The Parents Television Council is getting hot over WE tv’s Sex Box, but probably not in the way show creators intended.
The TV watchdog group is launching a national petition demanding that the channel be removed from cable subscription bundles over the racy content in WE’s new series.
“In order for a child to watch the Disney Channel, her parents must now also pay for a live sex show on WE tv,” PTC president Tim Winter said in a statement. “Something is terribly, horribly broken in the marketplace when an industry is capable of making that happen.”
Winter argues that while a show like Sex Box might pop up on a premium network, children shouldn’t be exposed to it on basic cable.
“If some adults want to watch a program like that, let them pay for it. But forcing it into the basic cable bundle and making parents and families pay for it is an outrage,” Winter added. “Sex Box should never see the light of day on basic cable.”
He went on to say that the show will “only cause a further erosion of standards on broadcast and basic television.” The PTC also vowed to hold Sex Box advertisers accountable.
Sex Box, which premieres on Feb. 27, features real couples having sex in a camera-free, soundproof box. Afterward, they address their issues with a panel of relationship experts. WE tv ordered nine hourlong episodes of the reality series, produced by Relativity Television and based on the U.K. show of the same name.
WE tv president Marc Juris had this to say when the AMC Networks-owned cable channel picked up the show: “Sex Box is one of the most unique and compelling show concepts we’ve ever seen, and we can’t wait to bring it to WE tv. Our featured couples will get a once-in-a-lifetime experience, while our viewers will get the kind of bold, break-through-the-clutter programming they increasingly associate with WE tv.”
The PTC’s argument is in keeping with its support for a la carte cable subscriptions, something the organization advocated in its opposition to a series of graphic sex scenes in a recent Sons of Anarchy episode.
WE tv has not yet responded to The Hollywood Reporter‘s request for comment.