Skip to comments.HBO gets raw -- or is it raunchy? (HBO gets into the hardcore porn business)
Posted on 08/20/2007 11:59:41 AM PDT by DesScorp
Bosoms and things: That's not exactly a plot summary of "Tell Me," but it's not a bad place to start. Because that's where many viewers will start. Whatever else it may or may not be, "Tell Me," at least in its current form, will set a new precedent for prime-time TV when it has its premiere Sept. 9: No previous series, on pay cable or anywhere else, has dared show anything even close to this much skin; the climax, if you will, of the first episode finds a woman (Sonya Walger) in her 30s masturbating her husband (Adam Scott) to orgasm, with the entire act and all relevant body parts plainly visible. Even Jane Alexander yes, that Jane Alexander, the snow-domed, regally poised 67-year-old former chief of the National Endowment for the Arts drops trousers for some frisky senior sex
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HBO’s owned by Time Warner, ain’t it? If so, nuff said.
There’s no outcry from the FCC; they’re too busy building the “Fairness Doctrine” to muzzle talk radio......
Californification on Showtime is equally disturbing.
Ratings equal money. There is no where U.S. mass media, if unrestrained, won’t go in search of a dollar. Jerry Springer proved that.
The FCC doesn’t regulate cable TV or pay-per-view tv, just over-the-air TV.
After learning the hard way, I block them on our cable whenever my 91-year old mother visits. A few visits back, she was clicking the remote thru the channels and I still don't know what she saw as I wasn't there at the time but it did shock her.
* She doesn't shock easily...when she was 88 she took her "410" shotgun and killed what turned out to be a rabid skunk coming up the back yard.
Me too... Didn’t even know she was still around. What a debut. Think I will skip.
She's only doing to him what HBO did to their entire audience for the last Sopranos episode.
Only one word for this.
>>They have been trending in this direction for years.
After learning the hard way, I block them on our cable whenever my 91-year old mother visits. A few visits back, she was clicking the remote thru the channels and I still don’t know what she saw as I wasn’t there at the time but it did shock her. <<
There are all kinds of stories about mothers parking their kids in front of HBO and finding out the Oz was not about the Wizard of Oz.
Damn good show but too many naked men doing things with or to each other. Line most commonly heard during Oz in my house...
My Wife: Its ok, honey, you can look now.
Coupling (NBC). This comedy (a copy of the BBC hit) about the dating adventures of six thirtysomethings is viewed as a potential breakout hit. But its pilot is raising eyebrows with steamy references to oral sex, "porn buddies" who hide each other's porn stashes and sexual dalliances in public restrooms. NBC says Coupling is already paying off with advertisers: 90% of the commercial time for the show's first season is sold, an NBC spokeswoman says.
So it looks like she's been working up to this porn gig.... Regarding "relevant parts", well, she's got them, but along with a butterface:
>>Theres no outcry from the FCC; theyre too busy building the Fairness Doctrine to muzzle talk radio......<<M
Thank the Lord, the Government does not yet control cable TV.
I don’t think the author knows the definition of masturbation.
Uh-oh. My bad.
I'll plan on listening to talk radio on cable in the future, I guess....
I guess if Americans want to regulate their viewing of porno on cable TV, they can vote with their remote. Hopefully, their kids will, too.
Oz was fascinating. But after the first season I just had to tell myself that there was absolutely no reason I should be watching that show.
Only one word for this.
well, some bedroom type scenes leave things to imagination. Such as when you see a couple under the covers in a bedroom scene in a movie.
but in this case they are showing a man totally excited??? yes this kind of thing crosses a line. But then it’s HBO and it’s pay cable so they aren’t bound by decency guidelines.
The FCC doesn’t have anything to say about cable tv or pay-per-view or what you can buy at the sleezy video store. Nor should it.
“Theres no outcry from the FCC; theyre too busy building the Fairness Doctrine to muzzle talk radio......”
I don’t think the FCC has much control over pay-per-view cable.
Why would FCC get involved in a pay channel? Do you realize the government that you want in our lives only looks at three main channels...too many if you ask me. I don’t want government in my life or my family at all or as little as possible. My wife and I make the decisions about TV in my house not a government entity. It is a shame that you can’t do the same. It is not too difficult especially for a true conservative. Oh well. I guess some people just need to have the security blanket of government in their lives.
