Parents' group blanches as Peanuts movie transitions straight into a Scandal sex scene

By Lynette Rice
November 04, 2014 09:00 AM
Everett; Eric McCandless/ABC

You’re an awkward lead-in, Charlie Brown!

ABC has raised the ire of the Parents Television Council after it scheduled the annual Halloween special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown right before Scandal last Thursday – and transitioned in seconds from kids’ TV to a steamy sex scene.

Here’s what viewers saw that night, as the hour-long special ended and Olivia (Kerry Washington) was suddenly dreaming about steamy sex with Jake (Scott Foley) and Fitz (Tony Goldwyn):

“Shame on ABC for putting a peep show next to a playground,” said PTC president Tim Winter. “In less than 26 seconds we were taken from the Peanuts pumpkin patch to a steamy Scandal sex scene. 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.”

ABC has not commented, but Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes indirectly acknowledged the awkward lead-in on Twitter that night, retweeting one commenter who quipped: “The leap from Charlie Brown to the first scene of #Scandal #CloseYourEyesKiddies.”

Another Scandal fan Tweeted: “Going from Charlie Brown to #Scandal. That’s a tough transition get your kids away from the TV fast.”

Ironically, the Peanuts gang was thrilled to be on ABC’s most popular night of programming. Peanuts Worldwide LLC Tweeted a message to Rhimes that night that said: “Thank you for letting us be part of #TGIT! Does that make us Gladiators? We hope so!”

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