A few days ago, HBO announced that they picked up Sesame Street for 5 more seasons. So what does that mean for the show that has spent 45 years on PBS? So That Happened got their hands on the first trailer and there will be cursing and so much more. This is not the Sesame Street we grew up on, but it is the Sesame Street I want to watch now. I just won’t let any kids watch it. Which is OK because they are watching Dora the Explorer and Doc McStuffins.
A day after it was rumored that PBS cut Sesame Street’s episodes down to a half hour from a full hour, HBO announced that they picked up the Educational show for 5 more seasons. Nine months after the episodes air on the pay cable network, they will be available to PBS free of charge.
The really great news about the move is that they Sesame Workshop can produce twice as much new content as they did in the past. If that news isn’t good enough, then how about the fact that they will be producing a Muppet spinoff series as well.
It is a definitely a sunny day on Sesame Street and for HBO too.
Sex education has been an important part of my life. I can still remember the first time a teacher taught me about it in 5th grade. I remember in 10th grade, kids would hand me their questions that they were too embarrassed to ask in class. When I was in college, I handed out on condoms in the breezeway and gave demonstrations on safer sex. In my adult life, I spent a few years working for a nonprofit that assisted Hollywood with sexual health issues. I know it is important, but others think if we sweep it under the rug it will go away. Sex has been around since the Adam & Eve, and it ain’t going away as much as people want it to. Yet, many parents can’t talk to their kids about it. To make matters worse, they don’t want schools to talk about it either. So where are they are going to learn to protect themselves?
Yesterday, John Oliver took on that issue on his HBO show Last Week Tonight and he elaborated about it better than I ever can. The way he talks about it makes sense, the way I express it comes out with anger. How can states tell kids, it is not OK to be gay? Or tell them that abstinence is the only way. It is the best way, not the only way. We need to protect the next generation. Because let’s be honest how many of you waited until your wedding night? How many of you were prepared for your first time? Don’t you want your loved ones to know how to use a condom, so that their risk of an STD and/or pregnancy is greatly reduced. What happens if you don’t talk to your kids about sex? I don’t maybe something like what allegedly happened to The Duggars.
I am not saying that kids should have sex, I am saying they should be aware of their options. Talking to kids about sex doesn’t mean that they are going to run to do it. It just means they will be prepared when they do.
Are you sick of waiting for the kids to go to sleep before you can watch Game of Thrones? Well George RR Martin came up with a cartoon version of his hit drama that you can watch with your kids and he debuted the trailer via Conan. That’s right, now there is Lil Thrones! So instead of staying up late on Sunday nights for all your blood and t!ts, you can wake up early and watch it on Saturday mornings. It’s not like your kids let you sleep anyways! Life is good again!
Just two days after the season premiere of Game of Thrones was the most watched show on HBO since The Sopranos’ finale, the network announced that they picked up the much buzzed show for 2 more seasons. Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming, said, â€œGame of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other.â€ That is putting it midly. How many people were seeing red after The Red Wedding?
Wonder if the Dragons had something to do with the two season renewal? I wouldn’t mess with them.
BTW now that the show will be around for a fifth and sixth season, I think I will finally binge watch it on HBO Go. That is if I can get on the App that seems to crash a lot.
Everyone bow your heads down for a moment of silence because Variety is reporting that Cinemax is cleaning up its act.
Most horny teenagers, lonely people and frustrated married couples who can’t sleep in the middle of the night, find themselves tuning to Cinemax for the soft core p0rn movies. It is a right of passage for teens and the only reason to subscribe the movie channel. But cum 2014 that is all going to change.
Michael Lombardo, HBOâ€™s president of programming, told the trade, â€œThe hope is that I donâ€™t hear â€˜Skinemaxâ€™ any time after our original programming â€” what Iâ€™ll call the primetime originals â€” start to really take over the (lineup).â€
Nooooooooooooooooooooo. WTF is he thinking? That is Cinemax’s staple. It has been there since the network was just a baby. It is what the people want. I mean how many times have you been lying in bed, too lazy to get up and go to the computer, and put on Skinemax to help you have sweet dreams. And now this guy is taking that away from us. Why? Did he not get to experience all that the network has to offer him. Does he thinks Girls turns on anyone sexually besides the less that the million people that watch that overrated show every week.
We want our soft core p0rn! We deserve our Skinemax! What do we want? Sexless sex! When do we want it? After midnight! What are going to do if we don’t get it? Unsubscribe! And boycott those programs he thinks will turn the network around.
So tonight and every night for the rest of the year, grab your tissues and toys, put on Skinemax and let him know we want it, we want it real bad.
Save our Skinemax!!!
Tonight at 6:30p HBO debuts the documentary Don’t Divorce Me! Kids’ Rules for Parents on Divorce and every parent needs to watch it. Whether you are already divorced, thinking about getting one or you are happily married, you need to watch this because the doc let’s the kids tell their stories what it is like to be the children of divorce. It is their perspective on the issue and only theirs.
