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Report shows persistence of TV violence

 

Associated Press

This TV publicity image released by Fox shows James Purefoy as serieal killer Joe Carroll confronting his next victim in the “Welcome Home” episode of “The Following.” A study of 392 prime-time scripted programs on broadcast networks shown in the month following Vice President Joe Biden’s January meeting with entertainment industry executives revealed that 193 had some incident of violence, according to the Parents Television Council.

NEW YORK (AP) – Violence, gore and gunplay were staples on prime-time television even in the most sensitive period directly following the Newtown school shooting.

A study of 392 prime-time scripted programs on broadcast networks shown during the month following Vice President Joe Biden’s January meeting with entertainment industry executives on the topic revealed that 193 had some incident of violence, according to the Parents Television Council. Some are cartoonish – quite literally, with Homer strangling Bart for mouthing off on “The Simpsons” – but there is plenty of gunplay,...



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