While some would prefer that entertainment and politics stay separated, we live in a world where they frequently intersect. This is even more true when it comes to looking at the genre of documentary films, and a new one that just premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival this past week is certainly going to stir up some heated discussions.
Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time hails from directors Ted Bourne, Mary Robertson and Banks Tarver, who assembled footage that was originally shot for the Showtime docu-series The Circus, but ended up being used for a feature length documentary film about the 2016 election. Specifically, this documentary focuses on how Donald Trump won by way of a chronicle of his campaign, from the primaries through the debates up until he was elected as the 45th President of the United States of America.
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There is a lot of anticipation regarding the return of Twin Peaks in 2017. Not only does the series follow-up coming to Showtime mark the first major directorial effort in 10 years from David Lynch, but it’s also reviving one of the most revered cult classic shows of all time, with a crazy roster of talent on board. Now a new Twin Peaks teaser just raises more questions while confirming a new detail about the series. Read More »
Earlier this Summer it was revealed that the hit Showtime television series Homeland was renewed for three more seasons. While the sixth season won’t begin airing until January 2017, we have some news from the Emmy Awards. Apparently, the eight season of Homeland is being plotted as the drama’s final chapter. Hit the jump to read more about Homeland ending.
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Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
Roadies has reached the end of its road. Showtime has officially cancelled the Cameron Crowe-created dramedy, which starred Luke Wilson and Carla Gugino as crew members for a touring band. In an official statement, Crowe thanked Showtime and executive producer J.J. Abrams for the “life-changing experience” of making the show. Read More »
Posted on Saturday, August 13th, 2016 by Fred Topel
Showtime unveiled a first look at their upcoming series I’m Dying Up Here, a drama about standup comics in the 1970s, during their Television Critics Association session. Footage showed comics interacting with difficult audiences, and ranting about it over late night meals. One scene mentioned Richard Pryor coming in to do a set. Speaking with reporters after his panel, Showtime Networks, Inc. CEO David Nevins said appearances by famous comedians would be minimal.
“There may be some,” Nevins said. “We’re mostly going to avoid it. Johnny Carson is in the clip. Famous people may be backgrounded in the show. I’m Dying Up Here is based on a book of nonfiction and it’s about the early days of the Comedy Store, Mitzi Shore, Robin Williams and David Letterman, that period. We chose, sort of like we did [when I produced] Friday Night Lights, to change the real people’s names. There’s no Robin Williams character, David Letterman character. There may be characters who have aspects of those people but they’re all sort of composite, reconstructed characters. Famous people may be in the background but that’s not really a driving idea on the show.” Read More »
In today’s edition of TV Bits:
- Showtime has ordered 20 episodes of Todd Field‘s series Purity, which will star Daniel Craig.
- Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of the wrestling comedy G.L.O.W.
- Outlander, Transparent, and UnREAL have all been renewed.
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As Homeland season 6 is gearing up to return, many fans are wondering if Rupert Friend‘s character Peter Quinn will be part of the next adventure. I’m sure all will be revealed in the marketing for the upcoming season of this Showtime original series, but you have the choice of learning the answer now after the jump.
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If you love Almost Famous, then this summer you may want to get Showtime for a couple months. Director Cameron Crowe is bringing a new series to the cable network called Roadies, following the behind the scenes work done by the various crew members who help ensure that the rock concerts you love to attend go off without a hitch. They’re like one big weird family, and you get to follow them around while they’re on the road through all their ups and downs.
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After tackling entertainment icon Marlon Brando with last year’s documentary Listen to Me Marlon, filmmakers R.J. Cutler (The September Issue) and John Battsek (Searching for Sugar Man) have reunited for a new documentary about one of comedy’s most revered names: John Belushi.
John Belushi was a comedy legend who skyrocketed to fame and sadly left this world all too soon. Now his life story and carer will be chronicled with a feature length documentary that has the full cooperation of Belushi’s widow, Judisth Belushi Pisano. Find out more about the John Belushi documentary after the jump. Read More »
Showtime‘s revival of Twin Peaks has been filming under an impenetrable veil of secrecy. Anyone who knows what’s going on with it isn’t talking and for all we know, those who came close to getting chatty were met with a mysterious “accident.” Even all of the casting news that has been steadily arriving over the past year has been met with total silence. Beyond original series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost writing the new season and Lynch directing every episode, almost nothing has been confirmed. Even the first trailer didn’t tell us anything.
And now production on the new batch of episodes has wrapped and Showtime has unleashed the full cast list…and it is a doozy. There are 217 names on this list, a combination of original Twin Peaks cast members and newcomers, movie stars and character actors, people who feel like they’d fit perfectly into Lynch and Frost’s crazy world and people who feel like they won’t work at all (which means they’re probably perfect for it).
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