2015 FALL PROGRAMMING OVERVIEW
HOMELAND (Season 5)
1 hour, 12 episodes
Premieres: Sunday, October 4th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Premiering this fall, the series will pick up two years after Carrie Mathison's (Emmy(R), Screen Actors Guild(R) and Golden Globe(R) Award hit drama winner Claire Danes) ill-fated tenure as Islamabad station chief. Struggling to reconcile her guilt and disillusionment with years of working on the front lines in the "war on terror," Carrie finds herself in self-imposed exile in Berlin, estranged from the CIA and working as the head of security for a German philanthropist. HOMELAND is currently in production in Berlin, and is the first American TV series to shoot entirely in Germany. Season five also stars Emmy nominee Rupert Friend, Oscar(R) winner F. Murray Abraham, Sebastian Koch, Screen Actors Guild winner Miranda Otto, Alexander Fehling, Sarah Sokolovic, and Emmy and Tony(R) winner Mandy Patinkin.
THE AFFAIR (Season 2)
1 hour, 12 episodes
Premieres: Sunday, October 4th at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Golden Globe(R) Award-winning drama series, THE AFFAIR, stars Golden Globe nominee Dominic West (The Wire) and Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (Luther), as well as Emmy(R) nominee Maura Tierney (ER) and SAG Award(R) nominee Joshua Jackson (Fringe). Season two of THE AFFAIR explores the emotional and psychological effects of an affair that destroyed two marriages, and the crime that brings these individuals back together. The provocative drama is told separately from four different perspectives, revealing four distinct truths. Wilson plays Alison, a young woman attempting to move on from tragedy and build a lasting relationship while contending with the judgment of others and her own self-doubt. Her lover Noah (West) is a burgeoning writer trying to balance the temptations of success, the family he left behind, and the woman he loves. Noah's estranged wife Helen (Tierney) is navigating divorce proceedings while caring for her children, and avoiding her parents' noxious influence. Jackson plays Cole, Alison's former husband who is struggling to overcome past heartbreak and start a promising new life. The long-term ramifications of the affair continue to shape these lives, and will lead to an event that changes everything once again. Award-winning playwright and writer/producer Sarah Treem (House of Cards, In Treatment) and Hagai Levi (In Treatment) created the series. Treem serves as executive producer, along with Levi, Anya Epstein (In Treatment) and director Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights).
JIMI HENDRIX: ELECTRIC CHURCH
Premieres: September 4th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Rock legend Jimi Hendrix captivated the world with his unique, highly stylized, jaw-dropping approach to blues guitar. The new SHOWTIME(R) documentary Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church, premiering Friday, September 4th at 9:00 pm (ET/PT), chronicles his largest ever U.S. performance at the massive Atlanta Pop Music Festival in July 1970 with never-before-seen concert footage of the icon in action. Standout performances include such Hendrix classics as "Hey Joe," "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," "Purple Haze," as well as versions of "Room Full Of Mirrors," "Freedom," "Straight Ahead" and "The Star Spangled Banner" against a backdrop of fireworks. The recently unearthed footage, shot by Steve Rash (The Buddy Holly Story), details the historic night and the efforts of promoter Alex Cooley to create the definitive music festival with Hendrix as the centerpiece.
Directed by John McDermott, Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church showcases breathtaking, 16mm color footage of Hendrix's never-before-aired performance, a mere ten weeks before his untimely death. The film features such contemporaries as Paul McCartney, who stood in awe of Hendrix's incredible musical prowess. He recalls, "We all played guitar. We all knew a bit. But he seemed to know more than us." Hendrix's Experience bandmates Billy Cox and the late Mitch Mitchell are also featured, as well as Steve Winwood, Rich Robinson, Kirk Hammett, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi.
AMERICAN DREAM/ AMERICAN KNIGHTMARE
Premieres: Saturday, September 26th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Under the SHO: Close Up banner, AMERICAN DREAM/AMERICAN KNIGHTMARE, from famed director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Brooklyn's Finest), delves deep into the life and storied exploits of the iconic Death Row Records co-founder, Suge Knight, as well as the volatile and highly influential era in music that he presided over. Through a series of interviews with Knight, who is currently in jail pending trial on murder, attempted-murder and hit-and-run charges, viewers are guided through his world as he personally reveals exactly how it all happened and why it all fell apart. AMERICAN DREAM/AMERICAN KNIGHTMARE is directed by Fuqua, and is executive produced by Bradley J. Fischer (Black Swan, Shutter Island, Zodiac), Fuqua and Eva Gunz.