Actually, the pilot episode of the US version of Coupling was pretty much the same script as the UK version. The main difference was that the UK version was funny. The actors and their delivery in the US version were just bad. And you just can’t duplicate the UK Jeff, who is probably the only person in the world who could coin a phrase such as “porn buddies” for lack of any better terms and just be funny about it.
In retaliation, you have to begin to wonder what Skinemax will do?
Yep. All of the sudden we’re all about REGULATION from the Government. Go figure.
Jane, you ignorant slut....
Oops. Sorry about my post although not really directed at you. Sometimes it is difficult to read a post, write something and then get further information down the line.
To be fair, the poster changed his tune later down the thread.
Slouching towards Gomorrah , pt VIII
“Even Jane Alexander yes, that Jane Alexander, the snow-domed, regally poised 67-year-old former chief of the National Endowment for the Arts drops trousers for some frisky senior sex”
I can’t think of any better response than ...
Jane, you ignorant slut!
Boy, do they want the internet though...
Since cable and internet are becoming alike, that's one way they could get their hands on it.
In the absence of truly creative, innovative, and intelligent programming, it seems inevitable that cable outlets like HBO will push the envelope as far as they can in the direction of the lowest common denominator, which often involves sexual themes. Now, I have nothing against sex whatsoever, or even its graphic depiction, but for $180 a year (or whatever it is they now charge), one might reasonably expect something better than the cheap thrills you can get on the Internet for free.
"RealSex" is absolutely crass and disgusting. That "Taxicab" filth is supposed to be critically acclaimed?
But I'm still waiting for the public outcry after seeing Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie giving people enemas and then watching them poop. Things have gotten bad out there, folks.
He's right. The government has no place in this. If you don't want to see the sex, turn the channel.
great minds think alike alert.
I guess a lot has changed with the Hollywood Old Guard these days.
Its HBO, ratings are not the main factor, but the point of seeking the most money is very true.
That said, considering how HBO makes its money (remember, no commercials, ratings don't mean crap), this is one of the stupidest decisions any exec could make.
Yes; they're called Liberals and/or Socialists.
HBO isn’t a “broadcast” channel....which is why they get to have their “Real Sex” porn series as well, without FCC stepping in.
he's right, but there is more to it.
You don't even have to change the channel if it bothers you that much, HBO is a paid premium channel, you can drop the whole network (remember, you actually have to pay to get HBO), if it really bothers folks, vote with the wallet.
I voted with my wallet.
Me: We keep getting movie channels that we don’t want.
Sattelite people: Don’t worry those were free weekends promos.
Me: I don’t want them.
Sattelite people: Don’t worry it’s free.
Me: Really, I don’t want them. I don’t want you to give them to me for free.
Sattelite people: I don’t know what you’re complaining about, it’s free.
Me. I don’t care about the money, I don’t want that in my house.
Sattelite people. Well it’s free to all subscribers, if you don’t want to see it, you will have to block the channels.
Me. You’re telling me that I have to read the manual and program my box if I don’t want a channel that I chose not to subscribe to?
Sattelite people. Yes, we send these channels to all of our subscribers during promo weekends.
Me. You mean the only way I can not get the channels is to terminate my subscription?
Sattelite people. Yes.
At least we agreed on how the conversation would end.
LOL....the ol' SNL classic line. (That's what the mothers of these two goofballs should have greeted them with when they got home....)
I did that a LONG time ago...
I hung on because Episode #3 had a magnificent 15 minute segment on a Cherokee sex therapist. He explained Cherokee sexual lore, knowledge and techniques built up over generations. The information I gleaned was put to immediate use and had wonderful repercussions.
Unfortunately, everything after Episode #3 was a waste of time.
If this show becomes a huge hit, then millions of people will read the article that I started!
The only thing HBO has had for many years that was of any interest to me was “The Sopranos”, and that ended with a whimper, not a bang. I cancelled the day after their finale, snice most of HBO’s other programming is junk and old (not recent)movies.
Jane you ignorant slut!
She was a mutt 30 years ago.