“Twin Peaks” returning with new episodes in 2016

"Twin Peaks" returning with new episodes in 2016

TV viewers who were around in the early ’90s surely recall David Lynch and Mark Frost’s creepy, cult-favorite series Twin Peaks. (It may be remembered by some more for its definitely eerie ambiance than for its ultimately unsatisfying mystery, but the atmosphere, including the moody musical score by Angelo Badalamenti, often more than made up for plot deficiencies.) The series originally ran two seasons (1990-91) on ABC, and was followed by the 1992 feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. After 25 years, Twin Peaks is coming back, as a nine-episode limited series on Showtime, which made the announcement … Continue reading

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The Affair: Showtime’s irresistible drama puts infidelity in complex perspective

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The Affair Showtime Premieres: Oct. 19 Airs: Sundays at 10pm Who’s In It?  Maura Tierney, Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Joshua Jackson (below) If you’ve ever shared a long-ago memory with a friend and discovered you each recall the same event in vastly different ways, you’ll recognize the fragile skeleton on which this exquisite drama — from House of Cards executive producer Sarah Treem — is built. At its most basic, The Affair tracks the cause and effect of an extramarital affair between author/schoolteacher Noah (The Wire’s West) and throaty-voiced, sleepy-eyed waitress Alison (a stunning Wilson) — a relationship that somehow … Continue reading

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7 Deadly Sins with Morgan Spurlock

7 Deadly Sins with Morgan Spurlock

When talking about sin, you can’t help but get dark, and executive producer Morgan Spurlock’s (Super Size Me) new Showtime documentary series, 7 Deadly Sins, does lean toward the dark side, both in its stylish presentation, and through some black humor. That wryness comes from both the choice of stories that populate the seven episodes (each one devoted to one of the titular sins), and from Spurlock’s role as host, introducing each segment. Spurlock tells us that the inspiration for having him host in such a manner came from him “having a fantastic, twisted childhood, watching lots of Twilight Zone … Continue reading

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Interview: Josh Hartnett on Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”

Interview: Josh Hartnett on Showtime's "Penny Dreadful"

An overall sense of mystery has pervaded Showtime’s new psychological horror series Penny Dreadful, premiering Sunday, and that is probably fitting. The eight-episode Victorian-era series is set in 1891 London and focuses on some of the scariest characters in literature, including Dracula, Dorian Gray, and Dr. Frankenstein and his creature. Bringing the gruesomeness and horror to life is an eclectic cast that includes Josh Hartnett, Eva Green and Timothy Dalton. The show is created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, Gladiator), and also executive produced by Sam Mendes (Skyfall). “As the show sort of settles … Continue reading

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Years of Living Dangerously: Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron present a powerful look at climate change

Showtime presents Years of Living Dangerously

Though it’s produced by a veritable Hollywood power squad — Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub — and stocked with celebrity correspondents, the real stars of Showtime’s stunning climate-change docuseries Years of Living Dangerously are the everyday souls from around the globe whose lives have been irreparably changed by the weather. While the verity of global warming has been a polarizing issue even before the Kyoto Protocol made greenhouse gases a matter of international policy, the show’s creators and advisers wanted their story to be one of the power of people, not politics. “Politics are covered, but the path … Continue reading

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7 Questions With Jackson Pace of Showtime’s “Homeland”

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People have strong opinions about Homeland, the explosive drama that will wrap its third season on Showtime at 9pm Sunday, and they often lead to disagreements. But one aspect that has yet to come under fire is the performance of Jackson Pace, the 13-year-old actor who plays Chris Brody, confused son of returned soldier/marked terrorist Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis). Pace took time to answer our “7 Questions,” telling us about his future career plans, and how being on Homeland has affected his worldview. 1) You’re at a magazine rack and can only pick three titles. Which ones do you choose? … Continue reading

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Showtime’s Time of Death presents an absorbing, emotional look at what it’s really like to die

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Twenty-five-year-old Nicole “Little Lencioni has a beautiful face, an instrument-filled house of her own in Santa Cruz, CA, a surfboard, a motorcycle and a devoted circle of ultra-cool friends. She should be having the time of her life. Instead, Little’s life now revolves around death — namely, her mother’s. Maria Lencioni, age 48 and also the mother Nicole’s teenage half-siblings Julia and Andrew, has been battling stage IV breast cancer for the past four years — 2 years longer than the doctors expected. She says her children motivate her keep up the fight, even though 50 medications have failed to … Continue reading

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Homeland Season 3 recap: Episode 3 – “Tower of David”

Homeland Season 3 recap: Episode 3 - "Tower of David"

Homeland Season 3 recap: Episode 3 – “Tower of David” After not seeing Brody (Damian Lewis) in the first two episodes of Homeland Season 3, we finally got a big dose of him in last night’s third episode of the season, “Tower of David.” The episode was a fairly claustrophobic one for the show, keeping us, for the most part, in Brody’s new location, while occasionally interspersing this with Carrie’s (Claire Danes) similar predicament still a resident of the psychiatric hospital. We see Brody first, and he’s been through hell. He’s in Venezuela, the next leg of his escape journey, but things … Continue reading

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Homeland Season 3 recap: Episode 2 – “Uh … Oo … Aw …”

Homeland Season 3 recap: Episode 2 - "Uh ... Oo ... Aw ..."

There was still no sign of Brody (Damian Lewis) in last night’s second episode of Showtime’s Homeland Season 3, but there was no shortage of drama, some of it from Brody’s family who, along with so many others, are still dealing with the events of the explosion at Langley. In fact, last night’s episode — while featuring good doses of Saul (Mandy Patinkin) and Peter (Rupert Friend) — proved to be carried in large part by the female characters of the show. Not only by Dana (Morgan Saylor) and Jessica (Morena Baccarin) Brody, but also by, or course, Carrie Mathsion (Caire Danes) … Continue reading

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Masters of Sex: Michael Sheen and Lizzie Caplan on playing sexologists Masters and Johnson

Masters of Sex Showtime

Their names were synonymous with things folks didn’t discuss in polite company in the ’50s, but agonized over in private — until their 1966 tome Human Sexual Response made it downright fashionable to talk about sex. Now Showtime is bringing the life, and life’s work, of famed sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson to fascinating light in its new series Masters of Sex, which premieres Sunday, Sept. 29 at 10/9CT. Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon) and Lizzie Caplan (New Girl) are engrossing as Masters and Johnson in this beautifully crafted character study culled from the 2009 book by critically acclaimed biographer … Continue reading

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