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Parents Television Council Blasts “Brutally Explicit” ‘Walking Dead’ Premiere



The Parents Television Council has spoken out about Sunday night’s season premiere of “The Walking Dead”. The group had an exclusive interview with the Hollywood Reporter on Monday regarding the episode.

“Last night’s season premiere of The Walking Dead was one of the most graphically violent shows we’ve ever seen on television, comparable to the most violent of programs found on premium cable networks,” PTC president Tim Winter said Monday. “It’s not enough to ‘change the channel,’ as some people like to advocate, because cable subscribers — regardless of whether they want AMC or watch its programming — are still forced to subsidize violent content. This brutally explicit show is a powerful demonstration of why families should have greater control over the TV networks they purchase from their cable and satellite providers.”

“When you look at definition of MA and what content of the show is, it’s unquestionable they chose what best represented the content,” Winter said, noting it was properly rated because there was nothing more severe. “This certainly raises question of if there should be an even more severe rating than TV-MA.”

The PTC has made no secret of its demand for unbundling and a la carte cable, giving viewers the choice to pick which networks are broadcast into their homes. The group regularly urges its members to get more involved in the push for “Cable Choice.”

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