Eion Bailey To Recur On ‘Ray Donovan’

By | Friday April 18, 2014 @ 10:30am PDT

Eion Bailey (Fight Club, Almost Famous)eionbailey has booked a recurring role on Showtime‘s Ray Donovan. Bailey, repped by Paradigm and Industry Entertainment, will play a charismatic motivational speaker/self-help guru who needs Ray’s help. Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber … Read More »

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Showtime Greenlights Documentary On NBA Star Kobe Bryant

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 10:07am PDT

kobebryantmuseKobe Bryant’s Muse takes an in-depth look into the life, inspirations and challenges facing one of the most successful and complex figures in professional sports, according to Showtime. Gotham Chopra (Decoding Deepak, ESPN’s upcoming 30 For 30 film, The Read More »

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Showtime’s ‘Shameless’ & ‘House of Lies’ Log Record Finales

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 10:44am PDT

shameless-season-4In the face of stiff competition, Showtime‘s Shameless and House Of Lies wrapped their fourth and third seasons, respectively, with best-yet wrap-up stats. Shameless’s surprise finale — in which, during closing credits (SPOILER ALERT) Jack pulls up to the Gallagher household, looking for all the world like a resurrected Jimmy/Steve — delivered its biggest telecast of the season and highest-rated finale ever with 1.93 million viewers at 9 PM and 2.83 million viewers for the night, outperforming the Season 3 finale by 18% (2.39 million) and its Season 4 premiere by 23% (2.3 million). House Of Lies, meanwhile, ended its third season with 731,000 viewers at 10 PM and 1.4 million viewers for the night — the show’s  best finale night ever,  outperforming its Season 2 finale and Season 34 premiere by 16%; both had delivered 1.2 million viewers. It too was fraught with drama including (SPOILER ALERT) busy Marty Kaan about to be indicted and having admitted love to Jeannie, who comes off looking pretty bad. Read More »

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‘Homeland’ Season 4 To Film In South Africa, Will Be Set In Middle East

By | Friday April 4, 2014 @ 9:23am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

homelandAfter three seasons in Charlotte, NC, Showtime drama Homeland is leaving the US to film its fourth season in Cape Town, South Africa. The end of Season 3 found Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) taking a job as a station chief in Istanbul. Showtime wouldn’t specify where exactly Mathison would work as the new season is still being mapped out, only saying that she is being “assigned to one of the most volatile and dangerous CIA stations in the Middle East where she is back on the front lines in the war on terror.” At TCA in January, Showtime president David Nevins already shed light on the setup for Season 4 with Mathison in the field overseas. “Homeland is a show that is deeply about a field operative (Carrie), and we haven’t seen her much in the field,” he said. “In Season 4 you will likely see her on the ground in a foreign capital doing her job,” adding that co-star Mandy Patinkin will continue to be “central and important” to the show. Read More »

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Omar J. Dorsey Joins Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’; Carole Weyers In WGN’s ‘Manhattan’

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 12:45pm PDT

Omar J. Dorsey (Django Unchained)omardorsey2 has landed a recurring role on Showtime‘s Ray Donovan. Dorsey will play Cookie Brown, a powerful music business entrepreneur recently released from prison. Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as LA’s best professional fixer, the … Read More »

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‘Shameless’ Scores Series Best Stats On Sunday

By | Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 11:57am PDT

shameless-season-4Despite stiff competition across broadcast and cable, Showtime‘s Shameless copped its biggest episode premiere crowd ever on Sunday — 2.8 million viewers, surpassing previous high, aka Episode 6 of this season. It was a pretty eventful episode — SPOILER … Read More »

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Showtime’s ‘Nurse Jackie’ Renewed For Seventh Season, Showrunner Clyde Phillips Inks New Overall Deal With Lionsgate TV

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 9:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

nursejackieAhead of Nurse Jackie‘s sixth-season premiere, Showtime has given the dark comedy starring Edie Falco an early seventh-season renewal. Clyde Phillips will continue as executive producer/showrunner after closing a new two-year overall deal with Lionsgate TV, which co-produces Nurse Jackie with Showtime. Phillips clydephillipsjoined Nurse Jackie after Season 4. The series’ fifth season, the first with him at the helm, averaged 3.13 million weekly viewers across platforms, up 14% from Season 4. Under the overall deal, former Dexter showrunner Phillips also will develop new projects. “We are delighted to continue our longstanding relationship with Clyde Phillips, a creative powerhouse who has reinvigorated the Nurse Jackie series and who is also a prolific developer of television series in the auteur television arena,” said Lionsgate TV Group chairman Kevin Beggs. “His expertise in comedy and drama makes him a rare showrunner/creator and we are lucky to have him in the Lionsgate family.”

