Showtime Releases Spring 2014 Original Programming Slate Including ‘Penny Dreadful’, ‘Californication’, ‘Nurse Jackie’ & More
via press release:
1 hour, 8 episodes
Premieres: Sunday, May 11th at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
In PENNY DREADFUL, some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters – including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, all brilliantly reimagined in a whole new light – have become embroiled in Victorian London. The series stars Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights, License to Kill) and Eva Green (Casino Royale). Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl), Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger) and Danny Sapani (The Bill) also star. PENNY DREADFUL is a frightening psychosexual thriller created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar® winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street. Of the eight episodes, the first two will be directed by J.A. Bayona, who helmed The Orphanage and the acclaimed film, The Impossible starring Naomi Watts in her Oscar-nominated performance.
1 hour, 12 episodes
Premieres: Sunday, April 13th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Edie Falco returns to her Emmy Award-winning and SAG-nominated role as Jackie Peyton, a strong-willed and brilliant – but very flawed – emergency room nurse. In the sixth season, Jackie returns to the demons of her addiction. It is a daily high wire act with no net. She’s trying to cope with a real relationship (Adam Ferrara), an ex-husband (Dominic Fumusa), a daughter who is growing up way too fast (Ruby Jerins) and a sponsor who she can’t seem to shake (Julie White). Something’s gotta give. NURSE JACKIE also stars Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze, Anna Deavere Smith, Stephen Wallem, Betty Gilpin, Mackenzie Aladjem and Peter Facinelli. Special guest star Morris Chestnut returns and Laura Benanti guest stars. Emmy Award winner Clyde Phillips serves as showrunner and executive producer. Tom Straw, Richie Jackson, Liz Flahive and Caryn Mandabach also executive produce. NURSE JACKIE is a co-production of SHOWTIME and Lionsgate.
30 minutes, 12 episodes
Premieres: Sunday, April 13th at 9:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
CALIFORNICATION stars and is executive produced by David Duchovny in his Golden Globe®-winning role as the hedonistic writer who fights to balance the demands of his libido, his unpredictable career, and his ex-girlfriend/muse Karen. He’s aided (and sometimes abetted) by best friend/agent Charlie and Charlie’s bawdy wife Marcy. The seventh and final season will find him joining the writer’s room as his never-released film “Santa Monica Cop” now becomes a television series of the same name. He’s frequently riled by his boss, the show’s old-school executive producer Rick Rath (guest star Michael Imperioli), and his fellow writing team members, including Goldie (guest star Mary Lynn Rajskub) and Alonzo (co-star Alonzo Bodden). But he’s thrown by the reemergence of old friend Julia (guest star Heather Graham), whose arrival causes chaos in Hank’s already hectic life, and with his on-off relationship with Karen (Natasha McElhone). Meanwhile, Charlie (Evan Handler) and Marcy (Pamela Adlon) grapple with the aftermath of their reunion and an enticing offer from her ex-husband, Stu Beggs (guest star Stephen Tobolowsky). Rob Lowe, Brandon T. Jackson, Oliver Cooper and Mercedes Masohn will also guest star. Tom Kapinos is the creator and executive producer.
YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY
1 hour, episode count TBD
Premieres: Sunday, April 13th at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY follows a star-studded roster of major film, television and renowned journalists traveling the globe, tackling an enormous range of subjects on the hot button topic of climate change. The correspondents are Jessica Alba, Mark Bittman, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, America Ferrera, Harrison Ford, Thomas Friedman, Michael C. Hall, Chris Hayes, Olivia Munn, Dr. M. Sanjayan, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ian Somerhalder and Lesley Stahl. YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY is executive produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub, Schwarzenegger, along with Emmy-winning former 60 Minutes producers Joel Bach and David Gelber, and climate expert Daniel Abbasi. The series is co-executive produced by seven-time Emmy winner Solly Granatstein (60 Minutes and Rock Center with Brian Williams) and Maria Wilhelm (Avatar Alliance Foundation). Dr. Joseph Romm (ClimateProgress.org) serves as the chief science editor.
