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'Royal Pains' star Mark Feuerstein joins 'Nurse Jackie'

Royal Pains star Mark Feuerstein has landed a recurring guest role on the seventh season of Nurse Jackie, EW has learned exclusively.

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'Nurse Jackie' ending after season 7

Nurse Jackie is no more. Showtime announced Wednesday that the Edie Falco drama will return for a seventh and final season, which will begin production this week.

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New 'Homeland' season 4 teaser reveals juicy plot details

Showtime has released a new official trailer for Homeland‘s fourth season, premiering with a double episode on Oct. 5. The action-packed two-minute preview unveils plot details not included in the first two shorter and tamer Homeland teasers, released in July and August.

In the season-three finale, viewers learned that in the aftermath of Brody’s successful counterterrorism mission and subsequent public hanging, Carrie was appointed CIA Station Chief in Istanbul. (Check out EW‘s coverage for season-three recaps and more)The trailer kicks off six months later in Pakistan, and it makes several things clear.

Carrie and Saul are back to co-kicking ass. Carrie and Saul had a rocky relationship last season, to say the least; in the finale, Saul announces he’s leaving the CIA for the private sector. But what is Homeland without Mandy Patinkin? We see Carrie reluctantly accepting longtime friend Saul’s help—it looks like there’s a chance they’ll become the formidable team they once were.

There’s a lot of Corey Stoll. We get a closer look at the dubious role of newcomer Corey Stoll, the Golden Globe-nominated actor known for playing tortured politician Peter Russo on Netflix’s House of Cards. Stoll will play Sandy Bachman, the ambitious CIA Station Chief in Pakistan. Officially billed as a guest star, Stoll’s Homeland appearance looked to possibly be a limited engagement—but the new preview suggests viewers will be playing familiar season-long game of is-he-or-isn’t-he-a-double-agent with Bachman.

Carrie had Brody’s baby. The preview offers a few glimpses of a conspicuously red-haired little one, the baby of the now deceased Sergeant Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) that Carrie was pregnant with last season. Carrie’s sister Maggie (Amy Hargreaves) accuses Carrie of finagling her way into a position overseas in order to avoid raising her daughter. Harsh, but not out of character for our embattled protagonist.

The CIA will see the s–t hit the fan again. We see Saul watching a viral YouTube video titled “American Missile Strike on Wedding”—devastating footage of a CIA-led mission, ostensibly a drone strike, that becomes a PR nightmare for the agency.

Quinn is back. But so is Senator Lockhart. Fan-favorite CIA agent Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) returns as Carrie’s coworker, confidante, and sometimes-savior. We see Quinn roughing up a baddie and protecting Carrie from an angry mob. And Tracy Letts is back to being the meddlesome jerk fans love to hate as good old Senator Lockhart.

Carrie is still the same rough-around-the-edges hero. True to form, Carrie is trying to get to the bottom of an epic, terrorism-fueled international mess. She offers to help protect a teenaged Pakistani boy whose family was kidnapped—before yelling at pretty much every single character in the preview.

Patti LuPone to guest star on 'Penny Dreadful'

Patti LuPone is getting in deep with the psychological horror shows.

After a memorable turn as the God-fearing Joan Ramsey on American Horror Story, EW has learned that LuPone will be heading over to Showtime to guest star on Penny Dreadful. Details about LuPone’s character are being kept under wraps for now, only being described as a “mysterious character in Vanessa’s (Eva Green) past.”

Along with LuPone, Showtime announced a slew of new guest stars for the show’s sophomore season, which include Douglas Hodge, who will play a Scotland Yard investigator assigned to follow the murder cases in London; Sarah Greene, who will play Evelyn Poole’s (Helen McCrory) daughter Hecate; and Jonny Beauchamp, who will play a mysterious man with a distinct past.

Penny Dreadful is currently in production in Dublin and is set to return in 2015 on Showtime.

Showtime hints that online-only subscriptions may be on the way

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Ever since HBO Go launched in 2010, bringing streamable premium programming to its cable subscribers, the network has been hounded by one question in particular: Will they ever uncouple HBO Go from a cable subscription? While the network has long held out against making this beautiful ideal a reality, one of its competitors might beat it to the punch.

According to Forbes, CBS COO Joseph Ianniello teased the possibility of an online-only subscription to the network’s premium channel Showtime. While the executive wouldn’t say any such plan was being developed or tested, he took a moment during his talk at New York’s Nomura Digital Media Conference to note that nothing about its contracts with cable/satellite providers preclude such a service.

While cord-cutters might be elated to know that executives are thinking of them, it still might be some time before the platonic ideal of streaming TV becomes a reality. As Forbes notes, while demand for such services are there, they don’t benefit cable providers—a group of companies that’s likely to act swiftly to defend its interests.

Showtime's 'The Affair' turns dangerous in new teaser

Showtime’s new drama The Affair is becoming more and more intriguing.

