Showtime comedies Shameless and House of Lies had good Sunday nights: The two shows scored their highest finale ratings ever.
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Homeland is moving its production to Cape Town in South Africa starting this summer.
Don’t worry, patients — it looks like Jackie Peyton won’t be leaving the hospital anytime soon. Showtime announced Monday it has ordered a seventh season of Edie Falco’s dark comedy series Nurse Jackie, which will begin shooting in New York later this year. READ FULL STORY
Shameless is changing teams. The Showtime series will compete as a comedy in this year’s Emmy Awards after being submitted as a drama the past three seasons.
Shameless has typically been described as a dramedy and has received three Emmy noms for actors on the show (though not for its star, William H. Macy). The move follows a similar decision made by Netflix, which originally intended to submit the freshman season of Orange is the New Black as a drama series, then last fall decided to submit it as a comedy instead.
Last year the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences nominated ABC’s Modern Family — which won — along with FX’s Louie, HBO’s Girls, CBS’ Big Bang Theory, NBC’s 30 Rock and HBO’s Veep. Of those, 30 Rock is not eligible this year having concluded last season. That potentially opens up at least one slot, though Fox freshman comedy and Golden Globe winner Brooklyn Nine-Nine could also be a contender.
While on the drama side, competition is fierce. The final seasons of AMC’s Breaking Bad (whose final eight episodes from last summer are eligible) and Mad Men (whose upcoming first half of its final season is eligible) are going to be tough to beat, plus there’s HBO’s chronic bridesmaid Game of Thrones, along with Showtime’s Homeland and others to worry about.
Shameless fans, you decide: Is this show a comedy or a drama?
For three seasons, Emmy Rossum has led the wild herd that is the Gallagher family on Showtime’s bold, often jaw-dropping dramedy Shameless. Eldest sister Fiona ended last year with a cushy office job, but Rossum suggests that the character might not be long for the corporate world.
As the show gears up for its fourth season premiere on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, the tight-knit Gallaghers have found themselves at a surprising crossroads. EW chatted with Rossum to find out what’s in store for the most hard-headed of the bunch.
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Showtime’s Episodes isn’t set to premiere until this Sunday, but the network has just made an edited version of the season 3 premiere available for streaming on YouTube.
The network’s showbiz comedy follows the trials and tribulations of a British husband and wife comedy writing team who come to Hollywood to create an American version of their successful British sitcom. Trouble ensues when the couple becomes pressured by the network to cast Friends alum Matt LeBlanc in the lead role for their series.
Watch the series 3 premiere of Episodes below:
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Poor Merc. Season 2 of the Matt LeBlanc comedy Episodes on Showtime left smarmy network exec Merc Lapidus (John Pankow) high and dry… er, wet actually, after being dumped by his mistress Carol (Kathleen Rose Perkins) and left out in the rain. Not to mention he’s been fired. And his wife left him and is sleeping with Matt LeBlanc. Needless to say, Merc’s seen better days.
“I’m kind of on the outside looking in,” Pankow says in the featurette below of Merc’s place in the show as we head into season 3, which premieres on Showtime on Jan. 12. Merc’s gone from office high life to you’ll-never -work-in-this-town-again territory – even his assistant equates the empty office to a horror movie: “It’s like the movie The Vanishing… Someone vanishes.”
But is there a chance for him and Carol to reunite this season? Get up to date with Merc, Carol, Matt, and the rest of the gang in the featurette below:
Our time with Hank Moody is coming to an end.
Showtime has announced that its hit comedy series Californication will air 12 episodes in its final season 7 run.
“With its unique blend of lyricism and excess, Californication has been one of our groundbreaking signature series,” David Nevins, president of entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc., said. “We will always be indebted to Tom Kapinos for leading the creative charge on this memorable comedy, and to David Duchovny for making us root for an unapologetic hedonist like Hank Moody. Tom has carefully planned the final chapter of Hank’s journey and has brought it to a beautiful and satisfying conclusion for new and long-time fans alike.”
The show, which debuted in August 2007, will kick off its farewell season in April.
