An advocacy group is asking the FCC to block the launch of a new Nicktoons show that features cartoon characters from Skechers shoe ads because it violates rules limiting commercial time during children's programming. (So this is wrong but apparently all the Hasbro toy shows on The Hub will be ok? I'm confused.)
Stuart Elliot clarifies the problem (and what in turn apparently makes Hub programming ok): "A problem with the show, the organization tells the commission, is that the characters are known to children solely as representatives of Skechers shoes because they have appeared only in Skechers spots, comic books and other marketing materials. Another problem, the organization says, is that the animated stars of the series — named Elastika, Kewl Breeze and Z-Strap — embody shoe lines, making their very appearance onscreen the equivalent of an ad for those shoes."