Saturday , June 22 2024

You Knew It Was Coming

With the headlong race to the lowest common denominator (and below) in reality TV programming, you knew this was just a matter of time:

    [Showtime] has greenlit a half-hour latenight reality series chronicling the life of adult entertainment producer, director and occasional performer Adam Glasser, aka Seymore Butts.

    The currently untitled 10-episode project will focus on various aspects of Glasser’s personal and professional lives as well as the people around him. In addition to Glasser, his mother, who keeps his books, and his cousin Stevie will be featured.

    “This is not an expose on the industry,” executive producer Arnold Shapiro told Daily Variety. “It’s about the ironies and the humor that are associated with a man who chooses to have an alter ego and do this work.” [Variety]

Does reality get any more real than porn?

    “This particular show combines the best elements of real characters and funny situations and great storytelling,” said Jay Blumenfield, who is so-executive producing. “It also features porn. What more could you want from a half-hour of television?”

    Shapiro said he and production partner Allison Grodner got the idea to tackle the subject of adult entertainment — for pay TV in a latenight setting — last year after seeing “American Porn,” which aired as part of PBS’ “Frontline” documentary series.

    “It showed how mainstream the business has become — it’s something like a $4 billion industry,” said Shapiro.

Mom, apple pie, Chevrolet, and Seymore Butts.

    “One of the reasons we ultimately decided on Seymore Butts, his mom and his cousin was his attitude about the business,” Shapiro said. “He does have a code of ethics that he runs his business by, and lives by, that impressed us.”

    Shapiro also said it was important to choose someone who is relatable.

    “In his nonworking life he is trying to find love, he loves sports, he wants to settle down and get married,” he said. “His life is full of ironies, it’s full of humor, it’s full of conflict, as you could imagine.”

Plus it has porn.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted,, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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