on last week’s Sons of Anarchy episode that featured a school shooting, rape and drowning in urine. It’s really a must-read...Read more →
As America’s leading fast-food chain, McDonalds is accustomed to handsome profits; but the restaurant’s sales and share price on Wall Street are both slumping — and McD’s sponsorship of anti-family programming may be part of the reason.Read more →
Modeled on (and from the creator of) Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” programming block, Fox ADHD is a horrifically graphic, ultra-violent, sexually explicit, and profanity-laden group of short programs Fox is bringing to broadcast TV – in a special airing at 8:30 Central time this Sunday night. Read more →
Remember the oh-so-earnest PSA featuring Hollywood celebrities in the aftermath of Newtown, calling for Americans to “demand a plan” for dealing with violence? Hollywood’s plans evidently didn’t involve curtailing on-screen violence. According to published reports, the esteemed Cannes film festival’s preview trailer showcases some intensely, “ultra-violent” films.
“First came a scene from Nicolas...Read more →
Those who run TV networks cannot seem to decide whether showing a violent TV episode after a real-life tragedy is a good idea or not.Read more →
With TV networks constantly pumping ever-more explicit violence, nudity, and graphic sex over the publicly-owned airwaves, it is nice to find one TV station that still understands the concept of operating “in the public interest.”Read more →
Even as they were meeting with Vice-President Biden in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Newtown and promising to help curb media violence, TV network bosses were busy pumping more violence over the public airwaves – as AP’s David Bauder reports.Read more →