Christmas was three weeks ago, but at SHOWTIME we have a few more presents to hand out… How about some premiere dates? New seasons of your favorite SHOWTIME series are right around the corner, including:
INSIDE COMEDY will return on February 11th with an even more impressive line-up of comedy luminaries for its second season including: Judd Apatow, Carol Burnett, Jim Carrey, Louis C.K., Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Steve Martin, Mike Myers, Ben Stiller, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Betty White, among others.
NURSE JACKIE season five and THE BORGIAS season three return to SHOWTIME on April 14th at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. respectively. THE BIG C: hereafter, a limited event series with four one-hour installments, will premiere on Monday, April 29th at 10 p.m.
For the first time ever DEXTER moves to the SUMMER! Season 8 will premiere on June 30 at 9 p.m., followed by our new drama series Ray Donovan at 10 p.m., starring Liev Schreiber and an all-star cast.
Homeland returns for a third season on Sept. 29th at 9 p.m., followed by the launch of our new drama series Masters of Sex, starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan at 10 p.m.
SHOWTIME has been honored with 22 Emmy nominations! HOMELAND scored nine nominations - including Outstanding Drama Series. This is most nominations of any freshman series this year, and the most nominations ever for one of our shows.
SHOWTIME is also represented in all four lead actor and actress categories with five actors nominated - HOMELAND’s Claire Danes (Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series) and Damian Lewis (Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series), HOUSE OF LIES’ Don Cheadle (Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series), NURSE JACKIE’s Edie Falco (Outstanding Lead Actress In a Comedy Series), and DEXTER’s Michael C. Hall (Oustanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series).
Other notable nominations include: NURSE JACKIE’s Merritt Wever (Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series) and Bobby Cannavale (Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series), and SHAMELESS’ Joan Cusak (Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series).
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Already getting anxious thinking about having to say goodbye to Jackie Peyton and the rest of the All Saints crew in a few short weeks? Fear not, NURSE JACKIE fans, because just announced this morning is official word that NURSE JACKIE has been renewed for a fifth season!
Not big enough news for you? Try this one on for size. In addition to getting a fifth season, it has also been announced that Peabody Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Clyde Phillips will step in as the new showrunner for the series. Phillips comes to NURSE JACKIE after a highly successful run as executive producer and showrunner of hit drama series DEXTER, and joins current NURSE JACKIE executive producer Richie Jackson and series executive producer Caryn Mandabach.
What’s in store for Jackie and co. next season? With everything that’s already gone down so far in season four, and with still three episodes to go, it’s a safe bet to assume that things will only get better and better for our favorite hospital crew. Production on season five is set to begin late 2012. Until then, keep tuning in every Sunday at 9:00 PM ET/PT to catch the remainder of NURSE JACKIE season four, only on SHOWTIME.
We know, we know. You’re just starting to get comfortable with Marty and his pod of con-artists taking you for all you’re worth. You’re just reacquainting yourself with good ol’ Hank Moody, and you’re finally relishing in your ability to live shamelessly and vicariously through the Gallagher clan. But when has SHOWTIME ever been a place that lets you get comfortable? We pride ourselves on keeping you on the edge of your seat, grabbing for the next best thing in television. So while you may be counting down the minutes to this Sunday at 9PM for arguably (in our humble opinion) the best 2 hours of programming all week, we’re already looking forward to April 8th.
Come April, the wait will finally be over as Nurse Jackie, The Big C and The Borgias finally return to primetime! Heavy hitters Edie Falco, Laura Linney and Jeremy Irons are back in their iconic roles as Nurse Jackie Peyton, cancer patient Cathy Jamison, and ultimate man of the cloth (depending on who you ask) Rodrigo Borgia. If all those Golden Globe and Emmy noms they’ve collectively amassed are any indication, we can promise you that they are better than ever in 2012.
You know you missed Jackie and all her shady, pill-popping ways. Season 4 will not be one to disappoint, as Jackie finally confronts her long-standing addiction while somehow attempting to save her troubled marriage and keep her family from falling apart. To make matters more complicated, she now has to contend with an ambitious new hospital administrator (special guest star Bobby Cannavale) who’s set on keeping her in line. Will Jackie be able to get through the season and all its obstacles while remaining sober? Looks like you’ll have to tune in to find out.
