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Mandy Patinkin, Kathryn Grody Inspire Showtime Comedy ‘Seasoned’

Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody’s lives and relationship have inspired a Showtime scripted comedy. The Paramount Global-backed premium cable network has handed out a pilot order to half-hour comedy Seasoned, starring the married actors and recent viral sensations. The couple’s son, Gideon Grody-Patinkin, and Ewen Wright co-created the series and co-write the pilot. Seasoned follows […]

Comcast, Paramount’s European Streaming Venture SkyShowtime Names Jon Farrar Head of Programming

SkyShowtime, the European streaming joint venture of Comcast and Paramount Global, has named Jon Farrar, who has served in key roles at BBC commercial arm BBC Studios, head of programming. Farrar led the direct-to-consumer programming strategy at the company as global VOD director and editor in chief of North American SVOD service BBC Select. Paramount […]

Paul Schrader Won’t Watch Showtime’s ‘American Gigolo,’ Says Adapting His Film Is “Terrible Idea”

Paul Schrader is not mincing words when it comes to his feelings about the forthcoming television adaptation of his film American Gigolo. Schrader wrote and directed the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced crime movie from 1980 that featured Richard Gere as sex worker Julian Kay and Lauren Hutton as the wife of a politician. After Showtime released the […]

‘Fleabag’ Producers, Star Team for Showtime Comedy Series

Showtime is teaming up with producers of Fleabag for a comedy series. Brett Gelman, who played a key role in the Emmy-winning comedy, will star in and executive produce Entitled, which Showtime is co-producing with the U.K.’s Channel 4 in association with All3Media International. Matt Morgan (the BBC’s Mister Winner) created the series and executive […]

Vanessa Bayer on Embracing Her QVC Dreams and Its “Most Beautiful Language” With ‘I Love That For You’

When Vanessa Bayer left Saturday Night Live in 2017 after seven seasons, she had two project ideas in mind she hoped to pursue: something exploring home shopping networks, after loving them so much as a kid, and another on her journey with childhood leukemia. Cut to five years later and she has co-created and is […]

Viola Davis Calls Online Criticism of Her ‘First Lady’ Performance a Hurtful “Occupational Hazard”

Viola Davis has responded to online critics of her portrayal of Michelle Obama in Showtime’s The First Lady, stating that it can be “incredibly hurtful” to face negative feedback on her work, but that ultimately it is her job as an actor to “make bold choices,” regardless of how it might be received. In a […]

‘American Gigolo’ Showrunner David Hollander Let Go by Showtime

David Hollander, set to helm Showtime’s reboot of American Gigolo, has been fired by the network, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. “David Hollander is no longer on the drama series American Gigolo and Paramount Television Studios no longer has a producing relationship with him,” a spokesperson, who declined to comment further, told THR in a statement. […]

Showtime’s ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’: TV Review

Chiwetel Ejiofor plays an extraterrestrial being with planet-saving powers in Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet's expansion on the Walter Tevis novel and David Bowie film.

Matt Bomer to Lead Showtime McCarthy-Era Limited Series

Matt Bomer is headed to Washington — circa the early 1950s — for his next TV project. Showtime has ordered Fellow Travelers, a limited series starring and executive produced by Bomer (Doom Patrol, The Sinner). The eight-part drama, based on a novel by Thomas Mallon, is set in McCarthy-era Washington. Oscar nominee Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia) […]

Viola Davis, Gillian Anderson and Michelle Pfeiffer on Challenge of Playing Political Icons in ‘The First Lady’

“It’s just a challenge,” says Viola Davis of why she’s so drawn to play real-life characters versus fully fictional creations. “A challenge that brings you back to the work, brings you back to your process, scares you a great deal and reminds you why you wanted to become an actor. It’s not about failure or […]

Banff Rockie Awards: ‘Yellowjackets,’ ‘Pose’, ‘Starstruck’ Among Nominated Series

The nominations for the Banff World Media Festival’s Rockie Awards have been announced, with American and British TV producers set for their usual competition shoot-out in the Canadian Rockies. U.K. TV shows earned 59 nominations, followed closely by American series with 54 nominations. The Banff Rockies prize-giving will be streamed live June 13 as part […]

Facebook to Be Subject of Showtime’s ‘Super Pumped’ Anthology in Season 2

Showtime has renewed its business-centric anthology series Super Pumped for a second season and has selected its subject: Facebook. The drama from Billions creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien and executive producer Beth Schacter will focus its second installment on the relationship between Facebook (now Meta) founder Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg. Showtime has […]