Next airing on Thursday, February 13th at 6:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Professional sports are known as a true meritocracy, a field in which the cream really does rise to the top, as there’s simply too much money at stake to operate in any other fashion. In uncommon instances, however, inefficiencies can occur and gifted players may fall through the cracks. Such is the story of Lenny Cooke. In 2001, Cooke was the number-one ranked high school basketball player in America, with future NBA greats LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony listed beneath him. Yet after declaring himself eligible for the 2002 NBA draft, Cooke, shockingly, ended up going undrafted, and became a journeyman playing in little-known leagues across the world. Today he lives in southern Virginia, a should-have-been-great who simply did not quite make it. The first documentary feature from American independent film scene fixtures Josh & Benny Safdie (Daddy Longlegs, The Pleasure of Being Robbed), LENNY COOKE explores the fascinating question of how, exactly, Cooke’s seemingly assured future could go so awry.
GUCCI: THE DIRECTOR
Premieres: Friday, March 7th at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
In the 1960s, American movie icons traveling to Rome noticed the exceptional craftsmanship of a local leather shop founded by Guccio Gucci in 1921. They returned to Hollywood and appeared in films with the bags and shoes that would help to make the Florentine brand an international fashion powerhouse. Ninety years later, Gucci’s Frida Giannini is taking inspiration back from the cinema—as well as art, music, and life. Since rising to Creative Director in 2006, Giannini has delved into the fashion house’s rich archive to reinterpret the iconic designs as she simultaneously redefines a legacy of her own.
GUCCI: THE DIRECTOR, produced by James Franco and directed by Christina Voros, is the story of Gucci under Giannini: the portrait of a designer who has nurtured a deep connection to the past in order to carry forward a legacy into the future. A film in three acts, GUCCI: THE DIRECTOR spans 18 months behind the walls of the fashion house, exploring the intricacies and inspiration behind the quietly brilliant power woman whose own evolution as the creative force behind the brand is as nuanced as that of the storied Florentine house itself.
GERALDINE FERRARO: PAVING THE WAY
Premieres: Friday, March 21st at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
In celebration of Woman’s History Month, SHOWTIME is honored to present filmmaker Donna Zaccaro’s moving, powerful and oftentimes surprising portrait of her mother, Geraldine Ferraro, who changed the face of American politics forever. GERALDINE FERRARO: PAVING THE WAY is a documentary about the life of this trailblazer who served as role model for women and men across the nation and around the world. The film features never-before-seen archival footage and stills, intimate interviews with Ferraro and commentary by many of the leading political figures of our day, including President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush, Vice President Walter Mondale, Secretary Madeleine Albright, Senators Barbara Mikulski and Olympia Snowe, Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Kennelly and Jane Harman, Congressmen Vic Fazio and Tony Coelho and many others.
MAD DOG: INSIDE THE SECRET WORLD OF MUAMMAR GADDAFI
No other dictator had such charm and sex appeal; no other dictator so cannily combined the lure of oil and the implied threat of terror to turn Western powers into cowed appeasers. Muammar Gaddafi’s story is a study in the exercise of absolute power, told not by politicians but by those who directly served the late Libyan leader whose rule, underpinned by oil revenue of $4 billion a month, was amongst the most unforgiving of any modern despot.
ICEBERG SLIM: PORTRAIT OF A PIMP
Premieres: Tuesday, April 15th at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
This documentary examines the legendary life of Iceberg Slim (1918 –1992), notorious pimp and author of seven ground-breaking books. Insightful interviews from Ice T, Quincy Jones, Chris Rock, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), Katt Williams, Don “Magic” Juan, Henry Rollins, Baby and Slim (Cash Money) as well as other artists, scholars, friends and family members combined with old photos, artifacts and archival footage create a riveting tapestry as colorful as the subject himself. The film chronicles how Iceberg’s troubled childhood contributed to a life of crime on the streets. As the painful story unfolds, Iceberg Slim reinvents himself and his transformation from a pimp of 25-plus years to author makes him an inspiration to many well-known and respected artists.
BROADWAY IDIOT: GREEN DAY ON BROADWAY
Premieres: May 2014
From punk rock mosh pits and sold-out stadiums to the Great White Way, this electrifying documentary follows Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong as he works with Broadway veterans to turn his mega-hit album, American Idiot, into a Broadway musical. The film goes behind the scenes with Armstrong and Michael Mayer as they create a thrilling musical experience. More than just a making-of documentary, BROADWAY IDIOT: GREEN DAY ON BROADWAY is a portrait of an artist having the guts to try something totally new. The film provides insider access to the creative process and reveals Armstrong’s personal transformation from rock star to Broadway star.