November 1, 2013 |
Death is universal, inevitable, irrevocable and profound, and yet even in our reality-fixated times, it is rarely depicted on television. Oh, people die all the time on TV. They fall victim to detective procedurals and hospital dramas, or are killed off on high-end serials looking to raise the emotional stakes. These days, many come back - with or without fangs, with or without subtitles. But the process of dying, the visible physical ebb of life from a person's body, is not a narrative television cares to explore.
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.
October 26, 2013 |
Adrien Broner (27-0, 22 knockouts) may be a brash undefeated welterweight world champion, but he apparently is not big enough to merit a pay-per-view card from Las Vegas' MGM Grand yet. Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime announced Saturday that Broner's Dec. 14 fight against Argentina's Marcos Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs) is moving to San Antonio's Alamodome and will be televised on Showtime. The card will include a previously scheduled and now moved fight between Jesus Soto-Karass and Keith Thurman.
October 23, 2013 |
Are the Golden State Warriors worthy of the moniker "The New Showtime"? Sports Illustrated's NBA season preview features four different covers, one of which features Warriors guard Stephen Curry, that "Showtime" headline and the subheadline " Steph Curry and Golden State are more than entertainers -- they're true contenders . " The Warriors may have a shot to win the West, but should they be compared to the Showtime Lakers of the 1980s?...
October 23, 2013 |
Sean Hayes thinks his new sitcom is the best. It's the network that he's less than thrilled about. Hayes, who shot to fame on "Will & Grace," is the star of "Sean Saves the World," a new Thursday comedy on NBC about a single gay dad of a teenage daughter. It's also a show that will be lucky to save itself from cancellation if the ultra-low ratings are any guide. "It's just the struggle of the elephant in the room, which is, 'How do you get viewers to NBC?,'" Hayes told The TV Page in an interview . "NBC programs great shows, it just doesn't have the eyeballs CBS does.