In the Heat of the Night

At some point, it’s probably going to become easier to name the classic movies that haven’t been turned into TV shows than the ones that have. The latest big-screen property to transition to the small-screen is In the Heat of the Night, the 1967 drama starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. Well… at least it’s not another ’80s comedy? (And it’s not the first time this film has spawned a TV series.)

Showtime has picked up a new In the Heat of the Night series from Tate Taylor, who previously tackled Southern race relations with The Help. Hit the jump for more details on the In the Heat of the Night TV series.

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Homeland Season 4 trailer

Showtime has released another new trailer for Homeland Season 4. This new trailerreveals a bunch of new tidbits about the upcoming season. For instance, we learn that the story picks up after the CIA is trying to control the damage of a drone strike killed civilians in Pakistan (sounds like a subplot from the last season of 24: Live Another Day) and it also appears Saul and Carrie are friendly once again. Hit the jump to watch it now embedded below.

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Ray Donovan renewed

The hospitals of 1950s St. Louis aren’t big fans of William Masters’ sex study, but Showtime is. Masters of Sex has just been renewed for a third season, to air sometime next year.

Also returning is Ray Donovan, which like Masters of Sex is currently in the middle of its second season. Other Showtime series already confirmed to return for 2015 include Penny Dreadful, Shameless, Episodes, and House of Lies. Get more details on the new seasons of Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex after the jump.

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Marc Webb Showtime

Marc Webb made his name on the offbeat not-quite-romcom (500) Days of Summer, but since then he’s been tangled up in the Amazing Spider-Man franchise. He directed the first two films, is set to direct the third, and may or may not be involved in any installments beyond that.

Fortunately, though, that’s not all he’s doing. Webb looks to be returning to his non-superpowered roots with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a Showtime musical comedy pilot from Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada). More details after the jump.

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Cameron Crowe TV show

UPDATE: The LAT reports that Showtime has officially greenlit the Roadies pilot. It’s not a series pickup, but the odds of us seeing the show someday just got a little bit better. Plus, read a new comment from Crowe about the show after the jump.

Cameron Crowe‘s next release, a romcom set in Hawaii, sounds like quintessential Cameron Crowe. But his next project after that has him foraying into brand-new territory. Crowe is reportedly teaming up with J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot and My So-Called Life creator Winnie Holzman for Roadies, a comedy series on Showtime. Get all the details after the jump.

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steven spielberg halo

Microsoft knows it is sitting on a goldmine with Halo. The video game series will be based on one of the most successful franchises in the world. While multiple attempts have been made to bring the sci-fi action property to the big and small screen, things are progressing very slowly. That might change soon. Microsoft has been in talks with Showtime to bring a live-action TV show based on the game, exec produced by Steven Spielberg, first to the cable channel then to XBox Live. Read more about the Steven Spielberg Halo show below. Read More »

Morgan Spurlock

What would happen if you mixed Morgan Spurlock‘s documentary style with David Fincher’s Seven? We may find out when Showtime airs his look at the “weird and darkly comic world of sin,” Seven Deadly Sins, later this year. The show is Spurlock’s exploration of the darker recesses of human nature, as it tackles one sin per episode, with Spurlock hosting.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games Catching Fire

When Philip Seymour Hoffman tragically and suddenly passed away this weekend, he left behind a couple of not-quite-finished projects. One is the two-parter The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, in which he reprises the role of Plutarch Heavensbee from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; another is Showtime’s Happyish, which was set to star Hoffman as an ad exec trying to change his life.

While the former shouldn’t be delayed too much by his passing, the latter seems to be in jeopardy. Get updates on both after the jump.

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