HOMELAND Recap: “There’s Something Else Going On”

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“There’s Something Else Going On” was another incredible, tense, and twisted hour from Homeland that stuck to what the show does best: political posturing and CIA business.  It’s not surprising that almost all of this season’s best episodes have done away with the soap opera elements (Carrie’s “trip” through the city ignited a few, they were contained in her mind, so they get a pass).  “There’s Something Else Going On” showed just how difficult and sprawling this war has gotten, and that, as Carrie said last week, even the right choices are wrong.  Hit the jump for “what the fuck?  What the fucking fuck??”

First PENNY DREADFUL Season 2 Image Featuring Eva Green and Josh Hartnett; Vanessa and Ethan to Form a “Deeper Bond” This Season

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We’ve still got a while to go until Penny Dreadful returns, but Showtime just unveiled the very first image as well as a few additional details regarding what Vanessa (Eva Green), Ethan (Josh Hartnett) and the rest of the gang are up to in the new season.  Despite Vanessa’s little fling with Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), it’s always seemed likely that she and Ethan would eventually get together and the new image and plot information do suggest that it could happen.  There’s no guarantee that this “deeper bond” means romance, but it does seem like a safe bet.

Hit the jump to check out the first Penny Dreadful season 2 image and to catch the new story details as well.

Showtime Renews HOMELAND and THE AFFAIR for New Seasons

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Showtime has ordered new seasons of two dramas that are currently in the middle of their respective seasons on the network.  The pay cable channel announced today a 12-episode Homeland Season 5 will air on the network in 2015, while a 10-episode second season of the critically acclaimed new series The Affair will also debut next year as well.  Homeland has done a fine job of rebooting itself this year while also injecting plenty of those Homeland-esque twists (last night’s episode was particularly “WTF”-inducing), and so I’m pleased to here the further adventures of Claire Danes’ CIA agent Carrie Mathison will continue next year.

As for The Affair, I haven’t yet watched the show but have been hearing very, very good things—especially from our own Allison Keene.  The drama stars Ruth Wilson, Dominic West, Maura Tierney, and Joshua Jackson and revolves around the devastating effects of an extramarital affair.  The series is told in a uniquely structured fashion that presents two different points of view.  Both series are currently airing on Sundays on Showtime.  Read the full press release after the jump.

THE AFFAIR Recap: “5″

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Last week, in “4,” The Affair tinkered with its structure slightly by not replaying the events of the episode through the lens of both characters (for the most part).  It showed a growing cohesion in their recollections, that things maybe weren’t so dramatically different as in prior episodes.  In “5,” The Affair again shook things up slightly by starting with Alison’s narrative instead of Noah’s, and also allowing for even more solo moments for each, that just reinforced what a shelter their relationship has become in those few times of togetherness.  Hit the jump for why “we came to the end of our story.”

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.

Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis 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.

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