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Showtime Picks Up Morgan Spurlock Documentary Series On Seven Deadly Sins

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 9:58am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Morgan SpurlockShowtime will air Seven Deadly Sins, a new documentary from Super Size Me writer-director Morgan Spurlock. Hosted by Spurlock, the series will explore each of the seven deadly sins — one per episode — taking an in-depth … Read More »

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EMMYS: Showtime’s ‘Shameless’ To Compete As Comedy

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ShamelessShowtime‘s Shameless is switching Emmy categories. The hourlong dramedy, which competed as a drama for the past three seasons, will be submitted as a comedy this time after a request by executive producer and showrunner John WellsRead More »

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Showtime Docu Follows Current Musicians Recording Album Of Recently Discovered Bob Dylan Lyrics

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 10:43am PDT

Bob_Dylan_and_The_Band_-_The_Basement_TapesLost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued follows five current artists as they put music to words penned by the rock legend during the Summer of Love. Showtime‘s documentary puts Oscar winner T Bone Burnett together with Elvis Costello, … Read More »

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PaleyFest: ‘Masters Of Sex’ Cast Talks Hamlet, Arthur Miller, A Stratum Of Filmmaking, And Girdles

By | Monday March 24, 2014 @ 10:10pm PDT

Michael Sheen came to the Masters of Sex Q&A at PaleyFest and tried to class up the joint with a lot of talk about playing Hamlet, and reading D3tFmrD - ImgurArthur Miller as a teen only to discover Miller’s plays had no bad characters — just people making bad choices. Fortunately, he was greatly outnumbered on stage at the Dolby Theatre by the women of Showtime’s 1950s-set drama series about real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson. They wanted to talk about the drudgery of maintaining a ’50s hairdo and the best way to pee in a girdle.

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Sheen, known for playing David Frost in Frost/Nixon and Tony Blair in The Queen, said playing Masters was the “perfect combination” for an actor, because he was a famous historical figure but was little known as a man Paleyfest 2014 logoand so “private” and “secretive and mysterious” that, “by necessity you have to invent a lot as well.” And while he was not looking to do television, Sheen said he was receptive to the idea, because “you can tell a story over 12 hours [that] really opens the door, as an actor, to explore character in a different way.” Pay cablers like Showtime are “a stratum of filmmaking that’s not being done in film any more. … Writing is so strong in television at the moment … the sophistication of the audience … the bar is very high, and that pushes you to do the best work you can.”

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Showtime Pairs ‘Ray Donovan’ & ‘Masters Of Sex’ This Summer

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 11:03am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

rayLast year’s freshman Showtime dramas Ray Donovan and Masters Of Sex will air as a block this summer, with their 12-episode second seasons set to premiere on Sunday, July 13. Last year, Ray Donovan launched in the summer … Read More »

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‘Homeland’ Ups Nazanin Boniadi To Regular

By | Friday March 14, 2014 @ 12:45pm PDT

bonadiAfter guesting on Showtime‘s Homeland this season, Nazanin Boniadi has been upped to regular for Season 4 of the Emmy-winning terrorism drama. Boniadi plays Fara Sherazi, the strong-willed Muslim CIA analyst who Saul (Mandy Patinkin) recruited for her … Read More »

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Emily Bergl Upped To Regular On Showtime’s ‘Shameless’; Andrea Bogart To Recur On ‘Ray Donovan’

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 6:19pm PDT

image (3)Showtime has promoted Emily Bergl to series regular for Season 5 of dramedy Shameless. Bergl is currently completing a 10-episode arc as Sammi Gallagher, a long-lost daughter of Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy). Shameless‘ current fourth season … Read More »

