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PTC Slams 'Glee' Sex Episode

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 8th 2011 1:05PM
GleeThe Parents Television Council is at it again, and this time 'Glee' is in their crosshairs.

The watchdog group is targeting 'Glee' (Tuesdays, 8PM ET on Fox) over the Tues., Nov. 8 episode, 'The First Time.' The episode features several teen characters having sex for the first time. Naturally, this has riled the PTC.

According to EW, the PTC is not taking issue with the genders of the couples having sex, just the content matter.

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Hugh Hefner and the PTC Speak Out on 'The Playboy Club' Cancellation

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 5th 2011 6:00AM
'The Playboy Club' castAs was widely expected, NBC's new drama, 'The Playboy Club,' has gained the dubious distinction of being the first cancellation of the new fall season.

It will reportedly be replaced with repeats of 'Prime Suspect' until Brian Williams' news magazine series 'Rock Center' starts on Mon., Oct. 31 at 10PM.

Now 'Playboy' founder Hugh Hefner says he thinks he knows why 'The Playboy Club' struggled in the ratings and failed to ignite with audiences.

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'The Playboy Club' Loses Advertisers, PTC Calls for Immediate Cancellation

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 29th 2011 8:30AM
'The Playboy Club' castWill it soon be time to bid farewell to 'The Playboy Club?' Yes, if the members of The Parents Television Council (PTC) have their way.

The PTC has been campaigning against NBC's new drama series for months, urging advertisers and NBC affiliates to drop it.

Now the PTC claims that seven advertisers have already withdrawn from 'The Playboy Club' and is calling for the series -- which the pressure group says "objectifies and degrades women" -- to be cancelled immediately.

Asking members to put pressure on the remaining sponsors of the show (Capital One, Samsung and Chrysler), PTC President Tim Winters said the group wants to know "if their corporate values are in step with those of the Playboy brand."

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Parents Television Council Files Complaint Over 'X Factor' Flasher

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 23rd 2011 11:25AM
Paula Abdul wasn't the only person 'The X Factor' flasher made sick during the singing talent show's premiere. Fox's decision to air Geo Godley's bottomless routine, albeit with a blurred X over his privates, has now drawn the ire of the Parents Television Council.

According to TMZ, the advocacy group announced it has filed a formal indecency complaint with the FCC against the show.

"The prolonged, previously videotaped footage of a contestant dancing nude on the 'X Factor' stage represents a conscious decision by the producers – with the approval of the network's broadcast standards department -- to intentionally air this content in front of millions of families during hours when they knew full well that children would be watching," PTC President Tim Winters said in a statement.

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PTC Targets 'Playboy Club,' Urges NBC Affiliates to Drop the Show

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 26th 2011 5:15PM
The Playboy ClubThe Parents Television Council has a new target in its sights: NBC's 'The Playboy Club.' It was only a matter of time before the conservative watchdog group targeted the new fall series, which is set in Chicago's Playboy club in the 1960s.

According to Broadcasting & Cable, the PTC sent letters to all NBC affiliates, urging them not to air the new crime drama.

In the letter, PTC president Tim Winter told stations the show was attempting to put a layer of class on the porn industry. If the stations did air the show, Winter warned the PTC would urge its members to file complaints with the FCC.

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Lady Gaga to Headline 'GMA' Summer Concert Series, Burt Reynolds, Christopher Lloyd Book TV Roles and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 4th 2011 11:00AM
Lady GagaLady Gaga will kick off the summer concert series on 'Good Morning America.'

ABC announced the news during this morning's 'GMA' broadcast. Look for Gaga to take the stage on May 27, four days after her new album drops.

'GMA' has been beefing up its content to draw younger viewers. Last month the morning show welcomed Britney Spears with a concert event.

Last summer Lady Gaga took the stage as part of the 'Today' show's summer concerts.

In other TV news ...

Burt Reynolds will star opposite LeAnn Rimes in 'Reel Love,' a CMT original movie. Reynolds will play father to Rimes' Holly, a successful woman who returns to her small-town home after a family emergency. [Deadline]

Christopher Lloyd has joined the cast of an NBC comedy pilot. The 'Back to the Future' actor will play grandfather to a family of doctors. The pilot also stars Jean Smart, Adam J. West and Jere Burns. Lloyd recently popped up in an episode of 'Fringe.' [Deadline]

Looks like Charlie Sheen did better in Chicago than in Detroit. The controversial actor was met with a standing ovation after changing the 'My Violent Torpedo of Truth / Defeat is Not an Option' tour structure. [A.P.]