COMPARED TO WHAT: THE IMPROBABLE JOURNEY OF BARNEY FRANK
Premiere date to be announced soon
This documentary reveals a Barney Frank you only thought you knew. It is an intimate and entertaining look behind-the-scenes at the public and private life of one of America's greatest legislators. Combining forty years of rare and archival material with verité footage and interviews shot over several years, the film follows Frank from the Halls of Congress to the streets of Boston - and to the side of his loving partner Jim Ready as he takes his vows and becomes the first Member of Congress to enter into a same sex marriage.
CIA IN THE CROSSHAIRS
World Premiere: Saturday, November 28th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Under the SHO: CLOSE UP banner, SHOWTIME presents THE SPYMASTERS, this gripping documentary narrated by Mandy Patinkin (HOMELAND) looks inside the workings of the world's most powerful and clandestine spy agency and talks candidly to the men who ran it. For the first time ever, all 12 living directors of the CIA, and the agency's top operatives, have given remarkable, introspective interviews and unprecedented access to America's spy network. The film will reveal never-before-seen footage of directors talking about their failures and previously classified successes. THE SPYMASTERS is written by Chris Whipple and directed by Gédéon Naudet and Jules Naudet, the team behind the Emmy(R)-winning documentary 9/11. Executive producers are Gédéon Naudet, Jules Naudet, Chris Whipple, David Kennerly and Susan Zirinsky.
MAZ JOBRANI: I'M NOT A TERRORIST BUT I'VE PLAYED ONE ON TV
World Premiere: Tonight, Friday, August 21st at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Comedian Maz Jobrani follows up his bestselling book with a comedy special of the same name, I'm Not a Terrorist, but I've Played One on TV. In this special, Jobrani performs at the world famous Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles where he takes on political issues, social issues and his kids. Jobrani's comedy with an international flare has been seen in his previous specials including, The Axis of Evil, Brown and Friendly and I Come in Peace. He can be seen in Disney's Descendants, and co-wrote, produced and starred in the award-winning comedy Jimmy Vestvood; Amerikan Hero due out in wider release at the end of 2015. Jobrani is a regular panelist on NPR's Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me, and has given two TED talks. At a time when tensions between the East and the West are high, Jobrani uses his background as an Iranian-American to show that we have a lot more in common than we think. If it's smart humor you're looking for you've found it. I'm Not a Terrorist, but I've Played One on TV will have audiences laughing while thinking.
MARGARET CHO: psyCHO
World Premiere: Friday, September 25th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
SHOWTIME will debut MARGARET CHO: psyCHO, the latest show from renowned three-time Grammy and Emmy nominated comedian Margaret Cho, on September 25th at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Filmed in March at the Gramercy Theater in New York City, Cho returns to the stage in front of a live audience in this provocative performance. Never one to shy away from a difficult or taboo topic, Cho considers nothing off limits. The witty comedian keeps her audience laughing with her notorious observational humor and candid commentary on her personal life. From singlehood to Boko Haram to female empowerment, Cho tackles difficult subjects with sensitivity and razor-sharp insight. Part of the show includes touching tributes to her "father in comedy," Robin Williams and her "mother in comedy," Joan Rivers. A pioneer in the comedy world, Cho doesn't take anything for granted in this eclectic stand-up routine.
From Clownery Productions Inc. and Levity Productions, MARGARET CHO: psyCHO is executive produced by Margaret Cho, Judi Brown-Marmel, Norman Aladjem, Neil Sheridan, Reg Tigerman, Sarah J. Martin, Stacy Mark and Heidy Vaquerano.
SXSW COMEDY NIGHT TWO WITH W. KAMAU BELL
World Premiere: Friday, October 2nd at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Host of CNN's United Shades of America, W. Kamau Bell hosts another great comedy showcase from South By Southwest in Austin, TX. Filmed at The North Door on 6th Street; 'Night Two' features Todd Glass, Wyatt Cenac, Rachel Feinstein, Joe DeRosa and Jon Huck.
