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.

Showtime Renews HOUSE OF LIES and SHAMELESS for New Seasons

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Showtime has ordered new seasons of two of its original series.  The comedy Shameless will return for a 12-episode fifth season next year, continuing the adventures of Frank Gallagher’s (William H. Macy) dysfunctional family.  The show is currently in its fourth season, airing on Sunday nights on the pay-cable network.  Additionally, Showtime has also ordered a 12-episode fourth season of the comedic drama series House of Lies.  The show stars Don Cheadle as en elite consultant, with Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, and Josh Lawson rounding out the supporting cast.  Season three of House of Lies is also currently airing on Showtime.

Hit the jump to read the full press release.

John Logan Talks PENNY DREADFUL, Exploring Sexuality, and Planning the Series Well into the Future

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From show creator/executive producer/writer John Logan, the new Showtime drama series Penny Dreadful (premiering on May 11th) is a psychological horror series set in Victorian England that re-imagines literature’s most terrifying characters in a whole new light.  The groundbreaking vision of this world and the individuals who inhabit it promises to redefine the genre.  The show stars Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, Harry Treadaway, Reeve Carney and Billie Piper.

During the Showtime portion of the TCA Press Tour, John Logan talked about the genesis of this project, how sexuality will be explored, the process they went through for finding the look of these characters, how the characters will weave together, which creature was the most fun for him to write, and how he’s envisioned this story well into the future.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Showtime President David Nevins Talks PENNY DREADFUL, HOMELAND Season 4, THE AFFAIR, HAPPYISH, and Why They Didn’t Pickup THE VATICAN

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for Showtime, Entertainment President David Nevins took some time to talk about the network’s current and upcoming line-up.  During the interview, he talked about how far into production their new horror series Penny Dreadful (from screenwriter John Logan) is in Ireland, what viewers can expect from their newest series, The Affair (with Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney and Josh Jackson and Happyish (with Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifans), what fans can expect from Season 4 of Homeland, the criticism of Season 3, and what led to The Vatican not getting picked up.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Showtime Sets Premiere Dates for CALIFORNICATION, NURSE JACKIE, & PENNY DREADFUL; Orders THE AFFAIR and HAPPYISH to Series

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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.

New Trailer for Showtime Horror Series PENNY DREADFUL Starring Eva Green and Josh Hartnett

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Showtime unveiled a first look at its upcoming psychosexual horror series Penny Dreadful earlier today at the TCA’s, and the network has released a sneak peek online for all to see.  From executive producers John Logan (Skyfall) and Sam Mendes, the show takes place in Victorian London and weaves together the classic origin stories of horror icons like Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Grey, and several characters from Dracula.  There are plenty of genre-leaning properties on television right now, but Penny Dreadful looks to be pushing things fully into the horror genre with the added benefit of being on pay cable.  This trailer is creepy and a tad disturbing, and I’m definitely looking forward to checking it out in a few months.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The show stars Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, and Timothy DaltonPenny Dreadful will premiere on Showtime May 11th.

First Look at Eva Green and Josh Hartnett in Showtime’s PENNY DREADFUL; Plus Creepy New Trailer

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Showtime has unveiled the first image from the upcoming “psychosexual horror series” Penny Dreadful.  Created by Skyfall scribe John Logan and executive produced by Sam Mendes, the show takes place in Victorian London and weaves together the classic origin stories of horror icons like Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Grey, and several characters from Dracula.  This first look image gives us a peek at stars Josh Hartnett and Eva Green as an American sharpshooter and a mysterious woman, respectively, with James Bond himself Timothy Dalton standing in the background.  Moreover, a very creepy new trailer shows off the kind of disturbing tone that we might expect when the series airs.

Hit the jump to check out the image and trailer.  Penny Dreadful will premiere this spring on Showtime.

Teaser Trailer for New Showtime Horror Series PENNY DREADFUL Starring Eva Green

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While Homeland just wrapped its third season this past Sunday, Showtime is taking this opportunity to tease one of its new drama series on tap for 2014: Penny Dreadful.  Created and written by Skyfall screenwriter John Logan and executive produced by filmmaker Sam Mendes, the psychosexual horror series takes place in Victorian London and weaves together the classic origin stories of horror icons like Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Grey, and several characters from Dracula.  Though this teaser is very light on footage, it gives us a nice idea of the show’s tone and visual style.  Production is currently underway on the 8-episode first season, with Juan Antonion Bayona (The Orphanage) directing the first two episodes.

Hit the jump to watch the teaser, titled “We All Have Our Demons”.  The series stars Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Harry Treadaway, Billie Piper, and Danny SapaniPenny Dreadful will premiere on Showtime in spring 2014.

Ridley Scott’s THE VATICAN Pilot Dead at Showtime

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It appears that Ridley Scott’s first foray into television as a director won’t actually be making it to television.  The filmmaker signed on to helm the pilot for the potential Showtime series The Vatican last year with Kyle Chandler in the lead role, but the network has decided not to move forward with the show.  Described as a contemporary thriller, the aim of the series was to explore spirituality, power, and politics against the backdrop of the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic Church.  THR reports that the expensive pilot did not turn out well, and difficulties with showrunner Paul Attanasio—including failure to meet deadlines and clashing with colleagues—led to his exit once they wrapped.  Hit the jump for more.

Showtime Cancels CALIFORNICATION; Upcoming Seventh Season Will Be the Last

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Californication will be no more.  Showtime announced today that it has decided not to renew the David Duchovny-fronted comedic drama series, which first debuted in 2007.  The upcoming seventh season will act as the show’s last, and while the past few seasons have debuted in January, season seven will instead bow in April.  The story follows the exploits of a sex-obsessed writer attempting to balance his libido, career, and relationships with his ex-girlfriend and daughter.  Hit the jump to read the full press release regarding the cancelation and to check out a first look image from the seventh season.

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