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Parents Television Council Winning Fight Against The Playboy Club

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To quote Andrea Bocelli, it may be time to say goodbye for The Playboy Club!

Back in July, the Parents Television Council (PTC) called for NBC affiliates to NOT air The Playboy Club because it "glorifies and glamorizes" the pornography industry.

Then things got even worse for NBC's controversial new show when it premiered to weak ratings, with only 5 million people tuning in!

Now that the ratings have continued to go down, it appears that advertisers are listening to the PTC, and they're pulling their ads form the show. So far, 7 advertisers have dropped out!

Here's what PTC president Tim Winter had to say about it:

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The Voice Winner Javier Colon To Make Guest Appearance On The Playboy Club!

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Uh oh! Does this mean that the Parents Television Council will now go after The Voice as well???

NBC's The Playboy Club

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Parents Televison Council Vs. NBC: Playboy Edition

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The Parents Television Council (PTC) are at it again!

Last we heard from the PTC, they were trying to get Rihanna's new video off of BET…but they failed.

Looks like they're not letting that get them down though, because now

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Where Did MTV Go Wrong With Skins??

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Yeah. We have a feeling that there probably won't be a second season. Which is probably for the best.

With the exception of the surprisingly thoughtful and well-written fourth episode, we think everyone can agree that the US adaptation of the series Skins has sucked pretty hard, and as proof, last week's episode garnered less than a million viewers! And although some suggest that the only reason MTV is keeping the show on the air is to reinforce its status as an 'edgy' network, it sounds as though the controversy surrounding it isn't even resonating with their demographic!

Dan Isett, the director of public policy for the Parents Television Council, complains:

“At this point, the only advertising that you see on the show, aside from Clearasil, are movie trailers and various direct marketing type of things. So, there’s virtually no mainline commercial support for this show. There’s no economic reason to keep ‘Skins’ on the air. If I were a Viacom shareholder, I’d be upset that my corporate management is going out of their way to lose me money by putting on this show.”

And TV critic Ben Mandelker continues:

“Quite frankly—no one I know watches ‘Skins.' Absolutely no one is talking about ‘Skins’ on the Internet. Maybe in some forum, somewhere, but it’s not being talked about on Vulture, Gawker—I’m not seeing links on Facebook, I’m not seeing things on Twitter. I forget the show is even on. I don’t even know when it’s on, to be honest. If you’ve seen pictures of this cast, they look sickly. Not only do they look sickly, they actually look their age—and they’re all shirtless. There’s sort of an ‘ick’ quality to it. And 'Skins' seems to take itself very, very seriously. Ever since they first started showing ads for it last year, it just didn’t make sense. You just saw all of these wasted, malnourished kids …, and it just wasn’t appealing. It totally misses the mark, whether it’s because it gives you that ‘icky’ feeling or because it doesn’t look like a fun show.”

Ouch! A sad truth, unfortunately.

Perhaps if the network had spent less time trying to make it as controversial as possible, they could have instead focused on writing a series that actually applied - and felt relevant - to American teenagers, which is what the UK series did so well. It took the time to make the characters REAL and honest, and for the most part, we've yet to see that in the adaptation.

That's why we liked the Cassie Cadie episode so much. It took the idea from the original, and modified it to create a very specific, relevant - and touching - statement on our country's tendency to overmedicate our youth. Unfortunately, the other episodes have yet to make that kind of impact, and we doubt that the ones to come will be able to, either.

Such a shame. It really had so much potential.

What do U think?? Are U still watching Skins??

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Clearasil NOT Pulling Ads From MTV's Skins

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Fans of MTV's Skins can get ready to see lots and lots of Clearasil ads!

After the Parent's Television Council (PTC) went on the warpath against Skins, many advertisers have bailed on the show, but Clearasil isn't going anywhere.

Here's what a spokesperson from Clearasil had to say about their decision to keep running ads on Skins:

"Clearasil buys advertising time in blocks and the networks slot our ads wherever they have free time."

"Clearasil does not endorse any specific show on any network, nor the personal views or opinions that may be voiced on such shows. Clearasil also does not pay for product placement in any shows."

Uh oh, PTC. We hope you guys have nice skin, because we're guessing a boycott of Clearasil products is next on your agenda. LOLs.

What do U think about Clearasil's decision to keep running ads on Skins?

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Two More Companies Pull Their Ads From Skins!!!

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The list is getting bigger and bigger!

First it was Taco Bell and GM. And now, Wrigley and H&R Block are the latest companies to pull their ads from MTV's racy teen drama, Skins.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Wrigley said:

"Wrigley has decided to suspend any advertising during MTV's Skins as it was never our intent to endorse content that could offend consumers. Any ads that previously aired during the show were part of a broader advertising plan with the network."

Meanwhile H&R Block says that their ads were never supposed to run during the show, adding:

"H&R Block is not an advertiser of the show. One ad ran by mistake as part of a rotation. Once we learned this, we immediately took steps to ensure it didn't happen again. This program is not brand right and H&R Block did not select it to be part of our rotation."

Ouch!

The Parents Television Council has called the show "the most dangerous television show for children that we have ever seen" and has urged advertisers to pull their ads.

MTV responded to all the criticism, saying:

"We review all of our shows and work with all of our producers on an ongoing basis to ensure our shows comply with laws and community standards. We are confident that the episodes of Skins will not only comply with all applicable legal requirements, but also with our responsibilities to our viewers.

We also have taken numerous steps to alert viewers to the strong subject matter so that they can choose for themselves whether it is appropriate."

All this controversy is just creating more buzz for the show! The show may have limited advertisers, but it's sure to have higher ratings now.

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Yikes! Now GM Pulls Ads From Skins!

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Geez, imagine if they played reruns of the U.K. version. If people only knew how tame this show is in comparison, maybe they wouldn't be in such an uproar.

Following the lead of Taco Bell, General Motors has pulled their advertising from MTV's Skins, according to the Parents Television Council, who are single-handedly leading the crusade to get the show canceled for its overly-racy content.

According to GM, however, ads for their Chevy Volt were never supposed to air during the broadcast as they did. Company reps told the PTC that the commercials had aired in error and that the company has no intention of advertising on the show.

Aaaand that's two! How many more will pull out before the second episode airs in 48 hours? We shall soon see.

Kids, if you want to see this show stick around, you better make sure your tube is tuned in Monday night. The only thing that will save this show now is ratings. Advertisers might not love sex-glorifying teens, but they love to market to them!

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