or


[01/15/10 - 10:32 AM]
Showtime Celebrates Black History Month with Premieres of New Comedy Documentary, Tyler Perry Film, & Stand-Up Specials
Paul Mooney, Tony Roberts and Leslie "Big Les" Jones will each be featured in their own specials.

[via press release from Showtime]

SHOWTIME CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH PREMIERES OF NEW COMEDY DOCUMENTARY, TYLER PERRY FILM, & STAND-UP SPECIALS

Robert Townsend's Star-Studded Documentary WHY WE LAUGH & Tyler Perry's THE FAMILY THAT PREYS Anchor Month-long Salute

LOS ANGELES, CA � (January 15, 2010) � "If there weren't an Amos & Andy, there couldn't be a Condoleezza Rice or a Colin Powell or a [black] anchorman or actresses or Halle Berry�they really are our forefathers," contends comedian D.L. Hughley who is but one of the cavalcade of stars on hand to critically examine the cultural, political and historical influence of black comedy in the new documentary, WHY WE LAUGH, premiering Thursday, February 4th at 8pm PT/ET on SHOWTIME�. The documentary, directed by legendary filmmaker Robert Townsend (The Five Heartbeats), is the centerpiece of the network's annual Black History Month celebration, which will also includes the television premiere of Tyler Perry's blockbuster drama, THE FAMILY THAT PREYS, starring Alfre Woodard, Sanaa Lathan and Rockmond Dunbar on Saturday, February 13th at 9pm PT/ET.

From the blackface era of Bert Williams to the current in-your-face style of Katt Williams, Townsend polls a diverse roster of comics, scholars and cultural critics for WHY WE LAUGH, including Bill Cosby, Stanley Crouch, Dick Gregory, Steve Harvey, Kweisi Mfume, Chris Rock, Sherri Shepherd, Congresswoman Diane Watson and Dr. Cornel West to weigh in on how black comedy has shaped America from the late 1800s to today. Based on the book by comedian Darryl Littleton, WHY WE LAUGH is executive produced by Jeff Clanagan, Richard Foos and Littleton, and produced by Quincy Newell (Eddie Griffin: Freedom of Speech) and Codeblack Entertainment.

In addition, SHOWTIME will premiere new stand-up comedy specials from the incomparable Paul Mooney (who will be featured in the upcoming SHOWTIME comedy series The Green Room with Paul Provenza), Tony Roberts and Leslie "Big Les" Jones:

Paul Mooney: It's the End of the World! (Thursday, February 4th at 11pm PT/ET)

Author and comedic legend Paul Mooney returns to SHOWTIME with his newest stand-up special taped at the famous Dallas men's club the Lodge. One of America's most controversial and cutting-edge funnymen, Mooney wrote for Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, In Living Color and The Dave Chapelle Show. The special is executive produced by Mooney, Mary Pelloni, Helene Shaw and Andy Streitfeld, and directed by Pelloni.

Tony Roberts: Wired! (Thursday, February 11th at 11pm PT/ET)

Detroit comedian Tony Roberts makes his stand-up special debut, filmed in Hollywood, CA in front of a live audience. Salient Media executive produces and Gary Binkow directs.

Big Les: Problem Child (Thursday, February 18th at 11pm PT/ET)

Comedienne Leslie Jones (a.k.a. Big Les) showcases her shocking and irreverent stand-up routine in her first-ever comedy special. She toured with Katt Williams during the highly successful 100-city It's Pimpin' Pimpin' tour. The special is also executive produced by Salient Media and directed by Binkow.

Finally, as an added bonus, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND TM will spotlight a host of black-themed films, 24-hours a day throughout February in their SHO Movies Black History Month category.

# # #

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME�, THE MOVIE CHANNEL� and FLIX�, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2�, SHOWTIME� SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME�, SHOWTIME BEYOND�, SHOWTIME NEXT�, SHOWTIME WOMEN�, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE� and THE MOVIE CHANNEL� XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD�, THE MOVIE CHANNEL� HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND� and THE MOVIE CHANNEL� ON DEMAND. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution. 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 PPV�.





