2014 SUMMER PROGRAMMING OVERVIEW
1 hour, 12 episodes
Premieres: Sunday, July 13th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, the series stars Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) nominee Liev Schreiber as LA's best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city's celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls' most complicated and combustible situations go away. Season one came to a close with an epic showdown resulting in Boston mobster and fugitive, Sully's (James Woods) demise. Season two of this powerful drama, will explore the fallout of his murder for Ray, his father Mickey (played by Jon Voight in his Golden Globe-winning role) and the FBI, headed by LA Bureau Chief Cochran (guest star Hank Azaria). As the season unfolds, Ray continues to seek balance between the demands of his family, including his volatile relationship with Mickey, and the demands of his Hollywood clients. The cast also includes Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey and Devon Bagby. Oscar(R)-nominated actor Elliott Gould will return as a special guest star for season two. In addition to Gould and Azaria, season two will also feature an impressive line-up of guest stars including Ann-Margret, Wendell Pierce, Sherilyn Fenn, Vinessa Shaw, Brian Geraghty, Heather McComb and Kip Pardue. RAY DONOVAN is created and executive produced by Ann Biderman. A SHOWTIME production, the series is also executive produced by Mark Gordon, Bryan Zuriff and David Hollander.
MASTERS OF SEX
1 hour, 12 episodes
Premieres: Sunday, July 13th at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Starring Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as real-life pioneers of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the series chronicles their unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a mid-western teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine. The series is an adaptation of Thomas Maier's book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How To Love. Season two also stars Caitlin Fitzgerald, Teddy Sears and Annaleigh Ashford. Betsy Brandt, Sarah Silverman, Keke Palmer, Courtney B. Vance, Rene Auberjonois and Christian Borle will guest star. Season one of MASTERS OF SEX received both Golden Globe and WGA nominations and was honored as one of AFI's Top Ten Television Programs of the Year. MASTERS OF SEX was created by Michelle Ashford (The Pacific) who also serves as an executive producer. In addition, the series is executive produced by Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Judith Verno and Amy Lippman. Michael Dinner, Michael Sheen, Tammy Rosen and Thomas Maier serve as producers. MASTERS OF SEX is produced by Sony Pictures Television.
7 DEADLY SINS
1/2 hour, 7 episodes
Premieres: Thursday, August 7th at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
SHOWTIME will take an in-depth look at the weird and darkly comic world of sin in the documentary series 7 DEADLY SINS, premiering Thursday, August 7th at 11 p.m. ET/PT. Executive produced and hosted by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), the stylized series will explore each of the seven deadly sins - gluttony, sloth, envy, pride, wrath, greed and lust -- one per episode and told through Spurlock's unique and extreme lens. 7 DEADLY SINS is produced under Spurlock's Warrior Poets production banner (Inside Man, One Direction: This is Us), along with his producing partner Jeremy Chilnick.
12 O'CLOCK BOYS - THE DIRECTOR'S CUT
Premieres: Friday, June 6th at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
The 12 O'CLOCK BOYS are a notorious urban dirt bike pack in Baltimore - popping wheelies and weaving at excessive speeds through traffic, the group impressively evades the hamstrung police. In Lotfy Nathan's wild, dynamic documentary (three years in the making), their stunning antics are envisioned through the eyes of young adolescent Pug - a bright kid from the Westside obsessed with the riders and willing to do anything to join their ranks. Premiering to critical acclaim at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival and Hot Docs Film Festival, 12 O'CLOCK BOYS provides a compelling and intimate personal story of a young boy and his dangerous, thrilling dream.
DAVID BECKHAM INTO THE UNKNOWN
Premieres: Friday, June 13th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
This documentary special chronicles global superstar athlete David Beckham and his friends' unforgettable journey deep into the heart of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. After an illustrious 22-year career, the former soccer star is now retired and able to step away from his hectic life and experience this latest adventure as he contemplates what's next. Beckham flies 5,000 miles to Manaus in the heart of the rainforest. From there, he and his friends Derek White and Dave Gardner travel by motorbike and boat, guided by locals as they visit the tiny community of Angelin, cross the river Negro to the banks of the Cuieras River and travel deeper into the rainforest to meet the remote Yanomami tribe.
World-renowned filmmaker Anthony Mandler captures the exploits of Beckham and his friends in DAVID BECKHAM INTO THE UNKNOWN, which will air on Friday, June 13th at 9 p.m. on SHOWTIME (with BBC Worldwide holding international distribution rights for the film).
Premieres: Thursday, June 26th at 8:25 p.m. (ET/PT)
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Douglas Tirola (An Omar Broadway Film, All In: The Poker Movie) and featuring a number of the world's renowned bartenders and cocktail drinkers, HEY BARTENDER is a love story to the cocktail and the people who make them. The film gives insider access to the most exclusive bars in New York, chronicling the comeback of the cocktail and the rebirth of the bartender. Also features commentary from some of New York City's best cocktail hosts, including Graydon Carter, Danny Meyer and Amy Sacco.
