A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Some of the shows display catty behavior, backstabbing, lying, and characters that are obsessed with clothes.
Violence & Scariness
Wrestling show coverage shows some fighting, but it's fairly tame. Other shows have action violence with guns, fists, and blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the shows have mature sexual situations; teenagers making out in cars, losing virginity, drunken sex, cheating.
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Regular profanity like "bitch" and "ass," "hell," "damn," "bastard," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Many shows have product placement and promote certain things such as cell phones, computers, and clothes. show-related shopping. Users can purchase wallpaper designs and ringtones featuring spoken samples from CW shows. One link for a Gossip Girl style section leads users to an online commercial for Victoria's Secret. The site's cool music section is a particularly detailed online store, linking to songs from CW shows and giving users the chance to preview and buy entire albums by the featured artists.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens drink and smoke (both cigarettes and pot) in some of the shows.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids can view entire episodes of CW shows on this hub -- shows like Gossip Girl and Supernatural which are for older teens. And, despite the fact the site likely has mostly teen visitors, the CW channel doesn't view itself as a place for kids; the site cautions that its community is not for those under 13. That said, there are plenty of shows that are fine for kids. The CW Lounge message boards are monitored, and warn any inappropriate language will be removed, but some chatter walks the line of too-adult for teens, including a recent discussion on how disappointingly innocent a recent sex scene was. Also, users can send private messages to each other and create a buddy list to see when other users are online.
Is It Any Good?
Although there's a lot of fun stuff on CWTV.com, it's also sales central-- apparently, the TV ads during the shows just weren't enough. The site takes fan frenzy to another level, giving users access not only to show info, but to a bevy of show-related shopping. Users can purchase wallpaper designs and ringtones featuring spoken samples from CW shows. One link for a Gossip Girl style section leads users to an online commercial for Victoria's Secret. The site's music section -- although cool -- is a particularly detailed online store, linking to songs from CW shows and allowing users to preview and buy entire albums by the artists. Users can mix their own promotional show videos in the CW Lab using clips from various shows, which the channel says it might air -- meaning the CW has not only found a way to get users to watch its ads, but to also create them!
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