Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti to Lead Showtime’s Finance Drama BILLIONS

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Showtime’s got a new series in the works that’s well worth keeping an eye on called Billions.  It’s being described as a complex, contemporary drama that digs deep into the world of high finance.  Neil Burger (Divergent) is locked to direct the pilot early next year in New York using a script penned by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin.

Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti will star as the show’s two main characters, a U.S. attorney and a hedge fund titan, respectively.  Hit the jump for more on Showtime’s Billions.

Steve Coogan to Replace Philip Seymour Hoffman in Showtime Comedy Series HAPPYISH

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Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s death left a gaping void in the acting world, and there are so many more roles it would have been wonderful to see him tackle.  Among his planned projects was Happyish, a 10-episode half-hour comedy series for Showtime created, written, and executive produced by This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander (who also wrote the terrific book Foreskin’s Lament).  The series is described as “a soul-searching examination of our pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might just be the very thing causing our unhappiness in the first place.”

The project was in stasis following Hoffman’s death, but Showtime has decided to move forward by casting Steve Coogan in the lead role of “Thom Payne, a 44 year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25 year-old “wunderkind” boss arrives, saying things like ‘digital,’ ‘social’ and ‘viral.’” The series was also set to star Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifans, but there’s no mention of them in the press release, so it’s possible that their roles—Thom’s wife and his mentor—are being re-cast.  Hit the jump for the press release.  The half-hour pilot will be shot in New York in December.

TWIN PEAKS Miniseries Details: How It Happened, Returning Characters, Answers to Burning Questions, and More

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Who’s got hankering for cherry pie?  This morning the swell news arrived that Showtime has ordered a 9-episode Twin Peaks miniseries from creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, with Lynch poised to direct every episode for a 2016 debut— 25 years after the original show ended.  Obviously there are many questions to be answered about this continuation, and Frost took part in a number of interviews this morning to shed some light on what fans can expect from the new Twin Peaks.  After the jump, see what Frost had to say about how this whole thing came together, which returning characters we’ll see, if any open-ended questions from the original show will be answered, what he has to say about the season two ending, and more.

And if you happen to never have seen Twin Peaks, I’d like to direct you to Netflix where the first two seasons are currently available to stream.

Extended HOMELAND Season 4 Trailer Goes Deeper into the Upcoming Drama

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Showtime has released yet another new Homeland Season 4 trailer, making it at least the third look at the upcoming season after a “first look” trailer and a teaser trailer.  This time we get a bigger chunk of footage though, and it definitely looks more “broad” than in seasons past (or maybe that’s just the inane profanity bleeps peppered throughout the trailer).  I know I was growing tired of the Brody stuff, but now I wonder if I’m growing tired of the show’s histrionics in general?

Hit the jump to check out the new Homeland Season 4 trailer.  The show stars Claire Danes, Corey Stoll, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend and Suraj SharmaHomeland returns to Showtime with a two-hour season premiere on October 5th.

Patti LuPone Joins PENNY DREADFUL Season 2; Plus Additional Guest Star Roles Revealed

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Patti LuPone’s run on American Horror Story: Coven fizzled out courtesy of a rather lackluster climax for her character, but she’ll get another opportunity to go big in the realm of small screen supernatural horror soon enough because Showtime just announced that she’s joining the cast of Penny Dreadful as a guest star.

It was also officially announced that season 1 vets Helen McCrory and Simon Russell Beale are getting bigger roles this time around, joining Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani and Harry Treadaway as series regulars.  Hit the jump for more on what’s coming in Penny Dreadful season 2.

Showtime Renews MASTERS OF SEX and RAY DONOVAN for Season 3

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Fresh off AMC’s decision to bring Halt and Catch Fire back for another season, Showtime has ordered Masters of Sex Season 3 and Ray Donovan Season 3.  Both shows received 12-episode orders for a third season, set to debut in early 2015.  I haven’t seen either, but Masters of Sex is high on my list of shows I need to catch up on.  Lizzy Caplan has earned rave reviews for her lead performance, garnering an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series along with a bevy of Emmy nods for the show in general.  The series averages four million weekly viewers across all platforms while Ray Donovan averages five million, so bringing both shows back was a no-brainer for Showtime.  Read the full press release after the jump.

Carrie Gets Back to Work in New HOMELAND Season 4 Trailer

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Showtime has released a new Homeland Season 4 trailer, giving fans another tease of what to expect when the drama series returns in October.  This trailer actually reveals less about the new season than the previous “first look” trailer, and it has a listlessness to it that likely mirrors Carrie’s (Claire Danes) state of mind when we pick back up with the character after the events of Season 3.  After driving through more story in three seasons than most shows do in their entire runs, it feels like Homeland has the opportunity to reboot a bit this year, and I’m curious to see where that takes Carrie, Saul (Mandy Patinkin), and whoever else remains.

Hit the jump to watch the new Homeland Season 4 trailer.  This season also features Rupert Friend, Corey Stoll, and Suraj SharmaHomeland returns to Showtime with back-to-back episodes on October 5th.

HOMELAND Season 4 Premiere Date Set for October 5th with Back-to-Back Episodes; Amazon Pilot Images Revealed Ahead of August 28th Debut

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Some TV premiere news is at hand.  Firstly, Showtime has announced that the Homeland Season 4 premiere date has been set for October 5th at 9pm ET/PT, when the first two episodes of the season will air back-to-back.  Season 4 has been described as a reboot of sorts, as we will follow Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison on assignment in the Middle East.  Filmed entirely in South Africa, the new season also stars Mandy Patinkin and Rupert Friend, with Corey Stoll and Suraj Sharma booked as guest stars.  Additionally, Showtime’s new drama series The Affair starring Dominic West and Ruth Wilson will debut on October 12th at 10pm ET/PT, a week earlier than initially planned.  The series explores two marriages and the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital affair.

