Comic-Con 2011 is just one day away and we’ll be front and center with our Showtime panel, featuring stars from Dexter and Shameless as well as a first look at Homeland on Thursday at 5:30 PM in Ballroom 20.
We know it can get hectic at the convention center so we’ve partnered up with GroupMe, and will be using GetGlue, Twitter and Foursquareto keep you connected with all of our signings, panels, and giveaways throughout the conference.
Want to be a proud owner of a 6ft tall Dexter Bobble head? Of course you do! By using GroupMe you will be able to connect with friends through our Dexter group chat. All you need to do is be an active member of the chat to be in the running to win.
We’ve also got exclusive Comic-Con stickers for Dexter, Weeds, Californication and Shameless, as well as a special Homeland sticker available on GetGlue. We’ll be giving away 10 limited edition Dexter Dark Defender action figures exclusive only to Comic-Con, so check-in to Dexter on GetGlue and find out how you can win.
We will be live tweeting from the panel and@SHO_Dexter will run the giveaway for a Dexter life size action figure, on display throughout the conference on top of the Slice of Life at the Entertainment Earth booth. Be sure to follow @SHO_Networkand@SHO_liz for all things Comic-Con.
Don’t forget to stop by our booth to get an autograph from your favorite Showtime stars. Here’s the rundown:
Thursday 12:30PM/DEXTER James Remar and C.S Lee
Thursday 2PM/SHAMELESS: Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin
Friday 11:30AM/DEXTER: David Zayas
Friday 1PM/CALIFORNICATION Pamela Adlon
Saturday 2PM/DEXTER SOCIAL GAME Mark Ecko
And if you are at the convention, check-in on Foursquare while you are at our Showtime/CBS Booth,Showtime Panel, and the Entertainment Earth booth locations. We’ll be sharing tips for users on giveaways, booth signings, panel times, guest speakers, and secrets — like where you can find a 6 ft bobble head and take a one-of-a-kind picture with it.
It was a big morning for Showtime today! Our team was up early to watch the Primetime Emmy nominations live in Los Angeles and we are so proud and excited to have received 21 nominations. It’s truly a credit to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved with the series.
“I’m honored to be considered and very proud of our show. Everyone worked so hard, and I’m even more excited about the writing nomination for Jeffrey and David. They definitely deserve it. I’m looking forward to going back to work soon on season two. It’s going to be a blast.”—Matt LeBlanc, Nominated for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
“It’s such an honor to be nominated. What a nice surprise. This was my first experience working in television and I am so proud to have been a part of Dexter and to be in such good company with my fellow nominees.”—Julia Stiles, Nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Watch out Nancy!Michelle Trachtenberg, the devious, pot-stirring “Georgina Sparks” on Gossip Girl, is coming to WEEDS as “Emma,” a sexy, intelligent, low-level, pot-dealing rival to Nancy who catches Silas’ eye in two episodes of the series.
Don’t forget - Weeds is back TONIGHT for Season 2 at 10 PM ET/PT!
A Q&A with The Big C Executive Producers Jenny Bicks & Darlene Hunt
The Big C returns for a second season tonight at 10:30 PM ET/PT and we sat down with the executive producers to chat about Cathy’s new perspective on life.
Where do we begin the second season? How has it changed from the first?
JB: The first season was the first stage of grief—denial. Cathy held off telling people about her situation and acted out a lot because of it. This season we are playing the second stage—anger. Cathy is going to take her cancer head-on and fight for her life. The second season starts a few weeks after last season ended, so now we are into fall. Cathy has started her interleukin treatment but it isn’t going as planned.
DH: The great thing about this season is that the information about Cathy’s diagnosis is out of the bag, so we, and she, can be more open about her disease and her quest for a cure. Although, as always, we’ll try to keep her cancer in the background and the interpersonal relationships in the foreground of the series.
Cathy is now in the anger phase of the grief cycle. What happens on her journey this season?
JB: She will start a clinical trial under the auspices of a new doctor, Dr. Atticus Sherman (special guest appearance by Alan Alda), and will meet a fellow patient (guest star Hugh Dancy) who will help her on her journey.
DH: We’re playing her “anger” in many ways, including her anger at the cancer itself. Anger to us also means fighting and in this case, Cathy is fighting her cancer with new zeal, and heightened emotion. Hopefully you’ll enjoy some dark comedy that comes from the simple minutia of trying to get an appointment with a popular doctor, or her real, if misplaced, anger and jealousy at a patient who’s taken the last spot in a clinical trial that she can’t get into.
What are the themes this season? Is there any tonal shift?
DH: We’re always striving to maintain a “laughter through tears” tone. This season we’re digging into the conflicts between the caretaker and the patient and the different pressures that both people face. Rebecca (special guest star Cynthia Nixon) is pregnant, so we’re exploring how preparing for a new life fits into our world where someone’s might be ending.
