Pressure continues to be applied to NBC and its affiliates over a show that some activists say will glamorize pornography, B&C reports.
The watchdog group Parents Television Council has sent letters to every NBC affiliate asking the stations to drop the upcoming fall drama "The Playboy Club," according to the story. The series is set at a Playboy Club of the 1960s.
Tim Winter, the group’s president, is arguing that the show puts a "veneer of sophistication" on the pornography industry, the story says.
"I am writing to urge you, on behalf of the Parents Television Council’s 1.3 million members, to pre-empt the program in your community," he wrote to the stations.
Supporters who have contacted stations received what he called "canned responses," describing the show as a "a sophisticated series about the transitional times of the early 1960s and the complex lives of a group of working-class women."
NBC said it had no comment beyond that statement, the story adds.
The PTC is urging members to file complaints with the FCC if the stations air the program and if anything indecent is shown, Winter said.
The PTC isn’t the only group to protest the show. As previously reported, advocacy groups Morality in Media and Pink Cross, a nonprofit that offers support to adult industry workers, started campaigns to urge a boycott of advertisers and to get supporters to sign a petition against the show.