Hit the jump for news and images concerning new Amazon pilots from the likes of Steven Soderbergh, David Gordon Green, and Whit Stillman starring Ron PerlmanAdam Brody, Mena Suvari, and more. 

PENNY DREADFUL Comic-Con Panel Recap: John Logan and Cast Discuss FRANKENSTEIN’s Influence, the Importance of Family, and Season 2

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Moderated enthusiastically by self-proclaimed “dreadful” and evidently devoted fan Aisha Tyler, Showtime’s Penny Dreadful closed out the festivities in Ballroom 20 on Thursday. Though some of the actors were absent, most notably Eva Green, showrunner John Logan and stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney, and Harry Treadaway all spoke enthusiastically about the first season of the surprise hit show and gave hints about what will be coming in the next season.  Hit the jump for more on our Penny Dreadful Comic-Con panel recap. 

First HOMELAND Season 4 Trailer: Carrie Shifts Her Focus to Pakistan

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Showtime has released the first Homeland season 4 trailer, offering a glimpse at how the drama series plans to continue after the events of the season 3 finale.  Homeland has always been a quick-to-evolve show, running through about three seasons worth of material in its first 12 episodes.  Though the quality of the subsequent episodes failed to match that blissful first run, showrunners Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa have never been afraid to swing for the fences.  This debut trailer actually offers up a hefty amount of footage from season 4, promising that we’ll get to see Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison working extensively in Pakistan this time around.  The addition of Corey Stoll and Life of Pi star Suraj Sharma to the cast is encouraging too, so hopefully the significant story shift makes for some interesting new character dynamics.

Hit the jump to watch the Homeland season 4 trailer.  The series also stars Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend, and Nazanin BoniadiHomeland season 4 premieres on Showtime Sunday, October 5th.

Cameron Crowe to Create Showtime Series ROADIES

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It appears that filmmaker Cameron Crowe is ready to take the plunge into television.  The Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous director is apparently developing an ensemble comedy series for Showtime called Roadies, which will be set during a U.S. rock tour.  J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot is poised to produce the potential series.  Further details are unknown at this time, but Crowe intends to direct the pilot sometime this year, marking his first foray into the TV world.  The logline sounds a bit like “Almost Famous: The Series”, which is kind of great.  Before moving into the film world, Crowe worked as a music journalist for Rolling Stone throughout the 1970s.  That served as his inspiration for Almost Famous, and one imagines he still has plenty of personal stories to mine for a cable TV show.

Hit the jump for more, including who will act as showrunner on Roadies.

PENNY DREADFUL Renewed for Bigger Season 2

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Showtime has ordered Penny Dreadful season 2, renewing creator John Logan’s (Skyfall) psychosexual horror series for another go-around, and even expanding the series to a bigger episode count.  The drama is currently in the midst of its eight-episode first season, but for season two Showtime has upped that number to 10 episodes in total.  The series has garnered high praise from critics and solid ratings, counting our own TV expert Allison Keene as one of its fans.  For those unfamiliar, the series stars Eva Green and Timothy Dalton and reimagines some of literature’s iconic figures such as Frankenstein, Dorian Grey, and a number of characters from Dracula, bringing them all together in Victorian London.  I haven’t had a chance to catch the show just yet, but it’s high on my to-do list.

Hit the jump to read the full press release, and sound off in the comments with your thoughts on the first season thus far.  Penny Dreadful airs on Sundays on Showtime.

HALO Live-Action Series Could Be Coming to Showtime

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XBox Entertainment Studios is reported as being in substantial negotiations with Showtime to develop the Halo live-action series.  The project has been a high priority for Microsoft for some time, as the company has been developing the drama series adaptation of the video game franchise with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV company for over a year.  The company is reportedly close to a deal with two showrunners to oversee the series adaptation that will explore screenwriter Stuart Beattie’s take on the universe.  As Variety reports, the deal is not seen as a straight-to-series pickup.  The plan is to debut the episodes on Showtime, with XBox airing them after a short window along with interactive options.

Watch the First Episode of Showtime’s New Horror Series PENNY DREADFUL Online Now

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One of the more intriguing summer television offerings heading our way is Showtime’s psychosexual horror series Penny Dreadful, and in advance of its official premiere, the pay cable network has put the full episode online in its entirety to watch for free.  Created by Skyfall scribe John Logan in collaboration with executive producer Sam Mendes, the show takes place in Victorian London and finds some of literature’s most terrifying characters crossing paths.  All of the trailers thus far have been highly fascinating, and I’m definitely looking forward to checking out this full episode soon.

Hit the jump to watch the full premiere episode of Penny Dreadful.  The show stars Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Billie Piper, Rory Kinnear, Harry Treadway, and Danny SapaniPenny Dreadful premieres on Showtime Sunday, May 11th.

Meet Dorian Grey and Brona Croft in Exclusive New Clip from Showtime’s PENNY DREADFUL

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Though the television landscape has certainly gotten darker over the past few years, Showtime is looking to push the boundaries even further with its upcoming drama series Penny Dreadful.  From executive producers John Logan and Sam Mendes (Skyfall), the show takes place in Victorian London and finds some of literature’s most terrifying characters crossing paths.  Ahead of its debut, we here at Collider have been provided with an exclusive Penny Dreadful clip to share with our readers.  In the clip, we’re introduced to Dorian Grey (played by Reeve Carney) and Irish immigrant/prostitute Brona Croft (Billie Piper), as the actors discuss how their characters fit into the series.

Hit the jump to watch the Penny Dreadful clip.  The show also stars Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Rory Kinnear, Harry Treadway, and Danny SapaniPenny Dreadful premieres on Showtime Sunday, May 11th.

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