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Showtime Renews The United States of Tara February 11, 2009 7:45 pm

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theunitedstatesoftara-122908Showtime has renewed its freshman series The United States of Tara for a 12-episode second season.  The half-hour drama, starring Toni Collete as a woman with dissociative identity disorder (also referred to as multiple personality disorder) premiered with an impressive 2.67 million viewers, the best for the network since 2004, and has performed well in subsequent weeks.

“It has been pure pleasure working with Diablo Cody, Toni Collette, Steven Spielberg and everyone at Dreamworks on United States of Tara,” said Showtime entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt announcing the pickup. “This show is a perfect fit for our premium brand and we’re thrilled that critics and audiences have responded to this groundbreaking show so well. I look forward to many more alternate personalities emerging from this unique series.”

Diablo Cody will be returning as a writer and executive producer for season two, which begins production this summer for an early 2010 premiere. Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank also serve as executive producers.

Source: Broadcasting & Cable

Watch The United States of Tara Online December 29, 2008 6:40 pm

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theunitedstatesoftara-122908Showtime has begun streaming the series debut episode of their new series The United States of Tara on Sho.com.  Just click this link and enter the password “tara” to watch the entire 30-minute pilot episode of the series.  The United States of Tara stars Toni Collette as Tara Gregor, wife and mother of two teens who suffers from multiple personality disorder.  It comes from executive producer Steven Spielberg and its script was written by Diablo Cody.

The show will make its Showtime debut on January 18, 2009.

Season Finales of Dexter and Californication Draw Record Ratings December 16, 2008 6:31 pm

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showtimelogoShowtime’s Golden Globe-nominated series Dexter and Californication each drew record ratings on Sunday night with their respective season finales.  Dexter drew a Showtime record 1.5 million viewers (1.99 million when combined with the 11pm encore), while Californication drew a season-best 615,000 viewers (937,000 when combined with the encore).

Dexter and Californication each received Golden Globe nominations last week, including Best Drama and Best Comedy Series, as well as Best Actor Drama for Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and Best Actor Comedy (David Duchovny).

Source: B&C

Showtime Greenlights Syns from Jericho and Supernatural Producers December 9, 2008 6:32 pm

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showtimelogoShowtime is developing a character-driven sci-fi-themed drama called Syns (formerly Dolls’ Hospital) from Jericho consulting producer John McNamara and Supernatural supervising producer/writer Sera Gamble.  According to THR, the Syns centers on a world in which humanlike synthetic organisms, known as Syns, are used for various purposes.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Twilight One of Many Summit Entertainment Films Headed to Showtime December 4, 2008 11:37 pm

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twilightpattinsonstewart-113008Summit Entertainment and Showtime have inked a new deal that will see up to 42 of Summit’s theatrical titles, from 2008 to 2012, air on the premium cable network, including the recent hit Twilight.

“We’re excited that ‘Twilight’ is obviously going to be a huge franchise, and that there will probably be several more of those films coming as part of the deal,” said Showtime chairman and CEO Matthew Blank.

Since its release on November 21st, Twilight has grossed more than $120 million domestically.

The deal also includes 2009’s Knowing, directed by Alex Proyas and starring Nicolas Cage and Rose Byrne, as well as Push, starring Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning and Djimon Hounsou.

Source: Variety

Californication Renewed for Third Season December 3, 2008 9:56 pm

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californication-120308Showtime has renewed the Golden Globe Award-winning comedy series Californication for a third season of 12 episodes.

“It wouldn’t be SHOWTIME without a yearly dose of CALIFORNICATION,” said Showtime President of Entertainment, Robert Greenblatt. “This unapologetic show, about a group of characters led by the inimitable David Duchovny, has quickly established itself as one of our signature comedy series. Beneath its veneer of debauchery, however, is a complex take on love and adult relationships that surprisingly turns poetic and romantic just when you least expect it. “

The full press release follows after the jump.

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Sho and Seth Make a Porno November 21, 2008 2:08 pm

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sethrogen-60408Zack and Miri Make a Porno co-star Seth Rogen and production partner Evan Goldberg are co-developing a new series for Showtime about three guys that run a, you guessed it, pornography shop.  The as-yet untitled comedy series is being prepped for a 2009 premiere.

