less likely to be watched together by parents and their young children. Only in the 90210 zip code could this possibly be a reality. See what I mean by conventional wisdom? "To (some television advertisers who advocate more family programming), the goal is wholesome, unobjectionable entertainment unlikely to antagonize a single potential paying customer. Quality shows such as 'ER' and 'Boston Public' -- which dabble in controversial issues, from AIDS to guns to homosexuality -- don't necessarily fit that mold." This is the argument that suggests family-programming advocates would have us all return to the squeaky nothingness of "Father Knows Best." Wrong. Look at the topic matter handled on one of the most popular family series today, "Touched By an Angel." It deals with all those controversial items, but it does so with dignity, a commodity absent virtually everywhere else on prime time. "Given that the (Parents Television Council's) raison d'etre is to lobby for establishing a 'family viewing hour' purged of vulgarity, it's hardly surprising (that its) report ... presented evidence to support that crusade." The sentences betray the sentiments. A pro-family organization wants something "purged" and is embarked on a "crusade." Maybe I'm being thin-skinned in that I founded the PTC, whose raison d'etre isn't that at all. The PTC didn't produce a report presenting evidence to support a crusade. It presented an empirical analysis of the so-called family hour which documents the degree to which all standards of decency have collapsed in an era of moral relativism. These days, anything goes if it can generate an audience. There is no right, there is no wrong, and certainly let's not rock the boat by suddenly ascribing a meaning to the phrase "family viewing." This is most assuredly the conventional wisdom of Hollywood, shared, unfortunately, by thoughtful and powerful men like Brian Lowry.