2017 SPRING PROGRAMMING OVERVIEW
HOMELAND (Season 6)
1 hour, 12 episodes
New Episodes Air Sundays at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) with the season finale airing April 9th.
Season six of the Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R)-winning hit drama series HOMELAND, returns to U.S. soil after spending the last two seasons shooting abroad in South Africa and Berlin. Set in New York, HOMELAND stars Emmy, Screen Actors Guild(R) and Golden Globe Award winner Claire Danes, Emmy nominee Rupert Friend, acclaimed stage and screen actress Elizabeth Marvel, Oscar(R)-winner with Emmy nominee F. Murray Abraham, and Emmy and Tony(R) Award winner Mandy Patinkin. After she thwarted a terrorist attack in Berlin, season six picks up several months later and finds Carrie Mathison (Danes) living in Brooklyn, New York. She has begun working at a foundation whose efforts are to provide aid to Muslims living in the U.S. Season six will tackle the after-effects of the U.S. presidential election, with the entire season taking place between election day and the inauguration. It's a strange, transitional time in the halls of government filled with anxiety and different competing interests, where a very fragile and complex transfer of power takes place between the outgoing president and the incoming president-elect. Guest stars this season include Hill Harper (Limitless), Robert Knepper (Prison Break), Patrick Sabongui (The Flash) and Dominic Fumusa (NURSE JACKIE). Produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, HOMELAND was developed for American television by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, and is based on the original Israeli series Prisoners of War by Gideon Raff. Along with Gansa and Gordon, the executive producers for Season 6 include Chip Johannessen, Lesli Linka Glatter, Michael Klick, Patrick Harbinson, Claire Danes, Avi Nir, Gideon Raff, and Ran Telem. Renewed through season eight and ranked as the network's No. 1 drama, HOMELAND averaged six million total viewers across platforms in its fifth season.
BILLIONS (Season 2)
1 hour, 12 episodes
Premieres: Sunday, February 19th at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season two of BILLIONS will premiere on Sunday, February 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and stars Oscar nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis. The season picks up immediately after the season one finale, as hard-charging U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) squares off against billionaire hedge fund king Bobby "Axe" Axelrod (Lewis), scorching the earth in a costly war for personal domination. It's law versus money, with power, sex, and the soul of New York in the balance. Maggie Siff stars as Wendy Rhoades, Chuck's estranged wife and the top performance coach in the hedge fund world. Malin Akerman plays Lara Axelrod, Axe's fiercely loyal and street-smart wife. Season two finds the characters vying for control in a changing world that presents an existential threat. For all of them, it's a choice between evolution and extinction. Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile and Condola Rashad also star. Guest stars this season include Rob Morrow, Dan Soder, Kelly AuCoin, James Wolk, Christopher Denham, Mary-Louise Parker, Danny Strong, Glenn Fleshler, Asia Kate Dillon and Eric Bogosian. BILLIONS is co-created and executive produced by showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The series is also created and executive produced by Andrew Ross Sorkin. BILLIONS was the No. 1 rated premium drama series in the first quarter of 2016 and the biggest original series debut in SHOWTIME history. The series averaged six million total viewers across platforms in its freshman season.
GUERRILLA (New Limited Event Series)
1 hour, 6 episodes
Premieres: Sunday, April 16th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
From Academy Award(R) winner John Ridley (12 Years A Slave, American Crime), comes the six-part limited event series GUERRILLA, a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in U.K. history. Set to air on SHOWTIME and Sky Atlantic this spring, GUERRILLA tells the story of a couple whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London. Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within the Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism. While the series is set against a background of social and political activism, at its heart GUERRILLA is about a relationship under pressure, and the reality that for any couple there comes a point when the choices they make have real and lasting consequences. GUERRILLA stars Screen Actors Guild Award winner Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and Babou Ceesay (Getting On). Additional cast includes Laurence Olivier Award winner Rory Kinnear (PENNY DREADFUL), Nathaniel Martello-White (Deadmeat), Daniel Mays (Line of Duty), Denise Gough (People, Places & Things), Brandon Scott (Grey's Anatomy), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) and Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude), along with Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (Luther, Beasts of No Nation), who also serves as an executive producer through his Green Door Pictures. Along with Ridley and Elba, the executive producers on GUERRILLA are Michael J. McDonald for Stearns Castle, Patrick Spence and Katie Swinden for Fifty Fathoms and Tracy Underwood for ABC Signature. Ridley wrote the majority of the episodes and directs the first two and the finale, with Emmy Award nominee Sam Miller (Luther, Fortitude, American Crime) directing the remaining episodes. GUERRILLA is a co-production between Fifty Fathoms and ABC Signature, in association with SKY UK.
