I’ve got a big favor to ask you moms. Could you answer a quick poll question for me?
There was a shooting last week outside the Empire State Building. This after a summer marked by at least two other major shootings, including at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin and the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado.
And while the new fall season of TV shows was in the works long before any of the above events occurred, it seems a little disturbing that the amount and level of violence in many of the new fall shows is ratcheted up this year.
CBS’ new drama “Elementary” (the Sherlock Holmes variant) starts with a bloody murder in slow motion, and there’s lots of fist fighting and shooting in Vegas, which is as much about the mobster as it is the cop. NBC’s “Revolution” has bloody shootings and lots and lots of sword fighting. “Arrow,” on The CW, is shooting arrows and Fox’s “Mob Doctor” starts with a man with a screw-driver in his head and ends with a pile of bodies. Even ABC’s “The Last Resort” has a nuclear missile going off, and let’s not even talk about “666 Park Ave.” Bloody fingertips are only the start.
So, as part of a coming feature on YourFamilyViewer.com, I’d like to ask you moms how big an effect the real-life shootings over this past summer are going to have on what you let your kids watch this fall? Maybe they won’t – and if not, please say why.
Please answer in the comments below and I look forward to hearing from you.
Anne Louise Bannon is the editor and reviewer for YourFamilyViewer.com, a review site that helps parents find programming they can watch with their kids.