Who doesn’t love Cathy Jamison? When we last saw Mrs. J., she had hobbled her way to the finish line of the Minneapolis marathon only to discover the ghost of her husband (Oliver Platt) awaiting her arrival. How will Cathy cope with this revelation? What about Adam (as if he’s not already going through enough)? And will we see the same old sassy Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) in season 3, or will her being left at the altar make her a changed woman?
Admit it. You love Rodrigo Borgia. He’s villainous, conniving, backstabbing, cold-blooded, cruel, and everything we love in a TV character. He’s also in for quite a lot this season. Think Jackie and Cathy have problems? Chump change compared to Pope Alexander. On the public front, Borgia will seek to consolidate his power and enlist his family to take an oath of revenge on the great noble houses that dared to stand against him, causing his Papacy to face political turmoil once again. As if that’s not exhausting enough, his children are all now growing up and defying his authority (which most parents can attest to being more than a handful without having a country to run). Cesare and Juan’s sibling rivalry quickly turns to hatred as their father’s unwavering favoritism toward Juan triggers Cesare to engage his dark side, and Lucrezia has plans of her own to battle the Vatican’s corruption. If we could give one piece of advice to the Pope, it would be to always keep one eye open, for on top of all these problems with his children and the politics of Rome, archrival Della Rovere is back and plotting an assassination. Will Rodrigo make it out of season 2 alive?
Mark your calendars now for Sunday, April 8th. The drama begins at 9PM with Nurse Jackie, continues at 9:30PM with The Big C, and comes to a head at 10PM with The Borgias. We can’t tell you the fates of our three protagonists, but can tell you this: you’re not going to want to miss this lineup on SHOWTIME.
It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year. Forget tinsel and red and green ornaments. That’s for amateurs. I’m talking gold. Gold statues to be exact. That’s right, the Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, and SHOWTIME has received 8 nominations in total! Not only is SHOWTIME tied for the most series nominations of any network – both cable and broadcast – but HOMELAND takes the cake as being the most nominated freshman series this year. Considering the caliber of television shows that debuted this season, I’d say that’s quite an honor. Both Claire Danes and Damian Lewis were recognized for their roles as CIA agent Carrie Mathison and returned POW Sgt. Nicholas Brody, in addition to the show itself receiving a nomination for the coveted Best TV Series, Drama category.
While we’d like to root for Damian Lewis, he’s going to have some steep competition from within the SHOWTIME family, as Jeremy Irons was also nominated for his portrayal of Rodrigo Borgia in THE BORGIAS. If only there could be a tie…
There’s going to be another battle of the SHOWTIME boys in the comedy sector, as both Matt LeBlanc and David Duchovny have been nominated for Best Actor, TV Series Comedy. If you watched EPISODES (which you should have, considering it just received a nom for Best TV Series, Comedy), then you know it’s no surprise why LeBlanc was nominated for playing an alternate version of himself. And who doesn’t love Duchovny’s Hank Moody in CALIFORNICATION (or at least love to hate him, or hate to love him…there’s always a gray area with Hank)? The Hollywood Foreign Press surely does, considering Duchovny is a 7-time nominee and 2-time winner.
Rounding out the nominations is THE BIG C’s Laura Linney for her inspiring interpretation of a Midwestern cancer patient rediscovering the joys of life. After winning the Globe in 2011 for Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy, it’s no wonder that she’s been nominated once again. I’m sure we can all agree that season 2 of THE BIG C showed even more of Linney’s talent and range than season 1 (who knew that was even possible?), and we at SHOWTIME are proud to have such a phenomenal actress representing the network in this category.
In addition to the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild announced the SAG Awards nominations yesterday morning, and SHOWTIME was recognized in 4 different categories. Not too shabby, right? America’s favorite serial killer was nominated 3 times, with Michael C Hall getting a nod for his role as Dexter in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series category, in addition to the entire DEXTER cast receiving a nomination in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series category. We all know the pain and torture (literally) endured to create such a fine show, so it makes perfect sense that DEXTER would also be nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series. But DEXTER is not alone. Edie Falco also received a well-deserved nomination in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series category for her title role in NURSE JACKIE.
All in all, it’s been a great two days over here at SHOWTIME. Let’s give a big congrats to all those nominated, and don’t forget to keep your fingers crossed and tune in to the Golden Globes on Sunday, January 15th and the SAG Awards on Sunday, January 29th to see who takes home the gold.
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