JB: We are playing with the theme of “fighting”, in all of its definitions. Fighting for your life, for your relationships…tonally we are not afraid of going darker this season. Cathy is facing her mortality head-on now. Also we wanted to play with the idea of running full speed ahead and still needing to take a breath every now and then.
What compels Cathy to finally agree to the clinical drug trial after she seemed so against treatment in Season One? Is there any parallel with Sean now accepting help for his mental health issues?
DH: There’s a parallel for sure. It’s (hopefully) interesting that both characters are seeking medical help for very different reasons. You know, we did play that Cathy was trying to get into clinical trials in Season One. Again, it was always in the background, but there was an episode where her disappointment about not getting into a clinical trial spurred her to take Ecstasy for the first time. But for sure, Cathy is much more focused and aggressive in her quest for treatment this season. She’s feeling more hopeful and has wrapped her head around the idea that this may not be an easy or pretty but (she) wants to fight for more time.
JB: Cathy is now ready to fight her cancer head-on by telling her family she realizes she has so much to fight for and she doesn’t want to waste a minute.
Are you incorporating any of the new melanoma treatments that have been in the news lately?
DH: There’s been a LOT of new melanoma treatments in the news lately, hasn’t there?! I’m awestruck by so much of what I read, particularly the doctors dedicating so much of their lives to finding a cure for this. We’re trying to stay generally true to the science, the ups and downs, the new possibilities. With all of the advances being made, Cathy would be very remiss not to aggressively fight her disease right now, which is exactly what she’s doing.
JB: We are excited and aware of all the new possibilities out there.
Is there a medical consultant vetting the scripts?
DH: Not each and every script but we regularly consult with a melanoma specialist. We’re not a medical show so you won’t hear a lot of names of drugs being bandied about and God are they hard to pronounce anyway, but we are certainly trying to stay true to some of the realities of cancer treatment. And of course there are so many, so the possibilities are endless.
JB: We have many oncologists on call, specifically Dr. Vijay Trisal at City of Hope here in California. He is a melanoma specialist.
Tell us about the guest stars this season.
JB: We are blessed this season to have such amazing talent joining us. Alan had worked with Laura (Linney) before and had expressed an interest in being on the show so we actually wrote Atticus Sherman with him in mind. I have always admired Hugh Dancy’s work and I sat down with him to talk through this character and who he was. Hugh signed on to play Lee and he brings such a great truth and humor to the character (not to mention a kick-ass American accent).
What does Lee (Dancy) represent for Cathy?
JB: Lee is a Buddhist Cathy meets in her clinical trial. Because he is going through exactly what she is going through, he is able to empathize with her and make her feel seen in a way no one else can. He also is a calming force for her, teaching her to breathe and slow down and not be afraid of death.
DH: We wanted to see the special bond that is formed by people who share something so random, like the same disease and treatment for it, who many not have otherwise connected.
How will Paul and Cathy’s relationship change this season?
JB: Paul and Cathy become closer this season, now that she has been honest with him about her disease. Paul steps up as best he can to be her “concierge” and to support her journey. But her relationship with Lee, along with employment issues for Paul, will cause conflict for Paul and Cathy.
DH: You’ll definitely see them come closer together and work as a team, which is very different than how you saw them interact last year.
What kind of response did you get from cancer survivors from the first season? Did anything they shared inform the writing of the second season?
DH: Overall, there seemed to be a sense of appreciation that we showcased a character who is dealing with such a dark but relatable issue. My goal as a writer has long been to get more “real” people on TV. Of course, the show is primarily entertainment and the characters are just that, characters, but I truly hope our audience can relate to them in some way and that we’ll provide them a good laugh or cry if they need it.
JB: It was really gratifying to hear from those touched by cancer how much the show meant to them. They were happy to see that we were tackling the issues of cancer and family head on, and that we were showing the struggle Cathy has—to try to live her life to the fullest. Many were relieved to see we weren’t doing Wit. That this show was as much about living as it was about dying.
Our intention for the second season was always to have Cathy hit the ground running—she would be fighting to stay alive. This is something that we heard from our viewers as well. Those with cancer, and those around them, are always fighting to get as much time as they can.
This just in! Actress Morena Baccarin (you might know her from V and Firefly) has signed on to star in a major role opposite Claire Danes and Damian Lewis in our new, one-hour drama series HOMELAND. Baccarin is set to play the role of Jessica Brody, Sgt. Nick Brody’s (played by Damian Lewis) intrepid and complicated wife.
HOMELANDstarts production this month in Charlotte, North Carolina and is executive produced by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, who recently served as executive producers on 24. I can’t wait to see Claire Danes in action…Jack Bauer style!