October 31, 2013 |
Death is a common theme on television. We watch people get shot, stabbed, strangled, blown up and more with numbing regularity on a variety of fictional shows. Real death, however, is another thing. It remains a taboo. We shy from it, we fear it, we don't talk about it. This, despite the fact that we will all face it. Our fragile mortality, however, comes into focus on the small screen on Friday when Showtime premieres an unsettling, raw and touching documentary series called “Time of Death.” Each episode documents the real-life death of a new subject, and chronicles in unflinching detail the way they and their families cope.
October 28, 2013 |
Netflix has struck a deal for reruns of the Showtime series "Dexter," which ended its run last month. The sale is somewhat unique because pay-TV channels are often reluctant to sell their shows to another pay service. HBO, for example, does not sell its shows to Netflix. Under the terms of the deal, Showtime will still be able to telecast episodes of "Dexter" on its network as well as make the show available on its digital platform Showtime Anytime. CBS, which owns Showtime, is also selling reruns of "Dexter" to a basic cable network.
September 20, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 23 - 29 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Access 360: The Amazon rainforest and its fragile ecosystems are surveyed in the debut installment of this series (6 p.m. National Geographic). XIII: XIII and Jones (Stuart Townsend, Aisha Tyler) travel to Montana in search of Max Serle (Matthew Bennet) on a new episode of the action drama (6 p.m. Reelz). America's Next Top Model: Singer Alicia Keys has a proposition for the contestants in this new episode (8 p.m. KTLA)
March 6, 2013 |
The new documentary “Family Band: The Cowsills Story,” premiering tonight on Showtime, opens with a compelling scene showing musician Bob Cowsill setting up single-handed for another thankless gig in the corner of a restaurant-bar of an Indian casino. As patrons chat, eat and drink, barely paying attention, he says, “I had four hit records between the ages of 17 and 21… I did!” As is obvious in that scene, the Cowsills long ago fell off the radar of most pop music fans, and are remembered today primarily for their hit recording of the title song from the musical “Hair,” which spent two weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969.
September 23, 2013 |
The finale of "Dexter" is drawing mixed reaction from fans, but it was a ratings smash for Showtime. The conclusion of the series about forensic investigator Dexter Morgan, who moonlights as a serial killer, was the show's highest-rated telecast ever, and the largest viewership for an original episode in Showtime history. The episode attracted 2.8 million viewers at its premiere telecast at 9 p.m., and 3.3 million viewers in repeat viewings later in the evening. PHOTOS: Memorable TV series finales The show's eighth season was also the highest-rated season ever, with a weekly average of 6.4 million viewers across platforms.
June 13, 2012 |
Showtime's upcoming eighth season of "Weeds" will be the last for the long-running comedy, a network spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. Created by Jenji Kohan and starring Mary-Louise Parker as a pot-dealing mom, "Weeds" was one the premium cable channel's eminent series when it made its debut in 2005 and has picked up numerous Emmy nominations during its tenure. The Lionsgate-produced comedy averaged around 720,000 viewers last season, according to Nielsen. News of the series' end comes just days after the network announced it picked up two drama pilots -- Liev Schreiber's "Ray Donovan" and Michael Sheen's "Masters of Sex" -- as series. Some cast and crew members have already lined up work: Justin Kirk (who plays Uncle Andy)