2014/2015 WINTER PROGRAMMING OVERVIEW
SHAMELESS (Season 5)
1 hour, 12 episodes
Premieres: Sunday, January 11th 2015 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
The fifth season of SHAMELESS stars Oscar(R) nominee and Emmy winner William H. Macy as pickled patriarch Frank Gallagher and Golden Globe(R) nominee Emmy Rossum as daughter Fiona. Recently garnering three Emmy Award nominations in the Comedy category, SHAMELESS season five finds the Gallaghers dealing with both the upside and downside of personal and urban renewal. As their neighborhood begins a move towards gentrifying, the Gallagher clan begins to reconcile their chaotic past in the hopes of building a better future. Dermot Mulroney and Steve Kazee and Sasha Alexander will guest star. The series stars Macy and Rossum, along with Ethan Cutkosky, Emily Bergl, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, Cameron Monaghan, Jeremy Allen White, Noel Fisher and special guest star Joan Cusack. Based on the long-running hit U.K. series, SHAMELESS is executive produced by Emmy Award-winning television and film producer John Wells, Andrew Stearn, Christopher Chulack, Davey Holmes and Nancy Pimental. Wells developed the series for American television. Paul Abbott serves as executive consultant. SHAMELESS is produced by Bonanza Productions, Inc. in association with John Wells Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
HOUSE OF LIES (Season 4)
1/2 hour, 12 episodes
Premieres: Sunday, January 11th 2015 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
On the season finale of HOUSE OF LIES, we last saw a despondent Marty (Don Cheadle) alone in the desert after a cataclysmic double-cross by Jeannie (Kristen Bell) and a visit by the Feds. This season, Marty's brief stint in white collar prison leaves Jeannie to pick up the pieces of the now tainted Kaan & Associates with Clyde (Ben Schwartz) and Doug (Josh Lawson). Client flight has decimated the bottom line, but Marty is now a man with a singular focus: winning, at any and all cost. Larenz Tate returns as Marty's brother Malcolm. Guest stars include Mary McCormack, Demetri Martin, Alicia Witt and Valorie Curry. HOUSE OF LIES is the hit half-hour comedy series from the hit tell-all book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn. HOUSE OF LIES stars Cheadle (Iron Man 3) in his three-time Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning performance. Bell (Frozen, Veronica Mars) plays his razor-sharp partner, along with Emmy winner Schwartz (This is Where I Leave You); Lawson (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues); Emmy winner Glynn Turman (In Treatment); and Donis Leonard Jr. (Criminal Minds). Produced by SHOWTIME, HOUSE OF LIES is created and executive produced by Matthew Carnahan. Jessika Borsiczky, Don Cheadle and David Walpert return as executive producers for season four.
EPISODES (Season 4)
1/2 hour, 9 episodes
Premieres: Sunday, January 11th 2015 at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
In the hilarious, award-winning, critically-acclaimed comedy series, EPISODES, from creators David Crane (Friends) and Jeffrey Klarik (Mad About You), Matt LeBlanc plays an outrageous version of himself, for which he won a Golden Globe(R) and received multiple Emmy(R) nominations for 'Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series.' Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig, two of the crown jewels of British comedy, are Sean and Beverly Lincoln, an English couple whose hit U.K. sitcom is remade for U.S. audiences and corrupted beyond recognition.
At the start of the fourth season, Matt faces a financial crisis and is forced to make some tough decisions. Matt being Matt, he will likely make the wrong ones. Sean and Beverly have been dragged back to LA to shoot more episodes of their disastrous sitcom "Pucks!" Meanwhile, their other project "The Opposite of Us" refuses to go away. And there's a new head of the network who will, in all likelihood, make life more complicated for everyone. This season fortunes are lost, hearts are broken, egos are crushed, careers are ruined, sex tapes are revealed, and large amounts of vodka are consumed. Just another day in Hollywood. EPISODES, which in its first three seasons earned Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe awards and nominations, is executive produced by Jimmy Mulville through his Hat Trick production company and is a co-production of SHOWTIME and the BBC.
WEB THERAPY (Season 4)
1/2 hour, 12 episodes
The additional three episodes of the season (410-412) will premiere 1/14, 1/21 & 1/28 at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season four brings top film and television stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Hamm, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Matthew Perry (the fourth 'Friend' to appear on the series), Allison Janney, Lauren Graham, Craig Ferguson, Calista Flockhart, Dax Shephard, and Marie Claire Creative Director Nina Garcia into Fiona's narcissistic world. Additionally, series co-creator, executive producer and Emmy Award winner Dan Bucatinsky will reprise his role as Fiona's old assistant Jerome, along with returning guest stars Billy Crystal, Lily Tomlin, Rashida Jones, Victor Garber, Julie Claire, Jennifer Elise Cox and Tim Bagley.
