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[08/02/19 - 03:01 PM]
Showtime Taps Tony Winner Daveed Diggs and Wyatt Russell in "The Good Lord Bird"
Based on the National Book Award-winning novel by James McBride, the eight-part limited event series will premiere on Sunday, February 16.

[via press release from Showtime]

SHOWTIME TAPS TONY WINNER DAVEED DIGGS AND WYATT RUSSELL IN "THE GOOD LORD BIRD"

Starring And Executive Produced By Oscar(R) Nominee Ethan Hawke

New Limited Series To Premiere On Sunday, February 16, 2020

Emmy(R) Nominee David Morse, Steve Zahn, Orlando Jones And Ellar Coltrane Join As Guest Stars

LOS ANGELES - August 2, 2019 - SHOWTIME announced that Grammy(R) and Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) has joined the cast of THE GOOD LORD BIRD as another legendary historical character, abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Wyatt Russell (Lodge 49) will star in several episodes as Jeb Stuart, a federal officer with orders to apprehend John Brown (Ethan Hawke). From Blumhouse Television and based on the National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird by bestselling author James McBride, the eight-part limited event series will premiere on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The announcement was made today by Gary Levine and Jana Winograde, Presidents of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc., at the Television Critics Association's Summer Press Tour.

Diggs will play Frederick Douglass, the well-known orator and leader of the abolitionist movement and Union Civil War effort. Douglass works with Brown and encourages the raid on Harpers Ferry, but finds Brown's planning and leadership style questionable and his approach dangerous, bordering on suicidal. Diggs is a Tony, Grammy and Lucille Lortel Award winning actor, rapper, singer and songwriter best known for his Grammy and Tony Award winning performance in the Broadway sensation Hamilton. Most recently he returned to the Public Theater to star in Suzan-Lori Parks' Outer Critics Circle Award winning play White Noise. Diggs co-wrote, produced and starred in the 2018 film Blindspotting, which premiered at Sundance and earned him a nomination at the Independent Spirit Awards. On television, he can be seen in Snowpiercer, Green Eggs and Ham, Blackish, The Get Down, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and more. His film credits include Zootopia, Wonder, and Ferdinand.

Russell stars as Jeb Stuart, a no-nonsense federal army officer with orders to apprehend John Brown in Kansas. He is promoted in rank several times during his failed attempts to negotiate Brown's surrender. Despite having some sympathy for Brown's cause of freedom, he disagrees with his tactics of murder and coercion, and is later tasked with leading the federal response to Brown's takeover of Harpers Ferry. Russell stars in Lodge 49 and the upcoming film The Woman in the Window opposite Amy Adams. He was previously seen in Black Mirror and Richard Linklater's Gotham Award nominated film Everybody Wants Some!! His film credits include Folk Hero & Funny Guy, Overlord, Blaze, Ingrid Goes West, Table 19, 22 Jump Street, Love and Honor, among others.

SHOWTIME has also cast Emmy nominee David Morse (ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA) as Dutch Henry Sherman, Steve Zahn (War of the Planet of the Apes) as Chase, Orlando Jones (American Gods) as The Rail Man and Screen Actors Guild(R) Award nominee Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood) as Salmon Brown. Mo Brings Plenty (Yellowstone), Jack Alcott (Champagne ILL), Nick Eversman (The Duff), Hubert Point-Du Jour (Madame Secretary) and Beau Knapp (Shots Fired) will also star.

THE GOOD LORD BIRD is told from the point of view of Onion (Joshua Johnson-Lionel, Blackish), a fictional enslaved boy, who is part of Brown's motley crew of abolitionist soldiers during the time of Bleeding Kansas, eventually participating in the famous 1859 raid on the Army depot at Harpers Ferry. Brown's raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was the instigating event that started the Civil War. Mark Richard is the showrunner and executive produces with Ethan Hawke, who together wrote the first episode of the series. THE GOOD LORD BIRD is also executive produced by James McBride, Albert Hughes - in his television directorial debut helming multiple episodes -- Jason Blum, Brian Taylor, Ryan Hawke, David Schiff, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman and Marshall Persinger. Additional directors include Kevin Hooks, Darnell Martin and Haifaa Al Mansour.

SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS, and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple(R), Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku(R), Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon's Prime Video Channels, Apple TV Channels, DirecTV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, The Roku Channel, Sling TV, Sony PlayStation(TM) Vue, and YouTube TV or directly at www.showtime.com.





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[08/16/19 - 12:00 PM]
HBO Comedy Series "Silicon Valley" Returns October 27 for Sixth and Final Season
The Emmy(R)-winning and Golden Globe-nominated series takes a comedic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.

[08/16/19 - 11:00 AM]
Limited Series "Mrs. Fletcher" Debuts October 27; Created by Executive Producer and Writer Tom Perrotta
The HBO series is a dual coming-of-age story chronicling the personal and sexual journeys of an empty-nest mother and her college freshman son, who both embrace their newfound freedom with mixed results.

[08/16/19 - 09:09 AM]
Video: Showtime(R) Offers First Two Episodes of "On Becoming a God in Central Florida" for Free Early Sampling
The 10-episode series will officially premiere Sunday, August 25 at 10:00/9:00c.

[08/16/19 - 09:06 AM]
Priscilla Presley & John Eddie to Create "Agent King," An Animated Adult Action Comedy Featuring Elvis Presley as a Covert Government Agent, for Netflix
Mike Arnold will serve as showrunner on the project.

[08/16/19 - 09:00 AM]
Hot Dog! "Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures," A New Chapter of Disney Junior's Hit Series "Mickey and the Roadster Racers," Debuts Monday, Oct. 14
That same day, a new series of shorts, "Hot Diggity-Dog Tales" starring Mickey and "mouse's best friend" Pluto will also debut on Disney Channel, Disney Junior and DisneyNOW.

[08/16/19 - 08:04 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Demos; CBS Wins Total Viewers
NFL preseason on local stations once again effects the preliminary numbers.

[08/16/19 - 08:01 AM]
"Raising Dion," Starring Alisha Wainwright, Ja'Siah Young and Michael B. Jordan, Comes to Netflix on October 4
The series is the story of a widowed mother who must protect her son after he starts to manifest several mysterious, superhero-like abilities.

[08/16/19 - 07:19 AM]
"Peaky Blinders" - Season 5 to Launch Friday October 4th, at 12:01 AM PT on Netflix
An epic, gangster family series set in the lawless streets of Birmingham, UK and beyond, "Peaky Blinders" follows the evolution of leader Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) from backstreet crime lord to legitimate businessman and member of parliament.

[08/16/19 - 06:00 AM]
NFL Films' "A Lifetime of Sundays" to Debut on ESPN and ABC in Celebration of the NFL's 100th Season
The film also will be available through ESPN authenticated Video on Demand until September 15 when it moves to ESPN+ and will be available for streaming.

[08/16/19 - 05:33 AM]
AMC Commissions Three Part Drama "Quiz," Directed by Stephen Frears and Produced by Left Bank Pictures
The project stars Matthew Macfadyen, Michael Sheen, Sian Clifford, Mark Bonnar, Helen McCrory, Michael Jibson and Aisling Bea.

[08/15/19 - 04:38 PM]
Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami to Direct Aubrey Plaza in Feature Comedy "Hope" for Netflix
The comedic duo are following their female-driven comedy "The Breaker Upperers," which they also co-wrote and starred in, and premiered on Netflix in February.

[08/15/19 - 01:15 PM]
"To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You" Premieres February 12 on Netflix
The sequel will be followed by a third film: "To All the Boys: Always and Forever Lara Jean," already in production.

[08/15/19 - 11:04 AM]
"The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" Announces Live Democratic Presidential Primary Debate Coverage on Thursday, September 12 at 11:00 P.M. Eastern
As part of its Votegasm 2020 coverage, the series will air live at 11:00 p.m. ET on Comedy Central and react in real time across its social media accounts.

[08/15/19 - 10:30 AM]
30 for 30 "Rodman: For Better or Worse" to Premiere September 10 on ESPN
The film, directed by Emmy-winning director Todd Kapostasy, is billed as the unfettered and definitive look at the life and career of Dennis Rodman.

[08/15/19 - 09:30 AM]
"The Kominsky Method" Season 2 Premieres October 25 on Netflix
Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin are back for a new season of the comedy series.