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Showtime has set a Sunday, July 12 premiere date for the third seasons of both Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan.
Ray will open the night at 9/8c, followed by Sex. Each season will run 12 episodes.
Season 3 of Ray Donovan finds the titular fixer adrift from his family and those closest to him, while he focuses on his business and desires to be his own boss. Meanwhile, his father Mickey finds himself charting a similar course to build his own empire.
Joining the show this season are guest stars Ian McShane, »
Read More: Watch: 'Entourage' Movie Reveals First Trailer, Fake Trailer & Mark Wahlberg Fans who have been anticipating the big screen adaptation of HBO's hugely successful "Entourage," ever since the comedy series signed off the air in September 2011, can finally see just how huge Vince, Eric, Turtle, Johnny Drama and Ari will be on the big screen, thanks to a hilarious, cameo-packed new trailer. "Entourage" was always at its best when it successfully mixed wicked showbiz satire with humorous bromance antics, and the new trailer suggests the movie is heading in the right direction by appealing to both strengths. While the trailer hints at some of the plot developments -- mainly Vince's attempt to direct his first feature and Eric and Sloan's pregnancy -- the trailer ultimately belongs to the endless parade of guest stars. Not only are show favorites like Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rex Lee, Bob Saget, Mark Wahlberg »
- Zack Sharf
Following on from a teaser a few months back, the second full trailer for the film based on HBO's cancelled comedy series "Entourage" has hit and shows actor Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), his boys, and his agent Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) getting into their usual antics.
The trailer also shows off pretty much all the star cameos in the film including Ronda Rousey, Liam Neeson, Mark Wahlberg, Billy Bob Thornton, Pharrell, Armie Hammer, Tom Brady, Kelsey Grammar, George Takei, Ed O'Neill, T.I., Haley Joel Osment, Jessica Alba, Andrew Dice Clay, David Spade, Emily Ratajkowski, Calvin Harris, Russell Wilson, and even Warren Buffet. The film is slated to open June 5th.
- Garth Franklin
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- Christopher Campbell
Is money really the root of all evil?
Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti are about to find out, now that Showtime has ordered 12 episodes of Billions — which the network describes as “a complex and contemporary drama about power politics in the New York world of high finance.”
Lewis, an Emmy winner for Showtime’s Homeland, will play “brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king” Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, who’s on a collision course with the “hard-charging, politically savvy” U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades, played by Emmy winner Giamatti (John Adams, »
Following a ruling last month that the Television Academy would only consider half hour shows eligible for the comedy category at the Emmys, a panel of nine analysts have now begun handing down the rulings for exemptions in the selection process. The panel, which was set up to determine the category assignment of hour-long shows that appealed their placement in drama, has now ruled, as per Variety, that the Fox show Glee, the Showtime series Shameless, and the CW series Jane The Virgin can compete as comedies at the upcoming primetime Emmys. The decision will apply to all categories, from Acting to Directing, and so on.
One show that notably wasn’t granted a waiver, however, is the Netflix serial Orange Is The New Black. The series, which revolves around the inhabitants of a women’s prison, was categorised as a comedy at last year’s Primetime Emmys, where it picked up three wins. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Divisive comic Andrew Dice Clay is determined to revive his career, and he may have finally secured a path to glory. The Las Vegas stand-up is set to star in a six-episode, half-hour series for Showtime that Variety claims will use Clay’s “rags-to-riches-to-rags trajectory” as “fodder” for the show.
A semi-autobiographical scripted series – there’s an oxymoron – Clay will shoot this summer in Vegas and follow the once-famous superstar as he tries to maintain a family life whilst rebuilding his failing career.
The show was created by writer Scot Armstrong (The Hangover Part II) and Fox 21 TV Studios, with Fox execs apparently funding a presentation for Showtime out of their own pockets. Both Clay and Armstrong will executive produce the series along with Daybreakers‘ duo Sean and Bryan Furst, Richard Shepard and Bruce Rubenstein.
