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 Showtime portion of the TCA Press Tour, President of Entertainment David Nevins took some time to talk about the status of a number of their current shows, as well as a couple of their upcoming projects. During the interview, he confirmed that Season 8 will likely be the last for Dexter, the status of Episodes, the future of The Borgias and Californication, what they see for Homeland, and why they’ve chosen to wrap up The Big C with four one-hour episodes. Nevins also talked about the tone of Masters of Sex, and the development of the Aztec drama Conquest with Ron Howard. 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.
The dark comedy doesn’t finish its second season until September 26th, but Deadline reports Showtime is satisfied enough with the ratings for The Big C that the cable network has decided to renew the series for a third season which will start shooting the 10-episode order early next year to debut sometime in the middle of 2012. The series follows Laura Linney (The Truman Show, Love Actually) as as Cathy Jamison who this season become an all-out warrior in the fight against her Stage 4 melanoma, while her husband, Paul (Oliver Platt), stepped up to become her greatest advocate and treatment “cancierge.”
I have just endured three painful hours of the Golden Globes. Thankfully, folks who deserved awards got them (except for Community, which wasn’t even nominated, so way to screw that up, Hollywood Foreign Press Association). You can click here to check out my live blog of the entire ceremony, but if you just want a listing of who won what, then hit the jump. The Social Network took home four Golden Globes including Best Score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross), Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), Best Director (David Fincher), and Best Motion Picture (Drama).
Tonight I’ll be live-blogging the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. The Golden Globes continue to receive attention because they used to be seen as a reliable indicator of what films would be receiving Orscar love. However, due to shifting deadlines, Oscar ballots are already due and there’s no way that the Globes can affect the Oscar nominees. Also, the Globes, which are hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are known for being delightfully carefree with their integrity and will nominate you if you show them enough love. They’re basically like the MTV Movie Awards except they serve food and there aren’t any sketches.
However, I think host Ricky Gervais will do a fine job tonight and I’m curious to see if the Globes will follow through on their clearly bought-and-paid-for-love of films like Burlesque and The Tourist. Click here for a list of the nominees and hit the jump for my on-going live-blog and be sure to keep refreshing the page for my comments. The 2011 Golden Globe Awards air at 8pm (EST) on NBC.
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.
The American Film Institute have announced their top 10 movies and TV programs of 2010. As usual, they forgo a ranking system and instead list each winner alphabetically. On the film side, we have Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, 127 Hours, The Social Network, The Town, Toy Story 3, True Grit, and Winter’s Bone, with special awards for the British (and thus disqualified) The King’s Speech and Waiting For Superman. A fine list, and I don’t immediately see any egregious snubs.
The AFI only honored three TV programs with more than two seasons: Mad Men, 30 Rock, and Breaking Bad. The rest were new series (The Big C, Boardwalk Empire, The Walking Dead), one-offs (The Pacific, Temple Grandin), or standout sophomores (Glee, Modern Family). Hit the jump to see the full lists.
On the new Showtime series The Big C, actress Gabourey Sidibe is playing Andrea, a student of Cathy Jamison (Laura Linney), a woman diagnosed with terminal cancer who has not told anyone in her life about her condition. Seeing a confidence and spiritedness in the mean and snotty teenager, Cathy decides to take on Andrea’s smart-aleck ways as a challenge to nurture and help, and through the process helps herself.
During an interview while at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, Gabourey Sidibe talked about why it was important for her to do a project that was really funny and how her character definitely doesn’t suffer fools. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
The Big C, the latest original series from Showtime, follows the life of Cathy Jamison (Laura Linney), a reserved, stifled, Minneapolis schoolteacher who receives life changing news and decides, from that moment on, to make drastic, long-overdue adjustments to the way she is living her life. Receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis causes the perfect wife and mother to want to throw away her conservative, structured life and let her freak flag fly.
During a recent interview while at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, actress Laura Linney talked about taking on this new role and how it has made you evaluate certain things in her own life. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
Virginia Madsen has signed on to play mother to Amanda Seyfried in Red Riding Hood, a “gothic horror reimagining” of the fairy tale. This is director Catherine Hardwicke’s follow-up to the first entry in The Twilight Saga. She’s working with a script from Orphan scribe David Leslie Johnson, which (per Variety) is “set in a village haunted by a werewolf.” Madsen and Seyfried will be joined by Lukas Haas, Shiloh Fernandez, Julie Christie, and Gary Oldman on screen when March 11, 2011.
Hit the jump for casting details for the Showtime Laura Linney comedy The Big C and the wedding rom-com Jumping the Broom.
It’s a big day on the isle of Elba. You can check out Idris Elba (The Wire) in this newly released trailer for Takers, BBC America has committed to airing the UK psychological thriller Luther he headlines in the States, and the actor has signed on for the Showtime comedy The Big C. EW reports that Elba will appear in at least four episodes of C, which stars Laura Linney as a suburban mother diagnosed with cancer.
In Luther, Elba plays an “intellectually brilliant but emotionally impulsive murder detective.” The Neil Cross-created show will air on BBC America later this year. Hit the jump for the full press release.
Two slices of TV news for you today. First off: Be honest, did any of you really know that Scrubs was still on? If so, Zach Braff has some news for you, delivered via his Facebook feed [via THR]. Here’s what he had to say:
“Many of you have asked, so here it is: It appears that ‘New Scrubs,’ ‘Scrubs 2.0,’ ‘Scrubs with new kids,’ ‘Scrubbier,’ ‘Scrubs without JD’ is no more. It was worth a try, but alas … it didn’t work. zb”
Now, I was a loyal watcher of the first eight seasons, which were just lighter than air and just about perfect ensemble TV comedy,but the “New Scrubs,” or whatever you want to call ABC’s bizarre attempt at a ninth season transformation, has been not just unwatchable but even worse – instantly forgettable. If Braff is indeed right – and since the show has had only two new episodes since the end of March, I’d imagine so – it’s an ignominious end for an often-brilliant show that should really have gone out last year with most of its original cast.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer for Showtime’s upcoming series, The Big C, starring Laura Linney and Gabourey Sidibe.
She may have lost out to Sandra Bullock at Sunday night’s Oscars, but Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire star Gabourey Sidibe isn’t wasting too much time worrying about it. She’s already moving on to her next project, this time on the small screen with Showtime.
The new dark comedy The Big C will star Laura Linney as a suburban wife and mother who is diagnosed with cancer, and Sidibe will play one of the students at the high school where she teaches. It will begin shooting its 13-episode season in May and will air at the end of summer.
HBO may be piling up the A-list directors, but count this as a real coup for Showtime, signing one my favorite actresses with Linney and now quickly-rising star Sidibe in what should make for a twistedly-funny show. [ET Online via The Playlist]
By far, the biggest story in television right now is the possible removal of Leno from NBC’s schedule after the Olympics, but there is plenty of other newsworthy movement in TV Land at the moment. Showtime has ordered The Big C, which stars Laura Linney as a wife and mother whose life is shaken when she is diagnosed with cancer. USA has picked up Covert Spaces, which stars Piper Perabo as a young CIA trainee. And FOX has pulled quiz show Our Little Genius from the schedule less than a week before its intended January 13th premiere date for reshoots.
To learn what lured film stars Linney and Perabo to the small screen and why Burnett delayed his own show, hit the jump.