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Goodnight, Skinemax: The Death of Soft-Core Porn

Goodnight, Skinemax: The Death of Soft-Core Porn
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Cinemax, the naughtier sibling of fancy-pants pay-cable network HBO, has declared an end to a nearly 30-year run of Cinemax After Dark, that block of late-night, soft-core porn that is better known to generations of former teenagers as Skinemax. You know, movies with titles like Illicit Dreams or The Price of Desire (or, quite possibly, The Illicit Price of Desire Dreams).

The cable channel is looking to phase out its tales of deception and three-ways in favor of original programming that doesn’t so much focus on the T&A. “The hope is that I don’t hear ‘Skinemax’ any time after our original programming—what I’ll call the primetime originals—start to really take over the (lineup),” Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming, told Variety.