*The poor kiddies.
Parents barely had enough time to shoo them out of the room last Thursday after “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” before “Scandal” opened with Olivia Pope and Jake Ballard (and also Olivia and Fitz) getting their flashback sex on to the Isley Bros’ “Summer Breeze.”
The Parents Television Council, for one, was appalled by the abrupt transition.
“In less than 26 seconds we were taken from the ‘Peanuts’ pumpkin patch to a steamy ‘Scandal’ sex scene… 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,” Parents Television Council (PTC) President Tim Winter fumed in a statement sent to FOX411.
“Network programmers know the importance of audience flow when constructing their broadcast schedule, and in fact they build their schedules around audience retention rates,” Winter insisted. “So they know full well the importance of program adjacency. 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.”
ABC has yet to comment.