The television ratings system being hashed out by industry executives is likely to have five or six categories, similar to those for big-screen movies, according to a published report.
Although no final decisions have been made, sources told the Los Angeles Times that the ratings are likely to be G for general audiences and a handful of PG derivatives, which will suggest suitable viewing age. For example, some shows would have a PG-8, representing a show that may be inappropriate for kids under 8.
Most programs are expected to be rated either G or PG. Shows such as ABC's "NYPD Blue" and "Walker, Texas Ranger," would get a PG-13 rating, according to the Times.
As of now, there will be no R rating, which should come as good news to producers of racier fare, who feared such a label would repel advertisers.
Programs such as Showtime's erotic "Red Shoe Diaries" will carry a PG-17 tag.
Parameters for the ratings system are the result of numerous meetings of representatives from the network, studio and producers' wings of the television industry.
The new system is expected to eventually work along with the V-chip, an electronic device that will block out programs parents don't want their children to view.
Pub Date: 12/03/96