Shameless Season 5, Episode 2: “I’m the Liver” Recap

Shameless Season 5, Episode 2: "I'm the Liver" Recap

While the season opener was a little lackluster to what some fans were anticipating, I think it was just the start of a buildup of things to come. Now that we have seen Frank get all schnockered on his contribution to mankind,  “Milk of the Gods” beer, what can possibly happen next? Well, it’s Fathers Day, things can get nutty! Of course there is your usual Shelia moaning about Sammi, but other craziness endures… Frank & Shelia: The two lesbians canvassing the area are buying up houses and offer Shelia double her house’s value. Shelia is beyond ecstatic about the … Continue reading

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TCA: Creator Clyde Phillips, Edie Falco on Nurse Jackie series finale

Edie Falco on Nurse Jackie series finale

Jackie Peyton “Nurse Jackie” is getting her final shot to get sober and clean up her life. I know. We’ve heard that before, right?! Well this time it is for good, as the final 12-episodes of the Emmy-winning series are set to begin on Sunday, April 12 at 9pmET/PT on Showtime. Star Edie Falco and creator Clyde Phillips were at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour to talk about the Nurse Jackie series finale. While not a believer in happy endings, Phillips says he is “a believer in authentic endings,” and the final season for Nurse Jackie will be … Continue reading

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TCA: Showtime’s Nevins talks new and returning series

Showtime president David Nevins greets Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan, who will reprise his role in 2016

Showtime Networks President David Nevins took questions at the Television Critics Association’s (TCA) winter press tour today, discussing the network’s new and returning series and ongoing awards season success, including wins for freshman drama series The Affair and it’s mesmerizing star Ruth Wilson at last night’s Golden Globes awards. Nevins said that Showtime’s strength in a competitive premium-television landscape is the breadth and depth of its series, noting that the network’s nine tent pole shows are all awards-season contenders. “I want all of our shows to feel different in tone and different in feel — we stay way from what other people … Continue reading

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Shameless: Season 5, Episode 1 Recap

Shameless: Season 5, Episode 1 Recap

Before getting into the Shameless Season 5 Episode 1 Recap, “Milk of the Gods”, here’s a rundown of where we left off: Fiona, while on house arrest from the accidental drug overdose Liam had from her drugs, goes on a major bender, disappears and ends up stranded in the middle of nowhere, blows her probation and gets locked up in high-security prison. She luckily passes a drug test while in the big house and her PO gets her out and gets her a job working at a diner. Lip, struggling with college life and juggling family drama, finds a sugar mama … Continue reading

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“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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