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Showtime Renews 'Homeland' & 'The Affair'

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SHOWTIME has picked up a second season of the critically-acclaimed new drama series THE AFFAIR and a fifth season of the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning hit series HOMELAND, to air 10 and 12 new episodes respectively in 2015. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc. Season-to-date, HOMELAND season four is averaging six million weekly viewers across platforms – steadily building momentum and growing in each of its last three weeks. On pace to be the network’s most time-shifted original series, THE AFFAIR is averaging 3.9 million weekly viewers across platforms. The series has grown consistently every single week since its premiere, with 87 percent of the show’s audience tuning-in after the original Sunday 10 p.m. telecast. Both series currently air on Sunday nights starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

“In its fourth season, HOMELAND has brilliantly reinvented itself. It continues to capture the attention of a devoted fan base, and has provided an enviable platform for the successful launch of THE AFFAIR,” said Nevins. “With thought-provoking, relevant and addictive storylines, both series have been embraced, dissected and much debated week after week. We’re excited to see more from these complex shows in 2015.”

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Damien Lewis & Paul Giamatti Cast As Leads In Showtime's 'BIllions'

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Today, SHOWTIME announced that Oscar nominee and Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man) and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis (Homeland) have been cast in the lead roles of the complex, contemporary drama pilot BILLIONS. Written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman and David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin, BILLIONS is a fictional drama that takes a forensic look at the world of high finance by tracking the approaching collision between two titanic figures – the hard charging, whip-smart U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes (Giamatti), and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king, Bobby "Axe" Axelrod (Lewis). Acclaimed director Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Divergent, Limitless) has signed on to direct the drama pilot, which will be filmed in New York in early 2015.

One of the most critically-acclaimed and lauded actors in the business, Paul Giamatti’s varied roles have garnered countless nominations and wins, including an Academy Award® nomination for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role” for his role in the feature film Cinderella Man, and multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and wins for his work across film and television. His feature film credits include Sideways, Saving Mr. Banks, The Ides of March, American Splendor, Barney's Version, Win Win, The Last Station, Cold Souls, Straight Outta Compton, 12 Years a Slave and The Illusionist, which was produced by BILLIONS executive producers Brian Koppelman and David Levien. His television and miniseries credits include John Adams, Too Big To Fail – which was based on the best-selling book by BILLIONS executive producer Andrew Ross Sorkin – and Downton Abbey, which earned him an Emmy Award nomination for “Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series” earlier this year. Giamatti was honored with a Golden Globe in 2011 for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture” for his work in Barney's Version. He was also recognized with a Golden Globe for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television” and an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie” for his lead role in John Adams. He is the recipient of multiple Screen Actors Guild Award wins for his work in Too Big to Fail, John Adams, Cinderella Man and Sideways.

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Mary McCormack And Alicia Witt To Guest Star On 'House Of Lies'

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Tony® Award nominee Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight) has signed on as guest star on the fourth season of the hit SHOWTIME comedy series HOUSE OF LIES. McCormack will play Denna Altshuler, a tough, highly successful white knight investor who Marty (series star and executive producer Don Cheadle in his Golden Globe® Award-winning and three-time Emmy®-nominated role) recruits to help save Kaan & Associates. Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Alicia Witt (Justified) will also guest star as Maya Lindholm, a brilliant engineer who comes to Marty’s rescue when he’s in a bind. McCormack and Witt join previously announced guest stars Larenz Tate (Rush), who returns as Marty’s brother Malcolm, and Demetri Martin (The Daily Show with John Stewart) and Valorie Curry (The Following). Production on HOUSE OF LIES started last month for a Sunday, January 11th at 10 pm.. ET/PT premiere on the network.

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Showtime Releases 'Penny Dreadful' Season 2 Teaser

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Season 1 of Showtime's Penny Dreadful was definitely a hit for the network. The series debuted with 1.43 million viewers across the entire night and was renewed shortly after it's strong premiere. The finale of the series drew 1.27 million viewers total for the night.

The series is currently in production in Dublin, Ireland and will consist of ten episodes for the second season instead of eight that made up Season 1. The show is set to return sometime in 2015.

Returning for the second season will be Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Helen McCrory and Simon Russell Beale. New cast members for Season 2 will include Sarah Greene, Jonny Beauchamp, Douglas Hodge and Patti Lupone.

