Welcome to the Web companion for One Foot on the Floor: The Curious Evolution of Sex on Television, the book about the history of sex and controversy on television and related screens. One Foot, now available on Kindle in an updated and expanded electronic edition, takes the story from TV’s beginnings through the February 2012 sweeps. Check back here. This is where the story continues. Continue reading
‘Last Tango in Paris’
“Whatever happened to the subtle thrill of real transgression?”
That was a question posed recently by author and cultural critic Lee Siegel, in an essay in The Wall Street Journal, who said he misses the “time when there were powerful imprecations instead of mere obscenity—or at least when sexual innuendo, because it was innuendo, served as a delicious release of tension between our private and public lives.”
Lamenting “America the Vulgar,” Siegel offered up examples of his seven-year-old son peering over his shoulder at his computer screen and asking, “What’s celebrity sex, Dad?”; and of his three-year-old daughter finding the unattended iPhone, pounding a few keys and coming upon a picture of barely clad Beyoncé. Continue reading
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Here’s some more holiday cheer:
Louis C.K., the much-lauded stand-up comedian, who recently made a big impression in a small part in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, has signed a new overall production deal with FX, the cable network that airs Louie, his droll half-hour comedy series about the misadventures of a dyspeptic New York stand-up comedian.
Details of the new deal are scant, but several news outlets have reported that he will create a new show for the network through his Pig Newton production company.
Although he is not expected to act in the project, he will create and produce, and possibly Continue reading
It’s official. The Monty Python comedy troupe will reunite for a live performance at London’s 02 Arena, on July 1, 2014.
There will be new material, as well as the old favorites, and it will be televised. The show was “billed in an official release as a ‘final reunion. Sort of,’” according to a Deadline Hollywood dispatch.
The stage show also will be filmed. “We’ll try to flog it later,” Eric Idle said at the group’s press conference, The Telegraph reported. And Terry Gilliam promised to tout his own tickets at “five or six times the price.”
The Pythons, who are all in their seventies now, also promised a bit of “ancient sex” and cross-dressing. Continue reading
Baby Boomers in their youth were famously advised not to trust anyone over 30. These days, though, a majority of the 50+ demographic seems to trust just about anybody they come across in cyberspace.
That’s the import of a new study from McAfee, the well-known computer security company, reported by the Center for Media Research, which characterizes Boomers, the demographic cohort born between 1946 and 1964, as “socially engaging online, exposing themselves to social media reproach and dangerous security risks, including sharing personal information with strangers.”
Boomers have always been on the front lines of fashions and fads and new cultural developments, so it’s not surprising that four out of five of the 50+ set use social media Continue reading
Perhaps it was inevitable.
Toronto’s mayor, Rob Ford, who’s admitted to smoking crack cocaine in “one of my drunken stupors,” is being rewarded for his outrageous behavior with a reality TV show that will star him and his brother, Toronto Councilman Doug Ford. This is how Canada’s Sun News Network, which will air Ford Nation weekly, announced it:
“Every TV station wants Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Continue reading
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Here comes Amazon, the latest Web behemoth to get into what used to be called the TV business.
The online retailer, which started out selling us books but is now in the business of selling almost everything, is about to start selling us subscriptions to watch what used to be called first-run TV shows, too.
The Amazon debut of two Hollywood-quality original series — Betas and Alpha House — is another sign (as if one was needed after Netflix’s triumph with House of Cards) that the Biz is migrating from traditional distribution, to online video, and that online is the new way forward.
According to a recent survey Continue reading
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These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. It’s five-year mission brought to you by … Virgin Atlantic? Tesla Motors? GoDaddy?
How many of the one-time kids who grew up reading science fiction in the last century ever imagined a future in which space travel paid its way by becoming a reality TV show or by selling seats on commercial flights to millionaires and celebrities? Will televised space ships, powered by entrepreneurs, soon sport logos and advertising slogans, just like NASCAR? Continue reading
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History Channel has put a remake of one of the highest-rated programming events of all time, the miniseries Roots, into development.
Lately we’ve seen a succession of high-profile movies that, one way or another, touch on the history of slavery in America — Django Unchained, 12 Years a Slave, The Butler and Lincoln, to name four. So we shouldn’t be surprised that a cable network, and History in particular, thinks the time is right to revive Roots.
When the 12-hour Roots miniseries aired originally in 1977, it was a national sensation Continue reading
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