TWIN PEAKS (New SHOWTIME Limited Event Series)
1 hour, 18 parts
Premieres: Two-part premiere on Sunday, May 21st at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Directed entirely by David Lynch, the new SHOWTIME 18-part limited event series picks up twenty-five years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town were stunned when their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered. TWIN PEAKS is written and executive produced by series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, and is executive produced by Sabrina S. Sutherland.
I'M DYING UP HERE (New Series)
1 hour, 10 eps
Premieres: Sunday, June 4th at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
The new one-hour SHOWTIME series I'M DYING UP HERE explores L.A.'s famed '70s stand-up comedy scene where the careers of legends such as David Letterman, Jay Leno and Richard Pryor were launched. The series delves into the inspired, damaged and complicated psyches of those who stand alone in front of an audience 'dying' for fame, fortune and, with any luck, a shot on Johnny Carson. I'M DYING UP HERE stars Academy Award winner Melissa Leo (Wayward Pines, Treme), Ari Graynor (Bad Teacher), Michael Angarano (The Knick), Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine), Andrew Santino (Mixology), Erik Griffin (Workaholics), RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Al Madrigal (The Daily Show), and Jake Lacy (Obvious Child) as part of a large ensemble cast. This fictional group of competitive but close-knit comedians is mentored by "Goldie" (Leo), a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist, but nurtures her comedians with tough love. For Goldie and her crew, there's truly no such thing as an easy laugh. Recurring guest stars include Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings), Brianne Howey (Horrible Bosses 2), Jon Daly (Kroll Show), and Ginger Gonzaga (Togetherness). Guest stars include Emmy nominee Dylan Baker (The Good Wife), Oscar nominee Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), Oscar nominee Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull), with Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Martian) and Emmy Award nominee Alfred Molina (Chocolat). Produced by SHOWTIME, I'M DYING UP HERE is created and executive produced by Dave Flebotte, and executive produced by Michael Aguilar and Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey, along with Christina Wayne for Endemol Shine Studios and Assembly Entertainment. The series is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by William Knoedelseder. The pilot is written by Flebotte and directed by Jonathan Levine.
RAY DONOVAN (Season 5)
1 hour, 12 episodes
RAY DONOVAN stars Liev Schreiber in his four-time Golden Globe and two-time Emmy nominated role as L.A.'s best professional fixer - the man called in to make the city's celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls' most complicated and combustible situations go away. Jon Voight also stars in his two-time Emmy nominated and Golden Globe-winning role as Mickey Donovan, Ray's ex-con father from South Boston. The fourth season also starred Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey and Devon Bagby. A SHOWTIME production, RAY DONOVAN is executive produced by David Hollander, Mark Gordon, Bryan Zuriff and Lou Fusaro and was created by Ann Biderman.
TRUMPED: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL UPSET OF ALL TIME
World Premiere: Friday, February 3rd at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Days after the presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump, SHOWTIME Documentary Films presents TRUMPED: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL UPSET OF ALL TIME, an intimate behind the scenes look at the biggest political campaign upset in recent U.S. history. Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon - co-hosts of the SHOWTIME documentary series THE CIRCUS (produced in cooperation with Bloomberg Politics) - had unparalleled daily access to the candidates from January to November 2016. With an incredible treasure trove of never-before-seen footage secured during the making of THE CIRCUS, the documentary will follow the rise of Donald Trump, from the primaries through the debates, to the dramatic election night results. TRUMPED: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL UPSET OF ALL TIME, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, is executive produced by Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon, and directed by Banks Tarver, Ted Bourne and Mary Robertson. The film is produced by Left/Right, a part of Red Arrow Entertainment Group.
Premieres: Saturday, March 11th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
AMERICAN JIHAD (wt) is a compelling new documentary from Showtime Documentary Films which explores home-grown Jihadism and how young men are radicalized to commit violent acts of terrorism and what can be done to prevent it. Through intimate personal stories, we witness the havoc it creates in the lives of their families and the destruction of their communities. AMERICAN JIHAD will premiere on SHOWTIME on March 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on-air, online and On Demand, and will serve as the closing night film at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in late February.
AMERICAN JIHAD offers an inside look at Jihadism from former Jihadists and those deeply affected by its practices. By analyzing the strategic outreach and specifically online tactics that terrorists employ in order to reach susceptible members of society, experts weigh in on what actions those in power can take to help prevent the phenomenon of domestic Jihadism from occurring. The documentary also explores the impact of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen identified by the CIA as an al-Qaeda leader whose charismatic, highly personal recruitment tactics were responsible for influencing other Americans to the Jihadist cause. As the first American-born terrorist targeted and killed by a U.S. drone strike overseas, his death held worldwide political implications and invigorated the momentum of U.S. radicalism.
From Film 45, CBS Films, 60 Minutes and Jigsaw Productions, AMERICAN JIHAD was directed by Alison Ellwood (History of The Eagles, Magic Trip), and produced by Sarah Dowland (Zero Days). The film is executive produced by Oscar(R)-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Going Clear, Zero Days) and Stacey Offman of Jigsaw Productions, along with 60 Minutes' Michael Radutzky and Jeff Fager, and Film 45's Matt Goldberg, Brandon Carroll and John Logan Pierson. Richard Perello serves as co-executive producer.
AMERICAN JIHAD was inspired by the critically-acclaimed feature film PATRIOTS DAY directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, J.K. Simmons and Michelle Monaghan, about a community's extraordinarily courageous response to the homegrown terrorism that precipitated the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
BEACH BOYS: MAKING PET SOUNDS
A new documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of Brian Wilson's masterpiece The Beach Boys "Pet Sounds." Brian Wilson and the surviving members of The Beach Boys, (Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks) guide us through the writing and recording of the landmark album that is consistently voted one of the top three influential albums of all time. Featuring exclusive interviews, classic archive and rare studio outtakes from the recording sessions, this film tells the story of the creation of the record that cemented The Beach Boys reputation as a leading force to rival The Beatles and Brian Wilson as a songwriting genius.
World Premiere: May
Abortion remains legal in the United States but anti-abortion efforts have succeeded in making it virtually inaccessible in some places and in the Deep South, often unthinkable. At one time Mississippi had fourteen abortion clinics. Now only one remains. Since the passage of Roe v. Wade more than four decades ago, the self-labeled "pro-life" movement has won significant cultural, political and legal battles. Now, the stigma of abortion is prolific in Mississippi where women in poverty and women of color are particularly vulnerable. JACKSON is wrought with the racial and religious undertones of the Deep South and explores the nuanced nature of abortion in America's Bible Belt. Shannon Brewer is the director of Jackson Women's Health Organization, the only remaining abortion clinic in the state. Barbara Beaver runs the Center for Pregnancy Choices and is a leader of the anti-abortion movement in Mississippi. April Jackson is a young mother of four children faced with another unplanned pregnancy. JACKSON is an intimate, unprecedented look at the lives of three women caught up in the complex issues surrounding abortion access. Set against the backdrop of the fight to close the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, JACKSON captures the essential and hard truth of the lives at the center of the debate over reproductive healthcare in America.
MORE THAN T
World Premiere: June
The battle for Transgender rights has changed and charged the national narrative on gender rights forever. Beyond the headlines and debates you'll find human beings who refuse to be simply defined by the label of transgender. MORE THAN T shines a light on the multidimensional lives of seven transgender and gender nonconforming individuals, as told through the lens of celebrated filmmaker Silas Howard (Transparent). From an artist to a minister, a lawyer to an analyst, these powerful stories may change the way you view the issue forever. The 50-minute film is produced by the M.A.C. AIDS Fund.
