Most of time, the Parents Television Council is like a mosquito that just won’t shoo: harmless, but still incredibly annoying. The advocacy group wants TV to be clean and pure, and for the likes of Family Guy (“We believe that joking about statutory rape, as Family Guy did throughout this episode, exceeds contemporary community standards of decency for the broadcast medium”), American Horror Story (“This is the most vile and shocking content I’ve ever seen on TV”), and Sons of Anarchy (“The sex montage was the most explicit scene we’d ever seen on basic cable”) to be wiped from the airwaves. And don’t get them started on Miley Cyrus twerking.
But occasionally, the Helen Lovejoys of the world use their power for good.
The PTC is pleading for people to watch Pitch. Through two episodes, Fox’s new sports-drama about Major League Baseball’s first female player is corny, overly sentimental, and “something still feels like it’s missing,” as our own Jason Tabrys wrote in his review, but I can’t stop watching. It’s highly enjoyable. A large part of that is due to Kylie Bunbury’s star-making turn as Ginny Baker, but Pitch is also an important show, and that’s why the PTC wants Fox to move the series to a different timeslot. Right now, it’s on at the same time as ratings giant Thursday Night Football, and it’s getting destroyed. The stupid “Cancel Bear” is ready to attack, but Pitch can be saved.
“We are urging Fox to ensure that Pitch hits a home run with families by airing it on a different night that doesn’t conflict with other family-oriented sports programming, such as NFL broadcasts,” the PTC wrote in a statement. The organization’s president Tim Winter added, “Families are hungry for TV shows that can be enjoyed by, and are safe for, the entire family,” and Pitch, with its “inspirational female lead character,” is the “rare option in the TV universe.”
It’s complicated agreeing with a council that once got mad about someone drinking their own pee, but the PTC is onto something here. Give Pitch a shot.