TV Junkie: The Anti-Choice Bowl; New 'Modern Family' Tonight; Grammys Win Last Week
Sunday's Super Bowl looms in the minds of many who are already planning how many beer and snack runs they will have to make between now and gametime to be adequately provisioned. Also looming is the broadcast of the "Focus on the Family" anti-abortion ad during the game, featuring Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow and his mother. Huffington Post reveals that, while Focus on the Family had to lay off almost 300 people, they somehow managed to come up with the $2.5+ million to run the anti-abortion ad (not including production costs). On the flip side, CBS won't take any amount of money to run progressive pro-choice ads or gay-rights advocacy.Several advocacy groups have taken CBS to task for this, including Working Assets' CREDO, who have petitions with about 150,000 signees and other actions for people to take. What confuses us is how CBS feels that it can editorialize this way (and by blocking ads that is what it's doing) when it doesn't enforce any kind of sexual responsibility policy in its programming.
From sitcoms to dramas, CBS programming features plenty of casual sex encounters where pregnancy and STD transmission prevention is virtually unaddressed - a kind of fantasy world where anything goes without repercussions, other than, perhaps a hangover and/or a plot twist to help set up another joke for Charlie Sheen. CBS also feels that it can exploit gay characters in its programming but not provide equal access to airtime to advocate issues that affect real-life gay people. Dear CBS, look at the calendar - what century is this?. [Here's Comedy.com's version of Tim Tebow's ad]
Tonight we're excited for the new episode of ABC's "Modern Family" at 9pm with guest star Minnie Driver. At the SAG awards a couple weeks ago, we managed to grab a few words with brilliant cast members Ty Burrell aka Phil Dunphy, Rico Rodriguez aka Manny Delgado, and Eric Stonestreet aka Cameron Tucker - please check out the video at the end of this post.
Nielsen numbers are out for last week and the lowest common denominator award goes to "The Grammys" on CBS, followed closely by Fox's "American Idol". Fox scored highest among the Big Four networks, with NBC a distant 4th.
The TV Junkie Plan: "Attack of the Show", "Human Target", "Modern Family", "Cougar Town", "Nip/Tuck", Letterman (Sarah Silverman & Jeremy Renner), Fallon (Jessica Alba)