or


[11/18/04 - 12:00 AM]
Showtime Tackles the Most Emotionally Charged Stories of Our Generation with Three Gripping New Documentaries

[via press release from Showtime]

Showtime Tackles the Most Emotionally Charged Stories of Our Generation With Three Gripping New Documentaries

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18 -- Some of the most controversial civil rights clashes and social justice issues of our time are broached in a trio of new Showtime documentaries airing under the SHO EXPOSURE banner. The films explore our basic freedoms and how we fight back when our rights are threatened or denied. With these films, Showtime takes a hard look at the conflict over same-sex marriage and the backlash from the White House in SAME SEX AMERICA; the difficulties faced by five exonerated men attempting to rebuild their lives after years of unjust, brutal prison life with AFTER INNOCENCE; and teens at Rikers prison struggling against poverty and violence in RIKERS HIGH. The films are slated to air in 2005.

When the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriages earlier this year, it created a wave of unsanctioned marriages across the country. A powerful backlash from conservatives followed, reaching all the way to the White House. President George Bush proposed a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages that catapulted the issue to the forefront of the 2004 Presidential race. For many couples, the road to marriage can be a difficult one -- riddled with doubt and anxiety -- for same-sex couples that is compounded by external pressure and often condemnation. SAME SEX AMERICA follows several gay and lesbian couples, who have a personal stake in this civil rights clash, as they face their own issues as well as society's prejudices. The film also examines both sides of the political debate and a family's right to define itself without interference from the state. Featured are religious leaders who feel the marriages are a violation of God's word, politicians who are conflicted between civil rights and their own beliefs, and a chorus of everyday people whose feelings on the issue have become a do-or- die situation. The film is directed by Henry Corra ("Umbrellas," "George") of Corra Films, Inc. It is produced by Alex R. Johnson. Executive Producers are Robert F. Katz and Jerry Kupfer.

AFTER INNOCENCE tells the dramatic story of five men who have survived a living nightmare -- spending decades in prison for crimes they didn't commit. The film focuses on their difficult journeys back into society after DNA evidence proves they are innocent. The men are thrust back into a world that moved on without them, with little or no support from the system that put them behind bars. Although society views exonerations as success stories -- wrongs that have been righted -- this film shows that the physical and mental scars of incarceration often last far longer than the sentences served. The film discusses society's responsibility to this group of survivors and also puts a spotlight on the flaws in America's criminal justice system that lead to wrongful convictions. AFTER INNOCENCE is written and produced by Jessica Sanders and Marc Simon in association with The American Film Foundation, an Academy(R) and Emmy(R)-award winning production company. The AFF's credits include "Return With Honor," the Oscar(R)-winning Documentary "Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision" and the Oscar(R)-nominated "Never Give Up: The 20th Century Odyssey of Herbet Zipper." AFTER INNOCENCE is directed by Jessica Sanders, an Academy-Award nominated filmmaker ("Sing!").

Rikers Island in New York is home to the largest correctional facility in North America. It boasts ten jails, 14,000 prisoners and the city's largest and most extreme high school. Here, 2,000 students struggle to survive behind bars and prepare for the outside world. The students of 'Island Academy' experience a full curriculum: GED classes, poetry workshops, and an annual graduation ceremony. But teachers and students are working against tough odds: many inmates never attended high school before they were locked up, many find jail safer than their lives on the streets and, as seven out of ten return to Rikers within a year, the teachers know that most of these young men are in the first phase of a life spent behind bars. RIKERS HIGH gives unprecedented and exclusive access to this unique institution and follows inmates as they attend classes, discuss their lives, and attempt to survive prison. RIKERS HIGH is produced by Jean-Michel Dissard, Victor Buhler and Bonnie Strauss. Victor Buhler is the director.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Viacom Inc., owns the premium television networks SHOWTIME(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) and FLIX(R), as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME(R) TOO(TM), SHOWTIME(R) SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME(R), SHOWTIME BEYOND(R), SHOWTIME NEXT(R), SHOWTIME WOMEN(R), SHOWTIME FAMILYZONE(R) and TMC xtra. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD(R), SHOWTIME ON DEMAND(R) and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND(TM). SNI operates and manages the premium television network SUNDANCE CHANNEL(R), which is owned by SNI, Robert Redford and NBC Universal. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME(R) PPV. Additionally, the advertiser-supported television network SHOWTIME is available in Turkey through a joint venture with UK-based Zone Vision.

