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The Scintillating Details Behind HBO's New Docuseries 'Sex // Now,' Debuting January 2014

10 December 2013 7:21 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Plenty of television viewers got their first exposure to many sexual practices and communities on HBO.  From 1990 all the way up to 2009, "Real Sex" brought feminist porn, sploshing (Aka wet and messy fetishism), and the love of latex into living rooms.  On January 2, 2014, HBO is ringing in the new year with a new series, "Sex // Now,," a "Real Sex" for the Tumblr generation. Indiewire sat down with "Sex // Now," director Chris Moukarbel, whose "Me @ the Zoo" was acquired by HBO several years ago, to talk about the new series, which is just as simultaneously titillating and serious as you'd want it to be. So what made you decide to bring sex docs back to HBO? I had this longstanding love of "Real Sex" in terms of what it represented to me as a kid. I think a lot of people had that experience with the show, with what Patti Kaplan »

- Bryce J. Renninger

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The Scintillating Details Behind HBO's New Docuseries 'Sex // Now,' Debuting January 2014

10 December 2013 7:21 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Plenty of television viewers got their first exposure to many sexual practices and communities on HBO.  From 1990 all the way up to 2009, "Real Sex" brought feminist porn, sploshing (Aka wet and messy fetishism), and the love of latex into living rooms.  On January 2, 2014, HBO is ringing in the new year with a new series, "Sex // Now,," a "Real Sex" for the Tumblr generation. Indiewire sat down with "Sex // Now," director Chris Moukarbel, whose "Me @ the Zoo" was acquired by HBO several years ago, to talk about the new series, which is just as simultaneously titillating and serious as you'd want it to be. So what made you decide to bring sex docs back to HBO? I had this longstanding love of "Real Sex" in terms of what it represented to me as a kid. I think a lot of people had that experience with the show, with what Patti Kaplan »

- Bryce J. Renninger

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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: An Original Voice

10 October 2013 10:35 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

An Original Voice

“We didn’t get mad, we got smart,” HBO CEO Michael Fuchs said about hitting The Wall, looking back at HBO stalling in 1984 from the vantage of the early 1990s. Actually, a lot of the rank and file didn’t get mad or smart; we’d seen 125 of our friends and colleagues get shown the door when the company had suddenly flatlined after eight years of phenomenal growth, and what we got was scared.

But it’s to the credit of HBO’s execs that whatever anxieties they may have had, they showed no panic or even nervousness in public. Instead, they poured any concerns into energetically and immediately addressing the question of, “What do we do now?” The world we knew had changed and there was no going back to the Gold Rush days of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The company required a humongous »

- Bill Mesce

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Smut Glut in Movies and on TV Is a Real Turn-Off

8 October 2013 8:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Here’s a sentence I never wanted to write: Sex is becoming a turn-off. TV and movie sex, that is.

The sheer mention of sex seems to intrude into nearly every TV comedy or drama, at virtually any hour, leading viewers to wonder whether a wilder dalliance is a mere “Thrones” throw away.

Pay-cable drama in particular appears to have gone the way of Cinemax (“Skinemax” to the cognoscenti), and movies are certainly talking a raunchier game with the major box office success — particularly overseas — of R-rated films like “The Hangover” parts I and II (more than $1 billion worldwide combined) and “Ted” ($549 million). Miley Cyrus was simply following the zeitgeist in her routine at the MTV awards.

“The country supposedly is getting more conservative, but sex is incorporated into virtually all entertainment, and the audience isn’t exactly protesting,” observes Sheila Nevins, the savvy chief of HBO’s documentary division, »

- Peter Bart

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Masturbation, Nudists, and Street Interviews: An Oral History of HBO's Real Sex

30 July 2013 10:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In November of 1990, HBO viewers who stuck around after yet another Tuesday night showing of She’s Having a Baby found themselves watching a documentary special called Real Sex. The show featured segments on phone sex, stripping, and, most memorable, a female masturbation workshop. It aired at 11 p.m., hardly a desirable time shot. What no one anticipated was that 2.8 million households would tune in, giving it the second highest rating of any HBO documentary to date (only The Making of the Sports Illustrated 25th Anniversary Swimsuit Issue had done better). “We started research for what was intended to be one 66-minute special,” said Patti Kaplan, the series’ producer. “It became 33 episodes.”During the next two decades — the show’s last episode aired in 2009 — the “60 Minutes of sex,” as Newsday termed it, provided a master class in human sexuality for anyone with access to a premium cable package. »

- Molly Langmuir

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