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Nancy Grace Sued, Terry O'Quinn Books 'Hallelujah' Lead and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 9th 2011 7:00PM
Nancy GraceCable news legal expert Nancy Grace has found herself in some legal hot water of her own.

The CNN Headline News host was sued for $15 million for "not honoring an agreement to have her long-term associate, Patricia Caruso, act as executive producer of her new syndicated show 'Swift Justice,'" according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Caruso alleges that she and Grace discussed a potential new show over a lunch meeting in 2008, which then turned into 'Swift Justice.' They supposedly had a verbal agreement to work together.

In other TV news ...

Sing 'Hallelujah,' because 'Lost' vet Terry O'Quinn is returning to TV. Well, at least if his new ABC pilot gets picked up. The former John Locke will play the main villain in Marc Cherry's hourlong drama about good and evil forces in a small Southern town. [TV Line]

The Parents Television Council is at it again, this time targeting the ABC pilot 'Good Christian Bitches.' The organization slammed the show as an "affront to women" and denigrating the "world's largest faith." [Deadline]

Singer Ciara is picking up some pom poms for a guest spot on The CW's 'Hellcats.' The singer tweeted that she's in Vancouver filming for the show. No word on what kind of character she'll be playing, or if she's appearing as herself. [Perez Hilton]

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Teens Can't Wait to Watch 'Skins,' Thanks to the PTC (VIDEO)

by PopEater Staff, posted Feb 2nd 2011 7:30PM
SkinsThe Parents Television Council is accusing MTV's 'Skins' of featuring child pornography, called it "dangerous" and tabulated more than 40 instances of drug, sex and alcohol abuse in only the first episode.

To which teens say: Thanks for the heads-up!

From Funny or Die comes a video of teens who are grateful for the PTC's watchdog campaign, which has just spread the word about the potentially-corrupting show. The more the PTC whines about nudity and drug use, the more these teens can't wait to indulge ... in the show.

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MTV's 'Skins' Cast Responds to PTC Claims (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 14th 2011 11:00AM
MTV Skins castYesterday, the Parents Television Council declared MTV's 'Skins' to be "the most dangerous show for teens."

TV Squad caught up with the young actors, who were already well aware of their newfound "dangerous" label. "In a good way we're dangerous -- dangerously in love," joked Ron Mustafaa, who plays Abbud. "We're dangerously sexy," added Danny Flaherty (Stanley).

In all seriousness, though, the teenage cast was very insistent that their hard-partying onscreen alter-egos can provide some real lessons for their peers and parents alike. "It would even be a great conversation opener," Flaherty said.

Besides, the show hasn't even premiered yet. "These parents haven't seen the show as far as I know, they've seen previews," said Rachel Thevenard (Michelle). Indeed, PTC President Tim Winter's complaint took special note of the marketing campaign, saying it "makes light of lying to parents and participating in all manner of harmful, irresponsible, illegal and adult-themed behavior."

Judge for yourself when 'Skins' premieres on Monday night at 10PM on MTV. In the meantime, watch our video to see what else the cast had to say about the PTC's statement.

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PTC Blasts 'Skins,' 'Alcatraz' to Begin Shooting Next Week and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 13th 2011 1:00PM
SkinsNotorious buzz-killers the Parents Television Council are at it again, calling MTV's new 'Skins,' which debuts on Monday, "the most dangerous show for teens."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, PTC President Tim Winter said in a statement, "The marketing campaign itself makes light of lying to parents and participating in all manner of harmful, irresponsible, illegal and adult-themed behavior. The trailers we have seen thus far make sexual objects of almost every single one of its characters and asks not only for viewers to approve, but to actively participate by posting their own secret stories."

MTV probably isn't too worried about it, though, considering their ads seem to have been designed to incite controversy anyway.

UPDATE: Watch the 'Skins' cast respond to the PTC claims here.

In other news ...

J.J. Abrams revealed that 'Alcatraz' is set to begin shooting next week. The Fox pilot, which stars Jorge Garcia, will film starting Jan. 19. [THR]

Syfy's new series 'School Spirits' will examine haunted high schools and colleges across the country. The Mark Burnett-produced show is currently in development and will feature interviews with students, staff and faculty who have witnessed paranormal occurrences. [Variety]

Showtime is in talks to develop a docuseries about the San Francisco Giants. The Mike Tollin-produced show would follow the World Series-winning baseball team. [Entertainment Weekly]

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PTC Slams Sexualization of Teen Girls, Justin Timberlake Says He'd Join the 'SNL' Cast and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 16th 2010 1:30PM
'The Vampire Diaries'The Parents Television Council is stirring up controversy again -- this time it's targeting the sexualization of teen girls on TV.

