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As Showtime Readies Series, Seamstress Is Denied Parole

Joyce Mitchell helped 2 inmates escape from New York state prison

(Newser) - A state board has denied parole to a tailor who played a key role in a prison break that's the subject of a Showtime miniseries being filmed in the northern New York region where it happened. Joyce Mitchell will remain behind bars for at least two more years for... More »

Disappointed Pay-Per-View Customer Sues Showtime

'Grainy video, error screens, buffer events, and stalls'

(Newser) - Saturday's boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is projected to have brought in $700 million in pay-per-view orders as one of the biggest PPV events in history, Deadline reports. It's also netted Showtime a class-action lawsuit. Oregon resident Zack Bartel filed the lawsuit following the fight.... More »

Twin Peaks Reboot Cast Announced

And it's ... random

(Newser) - The Twin Peaks reboot is chugging along, and Showtime announced the cast Monday, the AP reports. The new series, premiering on an as-yet-unannounced date in 2017, takes place 25 years after the original series, and fans of the original will be happy to know that original cast members Kyle MacLachlan,... More »

Twin Peaks Revival Will See Return of Kyle MacLachlan

He'll reprise his role as Special Agent Dale Cooper

(Newser) - Get excited, Twin Peaks fans: Special Agent Dale Cooper is officially back. "You look like you need a damn fine cup of coffee," said Kyle MacLachlan as he walked onstage at the Television Critics Association's Showtime panel yesterday. Showtime President David Nevins then confirmed that MacLachlan "... More »

CBS: Stream Our Shows for $6 a Month

Web subscription service will offer current and classic shows—but no NFL games

(Newser) - Yesterday, HBO announced it's launching a stand-alone Web streaming service. Today it's CBS making that call with CBS All Access, an on-demand service that offers streaming of current and past seasons of popular CBS shows, as well as classic shows, for $5.99 a month, reports.... More »

Meanwhile, Twin Peaks Revival Heads to Showtime

David Lynch, Mark Frost will write, produce all nine episodes; Lynch will direct

(Newser) - It is happening again: Twin Peaks is rising from the Washington mist and heading to Showtime for a limited nine-episode run in 2016, according to both the Hollywood Reporter and Deadline . The show's original creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost, will reportedly write and produce all nine episodes, with... More »

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Best Work Died With Him

Jason Lynch writes that we'll never see what could have been

(Newser) - In the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death, site after site has been rounding up clips of his best work. Unfortunately, his greatest performance is one you'll likely never see, Jason Lynch writes for Quartz . Lynch, the former TV editor for People, was one of the lucky reporters... More »

Time Warner Pulls CBS— for 30 Minutes

Stops screening CBS, Showtime after negotiations stall

(Newser) - Bad news for fans of procedural crime dramas: Negotiations between CBS and Time Warner Cable turned so sour last night that the cable network stopped airing CBS and Showtime in major cities. It pulled the plug at midnight Eastern time, following a day of discussions over the retransmission fee Time... More »

Hulu Joins Bidding War for Arrested Development

Netflix, Showtime also interested

(Newser) - Arrested Development is one hot property: Showtime, Netflix, and Hulu are now in a bidding war over distribution rights to the upcoming new episodes . Showtime and Netflix were originally reported to be interested in the newly-announced "limited-run series," and Hulu has most recently jumped into the mix, New ... More »

Who Killed The Kennedys? Caroline, Maria Shriver

The cousins lobbied strongly for its demise, sources say

(Newser) - The Kennedys themselves were behind the History Channel’s eleventh-hour yanking of The Kennedys, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter. No advertisers or sponsors complained about the controversial miniseries, which was called "vindictive" and "malicious" by a former JFK aide, but both Caroline Kennedy and Maria Shriver have close... More »

The Big C Will Make You Cringe

Laura Linney's new series doesn't impress everyone

(Newser) - Critics are split on The Big C, Showtime's Laura Linney-starring comedy about a woman with cancer living out the last year of her life, which debuts tonight:
  • The cast is perhaps a bit large for a half-hour show, writes Mary McNamara in the Los Angeles Times , and the whole thing
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Soft-Core Porn Rules Premium Cable

(Newser) - Some things are certain: death, taxes, and Cinemax showing women with their shoes on having sex late at night. Soft-core porn is "in our DNA," an exec with the parent company of "Skinemax" tells the LA Times . "We're not running away from it." Neither are... More »

Shame on Showtime for Ditching Gay Shows

Once out-and-proud network is now just an HBO wannabe

(Newser) - Showtime, which has an openly gay president and used to be the home of “the two most sexually explicit gay dramas ever,” has failed its queer audience completely, Aymar Jean Christian writes. Sure, networks in general have backed off gay-centric programming after realizing “they could get a... More »

Oliver Stone: 'Hitler Was a Scapegoat'

Maybe Stalin wasn't so bad, either, says Hollywood bad boy

(Newser) - Bad boy lefty film director Oliver Stone is stirring up the pot again, this time with his controversial comments that Adlof Hitler was a "scapegoat." Hitler "is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it's been used cheaply," he said at a press conference with critics where... More »

Matt LeBlanc of Friends Returns to TV

'Joey' star heads to Showtime, playing himself

(Newser) - Five-plus years after Friends left the air and nearly 4 after Joey went to the big cable box in the sky, Matt LeBlanc is headed back to TV—playing himself. Joey Tribbiani's alter ego has landed a part on the Showtime spoof Episodes, Reuters reports. " I am so glad... More »

Stone Takes on 'Secret History of America'

Director will look at 'under-reported' events in Showtime series

(Newser) - Oliver Stone is nothing if not ambitious. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the director is prepping a 10-part documentary series entitled Secret History of America, which promises to examine important but under-reported events from the past 60 years. Stone, who will provide the narration himself, calls the Showtime project “... More »

Falco Makes a Naughty, Irresistible Nurse Jackie

Edie soars; script needs a doctor

(Newser) - She's addicted to painkillers, cheats on her husband with a pharmacist, and punishes a diplomat who stabbed a hooker by flushing his ear down the toilet. In Showtime's Nurse Jackie, debuting tonight, Edie Falco is no Carmela Soprano, but a sarcastic, no-nonsense nurse who's better, critics say, than the show... More »

Falco Brings Soul to Mean Nurse Jackie

Actress adopted quietly; is more like Nurse Jackie than Carmela

(Newser) - Former Sopranos matriarch Edie Falco is back, and this time her cable series character is closer to the actress herself—a blue-collar woman who shirks appearances and works hard, Newsweek reports. But Falco isn't quite the brassy protagonist in Showtime's Nurse Jackie, either. The Long Island native is a warm,... More »

Bitter Parker: 'I Was Goaded Into Nude Weeds Scene'

Producer insists it showed 'vulnerability'

(Newser) - Annoyed Weeds star Mary Louise Parker was "goaded" into a nude bathtub scene in the Showtime series about a pot-selling mom, she tells More. "I don't think I needed to be naked," she said. "I fought with the director about it, and now I am bitter.... More »

Thanks for the Memories, Bob, 'Cuz 2008 TV Stunk

The golden age of TV may have died this year

(Newser) - Today's golden age of TV lost a little shine this year, Heather Havrilesky writes on Salon. Twelve quick months gobbled up all of the momentum and promise from years past, leaving “a haze of crappy, unoriginal new programming, lackluster sophomore shows, flaccid sitcoms and pointless cable comedies.” Old... More »

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