It should be noted that a Willie McCovey bobblehead is staring at me from my desk, so in no ways can I pretend to be impartial in regards to Showtime's upcoming series The Franchise: A Season With The San Francisco Giants. The good thing is I don't need to pretend when there are amazing clips like this one of Brian Wilson explaining his new battle cry "Got Heeeem". If it wasn't for my love of all thing Beach Boys, I'd want Wilson to legally change his name to "Papa's Feeling Pretty Delicious". Wait, maybe I should do that. Is that copyright infringement? Any lawyers out there feel free to chime in. The Showtime series premieres Wednesday, July 13th at 10PM.
This infographic documenting the kills of Dexter on the hit Showtime series is informative, pretty, and a tad bit overwhelming, much like Sally Craven back in junior high. I'll never forget that time she learned shorthand to give me better notes when I had the flu, last time I ever saw her. There's a very good chance Dexter got to her after that because I'm pretty sure "Super notes" are a clear violation of the code.
A while back we told you former child genius Donnie Smith, sometimes referred to as William H. Macy, was set to star as a drunk in a new series for Showtime with Emmy Rossum. As proof that wasn't just something we made up drunk on Bartles & Jaymes, today we have the first official trailer for Shameless. The premise certainly sets up some exciting possibilities that have no doubt been explored on the British series of the same name, but either way it looks like another good addition to the Showtime family, albeit without illegal drugs or serial killers. Shameless will premiere Sunday January 9th at 10pm, right after your drinking muscles have been exercised over the holidays. [via warming glow]
For anyone that watched season four of the Showtime original Dexter, it's probably safe to assume that the fifth season's premiere can't get here fast enough. While we still have to wait until the September 26th premiere to see how Dexter Morgan handles the extremely precarious situation he walked into at the end of last season's finale, the network debuted a teaser trailer of what's to come in the fifth season last week at Comic-Con and it seems the special guest star this year is guilt.
Check out the footage below but keep in mind if you're behind on your Dexter watching this is going to be pretty spoiler heavy, and considering how incredibly awesome season four was I would tread lightly if you're interested.
Showtime just announced that the man who once played Dr Leo Marvin in the cinematic masterpiece What About Bob? will be appearing in at least four episodes of the upcoming sixth season of Weeds. The extremely vague description of the character Richard Dreyfuss will be playing says he "will play an unexpected character from Nancy Botwin’s past". Well then, why not just give away the entire plot.
The new season of Weeds premieres August 16th at 10pm. Additional guest stars along for the ride this season include returning guests Alanis Morissette and Jennifer Jason Leigh, as well as newcomers Linda Hamilton, Peter Stormare, and the legendary Mark-Paul Gosselaar. It is totally fair to call him a legend, he was in the Zack Attack.
Showtime has just officially announced the latest addition to their hit show Dexter in the form of Julia Stiles. Mild spoilers for anyone that didn't watch last season loom ahead so tread lightly weirdos. According to the press release Stiles will appear in ten episodes as "a mysterious young woman who forms a unique relationship with Dexter in the wake of the death of his wife." Production of season five is set to begin later this month and will air in the fall.
In my head it seems like too soon for a true Dexter love interest considering Rita's death and why it came about, so what could it be? I'm guessing they use the kids to somehow forge the bond, possibly she's a teacher, soccer mom, nanny? She definitely has to be outside the police world or else the show might as well change its name to CSI:Serial Killer. It's going to be tough to top season four with the incredible Lithgow performance, so it'll be interesting to see which direction the story goes.
Also if any of you out there hate that 10 Things I Hate About You movie, more specifically Stiles character in the film, this is probably your best bet in ever seeing that person tortured and killed.
For those of you out there that love William H Macy as much as I do, today gives us reason to celebrate. The owner of one of the world's greatest whispy mustaches, when he feels so inclined, will now be on a television show playing an alcoholic dad. It's even going to be on Showtime so it probably won't suck. Praise jebus.
Pay cabler has given a 12-episode order to a darkly comic drama series starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum from Warner Bros. TV and John Wells Prods. Macy plays Frank Gallagher, the alcoholic patriarch of a large blue-collar family in Chicago. Rossum co-stars as the eldest daughter, Fiona, who is tasked with raising her five siblings.
"Shameless" is based on the British TV series of the same name. Creator Paul Abbott co-wrote the pilot for the U.S. adaptation with Wells and will serve as an exec producer on the series. The pilot shot late last year was helmed by Mark Mylod ("Entourage," "United States of Tara"). [via variety]
Somewhere later in the article the producer references the show as "Party Of Five on acid". I was never a fan of Party Of Five but I am a fan of acid so I guess we can just cancel those out. Macy can literally play anything and this sounds like a role that is destined for an emmy nod, as well as some classic youtube montages of a passed out drunk. Color me inebriated. We'll update you with more when we hear it.
Noted loon, conspiracy theorist, and award winning filmmaker Oliver Stone is developing a 10 part documentary series for Showtime titled Secret History Of America.
Narrated by Stone, the series promises to focus on events that "at the time went under-reported, but crucially shaped America's unique and complex history of the last 60 years," according to Showtime.
Subjects will include President Harry Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, the origins of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, to "the fierce struggle between war and peace in America's national security complex."
The project includes "newly discovered facts and accounts" from the Kennedy administration, the Vietnam War and the great changes in America's role in the world since the fall of Communism in the 1980s "through this epic 10-hour series, which I feel is the deepest contribution I could ever make in film to my children and the next generation, I can only hope a change in our thinking will result," Stone said in a statement.
The chaos and conspiracies will unfold sometime in 2010.
Apparently Seth Rogen likes porn more than your typical thirtysomething, and Kevin Smith seems to be rubbing off on him (get it!). I always say you can really trust a guy that loves porn, like my old neighbor Esteban, he loved porn, and he loved boys, and thats why he loved boy porn so much. He was a fine man, and I totally would have testified in his defense if there wasn't a Jimmy Stewart marathon on. It's not everyday you get to see It's a Wonderful Life on TV in the winter.
Rogen and production partner Evan Goldberg are developing a comedy series for the pay cabler (Showtime) about three twentysomethings who learn about life and love while running a pornography shop.
Rogen and Goldberg will exec produce the as-yet untitled project.
Showtime is really doing a good job of stealing whatever Oklahoma City Thunder HBO had back in the Sopranos days. They also have the highly anticipated Diablo Cody series United States of Tara premiering in January. I am certainly interested in what Rogen and Goldberg put together, it seems like a surefire hit to me, young guys talking about sex. Please star Michael Cera, thank you.
(cue Fabulous voiceover tone) This is soooooooooooooooo exciting. It seems Big Gay Al may finally get another 15 minutes in the spotlight but not where you would normally expect. Al may be leaving his comfy confines on the outskirts of South Park, for a prime gig over at the newly hip Showtime channel. While casting is far from official at this point, it seems clear that Al is an obvious Super Hella Awesome choice for the lead.
Showtime is developing an hourlong project from comicbook icon Stan Lee that tracks the life of a gay superhero.
Project is being exec produced by Lee and the president and CEO of his Pow! Entertainment banner, Gill Champion.
Story, which focuses on an up-and-coming superhero who struggles to hide his secret identities, is based on the book "Hero" by Perry Moore.
I mean look at how excited he is. He's got his outfit on, bag packed and everything. Not to mention how influential he is to America's youth, as shown in the fabulous video below.