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)











[05/21/15 - 03:43 PM]
Updated: ABC's 2014-15 Primetime Ratings
ABC further spins the numbers for the season to date.

[05/21/15 - 03:27 PM]
Kickstarter Sensation "Kung Fury" Delivers Bad to the Bone 80's Action, Artistry and Hilarity... and El Rey Is the Only Place on Your TV Badass Enough to Show It
An official selection of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the visually spectacular 30-minute action comedy was created by Swedish filmmaker David Sandberg and backed by the Kickstarter community.

[05/21/15 - 02:26 PM]
Update: NBC Wins the 2014-15 Primetime Season in Adults 18-49, Claims Its Second Consecutive September-to-May Crown
NBC further spins the numbers for the season to date.

[05/21/15 - 02:09 PM]
Final: ABC's 2015 May Sweep Ratings
ABC further spins the numbers for the May sweeps period.

[05/21/15 - 01:40 PM]
Hulu's "The Hotwives of Las Vegas" Cast Announced
The second season is set to premiere exclusively on Hulu and Hulu Plus with episodes to stream weekly starting on Tuesday, August 18.

[05/21/15 - 01:01 PM]
Video: Watch Your Pack! MTV's "Teen Wolf" Season Five Trailer Has Arrived!
Look for the special two night premiere on Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30.

[05/21/15 - 11:21 AM]
The World Premiere of "Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live at Brazos County Jail" Debuts June 13 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central
For fans that can't wait for Ross' new material, the special will be available on June 13 on CC: Stand-Up Direct.

[05/21/15 - 11:04 AM]
Special Companion Piece Editions of "Extreme Weight Loss" -- "Love Can't Weight" -- To Premiere June 23 on ABC
David Tutera, Rocco DiSpirito and "Duff" Goldman will guest star as part of the couple's "Wedding Dream Team."

[05/21/15 - 10:58 AM]
The Final Broadcast of the "Late Show with David Letterman" Delivers 13.76 Million Viewers - Its Largest Audience Since 1994
CBS spins the late-night numbers for Wednesday, May 20.

[05/21/15 - 10:12 AM]
TLC Signs on for a New Season of "Our Little Family"
The network ordered eight hour-long episodes and a one-hour special with the family answering behind-the-scenes questions, slated to premiere in September 2015.

[05/21/15 - 09:14 AM]
HGTV and DIY Network Renew Five Series
The former's "Island Life" and "Island Hunters" and the latter's "Texas Flip and Move," "Garage Gold" and "Building Alaska" are all due back.

[05/21/15 - 09:02 AM]
USA Network to Air Academy Award(R)-Winning Film "Born on the Fourth of July" with an Introduction by Academy Award-Nominated Actor Tom Cruise
In commemoration of Memorial Day, the groundbreaking film will air on USA Network, Saturday, May 23 at 7/6c and feature a special, new introduction from lead actor Tom Cruise.

[05/21/15 - 08:57 AM]
"Mysteries of Laura" Captures Its Top Results Since February 25
NBC spins the numbers for Wednesday, May 20.

[05/21/15 - 08:31 AM]
ABC's "500 Questions" Opens Solidly Against CBS' "Survivor" Finale
ABC spins the numbers for Wednesday, May 20.

[05/21/15 - 08:24 AM]
Fan-Driven Programming Marathon & Twitter Party Planned for "Fixer Upper" on Memorial Day Weekend
In addition, fans of the series can live tweet with stars Chip and Joanna Gaines from 7 p. m. to 8 p.m. ET/PT using #FixerUpper.