Update: We check our own DVRs and had a very different transition from the PTC, which you can watch for yourself. A rep for the PTC inists their video was not edited, and our video was not, so the great mystery continues...
It's the Great Sex Scene, Charlie Brown!
Instead of Grey's Anatomy, ABC decided to kick off TGIT (Shonda Rhimes' night of programming) with It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on Oct. 30. Leading out of the holiday special was Scandal, which is known for its rather steamy scenes. And guess what kicked off the episode that followed Charlie Brown? A steamy sex scene!
Now, the Parents Television Council is voicing their concern in an open letter to ABC, calling the network out for subjecting "children and unsuspecting families" to the racy subject matter.
"Shame on ABC for putting a peep show next to a playground. In less than 26 seconds we were taken from the Peanuts pumpkin patch to a steamy Scandal sex scene," PTC president Tim Winter said in a statement. "Twenty-six seconds, boom. Unless parents had the remote control in their hand, thumb on the button and aimed directly at the TV screen, they didn't have a chance. Such a transition is grossly irresponsible by the network and entirely unfair for parents. ABC owes families an apology...the juxtaposition of a reliably classic family-friendly children's cartoon special like the Great Pumpkin—a huge family draw every year for decades—with such a graphic bedroom scene is unjustifiable."
To watch the alleged offense, press play on the clip above that the PTC so graciously supplied. ABC is not commenting.
Of course, Scandal is far from the first show to be called out by the PTC. Earlier this season, CBS' Stalker earned the wrath of the group for a "torture porn" scene (their words, not ours), with the group tweeting, "Last night's #StalkerCBS featured a room filled with pictures of young girls in the home of a convicted sex offender. CBS' Rating? TV-14."
Do you think ABC should've given parents a heads-up? Sound off in the comments!