The Big C is bringing closure to cancer-stricken Cathy Jamison (Laura Linney) with a four-episode miniseries. Subtitled hereafter, even the opening credits have a nostalgic air, scrapbooking through Cathy’s journey through illness. Gone along with her tranquil opening swim in her home pool, the too-good-to-be-true serenity of season’s 3 Puerto Rican escape (when Cathy quite literally jumped ship to make a new life with a fisherman) is quickly overwritten. Like a rock plunking into the aforementioned pool and creating ripples, the sometimes jarring opener was fun to watch at times, though viewers’ pleasure is slightly diminished by the fact that we’ve spent three seasons sympathizing with the perspective under the water.
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Homeland wraps up its second season on Dec. 16, but Showtime is hoping viewers of its Emmy-winning thriller will keep tuning in on Sunday nights when they launch two new series in 2013. The cable network recently released a two-for-one trailer for Masters of Sex, which stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan (Party Down) as the real-life pioneering 1950′s sexologists, William Masters and Virginia Johnson; and Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber as a Hollywood fixer who seems like a gritty combination of Pulp Fiction‘s Mr. Wolf and real-life investigator-to-the-stars, Anthony Pellicano.
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Web Therapy lives! Showtime announced today that it has ordered a third season of the improvised comedy, which stars Lisa Kudrow as narcissistic online therapist Fiona Wallice. The series was adapted from a web series created by Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky, and Don Roos.
Previous seasons have featured guest appearances by stars including Meryl Streep, Jane Lynch, and two of Kudrow’s former Friends co-stars, David Schwimmer and Courteney Cox. Season 3 will continue that tradition, including guest turns by Meg Ryan, Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and ex-Friend Matt LeBlanc, who’s currently starring on his own Showtime series (Episodes).
The 10-episode new season will air in 2013.
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No surprise, but now it’s official: Showtime’s Homeland has been renewed for a third season.
Coming off last night’s ratings high for the sophomore series (1.75 million viewers at 10 p.m) — not to mention one heck of a plot twist — the Emmy-winning drama series starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis will begin production on season 3 in spring 2013.
“The Emmy wins for Homeland have certainly set the stage for a great second season,” said Showtime president David Nevins in a release. “The writers, cast and crew of Homeland continue to create a remarkably entertaining and suspenseful roller coaster ride, growing audiences week after week. We can’t wait for our viewers to experience what unfolds through the rest of season two. Our partners at Fox 21 have been tremendous, and we are thrilled to begin the planning for Homeland‘s third season.”
After a decrease last year, the number of LGBT characters on the five broadcast networks has risen to the highest ever recorded, according to the “Where We Are on TV” report released today by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The report released today lauded the cable networks for also increasing their overall LGBT character count this year, too.
Which networks are the most inclusive? After Fox lead the broadcast networks last year, ABC — with shows like comedy Happy Endings (above) featuring gay characters — has been named as the most gay-friendly network, with 10 of 194 (5.2 percent) regular characters identifying as LGBT. Over on cable, last year’s victor HBO was dethroned by Showtime, which this year had 12 LGBT characters, seven of which are series regulars on shows like Shameless and Weeds.
“This year’s increase of LGBT characters on television reflects a cultural change in the way gay and lesbian people are seen in our society,” says GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “More and more Americans have come to accept their LGBT family members, friends, coworkers, and peers, and as audiences tune into their favorite programs, they expect to see the same diversity of people they encounter in their daily lives.”
The report — which studied 97 broadcast shows, as well as cable offerings — also delivered a slew of other facts and figures. EW has pulled out the most fascinating tidbits for you here:
• LGBT characters account for 4.4 percent of scripted series regulars on the broadcast networks in 2012-13. This is up from 2.9 percent in 2011, 3.9 percent in 2009, 2.6 percent in 2008, and 1.1 percent in 2007.
• There are a total of 31 LGBT characters on the five broadcast networks, as well as 19 recurring characters.
• ABC leads the broadcast networks with 10 of 194 characters (5.2 percent). Fox is in second with six of 118 (5.1 percent), followed by The CW with four of 81 (4.9 percent), NBC with seven of 166 (4.2 percent), and CBS with four of 142 (2.8 percent). The report singles out CBS’ “authentic and conscious effort” to increase diversity, as it is up from 0.7 percent LGBT characters last season.