PETE CORREALE: LET ME TELL YA
World Premiere: November
Pete Correale has returned to tell audiences about the absurdities of life, love and marriage in his all new one-hour special, Let Me Tell Ya. The follow up to his critically acclaimed special, The Things We Do For Love, Let Me Tell Ya is a modern look at both the way relationships have evolved yet always stay the same. A New York native, Correale is a television and comedy club staple who resonates with fans from all walks of life. From the joy of ice cream to the pain of political correctness, Let Me Tell Ya is a hilarious how-to guide from Correale's spot-on perspective of how to navigate the comedy of living.
SHOWTIME PPV: FLOYD MAYWEATHER VS. ANDRE BERTO
Premieres: Saturday, September 12th
In what he claims will be the final fight of his Hall of Fame career, pound-for-pound boxing superstar Floyd "Money" Mayweather will put his undefeated record on the line against power-punching, two-time welterweight world champion Andre Berto. The four-fight pay-per-view event will be televised live from MGM Grand in Las Vegas and feature a stacked undercard including Roman Martinez and Orlando Salido II, a rematch of a 2015 Fight of the Year candidate.
ALL ACCESS: MAYWEATHER VS. BERTO
Premieres: Friday, August 28th
The Sports Emmy Award-winning series ALL ACCESS returns to chronicle the buildup and aftermath of the Sept. 12 SHOWTIME PPV showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto. The revealing documentary series will join the pound-for-pound champ as he prepares for what he is calling his final professional bout and introduce viewers to Berto, the man who is looking to hand Mayweather his first professional defeat.
PLAY IT FORWARD
Premieres: Friday, October 16th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Under the SHO: CLOSE UP banner, PLAY IT FORWARD, from executive producer Michael Strahan, is an intimate portrait on the life, family and career of legendary NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez and his relationship with his older brother Chris. The heartwarming film follows Tony and Chris over the course of a critical year in both of their lives as Tony chases post-season glory and Chris looks to fulfill his own mid-life ambition of becoming a firefighter. This candid glimpse into the Gonzalez family explores brotherhood, sacrifice and what it takes to achieve greatness, on-and-off the field. PLAY IT FORWARD is directed and written by Oscar nominee Andrea Blaugrand Nevins, produced by Cristan Crocker-Reilly and in addition to Strahan, is also executive produced by Constance Schwartz in association with Rare Bird Films and SMAC Entertainment.
I AM GIANT: VICTOR CRUZ
Premieres: Coming This Fall
New York Giants star wide receiver Victor Cruz's improbable rise to football stardom, demoralizing injury, and his dramatic attempt at a comeback are the subject of this SHOWTIME Sports original documentary film created in conjunction with SpringHill Entertainment. Despite his mental agility and toughness, no one really knows if the Super Bowl Champion can return to elite form when he steps on the field for the first time since the 2014 injury. I AM GIANT: VICTOR CRUZ intends to reveal the answer in a real-time, non-scripted narrative that culminates with a raw, unpredictable climax.
A SEASON WITH NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL
30 minutes, 12 episodes
Airs every Tuesday
A SEASON WITH NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL will chronicle the University of Notre Dame's quest for gridiron glory with weekly, all-access coverage of the college football powerhouse. From the classroom to the locker room and kick-off each week, the groundbreaking series will transport viewers behind-the-scenes, beyond the field and into the lives of student athletes as they compete for a college football national championship.
INSIDE THE NFL
1 hour, 23 episodes
Airs every Tuesday
The Sports Emmy Award-winning series returns for its eighth season on the network this fall. Active N.Y. Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall serves as expert analyst joined by all-Pro NFL greats Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason. INSIDE THE NFL delivers exclusive coverage and hard-hitting analysis throughout the season. The show covers every game, every week with special on-and-off-the-field features, incomparable highlights from NFL Films and spirited debates on the hottest topics in the league. The season kicks off Tuesday, September 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with new episodes premiering each Tuesday through Super Bowl 50.
60 MINUTES SPORTS
1 hour, 12 episodes
Airs on the first Tuesday of each month (Except September, which airs Sept. 8)
CBS News and SHOWTIME Sports partner on this unique sports newsmagazine series offering first-class investigations and features on today's most important stories and intriguing personalities. The Sports Emmy Award-winning series 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. 60 MINUTES SPORTS returns on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and continues on the first Tuesday of each month.
JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME
New episodes air on the second Tuesday of each month through October (Except September, which airs on Sept. 15)
Now in its fourth season, JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME brings one of the biggest names and 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 monthly installments beginning on Sept. 15 and continuing on the second Tuesday of each month.