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March 6, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
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.
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April 12, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Clad in a military-style flight suit and aviator shades, Harrison Ford walks across a sunny tarmac and climbs into a fighter jet and takes off. Soon, he's soaring 5,000 feet above California. Ford is not starring as the hero of a summer blockbuster but in fact is tagging along on a NASA mission to measure levels of methane and carbon dioxide, two primary greenhouse gases, in the atmosphere in the premiere of Showtime's new climate-change documentary, "Years of Living Dangerously.
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October 31, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
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.
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March 13, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Showtime has made its first pilot order of the new year, investing in the finance drama "Billions. " The script is being written by New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin and the creative duo Brian Koppelman and David Levien. According to Showtime, the series is a (fictional) look at the "collision and, at times, collusion between an aggressive U.S. attorney in New York and some of the richest hedge fund billionaires in the country.  PHOTOS: WGA's top 101 shows It's a world Sorkin knows rather well.
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September 13, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Showtime has renewed "Episodes" for a third season. The satire about the inner-workings of Hollywood, which features Matt LeBlanc playing a parody of himself, wrapped it's second season earlier this year. It averaged 1.66 million viewers across all platforms, according to the network. In its first season, the comedy was nominated for three Emmys. LeBlanc took home a Golden Globe for his performance earlier this year. The new season, which will consist of nine episodes, will begin production in London and Los Angeles next year.
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October 28, 2013 | By Joe Flint
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.
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September 20, 2012 | By Matt Cooper
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)
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September 23, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
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.
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June 13, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
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)
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June 10, 2010
'The Green Room With Paul Provenza' Where: Showtime When: 10:30 p.m. Friday Rating: TV-MA-L (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 17 with an advisory for coarse language)
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March 4, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Showtime entertainment chief David Nevins has been promoted to president of the pay-TV channel. Nevins, who as president of entertainment gave the green light to Showtime's successful dramas "Homeland" and "Ray Donovan," will now have oversight over the network's sports unit as well its marketing, creative and digital divisions. The promotion to the newly created position is part of a new contract Nevins signed with Showtime that runs through 2018. He will continue to report to Showtime Chairman and Chief Executive Matt Blank.
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February 21, 2014 | By Chris Erskine
The diva guard is orchestrating coaching changes. The boss man is an inveterate womanizer, as is most of the team, except for the committed virgin they just signed, who firmly believes sex shouldn't take place till marriage. This a dynasty or a soap opera? Well, actually it's both. Welcome to Showtime, the run-and-gun Lakers of the 1980s, one of the most successful yet dysfunctional franchises in the history of sports. What a tonic Jeff Pearlman's new book is for forlorn Lakers fans suffering through the team's disastrous current season.
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February 3, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Jessica Gelt
The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman on Sunday marked the abrupt end to an acclaimed career, but for audiences there will be much more of his performances to savor. The prolific actor had recently shot a wide variety of work that will be seen at numerous intervals between now and at least November 2015, when the fourth and final film in the "Hunger Games" series is set to hit theaters. The actor played chief gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in the recent Lionsgate blockbuster "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" as a man with complicated loyalties who stages the titular competition.
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January 16, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
The third-season finale of "Homeland," Showtime's popular and controversial series about a troubled CIA agent played by Claire Danes, was one of the most debated episodes of last year, with the death of POW turned possible terrorist Nicholas Brody. When the series returns for its fourth season, it will have "a big reset," said Showtime's President of Entertainment David Nevins. "This is a show fundamentally about a field operative," said Nevins, noting that the show has not often shown Danes' character, Carrie Mathison, working as a spy. "The plan now of the new season is to show her on the ground in the capital of a foreign country, doing her job ... it's going to be different.
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January 16, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
It's a tale of monsters and men. “Penny Dreadful,” Showtime's upcoming psychological horror thriller from John Logan (“Skyfall”),  centers on an American (played by Josh Hartnett) who finds himself trapped in the darkest corners of Victorian London amongst some of literature's iconic monsters. It's a world that Logan, who was promoting the show Thursday during Showtime's session at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, says he was destined to take part in, having grown up watching “Groovie Goolies” and eating Frankenberry.
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January 6, 2014
Larry D. Mann Canadian character actor, TV announcer Larry D. Mann, 91, a veteran actor who voiced Yukon Cornelius in the animated Christmas favorite "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," died of age-related causes Monday in Los Angeles, said his son, Richard Mann. Mann, a Canadian-born actor and TV announcer, played the role of the hearty prospector in the Christmas TV special first broadcast in 1964. Since the 1950s, Mann did voice work for other animated shows, had small roles in movies, including "The Sting" and "In the Heat of the Night," and appeared in dozens of TV series including "Gunsmoke," "Bewitched" and "Hill Street Blues.
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January 19, 2013 | By Chris Lee, This post has been corrected, as detailed below.
PARK CITY, UTAH -- To hear members of the iconic rock group the Eagles tell it, the choice to break almost four decades of near total media silence and put out a revealing rockumentary that traces their humble beginnings through superstardom to spectacular in-fighting to the band's inevitable 1980 bust-up came down to a simple proposition. “It was time to get it down if we were going to do it,” said the Eagles' notoriously reticent drummer-singer, Don Henley. “It could come to a screeching halt tomorrow.
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January 2, 2014 | By Amy Dawes
For Showtime, landing Michael Sheen as the lead in "Masters of Sex," the drama about William Masters and Virginia Johnson and their groundbreaking midcentury research into human sexuality, meant agreeing to film the series in Los Angeles, where Sheen could be close to his teenage daughter - and thereby giving up the sizable tax break dangled by the state of New York. So it must have come as some relief that, along with its critical accolades, the first-season show has been recognized with two Golden Globe nominations: one for best drama and one for Sheen's performance.
NEWS
December 16, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
"Homeland," which wrapped its third season Sunday, has had its share of parodies. "Saturday Night Live" did a bit with Anne Hathway as a frantic Carrie Mathison. And then the Web series "Above Average" debuted a musical spoof with frothy, Broadway-style numbers like "Smile for me, Dana. " But the cutest parody of Showtime's award-winning drama might be from pet product retailer Barkbox, which cast canine equivalents as Carrie and crew. 'Homeland' recap: Season 3 ends in tragedy, redemption "Boneland" starts with a Scottie dog Saul Berenson making sure Carrie Mathison (a yellow Labrador)
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