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    SonicMania16

    [1]Oct 7, 2007
    • member since: 05/05/07
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    • rank: Caveman Lawyer
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    Pulled from: http://www.parentstv.org/PTC/publications/bw/2007/0608worst.asp

    "The CW's new teen drama, Hidden Palms, premiered on May 30th in a cliché-ridden pilot filled with the typical Hollywood portrayal of teen life. Obscenely rich kids with no responsibly or parental supervision and unrealistic, consequence-free lives peppered with promiscuity, drinking, and various devious behaviors made up the bulk of the show. For those reasons alone the episode could have been named Worst of the Week, but this particular episode's shocking and unexpected depiction of violence sealed the deal.

    The first five minutes of the program (which airs in the 8 p.m. Family Hour) depicts a 15-year-old scholarly young man talking with his intoxicated father. After a few moments of listening to his father's ramblings, the young man asks his father for some privacy so that he can finish his studies. The father stands up, draws a handgun from his pants and shoots himself through the mouth, the camera showing the man pulling the trigger and graphically splattering his brains on the wall. The son simply stares in disbelief at what he has witnessed.

    One year later, young Johnny Miller has gone to live with his mother and her new husband in Palm Springs. The viewer learns that over the course of the year Johnny fell deep into drug and alcohol addition and was sent to rehab. At his new home in Palm Springs his mother disapproves of his efforts to stay connected to AA. Johnny finds an AA group that meets at a local church and is assigned a sponsor – who is a cross-dresser. Later, Johnny walks in on his mother having sex with her new husband. The viewer learns that Johnny blames her for his father's death because she had several affairs during his youth. Teen drinking also plays a major role in the episode.

    It is bad enough that young viewers are exposed to the destructive and irresponsible behaviors depicted on Hidden Palms, but the impact that the father's violent suicide could have is inexcusable. That the TV networks value ratings over the minds of their young viewers is shown by the gory shock opening. For this reason, Hidden Palms deserves our pick for Worst of the Week."

    So, do you think this group called the "Parents Television Council" played a role in the cancellation of HP? Shame. It was a good show, at least I thought it will, but I never got to see it. If the PTC does want to clean up the airwaves, maybe them and the networks can have a compromise.

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    Firetears

    [2]Oct 8, 2007
    • member since: 06/26/04
    • level: 23
    • rank: Close Talker
    • posts: 9,384
    No, the show was cancelled simply because the ratings suck. But those soccer moms are the worst. So are they saying kids don't drink? And on top of that, I dislike your sig. I can get into a STRONG debate about sex on Primetime tv and how those petitions never go anywhere but I won't. Just open your eyes!
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    SonicMania16

    [3]Oct 8, 2007
    • member since: 05/05/07
    • level: 5
    • rank: Caveman Lawyer
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    Sorry, I will remove the sig if it promotes intolerance toward other opinions. I don't know about those "soccer moms" (), I don't really care about them that much. I don't really feel anything for them. So please don't get the assumption that I agree with them. The only thing I ever liked about them was that they were a supporter of cable choice. I mean, I can't imagine anyone who doesn't like that, even those who are opposed to the groups actions. I guessed I learned my lesson... sometimes you just need to have fun and not care what other groups think? Am I right (about the last thing I said)?
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