Watchdog likes ‘Grain’

The conservative Media Research Center is campaigning on behalf of the NBC drama “Against the Grain,” lauding the show’s “staunch advocacy of education and gentle, respectful treatment of family life.”

The Warner Bros.

Lee Rich Co. series has averaged a 6.3 rating, 12 share at 8 p.m. Friday, placing its future in jeopardy. Eight episodes were initially ordered, and five have aired thus far, with no word regarding an extension.

The show’s producers have been lobbying NBC to move the series or promote it more heavily in its difficult timeslot. WB and NBC found themselves in the same position last year, on the same night, with another struggling drama, “I’ll Fly Away,”

The Media Research Center, headed by L. Brent Bozell, publishes the newsletter TV, Etc., which takes the media to task for a perceived liberal bias and anti-Christian values. In a letter to NBC, Bozell called “Grain” a”welcome respite” from shows “flaunting gratuitous sex and violence for the sake of ratings.”

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