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June 17th, 2011
10:30 AM ET

New Spielberg series: Actor Noah Wyle's on new sci-fi show

On Sunday, TNT will premiere a new sci-fi series starring Noah Wyle, "Falling Skies." The new show, from executive producer Steven Spielberg, follows a band of survivors after an alien invasion.

Wyle joins AM this morning to talk about his new role, what life is like post-"ER" and why he thinks people are so drawn to post-apocalyptic television series.

Filed under: Television
February 8th, 2011
10:15 AM ET

Controversy over "The Kennedys"

After being dropped by The History Channel because of its "dramatic interpretation", a mini-series about Camelot called "The Kennedys" will air on the Reelz channel on April 3.

The History Channel announced in January it would be dropping the series, more than a year after the channel publicized its plans to show it. The series includes re-enactments of the late President and his family's life and is said to have dramatized parts of the Kennedy story. Michael Prupas, Executive producer of "The Kennedys" and Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of ReelzChannel talk to T.J. holmes about the series and its rocky road to an air date.

Filed under: Entertainment • Television
February 8th, 2011
09:53 AM ET

Max Page: The face behind the Force

Max Page has never seen Star Wars but he's taking the country by storm with his performance as a mini Darth Vader.

6 year-old Page is the star of the popular Volkswagen commercial that premiered Super Bowl Sunday and has garnered nearly 20 million views on YouTube. This morning Max takes off his mask and, with his mother Jennifer Page, talks to Kiran Chetry about his national debut.

Filed under: Sports • Television
January 21st, 2011
09:36 AM ET

MTV's new show, 'Skins': Has edgy gone too far?

MTV's racy new teen drama, "Skins" is a hit. But does it expose too much?

The Parents Television Council wants Congress and the Justice Department to investigate the show for child pornography and exploitation of its underage stars, and Taco Bell is pulling their ads from the show because they say its content isn't fit for their brand.

Brian Stelter is a media reporter for The New York Times and has reported on this story and says, "The problem with "Skins" is it's rated for mature audiences but 1.2 million of the viewers on Monday night were under 18."

Filed under: Media • Television
December 16th, 2010
04:28 AM ET

Parents group criticizes teenage sexual content on TV, targets primetime favorites

(CNN) – Parents concerned about the images of teenage girls in the media will probably be disturbed, but not very surprised, to learn about a new study of prime-time shows most popular with 12- to 17-year-olds. The Parents Television Council found that young female characters on these popular shows are highly sexualized. They also found that there was more sexual content in scenes with underage female characters than with older females.

Nicole Clark, spokesperson for The Parent Television Council, former Elite international model, and director of the documentary film “Cover Girl Culture”, joined us on Thursday’s American Morning to discuss the effect of sexualized young female characters on adolescent viewers.

Filed under: Controversy • Pop Culture • Television