• Regular LGBT characters on scripted cable television also rose this year to 35 (up from 29) for the 2012-13 season.
• Showtime leads the cable pack, with 12 total characters, seven of whom are regulars. The runners up include: HBO (9 characters), FX (8), Adult Swim (5), and ABC Family, MTV, Syfy, and TeenNick (4 each).
• GLAAD also analyzed the race/ethnicity and gender demographics of all 701 series regular characters in primetime television. There are more males (55.5 percent) to females (44.5 percent), and 78 percent of all series regulars are white. Compared to last year, African American representation has increased from 9.9 percent to 12 percent, followed by Latino (4.1 percent) and Asian-Pacific Islander (4.7 percent).
• Of the 31 announced LGBT regular characters in the 2012-13 season, 11 are people of color (35.5 percent). GLAAD counted seven regular or recurring black LGBT characters on broadcast television, up from zero last year.
• Lastly, GLAAD counted people with disabilities, of which there are four (0.6 percent) regular characters on broadcast television.
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Showtime announced today that they have renewed the Matt LeBlanc series for a nine-episode third season, to be filmed in both Los Angeles and London.
The Golden Globe-nominated comedy, in which the Friends alum portrays a fictionalized version of himself, has so far in its second season averaged 1.66 million viewers across all platforms, according to the network’s release.
Pills for everyone! Showtime’s Nurse Jackie will be checking back into your DVR next year as the network announced today that the Edie Falco-helmed dramedy will return for a fifth season. In addition to the renewal, the network named former Dexter exec producer Clyde Phillips as the medical series’ new showrunner.
Beyond Dexter, Phillips returns to Showtime with a number of other television creations under his belt, including Get Real (the tragically cancelled 1999 Anne Hathaway-Jesse Eisenberg series), Suddenly Susan, and Parker Lewis Can’t Lose. Considering Phillips’ experience in turning a serial killer into the father of the year, he should have no problem handling the wickedly witty, totally messed-up life of emergency room nurse Jackie Peyton. Sounds like a perfect match, no?
Production on Nurse Jackie will begin in late 2012, although a season premiere date has not yet been announced.
Arrested Development may get another lease on life on the small screen: EW has confirmed that the producers of Arrested Development – the critically-acclaimed but short-lived comedy from Mitchell Hurwitz — are in talks with Showtime and Netflix about airing a limited number of original episodes that will update fans on the Bluth clan.
Hurwitz told attendees at the New Yorker Festival Sunday in New York that he wanted to shoot nine to 10 episodes that would air next fall and catch audiences up on the characters’ lives since the series ended in 2006 on Fox. The episodes would be produced by 20th Century Fox TV, which was responsible for the original single camera series that starred Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, and Portia DeRossi. READ FULL STORY »
Showtime has ordered a fourth season of Nurse Jackie and has yanked United States of Tara from its premium lineup. Jackie, which stars the Emmy-winning Edie Falco, is currently averaging 2.8 million viewers.
Tara, which launched in 2009, has been good for Collette when it comes to racking up awards: She’s been nominated three times by the Emmys and won once. She also received a Golden Globe for playing a married mom with multiple personalities.
Showtime’s new series Homeland (air date TBD) has a premise that could’ve been a great Tom Clancy novel: A CIA officer (Claire Danes) suspects that a recovered American P.O.W. (Damian Lewis) may actually be an al-Qaeda operative. Judging by this trailer, the show promises plenty of clock-ticking suspense and paranoid drama — no surprise there, since it’s produced by 24 alums Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon and Michael Klick. Our only question: Will they be able to sustain this one plotline for the entire run of the series? Or is this just a jumping off point for Danes’ character as a female Jack Ryan? Check out the official teaser trailer below, then let us know what you think in the comments.
Showtime revealed its spring and summer premiere dates. Want to know when Nurse Jackie, The Real L Word, United States of Tara and that new Jeremy Irons series The Borgias and others hit the air? Read on… READ FULL STORY »
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