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With the economy struggling, CBS' cost-cutting measures means two of its programs are on the Death Clock.
Mar 11, 2009
Pair of CBS shows marked for death
Tim Surette

For most Americans, the plummeting economy means substituting Captain Crunch for Admiral Snack'ems, Dr. Pepper for Dr. Skipper, and Mac 'n Cheese for pieces of cardboard in melted parmesan. For major television networks, the financial nosedive means cancelling some of its pricier shows outright.

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It's close to decision time for networks--which shows do we think are in danger of getting canned?
Apr 03, 2009
TV.com Top 10: Shows in Danger

If shows were kept around based on their quality, television would be unrecognizable. Unfortunately, great shows are often rewarded by throwing them out on the curb as the business is cruel to those that can't find audiences. Another round of eliminations is just around the corner, and these shows are in danger of being sent packing. But do any of them have a chance at survival?

President signs Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act, making it effective.
Jun 15, 2006
Bush gets serious about smut

You might notice less digitized nudity on reality shows soon.

Today, President Bush signed into law a new bill that boosts the fines levied against TV stations for indecency from $32,500 to $325,000. The law, called the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act, was lobbied heavily for by conservatives who see TV networks as symbolic of a moral decline in America.

In remarks at the signing, Bush said the fines shot up so dramatically because "Congress got serious."

"Every day our nation's parents strive to raise their children in a culture that too often produces coarse, vulgar, and obscene entertainment. Parents are the first line of defense, but broadcasters and the electronics industry must play a valuable role in protecting our children from obscene and indecent programming," Bush said. "Unfortunately, in recent years, broadcast programming has too often pushed the bounds of decency."

Steam began gathering for a change ...

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Kevin Martin says TV knows good and well what is too naughty for the tube.
Apr 26, 2006
FCC chairman says indecency standard clear

The head of the US Federal Communications Commission told television broadcasters Tuesday they should know what is indecent because the law has not changed in more than 25 years.

Republican FCC Chairman Kevin Martin denied accusations by broadcasters that recent agency decisions, which found that several programs that included profanity were indecent, had failed to give sufficient guidance on what can be aired on television.

"The commission's findings recently on indecency did not extend beyond some of the same words that were found to be upheld by the Supreme Court in the 1970s," Martin said at the National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) annual convention.

The FCC ruled in March that several television broadcasts by CBS, Fox, and ABC violated decency standards by airing profanity on shows.

The television networks and their local affiliate stations have appealed those rulings ...

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Stupid Time-Wasters
Jul 27, 2011
The Parents Television Council Takes on NBC's The Playboy Club
The organization is sorely mistaken if it thinks this campaign is going to do anything besides create more anticipatory buzz for the series.
New polls shows that Mr. and Ms. Average Viewer don't want big brother watching their tube.
Apr 01, 2006
Survey says FCC is dead wrong

On March 15, the FCC reached decisions in hundreds of thousands of backlogged indecency complaints it had received since 2004. The commission slapped almost $4 million dollars in fines on various networks, with CBS getting the lion's share at $3.6 million. A new poll says the despite the brouhaha, most Americans don't want the Feds to control their TV.

The media group Television Watch, a coalition of individuals and organizations that oppose government control of TV and promote tools such as parental education instead, conducted the nationwide survey with Reed Research between March 24 to 26. The poll asked TV viewers who they want in control of what's on TV--individuals or the FCC.

Despite a huge spike in indecency complaints--NBC show Las Vegas received 140,000 in January 2006 alone--it turns out most people want themselves, not Uncle Sam, deciding what they watch. The survey shows ...

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Is FCC fine warranted or is it too much, and will it have a "chilling effect" on TV?
Mar 20, 2006
FCC out of context with Trace indecency fine

One particular line in the FCC's recent announcement that it would fine CBS stations for airing a gritty episode of Without A Trace echoes a little more loudly than the rest: "The explicit and lengthy nature of the depictions of sexual activity, including apparent intercourse, goes well beyond what the story line could reasonably be said to require."

Producers could be forgiven for thinking that decisions on story line needs were their call--tempered, of course, by the influence that networks, studios and sponsors have over the content of any program. But the Federal Communications Commission weighed in Wednesday by levying a total of $3.6 million in fines against more than 100 CBS affiliate stations for a Dec. 31, 2004, repeat airing of a Trace episode that included a group-sex scene. (The fines went to CBS affiliate ...

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Sep 14, 2011
CBS Is Making a Modern-Day Sherlock Holmes
Plus: USA Network gets into half-hour comedies, Bones casts its bad guy, and a Playboy Club star poses for Playboy.
CBS picks up another season of Cold Case, ABC cancels The Unusuals; future of Without a Trace in the air.
May 18, 2009
Cold Case chillin', Unusuals estranged

CBS has been the quietest of all the networks during the busy pre-upfront period, keeping the lid tight on its 2009-2010 plans, but word about what's going on behind The Eye is finally getting out. First to hit the street: CBS has renewed Cold Case.

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Without a Trace is a fast-paced procedural drama about the Missing Persons Squad of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The sole responsibility of the special task force is to find missing persons by applying advanced psychological profiling techniques to peel back the layers of the victims' lives and trace their whereabouts in an effort to discover whether they have been abducted, been murdered, committed suicide or simply run away. The team reconstructs a "Day of Disappearance" timeline that details every minute of the 24 hours prior to the disappearance, following one simple rule: learn who the victim is in order to learn where the victim is. Senior agent Jack Malone (Anthony LaPaglia) heads the dedicated team that knows too well that every second counts when someone vanishes. His squad includes Samantha Spade (Poppy Montgomery), an agent who doesn't let her good looks get in the way of being tough; Vivian Johnson (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), a no-nonsense investigator; Danny Taylor (Enrique Murciano), an intense and private agent; and Martin Fitzgerald (Eric Close), the newest member of the team, considered a lightweight by the squad because his only experience involves fighting white-collar crime. In six seasons, much has happened. Martin Fitzgerald is no longer considered the lightweight he once was, having earned the respect of the team through his solid work. Jack Malone has been through many ups and downs and now finds himself in a bad position following the mishandling of a case. Vivian Johnson has proven herself, and a new agent has been welcomed into the ranks -- Elena Delgado (Roselyn Sánchez), a Hispanic female agent who came on in the program's fourth season as the squad faced ever-increasing demands on its time and resources. A former member of the NYPD, she is already known to Danny and their connection grows as the series progresses. Without a Trace aired Thursday nights on CBS from its premiere in 2002 until the 2006-2007 season. CBS moved it to Sunday nights for one season, before moving it back to its regular Thursday slot for season six. The program now airs in its new timeslot of Tuesdays at 10 P.M. Viewers can catch the seventh season of the program in this timeslot beginning September 23, 2008. Repeats of [i]Without a Trace[/i] also air regularly on TNT. The first and second seasons of the program have been released on DVD in the United States, with latter seasons available only in other markets.moreless