The Parents Television Council, whose mission is to "protect children and families from graphic sex, violence, and profanity in the media," is upset with ABC. This is the same group that demanded a less racy MTV VMA performance after Miley twerked all over it. We know what you're thinking, but it's not because the network canceled its Saturday morning cartoons. Rather, the organization disapproves of the network's unfortunate timing in airing a Scandal sex scene less than a minute after Thursday night's showing of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
Basically, America's television screens went from Sally walking down the school hallway to a title sequence, to Olivia Pope doing laps, to Olivia Pope doing...something else. With Fitz. Check it out for yourself:
In a statement, PTC president Tim Winter called the scheduling "grossly irresponsible." He went on: "Shame on ABC for putting a peep show next to a playground. In less than 26 seconds, we were taken from the Peanuts pumpkin patch to a steamy Scandal sex scene. Twenty-six seconds, boom."
The change in programming was abrupt, but there were two indications that Scandal would be appearing next. ABC noted that Scandal was just moments away from airing in a message at the bottom of the screen, as well as in a brief preview transition after the cartoon special.
Some parents might not have been quick enough on the remote to protect their little ones from 9 p.m. programming, but can we just remember that networks aren't parents? Adults should hold the primary responsibility to monitor the content their kids are watching. Snoopy seems to agree: The Hollywood Reporter)