This year, it seems everyone has achieved the fame and fortune that Fiona has been striving for, except, well... Fiona herself. Her husband Kip (Victor Garber) has been appointed to a prestigious judgeship, her mother Putsy is basking in the success of a bestselling exposé, her old assistant Jerome and secretary Gina (Courtney Cox) are now undeserving trust-fund millionaires. Striving to reverse this trend and get the recognition she so rightly deserves, Fiona rebrands her modality, expands her Web Therapy franchise, and begins "treating" an increasingly crazy set of new clients, many of whom fail to grasp that when the doctor is in, what can you do for her? WEB THERAPY is created by Kudrow, Don Roos & Dan Bucatinsky for Is or Isn't Entertainment. Bucatinsky and Kudrow serve as executive producers. Roos continues to serve as director.
SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO: AREN'T YOU EMBARRASSED?
Premieres: Friday, November 14th at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Sebastian Maniscalco examines the shameless behaviors of our modern society - from the small daily annoyances to the publicly obnoxious - when he asks, "AREN'T YOU EMBARRASSED?" This new, one-hour comedy special is deeply relatable and highly entertaining as it is inspired by real-life irritations that keep audiences rolling in laughter.
Premieres: Thursday, October 30th at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
When Louis Ortiz shaved off his goatee one day in 2008, his life changed forever. He looked in the mirror and he didn't see himself - a middle-aged, unemployed Puerto Rican father from the Bronx. He saw the face of change, of hope... of money. BRONX OBAMA tells the strange and improbable tale of a Barack Obama impersonator who tries to cash in on the "look of a lifetime" and chases a fevered American dream from opportunity to oblivion.
Filmmaker Ryan Murdock's debut feature film has been in the making for nearly three years, as he intimately documented Ortiz's transformation during Obama's first term and the 2012 election season. Murdock has rolled out this story in multiple parts - first as a 36-minute radio piece for NPR's This American Life, then as a short film for The New York Times. The 90-minute feature documentary reveals a host of new characters; a manager who pushes Ortiz hard to "become Obama," a seasoned "Bill Clinton" who dispenses advice, and a hard-working "Mitt Romney" who bets it all on his newfound career. Murdock captures unexpectedly hilarious moments along this Twilight-Zone-esque campaign trail while delving deep into the question of what it means to be someone you're not.
LOST SONGS: THE BASEMENT TAPES CONTINUED
WORLD PREMIERES: Friday, November 21st at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
The documentary, which will premiere on SHOWTIME on Friday, November 21st at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) and encore on SHOWTIME 2 on Tuesday, November 25th at 10 p.m. and is produced and directed by Sam Jones with Larry Jenkins serving as the executive producer, chronicles the recording of new music from long-lost lyrics penned by legendary songwriter Bob Dylan. LOST SONGS: THE BASEMENT TAPES CONTINUED is an exclusive and intimate look at five of today's most acclaimed artists - Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) - as they create music (along with acclaimed Oscar(R)-winning producer T Bone Burnett) for two-dozen recently discovered lyrics written by Bob Dylan. Carol Cohen also serves as the documentary's producer.
Premieres: Friday, November 28th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
They're gods. They're rock stars. They're the ultimate fantasy. They are the men of LA BARE. Directed by actor Joe Manganiello (who was inspired by his role in Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike), this unscripted film goes behind the curtain, behind the stage and behind the magic of the world's most popular male strip club - La Bare Dallas. Featuring a unique ensemble of the club's most popular dancers, LA BARE takes a provocative look into their rock 'n' roll lifestyle and offers a front row seat to their lives, loves, laughs and losses.
LANCE ARMSTRONG: STOP AT NOTHING
Premieres: Friday, November 7th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
This is an intimate but explosive story about the man behind the greatest fraud in sporting history. Lance Armstrong enriched himself by cheating his fans, his sport and the truth. But the former friends whose lives and careers he destroyed would prove to be his nemesis.
At the film's heart is a portrait of a man who will stop at nothing in pursuit of money, fame and success. It reveals just how Armstrong duped the world with his story of a miraculous recovery from cancer to become a sporting icon and a beacon of hope for cancer sufferers everywhere; how his cheating, bullying and lying become more and more extreme as he attempted to crush his opponents on and off the bike; and how a few brave souls refused to bow to his indomitable will, resolutely fighting back, putting their own fate in the balance as they became outcasts, derided and humiliated until eventually their voices were heard.
The film reveals how Lance Armstrong's cheating was the focus of a grand conspiracy - a giant heist in which Armstrong, his backers and sponsors sought to steal one of the greatest sporting events in history and enrich themselves to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars at the expense of fans, the sport and the truth. It also shows what happens when a small, close-knit group of friends shares a secret and how that secret corrodes their bonds of friendship until they turn on each other in a desperate fight for the truth, destroying marriages, careers and lives. In STOP AT NOTHING, Armstrong's friends and enemies speak candidly for the first time about the man at the center of the greatest fraud in sporting history.
