Parents Television Council Wants CBS to Kill "Dexter"
Parents Television Council, the conservative organization that deems ABC's "Ugly Betty" inappropriate for minors thus giving the award-winning comedy "red light," while encouraging family audiences to watch mind-numbing fare like "Deal Or No Deal," now wants the CBS network to ditch plans to air the butchered version of "Dexter," a drama about a serial killer that airs on its cable sibling Showtime.
Although the critically-acclaimed series would end up being heavily edited in order to conform to stricter standards of free-to-air broadcast networks, the PTC believes "the biggest problem with the series is something that no amount of editing can get around: the series compels viewers to empathize with a serial killer, to root for him to prevail, to hope he doesn’t get discovered."
I find the greatest disgrace in all of this putting this daring show on air in the edited form (reportedly mainly in the language department, although some gruesome scenes will also end up on the cutting room floor), not exposing it to broader audiences. Should the network go along with the request (I seriously doubt that), PTC might actually be doing "Dexter" a favor. How deliciously ironic.
"Dexter" is scheduled to premiere on CBS on Sunday, February 17.