L WORD MISSISSIPPI: HATE THE SIN
Premieres: Friday, August 8th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
This 90-minute documentary, executive produced by filmmaker Ilene Chaiken (The L Word(R), The Real L Word(R)) and the award-winning Magical Elves directing and production team of Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz (Top Chef, Katy Perry: Part of Me), spotlights the unique challenges of being lesbians in between the "coasts" in the religious, conservative deep South. Directed by Oscar and Emmy nominee Lauren Lazin (Tupac: Resurrection), the documentary looks at what life is like for lesbians living outside more progressive metropolitan areas in America today where gay women endure hardships, bigotry, bullying, sexism and racism while trying to live among their predominantly straight neighbors.
SPARK: A BURNING MAN STORY
Premieres: August 2014
Each year, a week before Labor Day, Burning Man's "Black Rock City" rises from the dust of an ancient lakebed (fondly referred to by the participants as "the Playa") to become Nevada's third-largest population center, an ephemeral metropolis with few regulations and no commerce. It's a "pop-up" city of tens of thousands of strangers who unite around 10 Core Principles - commandments, if you will, like "Decommodification," "Participation" and "Radical Inclusion." The Playa's harsh desert, its citizens, formidable infrastructure, ritual, art, music and technology combine to give Burning Man a sort of community and culture like none other on earth. Through the use of compelling archival footage and interviews with the event's co-founders, in SPARK: A BURNING MAN STORY filmmakers Steve Brown and Jessie Deeter provide us a compelling behind-the-scenes look into Burning Man's history and its ongoing evolution today.
DAVID BOWIE: FIVE YEARS
Premieres: August 2014
With unprecedented access to David Bowie's personal archive, including previously unseen footage, this is the definitive portrait of one of rock's most influential stars. David Bowie is widely recognized as one of the most daring and innovative performers of the 20th century, boasting both critical and commercial success since his early days in the 1960s and influencing popular culture ever since. After a 10-year hiatus, Bowie has released a new single (Where Are We Now?), a new album The Next Day, and the first international retrospective of Bowie's career is set to open at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. With unique access to David Bowie's personal archive of costumes, set designs, lyrics and memorabilia, this program explores five seminal years across Bowie's extensive career, with each year illustrating not only the source of his inspiration, but also where those ideas led him. The film starts with 1971 and the creation of Ziggy Stardust; moves on to 1975, the year of the Young Americans and the Thin White Duke; 1977 and the release of the hugely influential albums Low and Heroes; 1980, the year of Ashes to Ashes, one of the most iconic songs of the decade; and 1983, the year Bowie went commercial with the release of Let's Dance. This film offers a unique opportunity to explore Bowie's work and creative vision and shows Bowie not just as the rock star chameleon, but also as an artist drawing on rich and diverse cultural influences.
COCAINE COWBOYS RELOADED
Premieres: September 2014
In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. Cocaine Cowboys is the true story of how Miami became the drug, murder and cash capital of the United States. But it isn't the whole story. Utilizing hundreds of hours of additional interviews and recently uncovered archival news footage, Cocaine Cowboys has been Reloaded: packed with footage and stories that have never been told about Griselda Blanco, the Medellín Cartel, and Miami's Cocaine Wars, with firsthand accounts by hitman Jorge 'Rivi' Ayala, cocaine trafficker Jon Roberts, smuggler Mickey Munday, and others. COCAINE COWBOYS RELOADED recreates Miami's Cocaine Wars like you've never experienced it, with over two thirds of its running time devoted to previously unseen material.
I AM DIVINE
Premieres: September 2014
I AM DIVINE is the story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, from his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to internationally recognized drag superstar through his collaboration with filmmaker John Waters. Spitting in the face of the status quo of body image, gender identity, sexuality and preconceived notions of beauty, Divine was the ultimate outsider-turned-underground royalty. With a completely committed in-your-face style, he blurred the line between performer and personality and revolutionized pop culture. I AM DIVINE is a definitive biographical portrait that charts the legendary icon's rise to infamy and emotional complexities.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
Premieres: Live Saturday, June 21st at 10:00 p.m. (ET)/ 7:00 p.m. (PT)
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING kicks off the summer with a tripleheader headlined by Robert Guerrero's return to the ring against Yoshihiro Kamegai in a 12-round welterweight matchup. The event will take place at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and co-feature Gary Russell Jr. vs. Vasyl Lomachenko for the vacant WBO Featherweight World Championship. Devon Alexander will face Jesus Soto Karass in a 10-round welterweight bout to open the telecast, live Saturday, June 21 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
ALL ACCESS: CANELO vs. LARA
1/2 hour, 3 episodes
Episode #1 Premieres: Friday, June 27th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Episode #2 Premieres: Wednesday, July 9th 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Epilogue (post-fight) Premieres: Saturday, July 19th (time TBD)
SHOWTIME Sports will offer the latest chapter of its Emmy Award-winning original documentary series ALL ACCESS in advance of the SHOWTIME PPV(R) event "Honor & Glory: Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara," a showdown between the No. 1 and No. 2 fighters in the junior welterweight division. ALL ACCESS gives you exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage as both fighters prepare for the biggest boxing event of the summer on July 12 in Las Vegas.
CANELO vs. LARA: COUNTDOWN LIVE
Premieres: Saturday, July 12th at 8:00 p.m. (ET)/ 5:00 p.m. (PT)
Live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, SHOWTIME Sports presents interviews, analysis and special features just minutes before the 4-fight SHOWTIME PPV headlined by Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara.