2018 Showtime Shows

At the cable networks Television Critics Association panel this weekend, Showtime detailed their upcoming slate of original shows, including new vehicles for stars like Jim Carrey, Catherine Keener, Benicio del Toro, and Kevin Bacon, coming from filmmakers like Michel Gondry, Ben Stiller, Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg and Matt Damon & Ben Afleck.

Network resident David Nevins elaborated on all of the 2018 Showtime shows and beyond, and you can find out about them below. Read More »

patrick melrose trailer

Benedict Cumberbatch has made a career off of playing charming, troubled geniuses — though in Patrick Melrose he’s leaving off the “genius.”

Based off of Edward St. Aubyn’s award-winning series of novels, Patrick Melrose is a scathing examination of British decadent aristocracy, adapted into a five-part miniseries by Sky Atlantic and Showtime. And aside from the perfect casting of Cumberbatch (he should play every brooding misanthrope), Patrick Melrose boasts a surprisingly impressive cast of Hugo Weaving, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Allison Williams.

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Twin Peaks MoMA Screening

If you have yet to witness David Lynch‘s stunning, unclassifiable Twin Peaks: The Return, here’s some good news: New York City’s Museum of Modern Art is going to screen the full 18 hours of the limited event series for free. It’s part of a series on “the year’s finest films,” a classification that will likely reignite the never-resolved TV vs. Film argument that’s surrounded the revival. More news on the Twin Peaks MoMA screening is below.

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Twin Peaks season 3 Blu-ray review

David Lynch‘s stunning Twin Peaks season 3, also known as Twin Peaks: The Return, comes to Blu-ray as a must-have box set loaded with fascinating and revealing looks behind the production. Just as they did so many years ago, David Lynch and Mark Frost have created a TV event unlike any other before, and probably unlike anything that will ever come after it. Here, as one cohesive Blu-ray, we have the chance to watch the saga unfold from beginning to end, which might very well be the best way to experience the show. Our Twin Peaks season 3 Blu-ray review below pulls back the red curtain and journeys into the unknown. Join me?

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Ray Donovan season 6

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • There’s a Magnum P.I. reboot in the works at CBS
  • Amazon Pilot Season 2017 announced
  • Mike Schur is developing a Mexican-American family sitcom with Shea Serrano
  • Ray Donovan renewed for season 6
  • A trailer for Lady Dynamite season 2
  • A first look at WGN America’s Bellevue 

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jim carrey and michel gondry tv show

Jim Carrey and Michel Gondry are meeting again, though not in Montauk.

The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind star and director are teaming up for a Showtime series titled Kidding, a half-hour comedy series about a former children’s TV personality who starts to slowly lose his sanity in the face of a disintegrating family life. It’s no trippy backwards love story, but it sounds like the two will be tapping into the existential dreamscape that made Eternal Sunshine such a revelation. Now, if only they could get Kate Winslet on board.

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twin peaks season 3 trailer

The marketing for the hotly anticipated and long-delayed third season of Twin Peaks has been a masterclass in trolling, with each new preview offering only tiny snippets of footage, virtually no dialogue, and no indication of story. It’s frustrating and baffling and totally bizarre and, well, appropriate for Twin Peaks in every possible way.

The latest Twin Peaks season 3 trailer has arrived and it offers more of the same. Heck, if offers a lot more of it! This nearly wordless montage of characters doing things is somehow creepy and effective, despite offering up a whole lot of nothing.

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Vladimir Putin The Putin Interviews Oliver Stone

Here’s something I didn’t see coming: director Oliver Stone (Platoon, Wall Street) sat down with Russian president Vladimir Putin to interview him for a documentary called The Putin Interviews, which will air on Showtime as a four-hour, four-night event. Watch the first teaser trailer and read all about the new doc below.
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risk documentary trailer

Showtime has picked up Risk, a documentary about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks by Citizenfour director Laura Poitras that debuted at Cannes last year.

The news of Showtime debuting Risk came along with a trailer teasing the documentary’s connection to the 2016 elections and the hacked Democratic National Committee emails — a facet that Poitras has added to Risk‘s plot even after the documentary was initially shown to audiences.

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Fight for Space, Beach Boys and Casting JonBenet Trailer

There are so many great documentaries released each year, and it’s a shame that some don’t get seen by as many people as they should. Thankfully, streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, as well as other VOD services, have made it easier for audiences to see the docs that usually don’t get a wide release in theaters. This week, we have three very different documentaries about three very different subjects, and they all have new trailers.

First, there’s a documentary called Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds, a chronicle of how the surf band made one of their most iconic albums. Then there’s Fight for Space, which takes a look at the space race of the 1960s and asks why our fascination with space and support of NASA have stopped in recent years. Finally, there’s the Sundance selected doc Casting JonBenet, which takes a unique look at the murder of young JonBenet Ramsey.

Watch all three of the new documentary trailers below. Read More »