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There’s so much TV news to work through today. But, let’s all be honest – the only thing anyone cares about is the new Jack Ryan TV show.

And by everyone, I mean me. 

The New Yorker gave it a positive wrap today, even if they did say that the show “proceeds with the squareness and solidity of a CBS procedural, but one graced with the luxuries of an HBO budget.” But, admittedly, I’m pretty okay with that. I don’t have a problem with CBS procedural style – it’s the quality of the writing that usually lets down the format. Hopefully Jack Ryan is a step above CBS fare in that regard. 

It’s been strange seeing such a strong promotional push. Here in Australia, we’re seeing the show advertised heavily outdoors on bus shelters around the place. Unusual considering how few people even know there is an Amazon video streaming service locally – this may change that, but the fact the ads visually look so much like traditional Tom Clancy book covers does little to distinguish it as a TV show.

The Fourth Season of ‘Mr. Robot’ Will Be Its Last

“Mr. Robot,” Sam Esmail’s puzzling drama series centering on themes of corruption, surveillance and anarchy, will conclude after its coming fourth season, USA Network announced on Wednesday. The thriller, which ended its third season in December, stars Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a cybersecurity engineer who gets caught up in a revolution led by internet activists and hackers called “fsociety.”

In interviews, Mr. Esmail has often said that his vision for the series’ trajectory was four to five seasons. In a tweet following the announcement, the creator wrote: “Excited to show you guys the final chapter in Elliot’s journey. It’s going to be sad to say goodbye to Mr. Robot, but it’ll be sadder to say goodbye to all the fans.”
[New York Times]

HBO ‘Winding Down’ Late-Night Erotic Adult Fare Due to Lack of ‘Strong Demand’

HBO has removed all original erotic adult programming from its channels and streaming services. The channel behind early prestige dramas such as “The Sopranos” and “Six Feet Under” once distinguished itself with the slogan — “It’s not TV. It’s HBO.” Once buried within its groundbreaking TV dramas were HBO’s adult programming, which ranged from serious docu-series “Real Sex,” “Pornucopia,” and “Cathouse,” the reality show “Taxicab Confessions,” and one-off educational specials such as “Katie Morgan on Sex Toys.”

“Over the past several years HBO has been winding down its late-night adult fare,” an HBO representative told IndieWire. “While we’re greatly ramping up our other original program offerings, there hasn’t been a strong demand for this kind of adult programming, perhaps because it’s easily available elsewhere.”
[Indiewire]

With HBO Out Of The Adult-Fare Biz, Pornhub Offers A Pickup

“It’s a shame to see HBO rid itself of its late-night adult programming, and we consider classic shows such as Taxicab Confessions and Real Sex, among others, to be vestiges of a bygone era,” Pornhub VP Corey Price said in a statement to Deadline. “We can attest to the continued demand for adult programming and think there is immense value in the promotion and consumption of sex-positive shows. That said, we would like to extend an offer to help produce new seasons of the informative skin-baring programs and host them on our HD, on-demand platform Pornhub Premium.”
[Deadline]

Dreams Starts Streaming ‘X-Files,’ ‘Batman’ & ‘NYPD Blue’ As Vertical Video 

The X-files – David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

New York-based mobile video startup Dreams is adding three new shows to its TV streaming service: The company is scheduled to add new episodes of the “X-Files,” “NYPD Blue” and the original 1960s classic “Batman” to its mobile video app starting this Thursday.

New episodes of each show will be added to the service every week. Each and every episode will be available as a vertical video, optimized for TV viewing on the go.

Dreams launched with a catalog of unscripted TV programming in May, and has since streamed shows from partners like Animal Planet, HGTV, Food Network and Discovery Channel, as well as live news from Bloomberg.

“We wanted to redesign TV for the phone,” said co-founder Greg Hochmuth during a recent interview with Variety. This included taking the best things from traditional TV, like long-form content and scheduled programming for lean-back viewing, and optimize it for mobile screens and audiences looking for instant gratification.
[Variety]

Amazon Reportedly Planning to Launch an Ad-Supported Video Service

Amazon.com has an ad-supported TV service in the works that would be free to those who use the company’s Fire TV streaming devices, The Information reported.

The service is reportedly being developed by the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), which Amazon acquired in 1998. It will be called “Free Dive.”

Spokespersons for Amazon did not immediately return requests for comment.

Sources told The Information that Amazon is talking with major TV studios about licensing older programming and would be similar to Roku Channel, a free, ad-supported app on Roku devices and smart TVs.
[AdWeek]

Alex Jones Was Caught Red-Handed With Porn Displaying On His Phone Browser During ‘Infowars’

While attempting to plug a new online store selling his new line of “Youngevity” supplements, Jones had a studio technical difficulty and was forced to bring the site up with a close-up of his phone. When he minimized the browser window, however, he inadvertently gave viewers a glimpse of the other tabs he had open, one of which happened to be for a porn site.

And not just any porn site. A video from popular trans adult film star Marissa Minx titled, “Naughty tbabe Marissa Minx relieved of cock hunger by stud.”
[Uproxx]

Amazon Releases First Images From ‘The Romanoffs’ & Episode Lineup

One of streaming’s most star-studded projects is not far on the horizon as The Romanoffs‘ debut set for Friday, October 12 is mere months away.

Starring Aaron Eckhart, Corey Stoll, Kerry Bishé, Noah Wyle, Christina Hendricks, Isabelle Huppert, Jack Huston, Paul Reiser, Amanda Peet, John Slattery, Diane Lane, Ron Livingston, Cara Buono, Kathryn Hahn, Hugh Skinner, and JJ Feild among numerous others, The Romanoffs has collected a large cast of talent.
[TVInsider]

Dan Barrett

Dan Barrett is the Editor of Always Be Watching and is a big fan of 1980s sitcom Cheers. Prior to Always Be Watching, he produced the website and podcast Televised Revolution, was the Deputy Editor of Mediaweek Australia, and was the TV critic for Radio National’s Breakfast show.

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