Breaking TV News: Showtime Renews RAY DONOVAN and MASTERS OF SEX for a Third Season

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Press Release: Hot off the continued critical and audience acclaim for the second seasons of RAY DONOVAN and MASTERS OF SEX, SHOWTIME is green lighting third seasons for both of its hit drama series. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc. Both series will receive 12 one-hour episode orders, and will begin production in early 2015.

“Both RAY DONOVAN and MASTERS OF SEX are quintessentially SHOWTIME: bold, provocative, premium television with production values at the top of the food chain,” says Nevins. “These acclaimed shows are filled with complex and interesting characters and settings that will no doubt give audiences compelling television to invest in for seasons to come.” [Read more...]

Breaking TV News: Showtime Greenlights Second Season of PENNY DREADUL

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Press Release: SHOWTIME has picked up a second season of its critically acclaimed drama series PENNY DREADFUL, it was announced today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc. The network has given an expanded order of ten episodes to the series. Created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan, PENNY DREADFUL has been embraced by the network’s subscribers, drawing 4.8 million weekly viewers across platforms since its launch. The series, which debuted to rave reviews, has claimed the spot as the network’s No. 1 watched new show ever on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and SHOWTIME ANYTIME® with over 3.6 million viewers on those platforms through the third week of the season. Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green, PENNY DREADFUL will go into production, and will once again shoot on location in Dublin, Ireland for a 2015 launch. [Read more...]

Breaking TV News: In Honor of Gay Pride Month Showtime to Re-Air Full Seasons of QUEER AS FOLK and THE L WORD

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Press Release: SHOWTIME is bringing back its groundbreaking series QUEER AS FOLK and THE L WORD in June in honor of gay pride month. All seasons will air on SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE from June through November. From June 2nd through June 30th, back-to-back episodes of both critically-acclaimed series will be offered Monday through Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Then, starting on July 3rd, back-to-back episodes will air every Thursday night through November 13th. Subscribers can also catch up on the full five seasons of QUEER AS FOLK and the six seasons of THE L WORD on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and the network’s authenticated service SHOWTIME ANYTIME® starting this summer. These iconic series were hailed for tackling important issues and shattering stereotypes, and were both honored by the GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. Viewers can expect more from THE L WORD executive producer and creator Ilene Chaiken in the form of a documentary which will premiere on SHOWTIME this summer. [Read more...]

You Be the Critic: Watch Showtime’s PENNY DREADFUL Online Now for FREE!

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Press Release: SHOWTIME is offering viewers nationwide a chance to sample its highly-anticipated new drama PENNY DREADFUL across multiple platforms in advance of its series premiere in two weeks. The series premiere can be accessed now across multiple platforms including YouTube (s.sho.com/1isPg8J), on the SHOWTIME website, via a number of television providers’ free On Demand channels and websites, and on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®. The premiere episode is also available for free via SHOWTIME ANYTIME on any computer, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Kindle Fire™, Roku and Amazon Fire TV streaming players anywhere in the U.S., on Hulu, and on the SHOWTIME Preview app on Smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Vizio, Panasonic and Sony.

Additionally, as a special treat for its subscribers, SHOWTIME will debut the series’ second episode on SHOWTIME ANYTIME immediately following the series premiere on Sunday, May 11th at 10 p.m. ET/PT. [Read more...]

Breaking TV News: Showtime Renews NURSE JACKIE for a Seventh Season

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Press Release: In advance of its sixth season premiere, today SHOWTIME announced that it has picked up a seventh season of its signature comedy series NURSE JACKIE. The announcement was made by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc. NURSE JACKIE stars Edie Falco in her Emmy® Award-winning and Golden Globe® and SAG-nominated role, and returns for a sixth season on Sunday, April 13 at 9 p.m. The seventh season of the series, which is a co-production of SHOWTIME and Lionsgate, will begin filming in New York later this year. [Read more...]

You Be the Critic: Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN

With DEXTER kicking off its eight and final season this Sunday June 30th, it should come as little surprise that Showtime isn’t wasting any time building buzz on their next big thing. Case in point, yesterday’s release of the first episode of the network’s new crime drama RAY DONOVAN. Bowing in the plum post-DEXTER timeslot at 10PM, DONOVAN stars Liev Schreiber as the titular character who does the dirty work for L.A.’s top power players making the problems of the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes and business moguls disappear. But hey, don’t take our word for it, see the slightly censored full length pilot for yourself after the jump. [Read more...]