Show will likely go off the air

Bummer, because this is one fantastic show. Definitely check it out if you haven't already. The attention to 70's style and paraphernalia is impeccable. Also, great plot lines with few relinquishments to the cheese-ball faux drama that typically characterizes shows like Lost. So why is it going off the air? There is a great article in AdAge about it (" Advertisers Don't Party With CBS's Swingers") which you can't access without a subscription, but essentially the article says that advertisers are too worried about offending aging, right-wing middle America. According to the article, Phillips pulled its advertising because it received 5 CONSUMER COMPLAINTS! Wow, a whole five complaints. How many complaints do networks receive for their crap-tastic lineup of summer reality shows? Kudos to CBS for producing this show. Please add my 1 complaint that there are not more shows like Swingtown.



Jul 16, 2008 4:55PM EDT

I think Swingtown has a lot more to offer and it's pretty ridiculous that it may get lost because of these issues. It's done in classy way and they've done a great job of making it edgy, yet not inappropriate for network TV.

Jul 17, 2008 8:38AM EDT

I figured this would happen. And it's a shame to let go of such an original show. They put crap on like Celebrity Circus but a quality show like this can't get advertising. How do shows like Nip Tuck and Breaking Bad get advertisers? They are pretty racy. Must be because of Swingtown being on CBS. Hey HBO and Showtime pick up this great show!

Jul 17, 2008 7:32PM EDT

I actually have a meeting with Showtime coming up. Let's see if we can convince them to pick up the show ;)

Jul 19, 2008 11:34PM EDT

that sucks, just started watching this show and I really liked where they were going, can only hope they get picked up by another network.

Default avatar cat
Jul 20, 2008 10:32PM EDT

someone should complain to the companies who are withdrawing advertising and say that they will stop buying thier products unless they support swingtown!

Default avatar cat
Aug 11, 2008 2:27PM EDT

I agree that this should not be on regular TV. Let cable have it.Come on - swingers? With kids around? No one needs to know or visualize that as a kid.Or as a person who strongly believes in the sacrament of marriage, for that matter.

Default avatar cat
Aug 11, 2008 10:08PM EDT

I think people should stop worrying about what OFFENDS everyone...especially since we live in a country that practices FREEDOM (of speech, to vote, etc). If you don't like it...simply don't watch it.
The show does not actually show any sex or nudity but has some adult language and implies adult activity. The kids don't understand the true meaning of the show, unlesss perhaps they are exposed to it in their homes and understand??? It would be no different than watching a disney cartoon that has adult comments that only the parents get. The kids laugh too because they see mom and dad laughing.

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