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Wall Street Drama From Andrew Ross Sorkin, Brian Koppelman & David Levien Gets Showtime Pilot Order

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 1:11pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ross1A month after it made decisions on its previous pilot slate, handing out series orders to drama The Affair and comedy Happyish, the pay cable network is back at it, greenlighting its first pilot for 2014, drama Billions. … Read More »

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SXSW: Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful’ Debuts Juan Antonio Bayona-Helmed Premiere Episode

By | Sunday March 9, 2014 @ 8:51pm PDT

Penny Dreadful Showtime SXSWLiterary and cinematic roots run deep in Showtime’s new psychosexual horror series Penny Dreadful, which debuts in May with an episode helmed by The Orphanage director Juan Antonio Bayona. Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, and Harry Treadaway star in the show created by Oscar-nominated scribe John Logan and exec produced by Sam Mendes which crosses the mythologies of iconic horror figures from Frankenstein, Dracula, and Dorian Gray lore in a Victorian England setting. “We wanted to pay respects to the mythology but bring them to a new level,” said Bayona of the show’s twisty take on well-known stories and characters.

Coincidentally, another thread connects the Penny Dreadful gang in front of and behind the camera. “There’s a lot of James Bond on this show: John wrote Skyfall, Sam directed it, Eva was in Casino Royale – I said to someone, I think I’m being groomed for the next Bond movie,” said Hartnett at a Q&A following the premiere of Penny Dreadful’s first episode Sunday at SXSW. Hartnett plays American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, who is recruited by Sir Malcolm (Dalton, a former 007 himself) and the enigmatic Vanessa Ives (Green) for a supernatural mission in London. The gothic series is one of a handful of television projects highlighted this year in SXSW’s new programming slate devoted to episodic /TV content.

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David Nevins Upped To Showtime Networks President, Extends Contract Through 2018

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 9:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Showtime's David NevinsAfter a successful three-and-a-half years on the job, Showtime‘s entertainment president David Nevins has been given a bigger title and signed into a new deal to keep him at the company though 2018. In his new role … Read More »

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Showtime Ripped Off ‘Ray Donovan’ Concept, Screenwriter’s Lawsuit Claims

By | Friday February 14, 2014 @ 6:25pm PST

NEW DJP LEGAL BADGESomebody wants a piece of Showtime’s Ray Donovan. Specifically that someone is one Brian Larsen, who is claiming that the premium channel lifted his idea to create the hit Hollywood-fixer series starring Liev Schreiber. Southland creator Ann Biderman is credited with coming up with Donovan and is an Ray-Donovan-Saison-1__130524131318-275x356EP on the Mark Gordon Company show. Not so, says Larsen, though neither Binderman nor Gordon is named as a defendant. In an 11-page breach of implied contract and breach of confidence complaint filed February 13 in L.A. Superior Court (read it here), the seemingly creditless Larsen and his Radical Pictures LLC  says Donovan “mimics” his 2009 fixer concept The Swissman. Touting that the series has “enriched Defendants to the tune of millions of dollars,” Larsen wants Donovan stopped via an injunction and is seeking wide ranging but unspecified damages of more than $25,000.

Related: Ex-‘Ray Donovan’ EP Escapes Jail Time; Gets Probation & Home Confinement

The basic gist of the jury trial seeking complaint is that former Showtime Original Programming VP Danielle Gelber, who is called a “development executive” in the complaint, took a meeting with Larsen on his concept and WGA register script on November 5, 2010. Larsen’s idea was about a San Francisco-based fixer who discreetly handles high-profile clients problems and has a messed-up family – like Donovan but more Northern California than SoCal. Read More »

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Hot TV Trailer: ‘Penny Dreadful’

By | Friday February 14, 2014 @ 4:27pm PST

Showtime has deployed the first full trailer for its psychosexual horror series that bows May 11. Penny Dreadful unites some of literature’s creepiest characters — including those ripped from tales of Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and Dracula — deposits them in Victorian London and lets the mayhem begin. … Read More »

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