February 23, 2008
Moving beyond Carmella Soprano, Edie Falco has signed on for a Showtime comedy in which she will play a New York City nurse who doesn't hesitate to tell her superiors off. Described as a dark comedy in the tradition of "Weeds," the series, which doesn't have a name yet, will be shot in New York. Showtime is hoping for a premiere late this year. Falco won three Emmys for her role as a mob wife in HBO's "The Sopranos."
November 20, 2007 |
Showtime was sued Monday by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who said the cable television series "Californication" stole the title of their 1999 song and album by the same name. In addition, the Showtime series includes a character nicknamed "Dani California," which is also the title of one of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' songs, the four band members said in a complaint filed in L.A. Superior Court. The band asked for a court order barring Showtime's use of "Californication" and unspecified damages.
March 21, 2007 |
IRA GLASS, a friendly gray man in a gray suit and gray tie, looked equally pleased and alarmed on a recent evening at UCLA's Royce Hall where he was surrounded by a swarm of die-hard fans. The mostly middle-age devotees had attended a panel on his new venture, a television adaptation of his popular public radio show "This American Life," which will premiere Thursday on Showtime. But they didn't want to talk about TV.
January 30, 2007 |
Actor Tom Cavanagh's newest gig is taking him behind the scenes at the Smithsonian's museums. Best known as the star of television's "Ed," Cavanagh will host a series of 30-minute shows for the Smithsonian Institution's joint TV unit with Showtime Networks Inc., slated to launch in April.
December 19, 2006 |
Two filmmakers were refused access to the Smithsonian Institution's collections for their projects but researchers generally have not been restricted so far by the Smithsonian's semi-exclusive deal with a cable network, congressional investigators said. The public has justifiable concerns nonetheless about the 30-year contract between the Smithsonian and Showtime Networks Inc., a cable network owned by CBS Corp., according to the Government Accountability Office.
December 12, 2006 |
Bret Easton Ellis has come up with "a horror-tinged soap opera" for Showtime. In "The Canyons," a group of twenty- and thirtysomethings in Los Angeles are confronted with violence and manifestations of their own anxieties that may or may not be real, but the author of "American Psycho" and "Lunar Park" says he's not venturing into David Lynch territory. "There are no midgets walking backward," he told the Hollywood Reporter. "We want something much more naturalistic -- a very realistic soap."