ABC is taking heat from viewers and media watchdogs over a recent scheduling mishap. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network raised the hackles of the watchdog group the Parents Television Council in particular for following its annual broadcast of the family-friendly “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” with an episode of “Scandal” that began with a sex scene.
“Shame on ABC for putting a peep show next to a playground,” PTC President Tim Winter said in a statement. “In less than 26 seconds, we were taken from the ‘Peanuts’ pumpkin patch to a steamy ‘Scandal’ sex scene. Twenty-six seconds, boom.”
Winter asked ABC to apologize for the transition, which he called “grossly irresponsible.”
Others noticed the abrupt transition, with “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes retweeting a message from another viewer that read, “The leap from Charlie Brown to the first scene of #Scandal #CloseYourEyesKiddies.”
Here’s a video containing the end of the Peanuts special segueing to the “Scandal” scene: