Showtime and Paramount Television Studios have suspended production for four days on upcoming series American Gigolo, a reboot of the popular 1980 movie. The move comes a couple of days after the Paramount network and TV studio severed ties with the series’ developer, writer, director and executive producer David Hollander following an investigation into allegations of misconduct.
Urooj Sharif, who had a previous run at Showtime early in her industry career, is returning to the premium cabler as vice president, scripted programming. In her new role, Sharif will be responsible for the development and production oversight of premium scripted series, including drama, comedy and limited series. She will creatively oversee all steps of development and production, as well as serving as the network liaison for projects through delivery and release.
“If you are working on commercials or for HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax, BET or another company that has a contract still in effect – you must keep working,” IATSE informed its members. “You will not be a scab!” (Image: HBO; IATSE; BET)
Until midnight on October 20, subscribers can pay $10 for the ad-supported tier (with limited ads on select Paramount+ programming) or $13 for the ad-free option. As stand-alones, the two tiers of Paramount+ currently cost $5 and $10, while Showtime is at $11.
Sunday’s Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul exhibition bout has apparently crashed Showtime’s servers. “We are aware that some customers have been having trouble accessing tonight’s Pay Per View event on Showtime.com. We are working diligently to resolve the issue and will redress customers appropriately,” a Showtime spokesperson said in a statement around 7:30 p.m. ET.
ViacomCBS-owned fight circuit Bellator MMA will have its matches air on corporate cousin Showtime as the premium network continues to ramp up its investment in ring sports.
Stephen Colbert is heading back to Showtime for another live election night special. The host of The Late Show will front Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand: Building Back America Great Again Better 2020. It marks the second live election special for Colbert after he hosted Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t? in 2016.
The premium cable outlet has ordered a 10-episode Dexter limited series that will reunite star Michael C. Hall and original showrunner Clyde Phillips. The show will be a continuation of the original, eight-season series, which ended in 2013 with Hall’s Dexter Morgan going on self-imposed exile as a lumberjack and living a solitary life. Production is scheduled to begin early next year for planned fall 2021 premiere.
Calhoun will take on the role of EVP of communications on May 4. She succeeds Johanna Fuentes, who is leaving the ViacomCBS network to head global communications at Warner Bros.
The actress shocked fans of her Showtime drama when she suddenly quit the role that earned her a Golden Globe, then said she wasn’t allowed to say why. Now, insiders reveal a complex situation that involved complaints of a hostile work environment, Lena Dunham, and a director and showrunner who sparked a formal investigation.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Showtime says the eighth and final season of “Homeland” will debut in early 2020. The channel said on Friday that production on the acclaimed drama’s last 12 episodes is underway. Former CIA agent Carrie struggled last season to uncover an international conspiracy to harm America’s democratic institutions. The final season […]
The former Turner executive will also have oversight for marketing efforts at Pop and the Smithsonian Channel.
Despite an all-star cast including Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts and Seth MacFarlane, Showtime’s The Loudest Voice premiered to unspectacular figures on the cabler. The premiere averaged 299,000 total viewers during its initial Sunday 10 p.m. broadcast which, for comparison, is just over half the 532,000 viewers which City on a Hill managed for its debut episode.
Laurie Luhn, the former Fox News staffer who made sexual abuse allegations against Roger Ailes, has dropped a $750 million lawsuit against Showtime over the forthcoming miniseries The Loudest Voice.
NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Baker and Joel Martinez may be hosts of a late night TV talk show that attracts A-list celebrities but they don’t feel like they’re competing with the likes of Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert. The comedians, who go by Desus Nice & The Kid Mero, got their break in podcasts […]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Showtime has canceled the comedy series “SMILF” after two seasons, and ABC studios, which produces the show, has suspended a development deal with its creator, star and executive producer Frankie Shaw. The dual announcements Friday came after a December story in The Hollywood Reporter that detailed allegations of abusive on-set behavior […]
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Bryan Cranston will star in a new TV legal thriller set in New Orleans. Showtime said Thursday that Cranston will play the lead role in “Your Honor,” a limited series from executive producers Robert and Michelle King of “The Good Wife” and “The Good Fight” and Peter Moffat. Cranston, who’s also […]
Amid an ABC investigation into creator and star Frankie Shaw’s allegedly inappropriate behavior on set, lawmakers in Massachusetts — where the Boston-set series shoots — are calling for the show’s tax incentives to be suspended pending the outcome of the studio’s probe.
Gary Levine and Jana Winograde have been named co-presidents of entertainment at Showtime Networks. The pair will develop and supervise all Showtime programming, including comedy, drama, unscripted, documentaries and film, overseeing production, program operations, business affairs, casting, scheduling, research and home entertainment.
Women directed a record 25% of episodic television in the 2017-18 season, an increase of 4% from the previous season, according to the Directors Guild of America study released Wednesday.