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...]

Showtime Orders Another Round of SHAMELESS, HOUSE OF LIES & CALIFORNICATION

PRESS RELEASE: After record-setting premiere ratings on the network’s Sunday night line-up and continued year-to-year audience growth, SHOWTIME has picked up brand new seasons of SHAMELESS, HOUSE OF LIES and CALIFORNICATION for 2014. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.  Season-to-date, all three series are pacing above their prior seasons across platforms. The third season of SHAMELESS is up 22 percent, currently averaging 5.4 million weekly viewers across platforms (vs. second season average of 4.4 million), and up 63 percent versus its first season (vs. 3.3 million). The second season of HOUSE OF LIES is averaging 3.2 million weekly viewers across platforms, up 10 percent from its freshman season (vs. 2.91 million), and the sixth season of CALIFORNICATION is averaging 3.1 million weekly viewers, up 21 percent versus season five (vs. 2.5 million). Production for the new seasons of all three series will kick-off in Los Angeles later this year. [Read more...]

Watch Kristen Bell’s HOUSE OF LIES For Free Online Right Now!

Just how confident is Showtime in HOUSE OF LIES, their newest series starring Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell? So confident that they’ve decided to take a page from the Pringles “Once you pop, you can’t stop” playbook by offering up the series premiere for free via Sho.com, iTunes, YouTube and select television providers’ free On Demand channels and websites. Oh, and on the off chance you’re asking yourself just how you can possibly thank us for this incredibly awesome tip, by all means feel free to return to theTVaddict.com after watching the premiere and share with us what you thought. Enjoy.

We Get to the Bottom of WEEDS’ Uncertain Future on Showtime

Has WEEDS worn out its welcome? Not according to David Nevins, President of Entertainment at Showtime.

“I think that show’s got life, real life in it and I feel like Jenji [Creator Jenji Kohan] has done a really great job of evolving her show, making it move in different places and reinventing it in really interesting ways every year.” said Nevins during his executive panel during last week’s Showtime portion of the 2011 Television Critics Association Press Tour in Los Angeles. “I haven’t picked it up yet, but I’m optimistic. It’s been an interesting year and I’m excited for people to sort of see where it goes by the end of the season as all the stories sort of coalesce.” [Read more...]