We all know someone who has gotten divorced and how the kids have suffered from it, but since we are the adults we don’t concentrate on their needs. This documentary is the kids’ experiences in their own words. How it hurts them that their parents are no longer together. That they feel it is their fault their parents broke up. How they hate to travel long distances to be with the other parent. How they hate when their parents put them in the middle of the fight. How they don’t feel that they are loved as much as after their parents divorce. But isn’t only their words that show what they go through, it is their sad faces that tell the true story.
I am single with no kids, but I have seen some of my friends really f*ck up their kids with their divorce. So much so that I called all of them and said you have to watch this. Divorce is not easy on the adult, and sometime they forget how hard it is on their kids. This special will make them stop and think how they are handling it. It will also show them that kids know more than the you think when it comes to the situation.
Kudos to Rosie O’Donnell and Amy Schatz for coming up with this poignant documentary and HBO for airing it. In a society where most marriages end in divorce, it is about time we heard from the kids and how it effects them. And it’s about time the parents got schooled by the kids on how divorce impacts them.
Since this is an HBO special, it will re-air several times in case you miss the premiere. Below are the other times for when this important documentary will air and on what network you can see it on. So mark down the times and let every parent you know that they have to watch this special. It really is one of the most important 30 minutes that any parent can ever watch.
Other HBO playdates: Sept. 26 (7:30 a.m.) and 30 (1:30 p.m.), and Oct. 13 (8:00 a.m.), 19 (8:00 a.m.) and 25 (6:00 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Sept. 25 (6:00 a.m.) and Oct. 9 (7:30 a.m.), 18 (7:00 a.m.) and 27 (6:00 a.m.)
HBO Family playdates: Sept. 23 (6:30 p.m., 3:25 a.m.), 26 (3:30 p.m.) and 29 (noon) and Oct. 4 (2:45 p.m.), 9 (9:00 p.m.), 14 (1:40 a.m.), 17 (3:30 p.m.), 20 (6:30 p.m.) and 29 (1:35 p.m., 5:25 a.m.)
You know the expression the third time is a charm? Well for HBO’s Luck it is the opposite. Even though the drama starring Dustin Huffman and Nick Nolte was picked up for a second season, HBO and the producers have opted to cancel the show after a third horse died while filming the show. The network released this statement about ending the show, “It is with heartbreak that executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann together with HBO have decided to cease all future production on the series LUCK. Safety is always of paramount concern. We maintained the highest safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any protocols existing in horseracing anywhere with many fewer incidents than occur in racing or than befall horses normally in barns at night or pastures. While we maintained the highest safety standards possible, accidents unfortunately happen and it is impossible to guarantee they won’t in the future. Accordingly, we have reached this difficult decision.We are immensely proud of this series, the writing, the acting, the filmmaking, the celebration of the culture of horses, and everyone involved in its creation.”
The show’s EP also released a statement about ending the show, “The two of us loved this series, loved the cast, crew and writers. This has been a tremendous collaboration and one that we plan to continue in the future.”
I respect all involved for putting the horses lives ahead of financial gain. It is a shame that they weren’t able to make it work, but they made the righteous decision.
HBO went on a cancelling spree and pulled the plug on Hung, Bored to Death and How to Make It in America according to Variety. Since I am one of the few people who barely watches HBO, the only show on that list (and network) I watched was Hung so I am sad to see it go. Although I can understand their decision because this season they changed up too many things and it didn’t work. Too bad we never to got to see how large his penis was as parting gift.
When it comes to Bored to Death, I am sure Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis are a little relieved they concentrate on their other projects without this one weighing them down.
Now that the red light is off on Hung, I can go back to not watching HBO until Aaron Sorkin’s new show comes on.
Thomas Jane was doing an interview with The LA Times and his answer to a question gave a reveal about his life that I am sure no one saw cumming, I mean coming. The star of Hung who plays a male prostitute with a huge pen!s was asked why the “gay media” has been giving him grief and the interviewer gave him chance to respond to why he thinks that is the case. He explained, “Hey, you grow up as an artist in a big city, as James Dean said, you’re going to have one arm tied behind your back if you don’t accept people’s sexual flavors. You know, when I was a kid out here in L.A., I was homeless, I didn’t have any money and I was living in my car. I was 18. I wasn’t averse to going down to Santa Monica Boulevard and letting a guy buy me a sandwich. Know what I mean?”
He then went on to talk about his sexuality and the interview concluded with him answering if he thinks homo/heterosexuality is a choice by saying “I don’t know. I think up to a point it’s a choice. But I’ll tell you what â€” it’s not a choice until you’re open enough to experience both male and female sexuality. Until you’ve tasted the food, you don’t know whether you’ll like it or not, as my mom always said.” I don’t think it has ever been put quite like that and I am not sure it ever will again.