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IT'S AN EROTIC FANTASY, CHARLIE BROWN

At the end of this year’s October 30 airing of the Peanuts Hallowe’en special, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, viewers — including all those eager-eyed moppets whose parents thought they’d treat their Great Pumpkin stilloffspring to a nice kids program — found themselves confronted by the opening scene of Scandal, in which Olivia Pope is having a very explicit dream, reports Emily Yahr at the Washington Post — “reminiscing about sleeping with President Fitz (along with the other guy in her love triangle, Jake). It’s all set to ‘Summer Breeze,’ and there are glimpses of lots of bare skin.”

The watchdog group Parents Television Council understandably went ballistic, unleashing an angry statement directed at ABC, condemning the abrupt shift from kid-centric programming to eroticism. “After all, families are known to gather around the cartoon every year and may not have anticipated that they needed to quickly change the channel. Shame on ABC for putting a peep show next to a playground,” PTC President Tim Winter said.

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