Skip to comments.Surprise! New Fall TV Lineup Heavy on Sex
Posted on 08/22/2011 7:19:13 AM PDT by markomalley
Fall means back to school, end of summer vacations, and exciting new television for those bored with "Bachelor" and "Survivor."
But among this year's crop of brand new television series, a rather "sex"y pattern has emerged. Shows about immature bachelors hooking up before they grow up, the 1960s' playboy bunnies, and navigating the pitfalls of a one-night-stand with your coworker, are themes slated to appear on screens across America in a matter of days.
One of the adult themed shows to air this fall is "Free Agents," a sitcom set to debut on September 14, on NBC that follows the lives of two PR professionals, after they have a drunken one-night stand. The coworkers (played by Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn) attempt to steer through the messy complications of a professional relationship in the aftermath. While this could make for some funny awkward moments, an alcohol-fueled evening full of regret is just a sad premise for a series.
NBC's "The Playboy Club" is a little more obvious from the title about the show's content. Set to air on September 19, 2011, "The Playboy Club" "centers on the Bunnies and patrons of the original Playboy Club in 1960's Chicago," according to the Internet Movie Database page for the show.
But the show has already stirred up controversy as critics like the Parents Television Council called it a "blatant attempt to obliterate any remaining standards of broadcast decency." Morality in Media created an online petition to discourage viewers to from watching the show. Even famous liberal feminist Gloria Steinem has echoed the calls for a boycott. The real Playboy Club, she said, was "the tackiest place on earth."
Based on the stand-up comedy of comedienne Whitney Cummings, "Whitney" is coming to NBC this fall, and it is bringing all the sexual humor along with it. In one trailer for the new series about a couple trying to keep the relationship alive without getting married, viewers see her boyfriend (played by Chris D'Elia) in bed with a laptop. In an attempt to spice things up, Whitney crawls on top of him and sits on his lap, soon learning that her boyfriend is video-chatting with his parents, who witness her attempt to get him "in the mood."
In another trailer the two are lying in bed and Whitney declares, "I don't think we're having sex enough. Why aren't we tapping this every night? ...Stay in that bed, because a storm of sexy is coming your way."
"New Girl" debuts on Fox on September 20 and stars Zooey Deschanel as a sweet, but dramatic, recently dumped woman who ends up getting a new apartment with three guys who vow to help her rebound.
In one trailer that sets up the series, Jessica (played by Deschanel) is seen seducing her boyfriend by arriving at their apartment early, only to discover he is sleeping with another woman. Later in the trailer, Jessica is with her roommates at a bar attempting to rebound and she exclaims to them, "You guys were totally right! I smiled, I said I needed rebound sex and it totally worked. He asked me out!"
One of the most popular shows on television right now is "Glee," a sex-filled primetime show about Ohio high school students in glee club, is beginning its 3rd season on September 20 on Fox. The raunchy show about teens has, in its first two seasons, celebrated lesbian sex experiments, drunken hook ups, masturbation and unwanted gay-smooching.
CW's "Gossip Girl" will begin its new season on September 26 and the sex in this teen drama has moved beyond boy on girl action. In 2009, the Culture and Media Institute highlighted the objectionable "teen" content, including an episode featuring a threesome.
Ben Shapiro examined the liberal assault on traditional values in Hollywood in his book "Primetime Propaganda" and in his chapter "Making The Right Cry: How Television Drama Glorifies Liberalism," he observed that, "comedies are anti-morality crusades; dramas are morality tales." Both are intentionally designed to invert traditional ideas of morality. The veteran producers and writers Shapiro interviewed admitted as much.
Ditto! I limit my TV watching to old movies, concerts, football.
The shows that I allow my family to watch is more “Americana” by definition. I love “Swamp People”, and some of the other shows about auctions etc... My daughter wanted to watch “Glee” since many of her friends watch it. I watched it with her for about ten minutes and said, “no”. (actually, what I said was a little more severe).
Mine is down to football only and even that is waning
I am really enjoying Upstairs, Downstairs. I started with the 2010 series, should have started with the earlier one.Right now, it is on the Blackshirts, the fascist movement.
Besides HGTV and Animal Planet (occassionally AP is not as good as it used to be) and Fox occassionally, that is all
Fun time is going through a list of new shows and trying to predict which ones will get cancelled and when.
Numerous shows get pulled after just a few episodes. Some are so bad or get so low an audience that they get pulled after 2-3 episodes.
Networks have been reducing the number of episodes for new series, so they won’t have so much invested in the failures. They get an initial order for 4-8 episodes with a contingency for more, such the series gather an audience.
It is difficult to predict which new series will be successful and which will fall flat.
Zooey is definitely not guilty.
network TV is the ghetto of entertainment.
how much longer before the networks start going the way of newspapers?
>>> New Fall TV Lineup Heavy on Sex
Then the shows will quickly fail. Nobody wants to watch heavy people having sex. Problem solved.
Sorry, but Zooey's (what a stupid name, anyway) eyes look like those on one of the kids out of "Village Of The Damned."
Modern TV nauseates me. It’s become such a sewer that it is no longer worth the effort to wade through the putrid mess to find anything worthwhile. I gave up on all of it entirely, opting instead for dvd-sets of older, more classic shows.
The thing about Glee is that it started out ok. I’m not a musical kind of guy, but I keep an eye on what my kids watch. The first few episodes were decent enough; singing, dancing, silly jokes. But then it went downhill and into the gutter of sexual innuendo and garbage, is now unacceptable - seems to be pushing the gay thing way too much, as well as giving the false images and unreal expectations as twenty-five year old actors attempt to portray high school kids. No wonder teen girls hate the way they look, and this is just one example. I’m thinking the producers plan this out from day one.
Troy is definitely my favorite. My son likes Willy (he finds him comical). For whatever reason, my daughters like “lizabet”. I actually learn a lot from Pawn Stars... especially when they get an antique of some sorts. Parents should sit with their kids and watch the programs that they are watching. I don’t know how many parents will simply “assume” that a program is okay if it is about a high school glee club or some young people?! Some of the shows designed for middle schoolers and high schoolers will curl your hair with the subject content.
Zooey's eyes look like she just came back from her 4:20 break...
She have any sisters?
“I’m thinking the producers plan this out from day one”.
I agree. I probably watched an episode later on in the season. It was about one of the glee members having a homosexual crush. A lot of the shows now really push the homosexual agenda. I remember when I was a kid... my parents wouldn’t let me watch “Dallas”. They felt the subject material was too adult and many of my friends were allowed to watch it. By comparison to today’s standards... it was tame and mellow. Times have definitely changed!
One commercial I saw showed her dressed in a short French maid outfit at the ironing board when her boyfriend came home and she asked seductively if he needed anything else done, so he got her some more clothes to iron. Just what I need to see, another "smart woman, clueless man" show.
Football, the Food Channel (Alton Brown is an icon), History Channel, and ‘Castle’ when it’s on. Don’t even watch Fox News anymore ... their treachery was finally revealed.
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