  [january 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


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









[04/17/14 - 03:04 PM]
Season Two of "Paternity Court with Lauren Lake" Begins Production in Atlanta This Summer
Presiding judge Lauren Lake will once again take her place on the bench, helping families come together to sort out complicated relationships and find resolution in their lives.

[04/17/14 - 02:31 PM]
Wednesday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: "Survivor," "American Idol" Top Charts
Plus: numbers for FS1's "The Ultimate Fighter," Comedy Central's "Workaholics" and the NHL playoffs on CNBC and NBCSN.

[04/17/14 - 02:22 PM]
Exclusive World Premiere of Hour-Long Special "SuperSong" Starring Ricky Martin Launches on Crackle April 21
"SuperSong" takes viewers behind-the-scenes with global superstar Ricky Martin and music producer Salaam Remi as they record SuperSong contest winner Elijah King's winning track.

[04/17/14 - 01:48 PM]
"Arnie" Becomes Most-Watched Original Production in Golf Channel History
Golf Channel spins the numbers for Sunday, April 13 through Tuesday, April 15.

[04/17/14 - 01:30 PM]
TBS Hit Series "Sullivan & Son" to Welcome Back Guest Stars Kunal Nayyar, Ken Jeong and Billy Gardell
The series is set to launch its third season with back-to-back episodes Tuesday, June 24 at 10:00/9:00c.

[04/17/14 - 01:04 PM]
Amazon Fire TV's Voice Search Gets New Partners
Hulu Plus, Crackle, and SHOWTIME ANYTIME are joining VEVO in integrating their full catalogs into Fire TV's unified voice search.

[04/17/14 - 12:04 PM]
The CW Announces Summer 2014 Premiere Dates
Highlights include the return of "Beauty and the Beast" and the premieres of "Backpackers" and "Seed."

[04/17/14 - 12:00 PM]
IDW Entertainment, George Lopez, & David M. Stern Developing "Wormwood" as an Animated Series
David M. Stern has been tapped to write the pilot episode and serve as an executive producer on the series.

[04/17/14 - 11:56 AM]
David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Tracy Morgan, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro to Headline Spike TV's "One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles"
The 90-minute special, produced in conjunction with Don Mischer Productions, airs on Spike TV on Wednesday, May 28 at 9:00/8:00c.

[04/17/14 - 11:24 AM]
A&E Network Greenlights New Nonfiction Series "D.O.A." (Working Title) from Executive Producer Dick Wolf
The series follows a top team of detectives who will re-examine controversial murder cases in which unresolved questions still linger long after the verdict was determined.

[04/17/14 - 11:18 AM]
"The Tonight Show" Retains 100% of the Prior Week's 18-49 Rating, Sees Growth in Total Viewers
NBC spins the late-night numbers for the week of April 7-13.

[04/17/14 - 10:30 AM]
Video: First Look Clips at New Seasons of "Maron" & "Comedy Bang! Bang!" - Premieres May 8 on IFC
Today IFC released first look clips from both show's premiere episodes.

[04/17/14 - 10:30 AM]
E!'s "Chelsea Lately" Welcomes Khloe Kardashian, TJ Miller, Loni Love and Mary McCormack as Celebrity Guest Hosts April 21-24
Scheduled guests include Bob Saget, Wiz Khalifa, Mekhi Phifer and Ian Somerhalder.

[04/17/14 - 10:28 AM]
Two-Hour "Lindsay" Finale to Air Sunday, April 20 at 9 P.M. ET/PT on OWN
The OWN docu-series "Lindsay" follows movie star and media sensation Lindsay Lohan on her journey through recovery following a very public period of crisis.

[04/17/14 - 10:01 AM]
Academy Announces Key Dates for the Oscars(R)
The Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre(R) at Hollywood & Highland Center(R) in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.