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'Twin Peaks' To Return As Showtime Limited Series

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Sometimes having a little faith can be a good thing. The cult classic Twin Peaks will be returning on Showtime as a limited series.

The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc.

“What more can I say – TWIN PEAKS with David Lynch and Mark Frost on SHOWTIME in 2016!” said Nevins. “To quote Agent Cooper, ‘I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.’”

Lynch and Frost added: “The mysterious and special world of Twin Peaks is pulling us back. We’re very excited. May the forest be with you.”

Over the years there have been rumors of a possible return of the show in some format and the fans of the series have always been vocal about wanting some sort of return for the series.

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'House of Lies', 'Shameless' & 'Episodes' To Return In January

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Beginning Sunday, January 11th, SHOWTIME will celebrate the New Year with its three Emmy-nominated leads William H. Macy, Don Cheadle and Matt LeBlanc when brand new seasons of SHAMELESS (9 p.m.), HOUSE OF LIES (10 p.m.) and EPISODES (10:30 p.m.) return on the network’s powerhouse, triple-header Sunday night.

First up at 9 p.m. ET/PT, it’s the fifth season of SHAMELESS starring Oscar® nominee and Emmy winner William H. Macy as pickled patriarch Frank Gallagher and Golden Globe® 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.

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Showtime Releases New 'Homeland' Season 4 Trailer

It's almost time to head back to the world of Showtime's hit series Homeland.

The network has just released a new action packed trailer for the upcoming fourth season of the popular series.

The season four premiere begins with a double episode on October 5th.

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Showtime's 'Nurse Jackie' To End Run After Season 7

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After six award-winning and critically-acclaimed seasons, NURSE JACKIE, the SHOWTIME hit comedy starring the extraordinary Edie Falco, will begin production this week on its seventh and final season, it was announced today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc. The series, which premiered in 2009, instantly became one of the network’s signature series, garnering multiple awards, including several Emmy® Awards, a Humanitas Prize, an AFI Award for “Outstanding Television Program” and several Prism Awards for its depiction of substance abuse. It has also placed its star Edie Falco in the rare position of being the only actress to ever win the lead acting Emmy Awards in both comedy and drama, and the most nominated television performer in Screen Actors Guild Awards history. As one of the highest-rated SHOWTIME comedies, as well as the network’s top female skewing comedy, NURSE JACKIE averaged 3.4 million weekly viewers across platforms in its sixth season, once again outperforming its prior season. NURSE JACKIE is a co-production between SHOWTIME and Lionsgate.

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Patti Lupone To Guest Star On Season 2 Of 'Penny Dreadful'; Two Cast Members Upped To Series Regulars

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Two-time Tony® Award winner and Emmy® nominee Patti LuPone (American Horror Story, Life Goes On, Evita, Gypsy) is signing on as a guest star on the second season of the hit SHOWTIME drama series PENNY DREADFUL. The stage legend will play a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s (Eva Green) past.

In addition, award-winning British actors Helen McCrory (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, As You Like It, Medea), and Simon Russell Beale (MI-5, Uncle Vanya, King Lear) have been upped to series regulars. 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 Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. Production on the second season’s 10 episodes, written by John Logan, will begin in September in Dublin, Ireland for a 2015 debut on the network.

Cast members McCrory and Beale will be joined by a wealth of new guest stars this season. In addition to LuPone, Tony Award winner Douglas Hodge (La Cages aux Folles, Robin Hood) signs on as Bartholomew Rusk, an intense Scotland Yard investigator on the hunt to discover who is responsible for the terrible murders that have been plaguing London. Sarah Greene (The Guard, Vikings) will play Hecate, Poole’s powerful daughter and Jonny Beauchamp (How To Make It In America, Stonewall) will portray a young man with a singular past.

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Showtime Releases First Artwork For 'The Affair'

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Today, SHOWTIME debuted the poster for its provocative new drama series THE AFFAIR, which premieres on Sunday, October 12th at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The highly-anticipated series stars Golden Globe® nominees Dominic West (The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (Luther), as well as Emmy® nominee Maura Tierney (ER) and SAG Award® nominee Joshua Jackson (Fringe). Currently in production on ten episodes in and around Long Island, New York, THE AFFAIR is the exploration of two marriages and the emotional and psychological effects of the affair that disrupts them. Check out the series’ brand-new teaser: http://s.sho.com/AllShookUpTheAffair.

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