The CW show, which has created buzz before by pushing the envelope with its racy promos and storylines, is crossing a line, according to a television watchdog group.
The Parents Television Council is upset about an upcoming scene in an episode scheduled to air Monday (9 p.m. EST) that contains a storyline in which characters have a threesome.
Calling the scene "reckless and irresponsible," Parents Television Council President Tim Winter released a statement Wednesday asking CW affiliate stations not to air the episode.
"Will you now be complicit in establishing a precedent and expectation that teenagers should engage in behaviors heretofore associated primarily with adult films?" the statement read.
It's still a secret which of the scandal-seeking characters, who are now in college for the show's third season, will take part in the ménage à trois, but Winter said that the show's clearly aimed at a teen audience, and thus open to closer scrutiny.
"CW has been defending graphic content on 'Gossip Girl' by asserting that they don't target teenagers," he said. "Such a claim doesn't even pass the 'laugh test.'"
The network has said its primary audience for the show is women between 18 and 34 and that the median age of the viewer is 27.3 years.
A rep for the network had no comment on the Council's statement. --Michael Y. Park