SOURCE Showtime Networks Inc.
Web Site: http://www.SHO.com





  [november 2004]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)











[10/20/14 - 03:29 PM]
"Gold Rush" Season Five Premiere Tops Cable Television on Friday
Discovery spins the numbers for Friday, October 17.

[10/20/14 - 02:02 PM]
John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting to Perform Original Song for 100th Episode Of "Hawaii Five-0," Nov. 7
The song, titled "All For One," will premiere during the broadcast of the milestone episode.

[10/20/14 - 01:20 PM]
CMT's Highest-Rated Series Ever "Party Down South" Keeps the Party Going This Holiday Season with Two All-New, One-Hour Specials
"Party Down South: Drunksgiving" airs Thursday, November 20 followed by "Party Down South: Christmas Hangover" on Thursday, December 18.

[10/20/14 - 01:19 PM]
HGTV and DIY Network Greenlight Seven New Series
"America's Most Desperate Kitchens," "Log Cabin Living," "Shalina Joy Project" and "Real Estate Riches" are on tap at the former while "First Time Flippers," "Miami Rehab" and "The Treehouse Guys" are coming to the latter.

[10/20/14 - 12:42 PM]
Discovery Fit & Health Pulls Back the White Curtain on Outrageous Medical Emergencies When "Untold Stories of the ER" Returns with the Craziest Cases Special and 100th Episode
The 100th episode kicks off all-new episodes, beginning Friday, November 14 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/14 - 12:22 PM]
Three Families Are "Risking It All" for a Life Off the Grid
TLC's latest original series premieres Tuesday, November 18 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/14 - 12:22 PM]
"Real World: Skeletons" Set to Premiere December 16, 2014 at 10:00 PM ET/PT on MTV
This season, the series begins in the traditional way with seven strangers moving into an old nightclub turned fabulous urban loft in Chicago's West Loop, but each of these roommates has skeletons in their closets.

[10/20/14 - 12:18 PM]
USA Network Orders Third Season of Breakout Comedic Reality Series "Chrisley Knows Best"
Plus: look for a half-hour "Chrisley" holiday special set for this December.

[10/20/14 - 12:10 PM]
Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor to Perform Duets with Top Country Acts on "The 48th Annual CMA Awards"
Grande will be joining two-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town for an on-air collaboration.

[10/20/14 - 11:51 AM]
ABC Family Invites Fans to Tweet the "Dearly Departed" During a Halloween Special of "Pretty Little Liars," Airing Tuesday, October 21
Janel Parrish ("Mona"), Andrea Parker ("Mrs. DiLaurentis") and Bryce Johnson ("Det. Darren Wilden") will live tweet with fans during the East Coast broadcast.

[10/20/14 - 11:49 AM]
"Untold with Maria Menounos" Premieres Thursday, October 30th at 8:00PM ET/PT
The series takes a closer look at two major entertainment stories that are making headlines today: the Transgender movement and Depression in Comedians.

[10/20/14 - 11:06 AM]
Live + 7 Ratings: ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" Is the Week's #1 Biggest Gainer in TV Playback in Adults 18-49
ABC further spins the numbers for the week of September 29-October 5.

[10/20/14 - 11:04 AM]
A Wedding, a Breakup and a Divorce?! Don't Miss the "Total Divas" Mid-Season Finale Sunday, October 26 at 9pm ET on E!
Plus: WWE(R) Diva Alicia Fox(TM) and WWE Diva Paige(TM) joint the cast when new episodes resume Sunday, January 4 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/14 - 10:55 AM]
CBS Freshman Dramas Post Strong Second-Week Live +7-Day Lifts
CBS further spins the numbers for the week of September 29-October 5.

[10/20/14 - 10:40 AM]
Pizza Aficionados Sal Basille and Francis Garcia Return to Travel the Country on a Culinary Expedition in Cooking Channel's "Pizza Masters"
The six-episode series launches Friday, December 5 at 9:00/8:00c on the network.