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Congress Bans Loud Commercials, 'Dora the Explorer' Actress Withdraws Lawsuit and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 3rd 2010 11:30AM
Commercial volumeDid you hear that? Maybe not -- It's the sound of millions of Americans falling asleep peacefully with the TV on, then not waking up with a start when an obnoxiously loud commercial assaults their ears.

That's because Congress finally passed the bill that will make it illegal for companies to jack up the volume in their commercials, the AP reports. Senate already passed the bill in September, so it only needs President Obama's signature before it becomes law.

In other TV news ...

Caitlin Sanchez, the 14-year-old who voiced the main character on 'Dora the Explorer,' withdrew her lawsuit against Nickelodeon. She previously alleged that she was forced to sign an "unconscionable" contract without an experienced lawyer. [THR, Esq.]

Anna Chlumsky has signed on to play the chief of staff of Julia Louis-Dreyfus's vice president in 'Veep.' Also landing pilot leads were Dorian Brown ('Wilfred') and 'The O.C.''s Kelly Rowan ('Perception'). [Deadline]

The Oprah Winfrey Network got its first promo spots. The commercials star Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am and Oprah herself. [NY Times]

'America's Most Wanted' host John Walsh said a tip from the show led to the police action in the Ronni Chasen murder case. "I believe they responded to a tip that we had passed on," Walsh told the Los Angeles Times. "BHPD reached out to us. We have been working closely with Beverly Hills [police]." [The Hollywood Reporter]

Ben Sherwood was named president of ABC News. "His previous tenure at ABC led to the most successful seasons in GMA's history, and his success as a bestselling author and digital entrepreneur demonstrate a unique skill set that is as valuable as it is diverse," Anne Sweeney said in a staff email. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Disney XD has ordered a live-action pilot. 'Pack of Wolves' follows a trio of suburban siblings who learn how to apply spy tactics to their lives when a secret agent rooms in their family's home. [Deadline]

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Forget volume control! Replace the loud commercials with the music you want to hear. Check out the "TV Muffler Commercial Blocker" available on Amazon.

December 31 2010 at 3:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Finally something is being done about the overly loud commercials. We live in Nevada and the commercials are about twice as loud as the programs are. For example, my husband and I were just talking while watching a movie. We were able to talk in normal voices and then when the commercial came on, we had to put it just to hear each other. I'm glad that somebody is actually doing something about it.

December 03 2010 at 11:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to burban1985's comment

We had to mute the commercial just to be able to talk. It's ridiculous how loud the commercials are.

December 03 2010 at 11:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

OMG, with our country in the shambles that it is we have nothing better to do in our Government except worry about the volume of a commercial? Cut the budget? Seems to me it should start with stupid crap like this. Trouble always brews at the top, now we know who's really wasting our tax dollars huh?

December 03 2010 at 8:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Stephanie's comment

We'll all need hearing aids under that new health insurance because of those stupid commercials. For once congress passed something *good*.

December 03 2010 at 10:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Ott

The first newspiece about a bill being passed to
ban loud commercials at night, that is rediculous!
I've never experienced that on our TV sets, here,
so why even say that these commercials are loud?
I think they're refering to the 2 Geico commercials,
one with the squealing piggy (Wheeeeeee! Wheeeeeeee!)
and the one with the mother in the kitchen who's
terrified of a pile of money with eyeballs (YEEEEEP!).
In other words, they just banned something on TV
that's probably shown at normal volume, anyway. It
must be their TV sets that's causing the loudness.

December 03 2010 at 12:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
6 replies to Richard Ott's comment

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