According to a Los Angeles Times report, "The results from this report show Tinseltown's eagerness to not only objectify and fetishize young girls, but to sexualize them in such a way that real teens are led to believe their sole value comes from their sexuality," PTC President Tim Winter said in a statement.

Among the shows the PTC examined are 'Two and a Half Men,' 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Glee' and 'The Big Bang Theory.'

In other TV news ...

Justin Timberlake said he'd "absolutely" join the cast of 'Saturday Night Live.' The singer/actor said he'd love to sign a one- or two-year contract if someone offered. The star has frequently popped up in skits over the past few years. [Splitsider]

Leighton Meester clarified her statement that she'd leave 'Gossip Girl' in two years. "I honestly don't known what's going to happen. I love being on the show, so I can't predict the future," she said. [Access Hollywood]

Matthew Morrison is heading on tour -- without the rest of his 'Glee' castmates. The recent Golden Globe nominee will tour in support of his upcoming solo album once his Fox hit wraps filming on the second season. [Music Mix]

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Is There More $#*! on Television?

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 9th 2010 1:30PM
'$#*! My Dad Says'According to the latest publicity-baiting study from the Parents Television Council (mission accomplished!), primetime television has gotten a heck of a lot more foul-mouthed over the past five years.

In the study, called "A Habitat for Profanity: Broadcast TV's Sharp Increase in Foul Language," the PTC uncovered a 69 percent increase in the use of profanity during peak primetime viewing hours between 2005 and 2010, Deadline reports.

"Our analysis of the first two weeks of this still-new fall television season shows a disturbing trend that shocked even us," PTC President Tim Winter said. "Profanity is far more frequent and the profanity itself is far harsher than just five years ago. Even worse, the most egregious language is being aired during the time slots when children are most likely to be in the audience."

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Parents Television Council Losing Relevancy, to Nobody's Dismay

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 26th 2010 11:20AM
The PTC logoThere is a strange force of nature that creates a balance in the pop culture universe. Whenever something really fun comes into our view, this force (comprised of various entities) will do everything they can to block it from reaching our eyes.

Movies have the Motion Pictures Association's ratings board. Music has Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center, which slapped those annoying "Parental Warning" labels on any CD that showed a tablespoon of bad taste. Internet porn has, well, nothing's really been able to stop that, but give them time.

Television, of course, has the Parents Television Council, a crusading group of vigilant moms and dads who watch every last inch of TV and write miles-long letters to the FCC demanding action against the slightest bit of skin or the utterance of any kind of bad word. These days, however, that the PTC is in some dire straights and if someone doesn't so something soon, they could just disappear into the wind (please, don't everybody get up at once ... no seriously, don't).

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GQ's 'Glee' Photo Shoot Continues to Be Controversial, For Some Reason

by PopEater Staff, posted Oct 21st 2010 1:30PM
GQ Editor on 'Glee' Photo Shoot: 'They're Old Enough to Do What They Want'GQ's sexy photos of 'Glee' cast members are still making headlines. After the Parents Television Council said the photo shoot "borders on pedophilia," featured star Dianna Agron apologized on her blog to offended parties, but also issued a defense.

"In the land of Madonna, Britney, Miley, Gossip Girl, other public figures and shows that have pushed the envelope and challenged the levels of comfort in their viewers and fans, we are not the first," she wrote. "If you are hurt or these photos make you uncomfortable, it was never our intention. And if your eight-year-old has a copy of our GQ cover in hand, again I am sorry. But I would have to ask, how on earth did it get there?"

Meanwhile, GQ editor in chief Jim Nelson responded to the Parents Television Council, telling The Insider: "The Parents Television Council must not be watching much TV these days and should learn to divide reality from fantasy."

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Review: Gossip Girl - They Shoot Humphreys, Don't They?

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Nov 10th 2009 11:38AM
Gossip Girl
(S03E09) "Nobody puts Jenny in a corner." - Gossip Girl

Even if this was Jenny's episode, the much talked about threesome scenes stole the show.

The Parents Television Council (PTC) tried to get the network not to air this week's episode of Gossip Girl due to the threesome scene it included. In a letter sent out to the network, the PTC claims The CW's decision to air the episode is "reckless and irresponsible." In the same letter, they mention that by airing this scene, the network is, in a way, letting young kids know that they should take part in such sexual behaviors.

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