Enhancing its original drama slate, the UK’s Sky Atlantic has come aboard to co-produce John Logan’s upcoming period series Penny Dreadful with Showtime. The psychosexual horror series features some of literature’s most frightening and iconic figures as they grapple with alienation in Victorian London. Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, Rory Kinnear, Harry Treadaway and Reeve Carney star, with Doctor Who‘s Billie Piper the latest addition to the cast. She’ll play an Irish immigrant trying to escape a dark past. Penny Dreadful is produced for Sky Atlantic and Showtime by Neal Street Productions and Desert Wolf Productions. Logan, Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris are exec producing. Oscar-nominee Logan created and wrote the series with the first two episodes to be helmed by The Orphanage and The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona. Shooting starts in October at Dublin’s Ardmore Studios.
Showtime Developing Basketball Drama Series From Ron Shelton, Coach Phil Jackson And LA Lakers Exec Jeanie Buss
Showtime is developing a one-hour scripted drama set behind the scenes of a pro basketball team and the family that runs it, and the network is working with people in the know to make it happen. Bull Durham and …
BREAKING: Three LA-area plaintiffs have filed a class action complaint on behalf of paying Time Warner Cable subscribers in California over the cable provider’s ongoing blackout of CBS, Showtime, Movie Channel, and KCAL channels. Those networks have been blocked by TWC since its negotiations with CBS fell apart on August 2. In a complaint filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), TWC customers James Armstrong, Michael Pourtemour, and Vatsana Bilavarn seek subscription fees and charge reimbursements on behalf of potentially several millions of fellow TWC subscribers for monthly subscription fees TWC charged during its continuing CBS/Showtime blackout. The company said after talks broke off early this month that it would offer a credit to subscribers for Showtime and TMC — though not the over-the-air stations — but apparently has yet to do so. The plaintiffs argue that they would not have subscribed to TWC for broadcast and Internet services had they known that channels promised in the provider’s packaging would not be offered, citing Showtime’s critically acclaimed shows Dexter and Ray Donovan and CBS programs including Big Brother, NFL football, and the PGA Championship as desired deal-breakers used in TWC marketing to incentivize subscriptions.
Some encouraging news for the fans behind the “Save The Borgias” campaign. Showtime just announced that it has teamed with The Borgias creator Neil Jordan to release The Borgia Apocalypse, an e-book based on Jordan’s original script …
Showtime has declassified the first trailer for the upcoming third season of its Emmy-winning drama starring Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin. Watch for Senate hearings; a hoodied, Heisenberg-esque Brody; his media-besieged teenage daughter; a possible conversion to Islam; an apology from Saul to Carrie; and …
UPDATE, 7:35 PM: Time Warner Cable says that it will give a credit to Showtime and TMC subscribers “based on the number of days those channels are not available to them.” It won’t extend the policy to broadcast and basic cable services, though, “because the whole package continues to provide value.”
PREVIOUS, 2:07 PM: CBS and Time Warner Cable negotiators failed to reach an agreement in their retransmission deal negotiations. Shortly after 5:00 PM ET some 3.5M TWC customers in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas lost programming from their CBS-owned local stations, and all 11.7M TWC subscribers lost Showtime, TMC, FLIX, and Smithsonian. Los Angeles customers also lost CBS-owned independent station KCAL, which broadcasts some Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games. TWC customers who turn to CBS will see a graphic saying that “CBS has demanded an outrageous increase for programming that CBS delivers free over the air and online.” It tells viewers that they can use an antenna to see CBS, and “as a courtesy, we will provide replacement programming from Starz Kids and Family on a temporary basis beginning shortly.” (See the screen shot at left.) In New York, the graphic tells viewers that they can watch CBS on streaming service Aereo.
CBS counters that it didn’t require TWC to take the channels down, and the blackout of Showtime is “a wholly punitive measure.” It urges TWC customers to consider switching to a competitor such as DirecTV, Verizon FiOS or AT&T U-verse. The cable company “has conducted negotiations in a combative and non-productive spirit, indulging in pointless brinksmanship and distorted public positioning — such as the fictional and ridiculous 600% increase CBS supposedly demanded — while maintaining antiquated positions no longer held by any other programming distributor in the business.” The broadcaster adds it wants “fair compensation for the most-watched television network with the most popular content in the world. We will not accept less.”
The smart money on Wall Street is betting that CBS will prevail, ultimately walking away with a big price increase. The companies haven’t discussed proposals in detail, but RBC Capital Markets’ David Bank says the broadcaster was lobbying for as much as $2 per subscriber each month, more than twice the current rate the cable company pays. But today BTIG’s Richard Greenfield urged TWC to dig in its heels which “most likely means an extended multi-week blackout.” If it doesn’t, then “Time Warner Cable will have virtually no leverage in battles with other broadcasters that occur at the end of 2013/early 2014….Simply put, this is a ‘Once-in-a-Cable Lifetime Opportunity’ to battle retrans.”
Death will be a big subject on TV this fall with two documentary projects from A-list auspices tackling end of life. At Showtime’s TCA presentation today, entertainment president David Nevins announced a “very special documentary series that …
There’s a lot of sex in Showtime’s new series Masters Of Sex, an explicit depiction of the relationship between William Masters and Virginia Johnson and the groundbreaking research they did on the subject — a lot of it through direct observation of thousands of sexual encounters between hundreds of male and female subjects.
Loads and loads of sex. Sex as an intimate act of love and/or passion, sex under hot lights while wired like lab rats and being closely watched by scientists. Sex with strangers, sex with lighted dildoes.
Sex sex, sex, sex, sex.
So much sex, complained one critic during the Masters Of Sex Q&A session at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013, it was “challenging to tweet some of this.”