The provocative series stars Dominic West as Noah, a New Yorker who begins to have an affair with local waitress Allison (Ruth Wilson) while vacationing for the summer in Long Island. However, both of them are married: Allison to a tough cowboy (Joshua Jackson), and Noah to his college sweetheart (Maura Tierney), whose lives are turned upside down by the affair.

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'Monk' star Tony Shalhoub joins 'Nurse Jackie'

Monk is checking into Nurse Jackie. Tony Shalhoub has landed a recurring role on the Showtime drama’s upcoming seventh season, the network announced Wednesday.

The Emmy winner will play Dr. Bernard Prince, a new ER doctor who has great bedside manner, a special touch with Akalitus, and offers Jackie friendship—something she desperately needs after the drama of the season finale.

Nurse Jackie is expected to return in 2015.

Video: Ruth Wilson and Dominic West get steamy in new 'The Affair' trailer

Showtime’s upcoming drama The Affair is about, well, an affair, but not just any affair: In the show’s latest trailer, Ruth Wilson’s Alison and Dominic West’s Noah speak to a detective about a supposed accident, hinting there’s a lot more to the story.

The series starts off with the happily married Noah meeting Alison, also married (to Joshua Jackson’s Cole) but seemingly not as happily, at a restaurant where he’s dining with his family—wife (Maura Tierney) and four children included. Things escalate quickly when Noah sneaks out of his in-laws’ beachfront home to meet Alison and begin their summer fling. READ FULL STORY

Showtime swears Cameron Crowe’s new show isn't 'Almost Famous' (except it totally is)

Showtime has some billionaires, rock stars, and crazy exes for you to meet.

Network president David Nevins announced three new pilot orders for the pay-cable channel during the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills on Friday. First, Billions, a drama about an aggressive New York attorney who deals exclusively with obnoxious hedge fund billionaires. The show comes from a script by Andrew Ross Sorkin, with Brian Koppelman and David Levien on board to produce.

My Crazy-Ex Girlfriend, a half-hour comedy with musical elements, stars Rachel Bloom as a successful, driven, and possibly crazy woman who impulsively leaves her life in Manhattan to chase her ex-boyfriend to West Covina, California. Marc Webb will direct and executive produce, with a script by co-creators Aline Brosh McKenna and Bloom.

Finally, there’s the previously announced Roadies, the on-the-road band comedy written and directed by Cameron Crowe which Nevins all but confirmed is basically the TV sidekick of Crowe’s 2000 dramedy Almost Famous (which, let’s remember, was pretty fantastic). READ FULL STORY

Video: Strangers undress each other for 'Masters of Sex' ad

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A few months back, a video featuring strangers kissing went viral. Remember that one? Of course you do. It’s called First Kiss and it was directed by Tatia Pilieva.

Now, Pilieva is back with Undress Me. This time, she’s asking 20 strangers to undress each other (in pairs, let’s not get crazy here) as an ad for Masters of Sex, which returns to Showtime Sunday, July 13. READ FULL STORY

Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams are finally ready to roll with 'Roadies' pilot

Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams have long wanted to do a TV series focused on the crew behind a large rock tour, and now they’re getting their chance: Showtime is set to produce an hour-long pilot for their potential half-hour comedy Roadies. The network describes the show as “an inside look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of characters who live for music and the de facto family they’ve formed along the way.”

Crowe, who won an Oscar for writing Almost Famous, will pen and direct the pilot, which he’ll exec produce with Abrams, Bryan Burk (Lost, Fringe), and My So-Called Life creator Winnie Holzman, who’ll also serve as showrunner.

Roadies is Cameron Crowe at his most musically passionate, colorful character best,” Abrams says in the announcement. “We had been talking about the series for so long, but when he actually handed me the script, it was funnier and sweeter and wilder than I had ever imagined. Showtime is the perfect home for these characters—and there is no one I’ve been hoping to work with more than the truly brilliant Winnie Holzman.”

Robert Downey Jr. is producing a 1980s rehab drama for Showtime

Robert Downey Jr. is coming to the small screen. Well, in a way.

EW has confirmed that Showtime is developing a drama from Gary Lennon, Robert Downey Jr., and Susan Downey’s Team Downey, along with Sony Pictures TV. The untitled drama, written by Lennon, is set in 1983 and follows a rehab community in Venice Beach, where drugs and alcohol aren’t exactly hard to come by. (Art imitates life!)

Amanda Burrell joins Lennon and the Downeys as an executive producer, with Chris Mammolito on board as a co-executive producer.

Showtime to re-air every season of 'Queer as Folk' and 'The L Word'

Showtime has announced that it will air every episode of every season of the groundbreaking LGBT shows Queer as Folk and The L Word beginning this June in celebration of gay pride month. The network announced the news via Tumblr.

From June 2-30, both series will air back-to-back episodes each weeknight beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Starting July 3, episodes will air every Thursday night through November 13. READ FULL STORY

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