This week’s new Blu-ray releases are higher on quality than quantity. Briefly:
Showtime has made a few announcements during the network’s TCA panel. Briefly:
- The sixth season of Nurse Jackie will premiere Sunday, April 13th at 9pm ET followed by the seventh and final season of Californication at 9:30pm and the docu-series Years of Living Dangerously at 10pm.
- The new psychosexual horror series Penny Dreadful will premiere Sunday, May 11th at 10pm ET. Click here to watch the new trailer.
- Showtime has added two new original series to its lineup with full series orders. The one-hour drama The Affair starring Dominic West and Ruth Wilson has been given a 10-episode order, and the half-hour comedy series Happyish starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kathryn Hahn has also been given a 10-episode order.
Hit the jump to check out the first images from the two new series and for more info on the upcoming shows.
This week on Blu-ray the latest James Bond film hits home video, a swell new coming of age pic is released, and the final season of a Showtime staple hits HD. Briefly:
Hit the jump for special features details.
Showtime has announced the premiere dates for its 2013 original series. Here’s a brief look at the schedule:
Hit the jump for more details on all of the aforementioned series.
As part of the network’s TCA Press Tour presentation, President of Entertainment at Showtime, David Nevins, took some time to talk about their popular, long-running drama series Dexter, what he thought of the creative choices for this season, and the relationship between Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and his adopted sister Deb (Jennifer Carpenter). Nevins also talked about the status of future seasons of Nurse Jackie and The Borgias, his hopes for their latest comedy, House of Lies, and where this season’s most critically acclaimed new drama, Homeland, will be headed in Season 2. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
For fans of three Showtime series eagerly awaiting a new season, there’s good news. Today Showtime announced that Nurse Jackie starring Edie Falco, The Big C with Laura Linney and The Borgias with Jeremy Irons will all return in that order on the same night, Sunday, April 8th starting at 9/8c. Emmys and Golden Globes have all been thrown at each of the respective series for the aforementioned lead talent, so it’s no surprise that Showtime has plotted this huge block of three of their award-winning series. The full press release after the jump will serve as a bit of a refresher for how each series concluded their last season, and also hints at what’s in store as the new seasons kick off.
Today brings good news for fans of a couple Showtime series, but bad news for others. Variety reports the cable network has renewed The Borgias and Nurse Jackie for another season, but has pulled the plug on The United States of Tara. News of the latter is somewhat surprising considering the show received some Emmy love in 2009 for star Toni Collette, but apparently the ratings just haven’t been up to par with last season’s numbers. meanwhile, Nurse Jackie starring Edie Falco has had a decrease in ratings, but not poor enough to justify not giving the series a fourth season. Meanwhile The Borgias starring Jeremy Irons seems to be standing strong as a freshman series, and will get a second season. I’m not very loyal to any shows on Showtime (though I really need to start watching Dexter), so maybe some fans out there would like to express their elation or sadness on this news?
Oh, the Golden Globes: the most popular awards show where nominations and victories are bought and paid for. While the Globes have a modest reputation as a good indicator of what will be getting Oscar nominations, this year’s list of nominees features a solid, respectable Best Drama category and a laughably terrible Comedy/Musical category. Nominated for Best Drama, you have likely Oscar contenders Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The King’s Speech, and The Social Network. But fighting for Best Comedy/Musical you have the critically panned Alice in Wonderland, Burlesque, and The Tourist. You also have Red and then the only film that deserves to win, The Kids Are All Right.
Hit the jump for the full list of nominees including my thoughts on the TV shows which received nominations.
Today the Writer’s Guild of America kept the spirit of awards season happy by revealing their nominations for achievements in writing for television. Plenty of our favorite shows got some love from WGA members including like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, 30 Rock and Modern Family while plenty of new series like Boardwalk Empire, Justified and The Walking Dead also got some praise. Even the finale episode of Lost is in the mix of episodic nominees. Aside from the narrative dramas and comedies, other staple series like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report get their due diligence as well. Check out the full list of nominees, complete with all the writing talents behind them, after the jump.
In the mid-90s, Viacom majority owner Sumner Redstone coined the phrase “Content is king.” Though his commitment to this ideal is questionable in some arenas (*ahem* Jersey Shore), when it comes to Viacom’s pay channel Showtime, Redstone’s absolutely correct. Nurse Jackie is Showtime’s crack at the medical drama genre, but this ain’t no Grey’s Anatomy. Jackie (Edie Falco) is a fast-talking, drug snorting, adulterous nurse who you can’t help but fall in love with. Find out why this show deserves your attention after the jump.
Although Peter Facinelli was at the current Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour to promote the upcoming second season of his hit Showtime series, Nurse Jackie (premiering on March 22nd) following the panel presentation, talk immediately turned to his other role, as Dr. Carlisle Cullen, in the Twilight Saga films.
The Cullen patriarch talked about his larger role in Eclipse, which is his favorite book in the series, filming in Vancouver while also working on “Nurse Jackie” in New York, and how he’ll probably learn the status of Breaking Dawn on the internet before he gets the phone call about it from the studio. Check out what he had to say after the jump.