PTC Urges CBS Not to Promote 'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show' During 'Rudolph' Special (Exclusive)
"It would violate the trust of families if the innocent holiday special is interrupted with promos featuring gory corpses or scantily clad lingerie models"
Weeks after ABC aired a graphic sex scene on Scandal shortly after the conclusion of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, the Parents Television Council is urging CBS to learn from that example with Tuesday night's lineup of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
Rudolph is set to air from 8 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, followed by the hour-long NCIS and then the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at 10 p.m. Despite the NCIS buffer, the PTC wants the network to be mindful of both NCIS and the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show's adult-themed content. The organization has urged CBS to be respectful of family audiences tuning in to watch Rudolph.
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"CBS should refrain from airing any promotions of the routinely graphic NCIS or the always-racy Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show during the Rudolph broadcast,” PTC president Tim Winter said in an exclusive statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Obviously, the network is going after different audiences with these three shows, but it would violate the trust of families if the innocent holiday special is interrupted with promos featuring gory corpses or scantily clad lingerie models," Winter added. "While we continue to object to a network-sponsored lingerie ‘special’ on the publicly owned airwaves, we call on CBS to take every precaution to help parents protect children from such dramatically different fare that is airing in adjacent time slots.”
The PTC is also issuing a warning to parents to be aware that Rudolph will be followed by more mature content.
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The organization previously criticized ABC for following its Oct. 30 annual broadcast of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown with an episode of Scandal that opened with a sex scene.
"Shame on ABC for putting a peep show next to a playground," Winter said, saying that there were only 26 seconds between the two shows, calling the transition "grossly Irresponsible" and urging ABC to apologize.
Reps for CBS have not yet responded to THR's request for comment.