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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
RIP OnlyFans - not dead yet. (But, c'mon...)
Do you hear that death rattle?
Yesterday there were reports of OnlyFans launching a clean streaming service built around all of the non-NSFW content found on the platform. Today the larger picture is clearer. OnlyFans is cleaning up its act almost entirely. It seems that it was difficult to get investment from bankers running a website that traffics largely in pornographic material.
Starting in October, the company will prohibit creators from posting material with sexually explicit conduct on its website, which many sex workers use to sell fans explicit content. They’ll still be allowed to put up nude photos and videos, provided they’re consistent with OnlyFans’ policy, the company said Thursday.
What does this mean? There's not a lot of clarity on what is and isn't allowed. But people on the Internet are pretty upset about this. There have been very few successful Internet media companies that have radically pivoted away from what they were successful for and still maintained success.
Expect OnlyFans jokes to soon go the way of MySpace and AskJeeves jokes - references to an Internet that once was.
Freaks & Geeks actor Jerry Messing has COVID and is on a ventilator
Jerry Messing may not have been a regular on Freaks & Geeks, but he was memorable in the handful of times he appeared on the show.
We're told Jerry tested positive for COVID-19 and he was immediately placed on a ventilator. James says nobody is allowed to visit Jerry right now as he's struggling to survive.
Fox News has mandated that staff upload their vaccination status into the company's HR portal. Read: NBC News
Hank Azaria will play Apple CEO Tim Cook in the SHowtime series about Uber Super Pumped. Read: Variety
Peter Gallagher is joining the cast of Grey's Anatomy. Read: Deadline
Never Have I Ever will return for a third season on Netflix. Read: The AV Club
Aussie drama The Unusual Suspects has been acquired by Hulu for US distribution. Read: Variety
An agreement has been reached between Starz and Disney to allow the use of the Star brand for the launch of Disney's new streaming service Star+ in Latin America. Read: Variety
Sony shut down its VR studio after 5 years in development. Read: Polygon
Amazon Prime Video has acquired the upcoming BBC2 football documentary series Fever Pitch! The Rise Of The Premier League for Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Read: TBI
Roku will make more episodes of the former Quibi Original series Reno 911. Read: Variety
On Tuesday night Fox News comedy show Gutfeld! was the highest rated late night chat show on TV, passing current leader Stephen Colbert. FYI, guests on Colbert that night were CNN's Clarissa Ward, Amanda Peet, and journalist Roger Bennett. Read: The Wrap
Foundation debuts on Apple TV Sept 24.
The Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission To Space event starts on Netflix Sept 6.
The Hand of God debuts on Netflix and in cinemas later this year.
What? A second Netflix animated show based on Masters of The Universe? This one is more He-Man-centric. He-Man and the Masters of the Universedebuts Sept 16.
Blood Brothers debuts on Netflix Sept 9.
Nightbooks debuts on Netflix Sept 15.
Do, Re, & Mi debuts on Amazon Prime Video Sept 17.
Frogger debuts Sept 9 on Peacock.
BMF debuts on Starz Sept 26.
Adventure Time - Distant Lands: Wizard City debuts Sept 2 on HBO Max.
Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian returns to Disney+ for a special on August 25 with a deep dive on filming the second season finale.
The Voyeurs debuts Sept 10 on Amazon Prime Video.
The Pen15 animated special debuts August 27 on Hulu.
Yellowstone returns for season 4 on Nov 7 on Paramount Network. (FYI, it'll debut at the same time in Australia on Stan).
What's next? Tomorrow.
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