or


[07/30/13 - 01:46 PM]
Showtime(R) Announces Pilot Order of "Trending Down" Starring Oscar(R) Winner Philip Seymour Hoffman
Acclaimed actress Kathryn Hahn (Revolutionary Road) will also star in the pilot as Lee Payne, Thom Payne's (Hoffman) wife.

[via press release from Showtime]

SHOWTIME(R) ANNOUNCES PILOT ORDER OF "TRENDING DOWN" STARRING OSCAR(R) WINNER PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN

Acclaimed Actress Kathryn Hahn Cast As Female Lead

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 30, 2013) - Oscar(R) winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) is set to star in the lead role and executive produce the twisted SHOWTIME comedy pilot TRENDING DOWN. Acclaimed actress Kathryn Hahn (Revolutionary Road) will also star in the pilot as Lee Payne, Thom Payne's (Hoffman) wife. TRENDING DOWN is a blistering attack on our youth-obsessed culture, and a darkly comic examination of what it means to matter. Or matter not. The project centers on Thom Payne, a man facing his own obsolescence after his advertising agency is taken over. The pilot is set to begin filming on the East Coast this fall, and marks the third pilot pick-up from the Network this year. As previously announced, SHOWTIME picked up the drama pilots THE VATICAN and THE AFFAIR, and gave a series commitment to PENNY DREADFUL earlier this year.

Created, written and executive produced by author and This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander, TRENDING DOWN was developed by Ken Kwapis, who will executive produce, and Alexandra Beattie, who will co-executive produce, under their In Cahoots banner. John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and The Angry Inch) will direct the pilot. Philip Seymour Hoffman and producing partner Emily Ziff will also executive produce under their Cooper's Town Productions banner.

"We are taking a markedly unconventional approach to process and content - a cross between the BBC series model and a theater workshop. And a meth lab," said Auslander. "I wasn't particularly interested in doing TV, and fortunately, neither was Phil. When SHOWTIME said they weren't either, we knew we had something. We don't know what that is, but at least we know what it isn't."

On his birthday, Thom Payne gets the gift of insignificance and also a new boss. He suspects his ED pills are interfering with his anti-depressants, leaving him with neither happiness nor... happiness. In a culture that reveres youth - a culture he helped create - Thom needs to figure out what his purpose is now that he's halfway to death and nobody cares what he thinks. Because in a world where any Kardashian is trending up, perhaps the wise among us would heartily embrace trending down.

Philip Seymour Hoffman has Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man opening in theaters this fall. He was most recently seen in The Master and A Late Quartet. Hoffman made his feature directorial debut with Jack Goes Boating which was produced by his company, Cooper's Town Productions, and based on the play of the same name. His other film credits include The Ides of March, Moneyball, Doubt, The Savages, Charlie Wilson's War and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. It was Hoffman's performance in Capote, directed by Bennett Miller and also produced through Cooper's Town Productions, which earned him an Academy Award(R). An accomplished actor on the Broadway stage as well, Hoffman starred in the recent revival of Death of a Salesman, Long Day's Journey Into Night and True West.

Kathryn Hahn will play the role of will play Lee, Thom's wife and mother to their six-year-old son Julius. Honest and direct to a considerable fault, Lee believes that people are good and the world can be a better place, which is probably why she is so pissed off: because we aren't, and it can't. But she loves Thom, and Thom loves her, even though they both despise themselves. Hahn's television credits include Parks and Recreation, Girls, Hung, Crossing Jordan and Childrens Hospital. Her feature film credits include Revolutionary Road, Wanderlust, Our Idiot Brother, Step Brothers, The Holiday, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

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





  [july 2013]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· HAPPYISH (SHOWTIME)









[03/31/15 - 02:09 PM]
"House of Lies" Renewed for a Fifth Season On Showtime(R)
"When you have a gifted acting ensemble led by Don Cheadle and smart, acerbic writing led by showrunner Matthew Carnahan you expect something special, and "House of Lies" delivers for us each season," said Gary Levine.

[03/31/15 - 01:48 PM]
E!'s "The Grace Helbig Show" Reveals First Episode Guests Aisha Tyler, Mamrie Hart and DJ Flula
Join Grace as she geeks out with friends, fans and special guests over all things pop culture.

[03/31/15 - 01:15 PM]
HGTV Delivers Record-Breaking Ratings in First Quarter 2015
HGTV spins the numbers for the quarter to date.

[03/31/15 - 01:11 PM]
History(R) Announces Development of Scripted Series "The Boys of '67"
Award-winning screenwriter Jeb Stuart will pen and executive produce the series based on the book of the same name by noted historian Andrew Wiest.

[03/31/15 - 01:02 PM]
Turner Broadcasting's TBS and Adult Swim Score Top 5 Primetime Rankings Among Adults 18-34 and Adults 18-49 in Primetime
Turner further spins the numbers for the week of March 9-15.

[03/31/15 - 12:52 PM]
Disney Channel Is 1Q15's #1 Total Day Cable Network in Total Viewers and Kids 6-11; 24-Hour Disney Junior Channel Soars to Record Quarterly Highs
Disney Channel spins the numbers for the quarter to date.

[03/31/15 - 12:51 PM]
Disney XD Delivers #1 Quarter of All Time in Total Viewers and Target Demographics
Disney XD spins the numbers for the quarter to date.

[03/31/15 - 12:29 PM]
NASCAR Sprint Cup Race From Martinsville Sets FOX Sports 1 Audience Mark
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Sunday, March 29.

[03/31/15 - 12:00 PM]
FX Orders Fourth Season of "The Americans"
Four episodes remain in the current season, which will conclude with the season finale on April 22.

[03/31/15 - 10:55 AM]
Jeff Fahey Joins the Cast of El Rey Network/Miramax's "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series"
Fahey has been cast in the role of "Uncle Eddie Cruickshank," the man who raised The Gecko Brothers after their father died in a fire.

[03/31/15 - 10:11 AM]
Discovery Channel Unveils 2015-2016 Upfront Slate
"Discovery Channel is going from strength to strength this coming year," said Rich Ross. "We're adding new documentaries, scripted series and themed programming to a strong lineup of new unscripted series."

[03/31/15 - 10:10 AM]
TLC Fills Out 2015-2016 Slate Of Programming with Style, Unique Families, And Life's Most Important Moments
This mix of authentic real people, compelling transformation, and larger-than-life stories will drive the network forward in the coming year.

[03/31/15 - 10:09 AM]
Science Channel's 2015-2016 Upfront Programming Slate Breaks Boundaries
The passion, curiosity and bold questions that define the brand are all featured in Science Channel's provocative lineup of exciting shows.

[03/31/15 - 10:09 AM]
Lifetime(R)'s Hit Series, "Devious Maids" From Executive Producers Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria, Returns for Third Season on June 1st
The series moves to Monday nights at 9:00/8:00c leading into the new series "UnREAL" at 10:00/9:00c.

[03/31/15 - 10:08 AM]
Velocity Adds Horse Power to Record Ratings Growth with 2015-16 Upfront Slate
Velocity's 2015-16 programming slate of 12 top returning franchises and several new series look to strengthen ratings with more than 220 premiere hours.