series http://mrc.org/taxonomy/term/3142/all en Skins: A New Low, Even for MTV http://mrc.org/articles/skins-new-low-even-mtv <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/erin-brown">Erin Brown</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>MTV has bumped up the smut and sleaze level on television with its new show 'Skins' - a take off on a successful BBC series. The scripted show's attempt to portray the real lives of high school students showcases casual sex among minors without consequences, a 16 year-old child purchasing four ounces of marijuana, an adult woman stripping for an underage peeping tom, parental verbal abuse, an overdose on narcotics, and sexual assault of a minor - all in the series premiere.</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/skins-new-low-even-mtv" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Culture Art & Entertainment Family consequences series viewers Thu, 20 Jan 2011 00:48:00 +0000 admin 2193 at http://mrc.org Tila Tequila, MTV's Latest Poison http://mrc.org/bozells-column/tila-tequila-mtvs-latest-poison <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/l-brent-bozell-iii">L. Brent Bozell III</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="normal"><!--- insert text here ---> </span></p><p> In her own twisted way, Tila Nguyen probably considers herself a great American immigrant success story. Born to Vietnamese parents in Singapore before they moved to Texas, she has channeled her outsized ambitions into fame and fortune in the Wild Wild West of the Internet and cable television with the stage name "Tila Tequila."</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/bozells-column/tila-tequila-mtvs-latest-poison" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bozell's Column News Analysis Division facetimes million series sizefontppfont Fri, 30 Nov 2007 05:00:00 +0000 4503 at http://mrc.org TBS and Tedious "Sex" http://mrc.org/bozells-column/tbs-and-tedious-sex <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/l-brent-bozell-iii">L. Brent Bozell III</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="normal"><!--- insert text here ---> </span></p><p>They once called women the "fairer sex," the civilizers of men, the paragons of reticence and manners. Then along came feminism, which promised women that they, too, could be loutish, horny, greedy, and profane. Today, that perspective is not just stylish, it's the toast of television.</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/bozells-column/tbs-and-tedious-sex" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bozell's Column News Analysis Division facetimes fontppfont series sizefontppfont Thu, 17 Jun 2004 04:00:00 +0000 4171 at http://mrc.org So Reagan's Friends Are the Real Villains? http://mrc.org/media-reality-check/so-reagans-friends-are-real-villains <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/rich-noyes">Rich Noyes</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attach"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-application-pdf" alt="application/pdf icon" src="http://mrc.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png" /><a href="http://mrc.org/sites/default/files/documents/fax1106_1.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=1116986" title="fax1106.pdf">Formatted PDF Version</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <!--- insert text here ---> <p> Who cares if the mini-series on Ronald and Nancy Reagan was unfair and unbalanced, a fact that CBS executives now concede? Some liberal critics think CBS should have aired the mean-spirited movie anyway, rather than acknowledge that conservatives were right.</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/media-reality-check/so-reagans-friends-are-real-villains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division reagan series Thu, 06 Nov 2003 05:00:00 +0000 admin 2820 at http://mrc.org When Less Is More on TV http://mrc.org/bozells-column/when-less-more-tv <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/l-brent-bozell-iii">L. Brent Bozell III</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="normal">Try to imagine what would be the reaction of today's typical twenty- or thirtysomething TV scriptwriter were he suddenly ordered to make his writing conform to the broadcast standards of 1965. My guess is that he'd submit a blank piece of paper, then resign. </span> </p> <p><span class="normal">Most scriptwriters today could never deliver the quality of product regularly produced by the likes of Carl Reiner, Jackie Gleason, and all those other writers working in an industry with so many creative limits forty years ago. </span> </p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/bozells-column/when-less-more-tv" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bozell's Column News Analysis Division couldnt greatest series Wed, 08 May 2002 04:00:00 +0000 3963 at http://mrc.org All in the Family? Not at NBC http://mrc.org/bozells-column/all-family-not-nbc <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/l-brent-bozell-iii">L. Brent Bozell III</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="normal">In January 1999, NBC's new entertainment chief, Scott Sassa, declared that parents "want to watch [TV] with their kids," and that his network "should have some shows" featuring "traditional families." Last week, Sassa reversed himself completely. NBC has no plans to launch any family series, he announced, because they don't appeal to his web's "upscale" audience. </span> </p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/bozells-column/all-family-not-nbc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bozell's Column News Analysis Division family network programs series Tue, 15 Jan 2002 05:00:00 +0000 3951 at http://mrc.org The Family Hour in the New Millennium http://mrc.org/bozells-column/family-hour-new-millennium <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/l-brent-bozell-iii">L. Brent Bozell III</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="normal">It tells you just how low society's standards have fallen when approximately seventeen million people can be found glued to a TV set for four hours over six days watching a houseful of people...talking. Such is the allure of CBS's putrid reality series "Big Brother." I'm not sure how the contestants for "Big Brother" were chosen, but a propensity for potty language and uninhibited sex chat must have been high on the producers' checklist. </span> </p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/bozells-column/family-hour-new-millennium" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bozell's Column News Analysis Division brother series Tue, 08 Aug 2000 04:00:00 +0000 39481 at http://mrc.org At ABC, It's RIP for 'TGIF' http://mrc.org/bozells-column/abc-its-rip-tgif <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/l-brent-bozell-iii">L. Brent Bozell III</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="normal">An