Mathew Bass, who worked as an assitant to both Rogen and Goldberg on Pineapple Express and Superbad will write the script and co-produce.

Source: Variety

Showtime Renews “Dexter” for Two Seasons October 27, 2008 12:08 am

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Showtime has announced that they have renewed its hit drama series Dexter, for not just one year, but two more seasons consisting of 12 episodes each.

Dexter’s third season finale airs on Showtime this December 14th, while production on season four will begin in spring 2009.

Showtime Developing “BiCoastal” September 10, 2008 3:05 pm

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Mike Kelly, creator of the CBS summer series Swingtown, a drama about partner-swapping couples living in 1970s suburbia, is developing BiCoastal for Showtime, another show that will explore relationships, marriage and sexuality.  The show will center on a successful man who struggles to find balance between family life with his kids in Los Angeleles as he falls in love with a man in New York.

“It has a lot of the watermarks of things I love to write about — people with secrets and high-stakes love lives,” Kelley said.

It’s unclear what this means for Swingtown, which CBS has yet to make a decision about.  In comparison to that show, however, which was based on Kelley’s childhood memories of his parents and their swinger friends, he says that BiCoastal will have a “bit of a harder edge and heightened sense of drama.”

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Comic-Con 2008: Showtime’s “Dexter” Panel July 25, 2008 12:03 pm

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UPDATED 7/25/2008 AT 2:55PM: The trailer has been released on Showtime’s website.  Check it out at this link.

In attendance at the Showtime panel for Dexter were Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Clyde Phillips and Melissa Rosenberg.  Kristin of E! moderated the panel.  Here are the highlights courtesy TV Squad.

  • The crowd booed at the mention of Dexter reruns appearing on CBS.
  • Scenes from the upcoming season were screened, including a “botched kill” by Dexter.  He wasn’t sure of the man’s guilt, and that seems to be one of the main themes of the new season.
  • The trailer shown, which featured new addition Jimmy Smits, will appear on showtime.com shortly.
  • Smit’s character is considered a friend of Dexter.
  • Themes of the new season include Family values and the evolution of Dexter as a man.
  • Lundy will not be back this season.
  • Phillips said that comic books would be a natural fit for the show.
  • A Dexter videogame was announced.  It’ll appearfirst on iPhone and iPhone Touch.
  • There’s a “huge shocking reveal” in the season premiere something that Dexter cannot pull back from.

Read the full report at this link, which also includes pictures.

Here’s a summary of the trailer that was shown (via /Film–click to read their full report):

The trailer started off with Dexter getting up in the morning, brushing his teeth, taking a shower…everything that everybody normally does when the get up first get up from bed. As it showed clips of him doing this, Michael C. Hall doing one of his chilling voiceovers said “life is a ritual, hurtful, and controlling”. We see quick clips with familiar characters and also one new face for this series. Jimmy Smit, of CSI-Miami fame, will be joining Miami-Dade Police Department. And this time, instead of working in the law enforcement, he’ll be a rookie hard-nose District Attorney, put in the position to clean up the crime-ridden streets. Probably not the best thing for our favorite killer.

As the trailer went on, I started to notice that Dexter might have done the unthinkable, kill a innocent person. It had a voice over of Dexter talking about how he gave in to one of his impulses and not following “Harry’s Code”. He then went on to say something very disturbing, “If I still cared what Harry thought, I’d feel bad”. The trailer ended soon after that. But not after the words “The student becomes the master.”

Dan Patrick joining Football Night in America + Inside the NFL Panel Announced July 9, 2008 6:16 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Casting, Football Night in America, Inside the NFL, NBC, News, NFL, Showtime, Sports, Television.
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Former ESPN colleagues Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann are reuniting.  NBC has announced that Patrick, who was a former ESPN anchor and radio personality, is joining Football Night in America this fall to co-host the program.  “I’m delighted to be reunited with my tag team partner,” Olbermann said, and in an homage to a favorite SportsCenter catchphrase, “I can’t stop Dan Patrick from working with me again, I can only hope to contain him.”

