2015 SPRING PROGRAMMING OVERVIEW
NURSE JACKIE (7th & Final Season)
1/2 hour, 12 episodes
Final Season Premieres: Sunday, April 12th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season seven picks up at the exact moment that season six left off: Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco) steps out of her mug shot and into a world of unrelenting consequences. Arrested and abandoned by those closest to her, Jackie's nursing license is revoked. This season, we watch Jackie fight to reclaim her sobriety, her job, her people, her children and her identity.
HAPPYISH (New Series)
1/2 hour, 10 episodes
Premiers: Sunday, April 26th at 9:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
HAPPYISH is a scathing examination of our pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might just be the very thing causing our unhappiness in the first place. The new half-hour pilot stars Oscar(R) and Golden Globe(R) nominee Steve Coogan (Philomena, Alan Partridge), as Thom Payne, a 44 year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25 year-old "wunderkind" boss arrives, saying things like "digital," "social" and "viral." Is he in need of a "rebranding," as his mentor insists, or does he just have a "low joy ceiling," as his corporate headhunter suggests? Maybe pursuing happiness is a fool's errand? Maybe, after 44 years on this ludicrous planet, settling for happyish is the best one can expect. The series also stars acclaimed actress Kathryn Hahn (Revolutionary Road, We're The Millers) and Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Bradley Whitford (The West Wing). Emmy and Tony winner Ellen Barkin (The New Normal, Modern Family) guest stars, along with Carrie Preston (The Good Wife), Molly Price (Third Watch) and Andre Royo (The Wire). HAPPYISH is created, written and executive produced by critically acclaimed author and regular This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander. Emmy(R) Award nominee Ken Kwapis (He's Just Not That Into You, A Walk In The Woods) executive produces and directed the pilot. Kwapis' producing partner Alexandra Beattie co-executive produces under their In Cahoots banner.
PENNY DREADFUL (Season 2)
1 hour, 10 episodes
Premieres: Sunday, May 3rd at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
PENNY DREADFUL is a drama series created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan's Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street Productions. This season, Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa's past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Simon Russell Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as a Scotland Yard investigator and Sarah Greene as Poole's powerful daughter, Hecate. "This season Vanessa and Ethan face new challenges, and old enemies, and turn to each other for solace," said John Logan. "Their intimacy grows as they are forced to confront their demons together." For more information and video clips, please visit the show's dedicated website www.penny-dreadful.com.
INSIDE COMEDY (Season 4)
1/2 hour, 6 episodes
Premieres: Spring 2015
Season four of INSIDE COMEDY, from comedy forces Steve Carell and David Steinberg, will feature much buzzed about entertainers including Stephen Colbert, Michael Keaton, Bryan Cranston, Dan Aykroyd, Wanda Sykes, Ted Danson and three-time Emmy nominee writer/comedian Carol Leifer (Seinfeld) - with more names to be announced soon. Each episode offers viewers a definitive look inside the career-defining moments, the influences and personal anecdotes of the crème de la crème of the comedy world, along with rare footage of some of their most memorable performances on the stage, television and film.
THAT GAL WHO WAS IN THAT THING: THAT GUY 2
Premieres: Thursday, March 5th at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
You'll know their faces, but do you know their names? They've played cops, lawyers, bosses, best friends, politicians and everything in between. In the sequel to "That Guy... Who Was In That Thing," follow 8 actresses as they detail their experiences in Hollywood with plastic surgery, race, sexism, nudity, recognition, double standards, age and family.
THE MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST
Premiers: Thursday, March 19th at 8:15 p.m. (ET/PT)
Once known as Houdini for his multiple and improbable jailbreaks, Mark DeFriest was condemned to Florida's worst prison after a lone psychiatrist reversed four court-appointed psychiatrists and declared DeFriest was faking mental illness. Over 30 years later, DeFriest is still struggling to understand how to survive a rigid and unforgiving system, whilst his remaining supporters forge an unlikely alliance to argue for his freedom in front of the Florida Parole Commission. Along the way, they uncover lingering questions as to whether DeFriest should have even been sent to prison, yet face the daunting task of explaining why a notorious troublemaker deserves to go free.
Premieres: Friday, March 27th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Following its recent win at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, DREAMCATCHER will premiere on SHOWTIME on March 27th at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The film is an inspirational portrait of Chicago's Brenda Myers-Powell whose Dreamcatcher Foundation fights to end human trafficking and prevent the sexual exploitation of at-risk youth.
DREAMCATCHER recently made its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival as part of the World Cinema Documentary section. The documentary won the World Cinema Directing Award honoring the work of veteran documentarian Kim Longinotto (Salma, Rough Aunties, Divorce Iranian Style). DREAMCATCHER focuses on Myers-Powell, a former Chicago prostitute who helps women and teenage girls break the cycle of sexual abuse and exploitation. The film lays bare the hidden violence that devastates the lives of young women, their families and the communities where they live. Armed with an overwhelming personality and unflinching focus, Myers-Powell established The Dreamcatcher Foundation, which helps women and girls acquire the tools they need to leave the sex industry.
DREAMCATCHER is a Rise Films, Vixen Films and Green Acres production in association with Impact Partners and Artemis Rising Foundation. It is directed and shot by Kim Longinotto and produced by Lisa Stevens and three-time Emmy(R) winner Teddy Leifer (The Interrupters, Oscar(R) nominee The Invisible War). Dan Cogan, Geralyn White Dreyfous and Regina K. Scully serve as executive producers.
