A TV watchdog group denounced MTV yesterday (Aug. 1) for excessive raunchiness in a new report, "The Ten Best and Worst Shows on Cable Television of the 2001/2002 Season." MTV programs like "The Osbou
A TV watchdog group denounced MTV yesterday (Aug. 1) for excessive raunchiness in a new report, "The Ten Best and Worst Shows on Cable Television of the 2001/2002 Season." MTV programs like "The Osbournes" and "The Real World" comprise half of the Parents Television Council's (PTC) "Worst" list, which is rounded out by offerings on FX, TNN, and Comedy Central.
L. Brent Bozell III, founder and president of the PTC, feels that MTV's plethora of salacious programming targeted at teen viewers can no longer be ignored. "One of the things we're looking at is making a much bigger deal about MTV," he said. "Parents don't watch MTV, and I suspect they don't know what's on it."
Other MTV shows on the PTC's list are "Undressed," "Celebrity Deathmatch" and "The Andy Dick Show." The other spots are filled by FX's "The Shield," which topped the list, TNT's "Witchblade," TNN's "WWE Raw Is War," and two series from Comedy Central: "South Park" and "The Man Show." MTV declined comment on the PTC report until it could be reviewed.
Madison Avenue observers and cable networks scoffed at the notion that the PTC will have any effect on advertising or ratings, particularly in light of a recent WWE suit that may have tarnished PTC's reputation.
Last month, the PTC paid $3.5 million to the WWE as part of an out-of-court settlement regarding claims the organization made, in addition to posting a letter of apology on its Web site. The PTC had charged that the UPN series "WWE Smackdown!" was to blame for the deaths of several children and overestimated the number of advertisers who had pulled spots from the broadcast.
Comedy Central spokesman Tony Fox dismissed the PTC's new report. "After their fiasco with the WWE, I question whether they have any credibility whatsoever," he said. FX spokesman John Solberg said the network's placement on the PTC's list doesn't merit comment. "'The Shield' is one of the most critically acclaimed series in all of television," he said. "It received three Emmy nominations. The record speaks for itself."
The PTC also paid homage to the 10 shows it thought were especially family-friendly. In order, they are: "State of Grace" (ABC Family), "The Brothers Garcia" and "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Nickelodeon), "So Little Time" (ABC Family), "Lizzie McGuire" (Disney), "Caitlin's Way" (Nick), "The Powerpuff Girls" (Cartoon Network), "Even Stevens," (Disney), "Making the Band" (MTV), and "Nero Wolfe" (A&E).