Bob Ross' 'The Joy of Painting' will air weekly on Twitch

The full 'Joy of Painting' marathon may be over, but Twitch isn't ready to let Bob Ross' legacy fade away. The art program will live on with weekly season marathons, with proceeds from subscriptions going to charity.

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When Twitch launched its Creative channel a couple of weeks ago, it launched with a reminder of how much joy Bob Ross' foray into the art world brought into the world. It was somewhat bittersweet to see "The Joy of Painting" marathon finally reach its conclusion last week, but having seen how much happiness Bob Ross' work brought to a new generation of Twitch viewers, the folks at Twitch did not want to see it end. That's why "The Joy of Painting" will carry on.

Viewers of the Bob Ross channel on Twitch may have noticed a countdown. The countdown is the first of weekly Bob Ross nights, in which a full season of "The Joy of Painting" will air every Monday night. With 31 seasons to air, it'll be roughly seven months before the first set of repeats. Furthermore, Bob Ross' birthday on October 29 will mark the return of "The Joy of Painting" marathon.

Viewers will also notice a $4.99 subscription for the Bob Ross channel. Proceeds from those subscriptions will be split between the program's rights holders; Root division, a non-profit dedicated to supporting artists and teaching the arts to children; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, for cancer research; and Twitch Creative community support.

Finally, the numbers are in for the Bob Ross marathon. Over 5.6 million unique viewers gathered together for 545,880,000 minutes, with over 183,000 concurrent viewers. That's quite a way to keep a great artist's legacy alive for a whole new generation.

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    November 9, 2015 9:00 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Bob Ross' 'The Joy of Painting' will air weekly on Twitch

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      November 9, 2015 9:02 AM

      It's also streaming on HULU. Great if you want to watch a bunch of them.

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      November 9, 2015 9:03 AM

      What a weird thing to get huge.

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        November 9, 2015 9:05 AM

        Because internet.

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          November 9, 2015 9:06 AM

          Yeah sure... But things like this still amaze me :)

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            November 9, 2015 9:16 AM

            Yeah I know, haha. I think it's actually nice for the internet to latch on to something educational and charming rather than the usual idiotic memes.

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              November 9, 2015 9:18 AM

              They are turning it into an idiotic meme.

              Every time people go looking for depth in the mob, they only find the mob.

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                November 9, 2015 9:22 AM

                Why you throw, eggplant?

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                November 9, 2015 9:36 AM

                It was fun and chances are at least a few people were inspired by it beyond the lols. There are better things on which to spend one's cynical energon reserves.

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                  November 9, 2015 9:40 AM

                  Oh I don't think it is a bad thing. I just don't put a lot of stock into people who see these things as the gems of the internet. It is just the twitch crowd doing what it does, just with something that we externally find more to approve.

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                    November 9, 2015 11:35 AM

                    Not a gem, but at least less dumb than Doge.

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        November 9, 2015 10:56 AM

        A good thing though. The Joy of Painting is great.

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        November 9, 2015 11:56 AM

        It's relaxing and pretty awesome.

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      November 9, 2015 9:04 AM

      i wonder what changed at the boss ross estate to make them suddenly embrace the internet. it used to be that they didn't have anything available online and they'd vigorously shut down anyone that posted the videos. now they're posting all their shit for free all over the place. maybe dvd sales have been waning

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      November 9, 2015 9:14 AM

      I guess that's cool. I was kinda hoping for something a little more than that. New episodes with new painters or something but maybe this'll work out for them.

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        November 9, 2015 10:30 AM

        People will slowly dwindle like the twitch plays pokemon while it was being milked.

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          November 9, 2015 10:43 AM

          I can't imagine this will have any sort of lasting impact. There might be a lot of viewers for the first week or three but then it'll be a ghost town. They probably need new content to make it worthwhile. Or turned the broadcasting of every episode into a yearly event.

          Maybe I'll be wrong and it'll be a hit.

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      November 9, 2015 9:43 AM

      q [q [q [q [SAVED]q]q]q]q

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      November 9, 2015 10:28 AM

      I love watching his shows, better than Demerol.

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      November 9, 2015 11:00 AM

      I read his wikipedia entry. Interesting guy. He retired from the Air Force and vowed he would work in a job where he didn't have to yell anymore. Poor thing. I only remember being yelled at in basic training myself. Really sucks he died at 52.

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      November 9, 2015 1:42 PM

      lol, 14.996 folks watching the countdown