BECOMING CARY GRANT
World Premiere: TBD
Cary Grant, one of Hollywood's greatest stars, was troubled most of his life with self-doubt and insecurity due to childhood trauma. In his fifties he began a long course of treatment, taking LSD to exorcise his demons. Using words from his unpublished autobiography and newly-discovered personal footage he shot with a film-maker's eye, BECOMING CARY GRANT explores his long journey from childhood poverty to global fame and from darkness out into the light. In this film, we discover for the first time a different Grant, the man behind the mask of subtle charm and suave sophistication that he wore to hide his insecurities. This is a story of a man in search of himself, on a quest to find the love that eluded him most of his life.
NICK CANNON: STAND UP, DON'T SHOOT
World Premiere: Friday, February 10th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Filmed live at the Ebony Repertory Theatre in South Central, Los Angles, Nick Cannon is back in the community for his third SHOWTIME special, STAND UP, DON'T SHOOT. Cannon uses his potent and aggressive voice to attack society's adversities, haters and nay sayers. Cannon discusses everything from the controversial times we're living in, to how getting old affects his dating life. Plus, he gives the scoop on how a trip to Australia was the straw that broke the kangaroo's back in his marriage with Mariah Carey.
SXSW COMEDY WITH NATASHA LEGGERO PART TWO
World Premiere: Friday, March 17th at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
A show so nice we had to do it twice! Part two of SXSW Comedy is hosted by Dice's Natasha Leggero and features killer sets from comedy stars such as Emo Phillips, Sean Patton, Ian Edwards, Kurt Braunohler and Eliza Skinner. The special features killer unfiltered comedy from the most hilarious minds of today giving audiences a great glance at what has made SXSW the premier festival in the world.
STEVE BYRNE: TELL THE DAMN JOKE
World Premiere: April
Steve Byrne brings his signature style back to Chicago for his new special, TELL THE DAMN JOKE. He's a comic, a husband, a dad, an American and simply hilarious. With a memorable introduction from his family to his signature blues-guitar sign-off, Byrne holds no punches, calls it like it is and tells the damn jokes.
I'M DYING UP HERE STARS:
AL MADRIGAL: SHRIMPIN' AIN'T EASY
World Premiere: Friday, May 5th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Comedian and I'M DYING UP HERE actor, Al Madrigal returns to the stage in his new one-hour comedy special SHRIMPIN' AIN'T EASY. The former Daily Show correspondent applies his comedic insight to relatable topics like cilantro politics, parenting, anger management, dark family secrets, and an unbelievable tale of seafood revenge. Madrigal's unfiltered commentary on his kids, Yelp reviews, and ballet recitals leaves his audience roaring with laughter. The special is directed by Neal Brennan (Chappelle's Show).
ANDREW SANTINO: HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
World Premiere: Friday, June 2nd at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Half Mick, half WOP, I'M DYING UP HERE actor & comedian, Andrew Santino returns to his hometown of Chicago for the debut of his hour special HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE. Santino touches on everything from growing up thinking he was black, his disgust with bachelorette parties, his bout with severe acne and his envy of male porn stars; "... these guys can throw a rope across the room". Shot at the historic Vic Theater, Santino's special gives viewers an authentic taste of the city made of Italian beef, Old Style and deep dish. Santino walks us through his hometown stopping at landmark moments of his life that have shaped him into the hard-headed, clever, comic that he is today.
ERIK GRIFFIN: THE UGLY TRUTH
World Premiere: Friday, July 7th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
I'M DYING UP HERE actor and comedian Erik Griffin has made a name for himself on acclaimed shows like Workaholics and Blunt Talk. But Griffin cut his teeth on the stages of comedy clubs throughout the U.S. and, in his first hour special, gives you a taste of what he does best - make crowds of people laugh uncontrollably. With a sharp wit and even sharper tongue, Griffin deconstructs everything from modern romance (see his bit on profile pictures) to popular culture (The Purge). No holds are barred in this raucous hour of standup from one of today's brightest comedic minds.
SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION
Premieres: Friday, February 10th at 10:05 p.m. (ET/PT)
Undefeated super lightweight powerhouse Ivan Baranchyk will face once-beaten Abel Ramos in the all-action main event of the prospect developmental series. In the co-feature, former Dominican Republic Olympian Lenin Castillo and national Golden Gloves Champion Joe Williams meet in a matchup of undefeated light heavyweights, while unbeaten Spanish standout Jon Fernandez takes on southpaw Ernesto Garza in the super featherweight opener.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: BRONER VS. GRANADOS
Premieres: Saturday, February 18th at 9:00 p.m. (ET)/ 6:00 p.m. (PT)
Four-division world champion Adrien Broner will face the streaking Adrian Granados. The flashy Broner has captured titles at 130, 135, 140 and 147 pounds, while the hard-charging Granados recently pulled a stunning upset of then-undefeated Amir Imam and thrives in the underdog role. In co-featured bouts, WBA Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan will defend his belt against former two-time champ Lamont Peterson, while 175-pound contenders Marcus Browne and Thomas Williams square off in a crossroads match.
SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION
Premieres: Friday, February 24th at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION returns with a tripleheader promoted by Floyd Mayweather on Friday, Feb. 24. In a featured bout, once-beaten contender Chris Pearson will face Justin DeLoach, who has defeated three consecutive unbeaten opponents. In the opening bout of the tripleheader, highly regarded Chicago prospect Andrew Tabiti and the slick Quantis Graves will clash in a matchup of undefeated cruiserweights.
PRISON FIGHTERS: 5 ROUNDS TO FREEDOM
Premieres: Friday, February 24th at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
SHOWTIME Sports(R) presents a powerful new documentary, PRISON FIGHTERS: 5 ROUNDS TO FREEDOM, which examines a controversial practice in Thailand's criminal justice system whereby inmates can earn their freedom by winning a series of Muay Thai fights. A SHOWTIME Sports original production, the 90-minute film will premiere on Friday, February 24th at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. The state-sponsored rehabilitation program, popularly known as Prison Fight, is not reserved for petty criminals. Under the law, violent criminals, including those convicted of murder and sexual assault, have been freed and, in some cases, fully absolved of their crimes through their participation in Prison Fights.
"This story is unlike anything we've ever encountered," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. "Redemption is a common metaphor in sports stories, but this is a story about actual redemption and rehabilitation, with prisoners literally fighting for their release from prison. This film brings viewers inside a personal story of crime and punishment, set against a societal debate about the meaning of justice, rehabilitation and the opportunity for a second chance." Narrated by Ron Perlman, PRISON FIGHTERS centers on the story of Noy Khaopan, a convicted murderer serving time in the Khao Prik Prison in Thailand. Viewers will follow Noy's journey through Prison Fight and hear from his family, as well as from the heartbroken family of Noy's victim. Ultimately, Noy's freedom rests on one final fight, which poses a critical question: Can violent men redeem themselves through violent acts?
But while Noy and other inmates fight literally for their freedom, the Prison Fight program has also attracted professional Muay Thai fighters from around the world eager to test themselves in this unique environment. American Cody Moberly of Wichita, Kan., a professional fighter training and competing in Thailand with a redemption story of his own, serves as Noy's opponent in the final high-stakes fight. The film also focuses on former World Champion boxer "Oh" Sirimongkol Singwangcha, who now runs a training facility on the outskirts of Bangkok. Once considered Thailand's Manny Pacquiao, "Oh" was convicted of drug possession years earlier, but earned his way to freedom through the Prison Fight system. PRISON FIGHTERS: 5 ROUNDS TO FREEDOM is produced by Sports Emmy award winner Jason Bowers, written by author and Sports Emmy award-winning writer Mark Kriegel and directed by Micah Brown.
SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL
Premieres: Saturday, March 25th (Time TBD)
The eagerly anticipated rematch between WBA Lightweight World Champion Jorge Linares and former champ Anthony Crolla will be televised live on SHOWTIME from Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Linares dethroned Crolla in a thrilling battle last Sept. 24 in Manchester. It was the first time the three-division titlist Linares was pushed the 12-round distance in his career. The winner of Linares-Crolla II will become the mandatory challenger for recently crowned WBC Lightweight Champion Mikey Garcia, who won the title Jan. 28 on SHOWTIME with a decisive knockout of previously unbeaten Dejan Zlaticanin.