eleven-year run is an exceptional accomplishment for a television show. The few that stayed on the air that long, like "Cheers," "M*A*S*H," and "Happy Days," are classics of the industry. </span> </p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/bozells-column/abc-its-rip-tgif" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bozell's Column News Analysis Division family sabrina series Thu, 20 Apr 2000 04:00:00 +0000 39472 at http://mrc.org Coming Soon: More Must-Flee TV http://mrc.org/bozells-column/coming-soon-more-must-flee-tv <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/l-brent-bozell-iii">L. Brent Bozell III</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="normal">The other night I was tuned in to NBC, watching the Mel Gibson movie "Braveheart," clearly one of the best films in recent years. Next door on Fox they were airing the annual Emmy Awards extravaganza, clearly one of the dumbest shows television has to offer. </span> </p> <p><span class="normal">Go beyond the hoopla - the dresses, the stars, the winners and losers - and ask yourself this simple question: Just what are they - we - celebrating here? </span> </p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/bozells-column/coming-soon-more-must-flee-tv" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bozell's Column News Analysis Division action entertainment series theres Tue, 14 Sep 1999 04:00:00 +0000 3730 at http://mrc.org Reaction to 'Action' Should Be Revulsion http://mrc.org/bozells-column/reaction-action-should-be-revulsion <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/l-brent-bozell-iii">L. Brent Bozell III</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="normal">Almost every year, television's fall schedule boasts at least one program that generates a great deal of talk - "buzz," as they say in Hollywood - before it premieres. Usually, shows attain buzz status by featuring some sort of envelope-pushing material. Take, for example, 1993's "NYPD Blue," with its much-ballyhooed breakthroughs in dorsal nudity and gutter language. </span> </p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/bozells-column/reaction-action-should-be-revulsion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bozell's Column News Analysis Division action content network series Tue, 29 Jun 1999 04:00:00 +0000 3722 at http://mrc.org 'Will & Grace' & Morality http://mrc.org/bozells-column/will-grace-morality <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/l-brent-bozell-iii">L. Brent Bozell III</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="normal">Last September, Will Truman of the debuting NBC comedy "Will & Grace" became the first explicitly homosexual male lead character on a prime time television series. On April 8, a lesser but still important milestone was reached when Will became the first gay lead character on a series airing in the first hour of prime time. </span> </p> <p><span class="normal">Welcome to the family hour, 1999. </span> </p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/bozells-column/will-grace-morality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bozell's Column News Analysis Division Children clanormal clanormalwill series Tue, 11 May 1999 04:00:00 +0000 3716 at http://mrc.org TV's Best, Worst: A Critical Awakening? http://mrc.org/bozells-column/tvs-best-worst-critical-awakening <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/l-brent-bozell-iii">L. Brent Bozell III</a> </div> </div> </div> <p align="left">Two years ago, after I lauded "Home Improvement" for its positive - and, in the context of today's prime time network fare, anomalous - portrayal of marriage and family, Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker accused me in print of disliking series which "contain mature or complex moral issues that adults like you and I might enjoy." Not incidentally, Tucker also called "Home Improvement" "stupid."</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/bozells-column/tvs-best-worst-critical-awakening" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bozell's Column News Analysis Division alignleftfont critics family series Tue, 01 Dec 1998 05:00:00 +0000 3644 at http://mrc.org CyberAlert -- 11/13/1998 -- CBS Hits Livingston's PAC http://mrc.org/biasalerts/cyberalert-11131998-cbs-hits-livingstons-pac <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/brent-baker">Brent Baker</a> </div> </div> </div> <div> <table border="0" cellpadding="5" width="98%"> <tr> <td width="98%" valign="top"> <p><b>CBS Hits Livingston's PAC; Prosecutions for Lying; FNC Takes on CNN</b></p> <p><a href="#1">1) First out of the box with a hit on Bob Livingston: CBS's Eric Engberg on the evils of how "Livingston exploited gaping legal loopholes in the election laws."</a></p> <p><a href="#2">2) Only the cable networks covered Lucianne Goldberg's appearance in the Tripp taping case. All led the last two nights with Iraq.</a></p></td></tr></table></div><p><a href="http://mrc.org/biasalerts/cyberalert-11131998-cbs-hits-livingstons-pac" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division donaldson livingston series Fri, 13 Nov 1998 05:00:00 +0000 31901 at http://mrc.org CyberAlert -- 10/30/1998 -- Gentler Dem Ads http://mrc.org/biasalerts/cyberalert-10301998-gentler-dem-ads <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/brent-baker">Brent Baker</a> </div> </div> </div> <div> <table border="0" cellpadding="5" width="98%"> <tr> <td width="98%" valign="top"> <p><b>Gentler Dem Ads; "Bleh! Sick of It"; CNN's Cold War: McCarthy = Stalin</b></p> <p><a href="#1">1) Glenn's launch pushed politics aside Thursday night, but Peter Jennings, who referred to the GOP's "advertising attack," goes gentler on Democratic ads. NBC: "Who can blame Mr. Clinton if some of Glenn's glory reflects onto him?"</a></p></td></tr></table></div><p><a href="http://mrc.org/biasalerts/cyberalert-10301998-gentler-dem-ads" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division clinton series soviet Fri, 30 Oct 1998 05:00:00 +0000 31893 at http://mrc.org Peabodys Reflect Media Prejudices http://mrc.org/bozells-column/peabodys-reflect-media-prejudices <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/l-brent-bozell-iii">L. Brent Bozell III</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every year, the University of Georgia's journalism school announces the winners of its Peabody Awards for "distinguished achievement and meritorious public service" in television and radio. The awards for 1997, thirty-four in all, were presented on May 11. Six were given to shows on the commercial broadcast television networks, and half of those speak volumes about the political proclivities of the Peabodys.</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/bozells-column/peabodys-reflect-media-prejudices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bozell's Column News Analysis Division because peabody series Tue, 19 May 1998 04:00:00 +0000 3618 at http://mrc.org