Showtime is presenting panels to the Television Critics Association and began its day with premiere date announcements and series renewals. New and returning series include Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, Billions, Black Monday, The Chi and Vice. The L Word: Generation Q and Work in Progress got renewed. Shameless got renewed, but for one final season.

Showtime Presidents of Entertainment Jana Winograde and Gary Levine made the announcements. The only news about Halo was a still photo of Pablo Schreiber in full Master Chief armor. He’s sitting in pensive “Thinker” mode with his gun by his side, but that look was for the TCA room only.

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Kavalier and Clay and A Really Good Day

After years of failed attempts to reach the big screen, Michael Chabon‘s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is finally getting its long-awaited adaptation – not as a movie, but as a television series on Showtime.

Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, the husband and wife pair of acclaimed authors and television producers, have signed a new production pact with CBS TV Studios, and the CBS-owned Showtime is developing both a Kavalier and Clay TV show as well as a series based on Waldman’s A Really Good Day, which will star Veep actress Anna Chlumsky.
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work in progress trailer

While Lana Wachowski is currently going solo as the director of the upcoming The Matrix 4, Lilly Wachowski is turning back to TV as the co-writer of Work in Progress, a Showtime comedy created by and starring Chicago improv mainstay Abby McEnany. Described as a “comedy about being out and down,” Work in Progress is a quirky LGBTQ comedy series coming to Showtime this December. Watch the Work in Progress trailer below.

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Kingkiller Chronicle TV show

The Kingkiller Chronicle TV show is dead at Showtime, but it’s hoping to live long enough to sing another day elsewhere.

The fantasy TV series, set a generation before the events of the first book in Patrick Rothfuss’s acclaimed novels, has been in development for years with the multi-talented Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Mary Poppins Returns) on board as both a creative producer and musical mastermind. (Music plays a large part in the books.) But now Showtime has let the project revert back to rights holder Lionsgate TV, and the company is on the hunt for a new home for The Kingkiller Chronicle.

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Twin Peaks box set

Here’s something that diehard Twin Peaks fans are going to want even more than a cup of coffee and a piece of cherry pie. A massive, 21-disc Blu-ray box set called Twin Peaks: From Z to A is on the way, and this baby will include basically everything any Twin Peaks fan could ever desire: the original TV show, the entirety of Showtime’s Twin Peaks: The Return, never-before-released making-of content for The Return, the film Fire Walk With Me (complete with its deleted scenes), and more.

But this is a limited edition set, so you may have to act quickly if you want to get your hands on it.  Read More »

halo tv series

The Halo TV series has been long in the making, with the video game’s developer 343 Industries working with Showtime to bring the project to life for nearly 5 years now. But maybe Halo has just been waiting for a Game of Thrones-sized hole to be vacated. According to the 343 Industries transmedia chief, the Halo TV series could be the heir to the HBO fantasy series — except without the incest.

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city on a hill trailer full

Has anyone ever considered making a crime drama set in Boston? Could be a good idea! I jest, of course – there are an innumerable amount of crime stories set in Bean Town, and now here comes another: City on a Hill. The Showtime series follows a corrupt FBI agent (Kevin Bacon) who has to form an alliance with an idealistic assistant district attorney (Aldis Hodge). Watch the City on a Hill trailer below.

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Jaden Smith as Kanye West

Showtime is getting into the anthology series game with Omniverse, a new half hour series “examining the many doors of perception.” And with such a trippy concept, it should come as no surprise that both Kanye West and Jaden Smith are involved, with Smith playing a younger version of West in an alternate reality. Buckle up, people – this one’s going to get weird.

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The Loudest Voice Trailer

Fox News has generated millions by giving some of the world’s most obnoxious caricatures a platform in the world of political punditry. Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Jeanine Pirro, Laura Ingraham, Megyn Kelly, and whatever trio of airheads is still on Fox & Friends are just some of the dispiriting voices in cable television news, and it’s all thanks to one man: Roger Ailes. Now, the story of how Roger Ailes took fear and pandering to a dangerous level and turned it into a profitable cable news channel will be told in a new limited series on Showtime called The Loudest Voice, and the first teaser trailer is already making our stomachs turn. Read More »

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halo showrunner

The history of a Halo adaptation is rife with stops and starts, but it seems as if Showtime is finally going to bring the popular video game to the small screen – and they’ve hired a second showrunner to do it.

Steven Kane (TNT’s The Last Ship) is joining original showrunner Kyle Killen to tackle the premium channel’s “most ambitious series ever,” and you can read on to learn why this show requires two people to lead the charge.
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