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.”

Showtime Reveals Full Cast List for TWIN PEAKS Revival

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Shooting for the TWIN PEAKS revival may have concluded, but information is only now starting to get out about the show.

Written and produced by series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost, the new TWIN PEAKS is directed entirely by David Lynch, and will premiere on Showtime in 2017.

The new SHOWTIME series will pick up twenty-five years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town were stunned when their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered.

The full cast list is organized in alphabetical order below.

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EPISODES to End With Season 5

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Showtime has officially confirmed that season 5 will be the final season of the comedy series EPISODES.

“EPISODES’ scathing portrait of network executives has kept me on my best behavior these last several years, for which I am grudgingly grateful to Jeffrey and David,” said Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.. “I love this show and can’t wait to see what comic heights Matt and company will scale during the fifth and final season of our inspired series.”

“We have had the best time making this show,” said showrunners David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik. “Showtime has been the opposite of every network we write about. If it were up to them we could go on making EPISODES forever. But we’ve told the story we set out to tell and we’d never want to outstay our welcome.”

BILLIONS Season Finale Preview: Everything Comes to a Head

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Axe was going through a personal crisis on last week’s BILLIONS after losing big on a trade. During a lengthy late-night session with Wendy, he got to the root of the problem (his guilt over Donnie’s death) and seemed poised for a comeback. But he also confessed some things to Wendy, including making one of his employee’s gun charges disappear thanks to some well-placed payoffs to the police. Wendy wrote up notes about his actions on her computer and then Chuck went snooping and found them.

Now Chuck believes that he has everything he needs to finally put Axe in jail and he lays out his plan in the season finale to use bribery charges to bring Axe down. But Axe still has powerful friends and Hall tells him that Chuck has new evidence against him that could land him in prison. Wendy, of course, has finally realized how far her husband has gone in his pursuit of Axe and threatens to expose him after Ace accuses her of leaking the information to Chuck. Meanwhile, Axe reminds Lara of their contingency plan and she prepares for the Axelrod family to flee the country.

Showtime warns that “with his marriage and career in peril, Chuck is forced to take actions that further his rift with Connerty. Having sacrificed so much to this case – including possibly his marriage – Chuck finds Axe for an explosive confrontation.”

Don’t miss the season finale of BILLIONS tonight (April 10) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

BILLIONS Sneak Peeks: Tough Day at the Office

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Axe makes a bad decision on this week’s BILLIONS. After insisting that they hold on to some stock against the advice of his analysts and traders (because he’s convinced he’s making the right call), Axe loses hundreds of millions of dollars when the company doesn’t deliver and their stock tanks. He decides to turn to Wendy for help (thinking that the problem lies within himself), but Lara doesn’t believe Wendy can be trusted — not after Chuck and Axe declared war on one another and put Wendy in the middle.

Meanwhile, Lara suggests to her sister, Lu, that she become the new chef at Axe Capital now that she’s selling their restaurant, but Lu balks at the suggestion. So Lara takes them both back to the old neighbourhood to remind her of their roots.

Finally, Chuck is setting out to secure powerful allies in D.C. in his continued fight against Axe. And Sacker and Connerty are shutting down the case against Axe Capital just as Chuck finds evidence that could help them — right in his own home.

Don’t miss an all new episode of BILLIONS tonight (April 3) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

Tonight on BILLIONS: A Disappearance

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There’s going to be a lot of fallout on this week’s BILLIONS. After the truth of what Axe did after 9/11 came to light in last week’s episode, the public backlash will be big. Axe is “under siege”, for lack of a better term. There will be public demonstrations, fleeing investors and even insurrection inside Axe Capital. Lara has to deal with her own family and the brotherhood of firefighters who are angry about what Axe did and she wonders if they should temporarily move away until the hatred dies down. But Axe believes they should simply stand their ground. All of this eventually leads Lara to make a painful sacrifice.

Meanwhile the state’s informant has gone missing and Chuck, Connerty and the FBI start a manhunt to try and track him down. Wendy is also going to be suspicious about her husband’s insistence that he has given up the Axe case.

Don’t miss an all new episode of BILLIONS tonight (March 13) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.