Death is everywhere on television. It rides a pale horse on Sleepy Hollow. It keeps Castle, Bones, and so much of CBS in business. It walks, it sucks, it makes for a nice tenderloin. Occasionally, scripted series will give death the “very special episode” treatment, sometimes to write out a cast member or deal with real-life circumstances, as was the case with Glee’s Oct. 10 farewell to Finn and the actor who played him, the late Cory Monteith. When the great shows have grappled with death as a theme, they have produced some of their most memorable work. “Love’s Labor Lost” on E.R. (1995). “The Body” on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2001). “A, My Name Is Alex” on Family Ties (1987). “Chuckles Bites the Dust” on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1975). Every (good) week of Six Feet Under. While all different, those classics presented death in a way that most television shows present death: As a catastrophic surprise that forces a confrontation with mortality. The focus is usually on those left behind than the deceased or dispiriting process of dying itself. The point is usually the same: Death is part of life; deal with it, then resume the franchise of living without much change. And quickly. Truth is, TV doesn’t like to sit in the ashes for too long. Who does?
Showtime’s Time of Death (premiering Friday at 9 p.m. ET) is the corrective to cultural narratives that trivialize death, that present death as a random sudden-impact shocker, that dramatize death as just another obstacle for a hero to overcome. This six-part docuseries gives us death as it is likely to happen to all of us: a degenerative, possibly excruciating decline that culminates with the disorienting, gasping fade known as “actively dying.” The episodes track the final months, days, and, when possible, very last moment of life of several terminally ill people, and each one tells at least two stories. There is a complete profile of a single subject, and there is a peek into the series-long chronicle of Maria Lencioni, 48, divorced, a mother of three children (an adult daughter; two teenagers), and suffering from breast cancer that’s spreading throughout her body. Time of Death is a feeling experience first, an opportunity for reflection and application second. And yes, it is extremely difficult to watch. After the second episode, I didn’t know if I wanted to continue or could. It’s not just overwhelmingly sad — it is overwhelmingly rich. Which is also why, by the sixth and final episode, I was bummed that there was no more. No, you do not want to watch this show. You’ll be glad you did. I doubt you’ll spend time with a more compelling group of characters or witness more complex human drama on any show this season.
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This April, James Cameron joins forces with producer Jerry Weintraub and Showtime for Years of Living Dangerously, a multi-part television event that focuses on the effects climate change has on the environment and its citizens all around the globe.
In eight episodes, the series will travel everywhere from Texas to Maine, the Middle East, the North Pole, Bangladesh, the South Pacific and more. Along for the ride are a number of celebrity correspondents, who meet with those affected by climate change and hear their stories. The list of celebrities includes Ian Somerhalder, Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Olivia Munn, Jessica Alba, Don Cheadle, America Ferrera, and Michael C. Hall.
The first trailer for the television event shows the correspondents traveling around the globe, talking to both experts and everyday people affected by climate change. Watch the trailer below:
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[Spoiler alert: Stop now if you haven't seen Sunday's Homeland.]
The most recent episode of Showtime’s Emmy-winning drama has hungry Homeland fans jonesing for answers: How did a fugitive Nicholas Brody end up in Caracas, Venezuela? Who shot him, and why? Also, what’s with the shaved head?
The good news: Homeland‘s writers can, in fact, explain themselves. The bad news: You’ll have to download a 29-minute interstitial audio book called Homeland: Phantom Pain to hear them do so. (The good news, again: The book is free! And it’s narrated by Damian Lewis!)
Showtime will air a benefit concert featuring songs inspired by the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack, reports Deadline.
Called “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis,” the concert will take place Sunday in New York City’s The Town Hall and will benefit the National Recording Preservation Foundation.
Showtime will broadcast the concert Friday, Dec. 13, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Performers include Jack White, Marcus Mumford, The Avett Brothers, Joan Baez, and more. Inside Llewyn Davis stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Adam Driver, Stark Sands, and John Goodman are also scheduled to perform. The set list will feature songs from the movie, as well as music from the folk rock period of the ’60s.
Written and directed by the Coen brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis will be in limited release on Dec. 6.
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