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[05/31/05 - 12:00 AM]
Showtime Honors Dads with Special Father's Day Programs on Sunday, June 19

[via press release from Showtime]

SHOWTIME Honors Dads With Special Father's Day Programs on Sunday, June 19

NEW YORK, May 31 -- In recognition of fathers everywhere, SHOWTIME will present two programs that feature the special relationship shared between fathers and their children on Sunday, June 19 with the programs WE ARE DAD and FATHERS AND SONS. WE ARE DAD begins at 7:00 PM (ET/PT), followed by FATHERS AND SONS at 8:00 PM (ET/PT).

WE ARE DAD is a gut-wrenching documentary centered around partners Steve Lofton and Roger Croteau. The two have been deemed "unfit" by the state of Florida to adopt the five children they have raised since birth - even though they were viewed as capable foster parents for the "unwanted" children born HIV-positive. When one of the children - now a teenager - is found to be HIV- free and thus "adoptable," the state decides to remove him from the only home he has known. The film is produced and directed by Michel Horvat and was acquired for SHOWTIME from All Channel Films.

FATHERS AND SONS, presented in the form of three intertwined vignettes, was written and directed by three different filmmakers: Robert Spera, Rodrigo Garcia, and Jared Rappaport. Resonant with tender, funny and poignant observations, FATHERS AND SONS portrays the lives of three families residing on the same street in a suburban neighborhood over a span of more than thirty years and across multiple generations. While each of the three families on Caleb's Path Road confronts its own particular problems, the film follows the central theme of how, despite their best efforts, fathers and sons universally struggle to cross the chasm of alienation to connect. It features an all-star cast which includes Kathy Baker, Ron Eldard, Gale Harold, John Mahoney, Samantha Mathis, Vinessa Shaw and Bradley Whitford.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Viacom Inc., owns the premium television networks SHOWTIME(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) and FLIX(R), as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME(R) TOO(TM), SHOWTIME(R) SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME(R), SHOWTIME BEYOND(R), SHOWTIME NEXT(R), SHOWTIME WOMEN(R), SHOWTIME FAMILYZONE(R) and TMC xtra. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD(R), SHOWTIME ON DEMAND(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND(TM) and FLIX ON DEMAND. SNI operates and manages the premium television network SUNDANCE CHANNEL(R), which is a venture between NBC Universal, Robert Redford, and Showtime Networks Inc. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME(R) PPV. Additionally, the advertiser-supported television network SHOWTIME is available in Turkey through a joint venture with UK-based Zone Vision.

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