Variety Notes Porn Parody Wave

Jul 1, 2009 10:00 AM PST
LOS ANGELES — Longtime media columnist and TV critic Brian Lowry has taken note of the wave of adult parodies of TV shows from Hustler Video in an article posted on the website.

"Over the last year, Hustler Video Group has without much fanfare trotted out a parade of titles derived from classic TV shows, including the recently released parody 'This Ain't Star Trek XXX,'" Lowry observes. "All the meticulous little details are there, with the exception of moments (spoiler alert!) like the one where Kirk, Spock and Uhura engage in three-way stress-relieving exercise on the bridge, which for whatever reason wasn't included in J.J. Abrams' franchise reboot."

The article focuses on the range of titles and the possible repercussions from the mainstream owners of the properties being parodied. Lowry also wonders who the audience is for the parody videos, because "it's difficult to imagine younger guys who never watched the originals getting much of a kick out of 'Gilligan's Island' or 'Partridge Family' knockoffs, despite the availability of such fare on channels like TV Land."

Hustler Video Director of Operations Jeff Thill points out to Lowry that producers of adult material have been parodying mainstream titles for years.

Thill also told Lowry that Hustler invited William Shatner to provide commentary on the studio's "This Ain't Star Trek XXX," but he "politely declined."

The entire article can be read on the website

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