KNOCK KNOCK, IT'S TIG NOTARO
Premieres: Friday, April 17th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
In KNOCK KNOCK, IT'S TIG NOTARO, the famed comedian travels across the country in order to put on a series of performances in the homes, backyards, barns, and basements of her most loyal fans. These trips allow Notaro to perform for her fans in more intimate - and random - settings. Each show has the potential to be an epiphany or a disaster, yet she eagerly dives into the chaos time and time again - embracing all of the awkwardness, adventure, and occasionally weird energy along the way. After an insane year, these trips give Notaro a chance to laugh at - and celebrate - life itself.
ELVIS COSTELLO: MYSTERY DANCE
Premieres: Friday, April 10th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
With 33 albums and dozens of hit songs, Elvis Costello is considered one of the most versatile and intelligent songwriters and performers of his generation. This is the story of his career. The film begins with Costello's childhood under the influence of his father, a singer with a popular dance band. It moves on to Costello's overnight success as Elvis Costello and the attractions and subsequent disenchantment with the formatted pressures of the music business. A disillusionment which led Costello to re-invent himself a number of times. Featuring interviews with Costello in Liverpool, London and New York, the songwriter talks at great length about his career, song-writing and music, and often breaks into song with examples from his repertoire. Particular focus is given to Costello's collaborations with Burt Bacharach, Allen Toussaint and Paul McCartney and the film includes exclusive unreleased demos of songs written by Costello and McCartney. The film also includes photographic material, documentary and performance archive featuring Costello with his own bands and in collaboration with a range of other artists, including Brodsky Quartet, Kris Kristofferson and Roseanne Cash.
ATARI: GAME OVER
Premiers: Thursday, April 16th at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
ATARI: GAME OVER explores the fabled urban legend known as "The Great Video Game Burial of 1983". As the story goes, the Atari Corporation, faced with an overwhelmingly negative response to the E.T. video game, disposed of millions of unsold game cartridges by burying them in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. For decades, the myth of Atari and these E.T. cartridges was whispered about among game fans everywhere. Director Zak Penn (X-Men 2, Avengers) and his team headed to the landfill where the videogames were supposedly buried to determine whether the story had merit. A range of interviews were also conducted to uncover the truth behind the legend. ATARI: GAME OVER was created by Xbox with two-time Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn (Man on Wire) and Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn (30 Days).
JAY MOHR: HAPPY. AND A LOT.
Premieres: Saturday, March 14th at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Jay Mohr's newest one-hour special is a hilariously funny account of his personal relationship with his wife (actress Nikki Cox) and how they raise their new son, featuring a plethora of extraordinary stories from their real life that are relatable to everyone, from all walks of life. Mohr's career spans over two decades in comedy, television, radio and film... from starting out as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, to over 200 television appearances, to his expansive film career in over 30 feature films co-starring opposite 13 Oscar winners, including his classical break-out performance as sports agent Bob Sugar opposite Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire and most recently as Matt Damon's brother in Clint Eastwood's critically acclaimed Hereafter. Presently, he has his own syndicated radio show 5 days a week ("Jay Mohr Sports") and one of the biggest podcasts in the world, with over 25 million downloads ("Mohr Stories").
ANDREW DICE CLAY PRESENTS THE BLUE SHOW
Premieres: Saturday, April 25th at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Andrew Dice Clay presents the "Blue Show" with some of his favorite... you guessed it, "Blue Comics"; Erik Myers, Steve Wilson, Eleanor Kerrigan, Michael Wheels Parise, The Smash Brothers; Cory & Chad, Colin Kane and Jason Rouse. Dice and his crew are as blue as he has always been without losing any bit of what has made him the infamous "Undisputed Bad Boy of Comedy." If you like your comedy edgy and filthy, this is your show!
ALEC MAPA: BABY DADDY
Premieres: TBD June
Actor and comedian Alec Mapa shares hilarious and heartfelt stories about how his life has changed since he and his husband adopted a five year old through foster care. No topic is off limits in this raunchy yet moving film of his award-winning one-man show: Mapa's sex life, hosting gay porn award shows, bodily functions, stage moms vs. baseball dads, and the joys, challenges, and unexpected surprises of fatherhood. Behind-the-scenes footage of his family's home life show why Mapa is beloved as "America's Gaysian Sweetheart."
KOBE BRYANT'S MUSE
Premieres: Saturday, February 28th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
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 17-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.
60 MINUTES SPORTS
1 hour, 12 episodes
Airs on the first Wednesday of each month
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
New episodes air every Wednesday in April & then on the first Wednesday of each month starting in May
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 returns with weekly episodes in April followed by monthly installments beginning in May on the first Wednesday of every month.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
Premieres: Saturday, March 28th at 10:00 p.m. (ET)/ 7:00 p.m. (PT) &
Saturday, April 18th at 10 p.m. (ET)/ 7:00 p.m. (PT)
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, the flagship franchise for SHOWTIME Sports, returns on Saturday, March 28 and Saturday, April 18. On March 28, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will present a doubleheader featuring a featherweight showdown between WBC champion Jhonny Gonzalez and top contender Gary Russell Jr., and a matchup of 154-pound contenders Jermell Charlo and Vanes Martirosyan. Then, on April 18, SHOWTIME presents the network debut of former world champion and Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., as he takes on light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING features bouts with the biggest names in the sport, including Floyd Mayweather, Adrien Broner, Amir Khan and budding stars Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman and heavyweight sensation Deontay Wilder.