THE LAST ONE
WORLD PREMIERES: Monday, December 1st at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) - In honor of World AIDS Day
In the '80s and '90s, as the gay community was being ravaged by AIDS, families and friends of the dying fought a public battle to find treatment and understanding. The AIDS Memorial Quilt was conceived, "... as a weapon against not only the disease but the cruelty and bigotry that the disease exposed," according to one of its founders, Cleve Jones. Today the Quilt is a handmade testament to both the struggle of the early days of the epidemic and its continued impact today, as panels representing lives lost to the disease continue to stream in from all over the world. THE LAST ONE is a feature-length documentary that frames the quest to sew the last panel into the Quilt, representing the end of AIDS.
Through archival footage, vérité scenes and interviews with founder Cleve Jones, self-described "Hand Maiden of the Quilt" Gert McMullin, and other early volunteers and panel makers, THE LAST ONE uncovers the birth of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and its subsequent impact on politics, science and the media. Through activists like Patricia Nalls and Regan Hoffman, the film explores the role the Quilt continues to play as a response to a disease that, while treatable for some, still affects vulnerable communities around the world.
PAULY SHORE STANDS ALONE
WORLD PREMIERES: Thursday, December 4th at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
In this touching and funny documentary, comedian Pauly Shore (Encino Man, Son in Law, MTV's Totally Pauly) takes a film crew on the road as he tours Wisconsin and Minnesota, playing venues in small towns across each state and entertaining a cult following of fans who have stayed loyal to him since his heyday in the '90s. In between clips of his stand-up routine, Shore talks about his life outside of comedy, showing a vulnerable, tender side to his personality and giving the audience a rare opportunity to see the man behind the persona. Between caring for his ailing mother, selling his childhood home, reflecting about his upbringing in the famous "Comedy Store", and deciding whether or not to have a baby, Shore does some deep soul searching... nevertheless as with any Pauly Shore film, the jokes are never far behind.
NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC
Premieres: Friday, December 12th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Twenty years after the release of Nas' groundbreaking debut album 'Illmatic,' NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC takes us into the heart of his creative process. Returning to his childhood home in Queensbridge, Nas shares stories of his upbringing, his influences - from the music of his jazz musician father Olu Dara to the burgeoning hip-hop scene in New York City - and the obstacles he faced before his major label signing at age 19. Featuring interviews with his 'Illmatic' producers (Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., and DJ Premier) and musical peers (including Pharrell Williams and Alicia Keys), NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC is a thrilling account of Nas's evolution from a young street poet to a visionary MC.
KOBE BRYANT'S MUSE
The feature-length documentary film KOBE BRYANT'S MUSE will offer an in-depth look into the life, inspirations and challenges facing one of the most successful and complex figures in professional sports. At this critical juncture in his career, viewers will watch as Bryant attempts to cement his legacy, opening a window into the mind of an elite athlete still motivated to be the best, but also contemplating life after sports. The documentary will examine Bryant's storied basketball career, detailing his mentorships, allies and rivalries that have helped shape his 18-year tenure in the NBA. The ultimate competitor for nearly two decades, a 16-time All-Star and winner of five NBA championships, Bryant dominated professional basketball until a series of recent injuries threatened to abridge his career. With unbridled access to his daily experiences, the film will reveal what makes Bryant tick and the life-long inspirations that have motivated him.
INSIDE THE NFL
New 1-hour episodes every Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) during the NFL season
New team, new night: Former 12-year NFL veteran safety and nine-time Pro Bowler Ed Reed, current Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall and Boomer Esiason join Phil Simms as analysts, along with new host Greg Gumbel, on INSIDE THE NFL when the series begins its seventh season on SHOWTIME on Tuesday, September 2 (moving from Wednesday nights). Marshall is the first active NFL player to join the weekly studio show, and INSIDE THE NFL is Reed's first television job. INSIDE THE NFL covers every game, every week, with trademark highlights from NFL Films, special, in-depth features and spirited debate on the hottest topics in the league.
60 MINUTES SPORTS
New 1-hour editions on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
CBS News and SHOWTIME Sports partner on this unique sports newsmagazine series 60 MINUTES SPORTS offers first-class investigations on today's biggest stories and compelling profiles of the most important and intriguing personalities in sports. The series, which airs on the first Tuesday of every month on SHOWTIME, represents the first time original 60 MINUTES content has aired on a cable network. The first name in news is now the last word in sports.
JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME (Season 3)
New episodes on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Now in its fourth season, JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME brings one of the biggest names and smartest voices in sports to the premium network. The sports talk series features Jim Rome's trademark style and opinions, which have made him one of the most famous and outspoken sportscasters of his generation. The series features a combination of provocative monologues, in-depth features and compelling guest stars from the worlds of sports, business and entertainment. JIM ROME airs on the second Tuesday (moving from Wednesday nights) of every month on SHOWTIME.