Showtime Announces Premiere Dates for SHAMELESS, SMILF and WHITE FAMOUS

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Showtime has unveiled its fall comedy slate, which includes the return of SHAMELESS and the premieres of WHITE FAMOUS and SMILF.

WHITE FAMOUS will premiere on Sunday, October 15 at 10:00 p.m. “Jay Pharoah plays talented young comedian Floyd Mooney, whose star is rising, forcing him to navigate the treacherous waters of maintaining his credibility as he begins to cross over into the world of becoming ‘white famous’.” The series is based on the personal experiences of Jamie Foxx.

SHAMELESS will return for its eighth season on Sunday, November 5 at 9:00 p.m.

Finally, SMILF will premiere on Sunday, November 5 at 10:00 p.m. “SMILF will take a raw and honest comedic look at a single, 20-something from Southie, Bridgette (Frankie Shaw), whose desires for relationships, sex, and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood.” Once SMILF premieres WHITE FAMOUS will move to 10:30 p.m. on Sundays.

TWIN PEAKS Preview: Will The Past Return to Haunt Everyone?

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Showtime has released a new teaser for the TWIN PEAKS revival, giving fans quick glimpses at various characters, locations and the show’s mysteries. The new 18 part limited event series “picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town were stunned when their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered.” Kyle MacLachlan will return as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper.

TWIN PEAKS will debut with a two-part premiere on Sunday, May 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. In its second week, the third and fourth parts of TWIN PEAKS will air back-to-back on SHOWTIME on May 28, starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT, followed by single parts in subsequent weeks.

Showtime Renews BILLIONS for Season 3

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Showtime has given an early third season renewal to BILLIONS, the Paul Giamatti/Damian Lewis drama currently in its second season.

“BILLIONS continues to be a show on the rise, growing not only in audience, but in critical buzz and cultural relevance,” said David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. “It offers a unique mix of pure entertainment with sly commentary on our current have/have-not economy. Season two is off to a tremendous start, and has only whetted our audience’s appetite for what will come in season three.”

BILLIONS airs on Sundays at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in New Showtime Limited Series MELROSE

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Benedict Cumberbatch is taking on a new television role in an upcoming Showtime limited series, MELROSE.

The five-part limited series is written by David Nicholls and is based on the Patrick Melrose series of semi-autobiographical novels written by Edward St. Aubyn. MELROSE “hilariously skewers the upper class as it tracks the protagonist’s harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse and, ultimately, toward recovery.” Cumberbatch will play Patrick Melrose, “an aristocratic and outrageously funny  playboy who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by a horribly abusive father and the mother who tacitly condoned the behavior.”

The series will take place in the South of France in the 1960s, New York in the 1980s and Britain in the early 2000’s. “MELROSE will devote one hour to each of the five novels, with each episode set over the course of a few intense days in the life of the protagonist.”

 

BILLIONS Teasers: The Fight Continues in Season 2….

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It’s been three weeks since Axe Capital was demolished at the end of BILLIONS’ first season and the employees are eager to get back to work. A lot of people’s lives have been bruised since the events of the first season and everyone is regrouping as season 2 begins. Below are some teasers about what’s to come in the season premiere for each of the characters and one new face.


Bobby “Axe” Axelrod. Axe is a survivor, as he says in the video above. In season 2 Axe is getting paranoid and he doesn’t want anyone to pitch him any ideas without his new Chief of Staff around to make sure he’s covered legally. He’s determined to go against Chuck full-throttle, but some of his advisors insist he should enjoy his détente and not file a lawsuit, for example. So with some introspection, he comes up with a way to make Chuck gone for good and it involves digging through all of his old cases to find everyone he ever aggrieved. He’s also having Wendy watched and wants to get her back.


Chuck Rhoades. Chuck lost his wife, Wendy, in the battle against Axe in season 1 of BILLIONS, but it’s not going to stop him in his quest to take down Axe. Unfortunately, however, his scorched-earth approach was not effective in accomplishing his goals. Meanwhile, the Office of Professional Responsibility (specifically, an investigator named Oliver Dake) is looking into his recent conduct and he’s moving into the office for the duration of his investigation. But Chuck was warned about him coming and he insists to Oliver that he has nothing to hide, although it’s clear he’s always prided himself on being one step ahead. It’s during an impromptu chess game in a park that Chuck realizes he’s gone about things the wrong way and he’s determined to find a new method. Of course, thanks to Axe he might find that very difficult.


Lara Alexrod. Lara is the very loyal wife of Axe and the loss of her business in season 1 has caused her to go a little stir-crazy in season 2. When we first see her in season 2 she’s trying to take charge at her kids’ school to give herself something to do and assert her power. But until she can find a new way to help contribute to the marriage and get her own business going she’s going to find life a bit difficult.


Wendy Rhoades. Wendy turned out to be a pawn in the fight between Axe and Chuck and once she realized that she chose to leave her husband, Chuck. In season 2 she’s trying to bring her life back together and get her husband to accept their new reality. The two of them are both living part-time in the family home and switching off on nights to keep giving the kids some stability. In terms of a new job, Wendy is giving talks as a performance coach at a new fund and she is always equipped to put cocky bastards in their place. Another hedge fund manager wants to hire her, but she’s set up in her own office to take on individual clients and consultant jobs. Axe comes by to entice her to return to Axe Capital, but Wendy stands firm and refuses his office.


Taylor Mason. Taylor is a new employee at Axe Capital and they is a gender non-bindary individual. They are brilliant and catch Bobby’s eye. You’ll get a hint of what they are capable of in the season premiere, but they won’t really get a chance to shine until a bit later.


Mike “Wags” Wagner. Wags is Axe’s right-hand man and he’s loyal to a fault. Wags is snorting pills and getting himself ready to head back to work (a routine he goes through every morning). He helps explain a lot of new security measures for the fund’s building, which are all in place to ensure the events of season 1 won’t happen again. He’s also determined to drive Axe Capital’s employees to come up with a new, terrific idea that will make them all a lot of money. When there’s an indication that Wendy might not come back, Wags is the one who suggests they hire a new performance coach. He also starts chasing down Raya, a dating app for the wealthy, as a possible new opportunity.


Kate Sacker. Kate is an ambitious lawyer who works for Chuck and he’s teaching her how best to “play the game”. She and Connerty (her co-worker) had a little dalliance last year and tensions are still high between the two. When a high-profile job opens up in the office, she sets her sights on getting it. But can Chuck help her get that new position or will she turn on him as he faces a professional crisis?

Watch sneak peeks from the new season below and tune in for the season 2 premiere of BILLIONS tonight (February 19) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

 

Showtime Announces Guests for Stephen Colbert’s Election Night Special

The U.S. election will dominate TV coverage tonight and Stephen Colbert is returning to political commentary with a Showtime special airing tonight at 11:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. PT.

The special will feature feature appearances by Jeff Goldblum, Katy Perry, Larry Wilmore, Patton Oswalt, Nick Offerman, comedian Jena Friedman and radio personality Charlamagne Tha God. Grammy Award nominee Elle King will sit in with LATE SHOW bandleader Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human. Tonight, Colbert will also be joined by esteemed political experts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann (managing editors of Bloomberg Politics and co-hosts of the nightly political show “With All Due Respect”) and noted campaign strategist Mark McKinnon, from the SHOWTIME campaign documentary series THE CIRCUS.

Showtime will also release a live stream of Colbert’s uncensored monologue through Facebook Live on the SHOWTIME Facebook page.

For Canadian Eyes Only: Showtime Programming to Stream Day-and-Date on CraveTV

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CraveTV announced today that, for the first time ever, new and returning Showtime programming will debut on CraveTV. Showtime’s series, specials, and documentaries will begin streaming on CraveTV day-and-date with their broadcast premieres on Showtim in the U.S., beginning with acclaimed drama THE AFFAIR on Sunday, November 20 at 10 p.m. ET.

“Launching SHOWTIME in a first-window on CraveTV is a true game-changer for the service and for Canada’s TV lovers,” said Tracey Pearce, President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. “Offering subscribers streaming access to one of the best collections of content in the world, without delay, immediately makes CraveTV an unmatched value proposition.”

Following the November 20 premiere of THE AFFAIR on CraveTV, subscribers can look forward to upcoming all-new seasons of SHOWTIME series BILLIONS (February 19 at 10 p.m. ET), DICE, EPISODES, and RAY DONOVAN. Brand-new SHOWTIME series premiering on CraveTV in 2017 include the David Lynch drama TWIN PEAKS, the dramedy I’M DYING UP HERE, created by Canadian Jim Carrey, and limited series GUERILLA, starring Idris Elba. Also coming to CraveTV are new seasons of HOMELAND (Season 5) and MASTERS OF SEX (Season 4).

Showtime Renews RAY DONOVAN for Season 5 and HOMELAND for Seasons 7 and 8

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Showtime is doling out renewals during its TCA presentation. The specialty channel announced today that it had renewed RAY DONOVAN for a fifth season. Production on season five’s 12 one-hour episodes will begin next year.

In addition, Showtime has also renewed HOMELAND for two additional seasons — seasons 7 and 8. The upcoming sixth season (which was previously announced) will premiere on January 15, 2017. Star Claire Danes and showrunner Alex Gansa are both set for seasons 6, 7 and 8.

Showtime Announces Premiere Dates for SHAMELESS, MASTERS OF SEX and THE AFFAIR

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Three Showtime shows will be returning this fall: SHAMELESS, MASTERS OF SEX and THE AFFAIR.

MASTERS OF SEX will be returning for a fourth season on Sunday, September 11 at 10 p.m.  ET/PT, and the seventh season of comedy series SHAMELESS is premiering on Sunday, October 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Finally, on November 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the third season of the drama series THE AFFAIR will make its debut.

In addition, Showtime announced that HOMELAND will be moving from its regular slot in the fall to a winter premiere in January 2017.

PURITY: Showtime Orders Limited Series Starring Daniel Craig

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Daniel Craig is coming to TV. Showtime has announced that they have ordered a limited series starring the actor titled PURITY.

The show is based on the novel of the same name from author Jonathan Franzen. Todd Field (Little Children, In the Bedroom) will write, direct and executive produce, along with executive producers Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, David Hare and Jonathan Franzen. PURITY will be a 20-episode limited series set to air over the course of two years on Showtime. Production will begin in 2017.

PURITY is described as “a morally complex story of youthful idealism, extreme loyalty and cold-blooded murder. Jonathan Franzen’s intricately plotted novel is populated by characters both hungry for the truth and desperate to hide it. From STASI offspring to Oakland anarchists, Franzen tracks his characters’ landscapes as varied as East Berlin, the Bolivian jungle, East Harlem walk-ups, and the California Redwoods. PURITY is at once supremely ambitious in scope and intensely intimate in its treatment of character – a decades-spanning tragicomedy that builds to a contemporary climax.”

“Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Purity’ is an epic American novel that pulses with the energy of a psychological thriller. I whipped through it in a week,” said David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. “His gripping and timely story has attracted a powerhouse team – Todd Field, Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, David Hare, along with Franzen himself, and the brilliant Daniel Craig who is perfectly cast as the charismatic, mysterious ‘Andreas Wolf.’ Put it all together and PURITY promises to be the kind of taut, long-form, serialized storytelling that is the best of premium television, and is precisely what we at Showtime aspire to deliver.”