IT’S a drama that revolves around a fictional counterterrorism expert working to prevent an attack on American soil but using what could euphemistically be called extra-legal measures. There’s also a government employee who may have gone rogue, and politicians applying pressure. Oh, and it’s appearing a few months after Osama Bin Laden made headlines around the world.
If you said “24,” you could be forgiven for confusing that era-defining series, which had its debut after the World Trade Center attacks, and its steel-jawed workaholic, Jack Bauer, with “Homeland,” a Showtime series starting next Sunday featuring a steel-jawed workaholic, this time played by Claire Danes. The new show even had to be tweaked after bin Laden’s death. Read more
It’s definitely an exciting day for all of you iPad users out there – The “SHOWTIME Social” app for iPad is now available and ready to enhance your live TV viewing experience! By using the new app you can follow along with our shows and participate in live discussions during episodes, react and comment, answer polls, make predictions and share instant reactions with friends on Facebook and Twitter.
Can’t wait for the season premiere of DEXTER? Use the app to watch in-depth behind the scenes features, browse photo galleries, view the latest episode previews, custom webisodes and sample full episodes…what else could you possibly ask for? (besides for it to be October 2nd already?!)
Try it out tonight during the season finales of WEEDS and THE BIG C and report back tomorrow –We hope you like it!
"LIVING FOR 32": AN EYE-OPENING LOOK AT THE GUN CONTROL DEBATE
Tonight is the SHOWTIME premiere of LIVING FOR 32, a documentary that profiles Colin Goddard, a survivor of the April 2007 Virginia Tech shooting who was shot four times by gunman Seung-Hui Cho. Once he recovered, Goddard joined the Brady Campaign to Prevent Violence and convinced them to let him go undercover wearing a hidden camera to gun shows across the nation in an attempt to prove how easy it is for anyone to buy a gun, with cash and without identification. LIVING FOR 32 tells his inspirational story - Don’t miss it tonight at 8 PM ET/PT.
Get ready for more saucy exploits as Sin City’s hottest male escorts Nick, Vin, Steven, Jimmy and Brace return with all-new clientele for season two of GIGOLOS! Join us for an uncensored look into the personal and professional lives of these five hot guys as they balance relationships, friendships and family with the insatiable demands of their all-female clientele.
AND, to gear up for the new season, the entire first season will replay beginning Thursday, September 8th at 11 PM ET/PT, with the first two episodes back-to-back, followed by a new episode weekly, and culminating with the last two episodes on Thursday, October 13th at 11 PM ET/PT. Make sure to catch up in time - Season Two starts Thursday, October 20th at 11 PM ET/PT!
We are very excited to announce that THE BIG C has been picked up for a third season! After the shocking season finale coming up on September 26th, you will surely be left aching for the ten new episodes set to go into production early next year. ‘C’ IS CERTAINLY FOR CELEBRATE!
Six-time Emmy nominee Scott Buck had writing and producing stints on HBO’s Six Feet Under and Rome before joining the Showtime serial-killer-with-a-heart-of-gold drama Dexter for its second season in 2007. He’s worked his way up from co-executive producer to showrunner (he was named last December) in advance of shooting the show’s 6th season that premieres on October 2nd. Dexter landed its 4th consecutive Outstanding Drama Series Emmy nomination this time around – the first Showtime series to achieve that particular feat. Buck spoke with Deadline TV Contributor Ray Richmond:
DEADLINE: So Dexter had its highest ratings ever during Season Five. You averaged more than 5 million viewers a week between regular TV and on-demand. And yet a change is made for Season Six and you’re elevated to showrunner. Why? SCOTT BUCK: Yes, we’d just came off a great year. But the show that I was coming in to run had undergone a lot of changes by virtue of where the storyline was alone. I guess someone believed that it was time for a change and I’d earned the promotion. Though as I’ve never run a show before, it’s not a job I take lightly. I’m swimming as fast as I can to cut down on the learning curve.
DEADLINE: Usually these transitions aren’t smooth. BUCK: That’s probably true. I feel fortunate in that regard. It was sort of a combination of my being drafted and volunteering. I’ve already found how different it is running a show from being an exec producer. In my previous job, the responsibility was wholly writing. With this, I’m supervising the writing and everything else. So it’s a lot more responsibility…and a little more money. Let me just say that it wasn’t a position that I eagerly pursued. I was pretty happy doing what I did before. Running a show is an entirely different animal. It’s very much a learning process, and I’m doing the best I can. Fortunately, I’m working with a lot of very smart, very skilled people.
DEADLINE: So now Dexter has made Showtime Emmy history. BUCK: I was here as a writer and executive producer, and these Emmy nominations aren’t something that anyone around here takes for granted. The day the nominations come out is always a big cause for celebration and going out for drinks.
DEADLINE: Though it would probably be even cooler if you guys finally won in the drama category. BUCK: Of course. But getting nominated every year isn’t too shabby, either.
DEADLINE: How did you come to Dexter in its 2nd season? BUCK: I was working on Rome at the time when we’d all heard the idea that Showtime would be doing a show where a serial killer was the lead. It seemed like a ridiculous idea that no one should take seriously at all. I mean, it just sounded so hokey. But when I heard Michael C. Hall would be starring, it got my attention, because I trusted his judgment. It’s interesting the way the concept has morphed. The Dexter character has evolved so much season after season. He’s surprisingly different now than he was in the beginning. We had the writers all re-watch Season One before we got started this year of Season Six. We wanted to get back to some of that fun they had during the first season. It startled us how much Dexter himself had changed from those first few episodes.
DEADLINE: What can we expect for Season Six? BUCK: We skipped ahead a year this season and cleaned the slate, and Dexter is finally done grieving the loss of his wife from the end of Season 4. He’s largely dealt with that now in Season 6. He’s put it in the past, and we’ll now be seeing a stronger Dexter than ever before. And hopefully, we won’t be killing off any major character this season. But top to bottom, from our cast to our crew, we all feel especially excited and energized and motivated this year.
DEADLINE: You must get asked all the time when Dexter is finally going to wrap as a series. BUCK: To be perfectly honest, it hasn’t come up yet for discussion. I mean, we’re all confident that it will come up. But we’re not working toward the end just yet. How you’ll wrap is the kind of thing you want to know at least a season in advance, and we haven’t discussed it yet at all, so that should tell you something. Everyone will want to check in and they’ll all do it with a slightly different idea of what should be done. And we’ll definitely hear everyone’s thoughts.
DEADLINE: So you’re running a democracy on Dexter rather than a dictatorship? BUCK: I guess I am.
Showtime has greenlighted three pilots: Andrew Gurland’s docu-comedy Gurland on Gurland, Michelle Ashford’s drama Masters Of Sex and Ann Biderman’s dramedy Ray Donovan. This marks the second round of pilot orders for Showtime’s new entertainment president David Nevins. The first one included drama Homeland and comedy House of Lies, both of which went to series. More
LA CONFIDENTIAL: Behind the Scenes: William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum Cover Shoot
SHAMELESS stars William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum grace the September cover of LA Confidential and the new issue hits newsstands tomorrow! Check out more behind-the-scenes photos from the cover shoot here.
JUST IN! Emmy® Award winner and two-time Tony® Award nominee BOBBY CANNAVALE will guest star in ten episodes of the upcoming fourth season of NURSE JACKIE. Cannavale will play a formidable hospital administrator sent by the new conglomerate that buys the financially beleaguered All Saint’s Hospital to improve the hospital’s efficiency and profitability.