In a press release, Showtime’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming Gary Levine »
- Gem Seddon
In a competitive situation, Showtime has landed Dice, a single-camera scripted comedy starring controversial actor-comedian Andrew Dice Clay, with a six-episode straight-to-series order. Created and written by Scot Armstrong (Old School, The Hangover Part II), Dice, from Fox 21 TV Studios, chronicles “the semi-true stories of Andrew Dice Clay, one of the most polarizing men on the planet.” It follows the comedian as he works in Las Vegas to resurrect his career while… »
Andrew Dice Clay’s career comeback bid is about to get a boost with Showtime handing the comedian a six-episode order for the semi-autobiographical series “Dice,” targeted to air in 2016.
The scripted series will revolve around Clay’s life in Las Vegas as he tries to reclaim his former stature as a standup comedian while juggling obligations to his family, his ex-wife and former finance. Series hails from writer Scot Armstrong (“The Hangover II”) and Fox 21 TV Studios. Clay, Armstrong, Sean Furst, Bryan Furst, Richard Shepard and Bruce Rubenstein are exec producers.
The half-hour single-camera series is set to begin filming in Las Vegas later this year. Clay is also toplining the Showtime comedy special, “Andrew Dice Clay Presents the Blue Show,” set to bow April 25.
“Love him or hate him, Dice is a true original, and Dice is always funny,” said Gary Levine, Showtime’s exec VP of original programming. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Hickory dickory dock, Showtime is giving Dice a shot.
Andrew Dice Clay, the chain-smoking, R-rated comedian who gained notoriety in the 1990s, will headline a scripted series loosely based on his life, the premium cabler announced Friday.
Dice, a half-hour single-camera comedy, will follow the abrasive stand-up “as he works in Vegas to resurrect his career while supporting his family. And his girlfriend. And his ex-fiancée. And his ex-wife. And his mother-in-law. And his son’s band,” per the series official logline.
Video Happyish: Showtime Series’ Trailer Has Harsh Words for a Founding Father
Andrew Dice Clay will star in “Dice,” a semi-autobiographical comedy series for Showtime, the network announced Friday. The six-episode series will follow the comedian as he works in Las Vegas to resurrect his career while struggling to support his family. Clay has appeared in several high-profile projects over recent years, most notably starring alongside Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin in Woody Allen’s 2013 film “Blue Jasmine.” See Photos: The Scene at Comedy Central’s Justin Bieber Roast: Kevin Hart, Snoop, Shaq, Will Ferrell “Love him or hate him, Dice is a true original and Dice is always funny,” said Gary Levine »
- Joe Otterson
Showtime is getting back into business with Andrew Dice Clay. More than three years after teaming with the polarizing comedian on a stand-up special, the premium cable network has picked up straight to series Dice, a scripted comedy based on Clay's life, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The six-episode series hails from Fox 21 Television Studios. Created and written by The Hangover Part II's Scot Armstrong, Dice will follow the renowned comedian as he works in Las Vegas to resurrect his career while supporting his family — including his ex-fiancé, ex-wife and mother-in-law as
- Lesley Goldberg
A tribute to an underappreciated comedic talent that takes a startling midpoint shift toward much graver material, “Call Me Lucky” is a terrifically engaging surprise. Bobcat Goldthwait’s documentary feature manages to avoid both excessive cronyism and soapboxing as it traverses from a portrait of his professional mentor, influential standup Barry Crimmins, to something that could scarcely be less of a laughing matter. Acclaim is likely to push the pic from the festival circuit into some theatrical play, with cable and other home-format sales a given.
“Call Me Lucky” immediately establishes its subject as a simultaneously nurturing, courageous, intimidating and angry figure who walked away from a degree of national success more than two decades ago. The reasons for that prove very complex. But first, the film focuses on Crimmins’ earlier years as a furiously committed purveyor of comedy — both his own and that of younger hometown acquaintances Goldthwait and »
- Dennis Harvey
The comedian also urges readers to go see “Boyhood” and “Into the Woods”
Louis Ck dropped new $5 stand-up special “Live at the Comedy Store” — his sixth (video below) — on Tuesday, and celebrated with a very lengthy, occasionally rambling email blast to fans.
Plugging his independent project, the comedian’s note discussed his history with the industry, lamented having to cancel the last of four Madison Square Garden concerts for underwhelming Winter Storm Juno and even pushed his followers to see “Boyhood” and “Into the Woods.”
Ck’s personal rep told TheWrap that there are no plans to reschedule the Msg date at the moment. »
- Tony Maglio
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