In other NFL-related TV news, James Brown, Phil Simms and Cris Collinsworth were named as cohosts of Inside the NFL, which is moving to showtime after a long run on HBO.

Source: TV Guide

George Clooney Sets Up New Pilot “The Fall of Bob” at Showtime June 24, 2008 1:15 am

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Showtime has picked up The Fall of Bob, a new TV pilot from George Clooney.  The half-hour dark comedy, was written by Danny Zuker and revolves around the lead character, Bob, as he narrates his life through flashbacks after his life flashes before his eyes as he jumps off a building.

Showtime Greenlights The United States of Tara June 6, 2008 1:30 am

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Showtime has given a 12-episode order to half-hour comedy series The United States of Tara starring Toni Collette (pictured right) as a wife and mother who suffers from disassociative identity disorder. John Corbett also stars as Tara’s husband. The pilot was written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno) who will stay on as a writer and one of the series executive producers along with Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.

The full press release follows after the jump.

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Inside the NFL moving to Showtime June 4, 2008 2:58 pm

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When HBO announced that they would not renew the highly respected football highlight show Inside the NFL, many assumed it would be only a matter a time before it found itself on another network. Well, the show has indeed found a new home. The show will now appear weekly on Showtime. It’ll be a collaboration between CBS Sports and NFL Films.

Source: TV Week

“The Tudors” Picked up for Third Season April 23, 2008 11:47 pm

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Showtime original series The Tudors is coming back for at least another season.  The network announced on Monday that they’ve given an early third season pickup to the series.  The new season will follow King Henry has he weds Jane Seymour and Anne of Cleves.  Press release after the jump.

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Watch “The Tudors” Season Two Early March 22, 2008 7:06 pm

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The second season premiere of Showtime’s The Tudors is more than a week away (March 30th), but for those interested in checking it out early, Showtime is making the season premiere available to fans online now.  All you have to do is click here and enter the password: Royal.

“Brotherhood” Renewed Third Season January 21, 2008 9:48 pm

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The critically praised drama series Brotherhood is returning for a third season.  Showtime has ordered eight more episodes of the series, which stars Jason Isaacs, Jason Clarke and Annabeth Gish.

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‘Indiana Jones 4’ To Make Pay TV Debut on Showtime December 3, 2007 12:59 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, Indiana Jones, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Movies, News, Showtime, Television.
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Paramount and Showtime have worked out a deal that will have Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull making its pay TV debut on the network.

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Record Breaking Performance for “Dexter”, Series High for “Brotherhood” November 21, 2007 4:39 pm

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Showtime’s serial killer drama Dexter has broken the record for the most-watched Showtime series of all-time. The 9:00 p.m. Sunday episode drew an audience of 1.23 million viewers (0.7/1 HH rating/share and a 0.4/1 A18-49 rating/share), and 1.63 million total when including the 11:00 p.m. encore.

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Showtime Renews “Weeds” for Fourth Season November 4, 2007 3:30 pm

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Showtime has renewed their hit comedy series Weeds for a fourth season.

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“Dexter” Impressive in Return October 3, 2007 3:54 pm

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The second season premiere of Showtime’s Dexter returned in impressive fashion, securing a record as the networks first drama series to open a season with over one million viewers.

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Season/Series Premieres/Finales and Specials for Sunday, September 30, 2007 September 30, 2007 8:17 pm

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Here are the list of season/series premiere(s)/finale(s) as well as special(s) that will be airing this evening.

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Showtime Renews “Californication” September 7, 2007 2:56 pm

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Showtime has given an early second season renewal to their freshman comedy series Californication.

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Showtime Gives Eary Renewal to “The Tudors” April 13, 2007 11:44 am

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Despite having aired only two of its slated 10 first season episodes, Showtime has given an early (very early) renewal of its just launched period piece The Tudors.

The early renewal is a major vote of confidence for the series, which premiered to the tune of 869,000 viewers on April 1. The second episode dipped to 464,000 viewers, but the network has said when repeats are factored in, the show recoups much of its lost audience.

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The L Word Renewed March 8, 2007 8:00 pm

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Showtime has renewed The L Word for a fifth season.

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