Showtime orders Rust Belt drama with Jeff Daniels

US cabler Showtime has made a straight-to-series order for a drama based on Philipp Meyer’s debut novel American Rust, with Godless star Jeff Daniels starring and exec producing. Rust will be written by Dan Futterman (Capote) and co-produced with Liberty Global-backed Platform One Media, which is headed up by CEO Katie O’Connell Marsh. The family […]

Showtime takes Denmark’s ‘Rita’ to US

US cabler Showtime has handed a pilot order to a remake of hit Danish drama Rita, with the original show’s creator attached as showrunner. The US version is being produced by Showtime and Liberty Global-backed producer Platform One Media, which is helmed by former Gaumont CEO Katie O’Connell Marsh. Christian Torpe, who was behind the […]

Showtime picks up Kirsten Dunst YouTube series

Showtime has picked up On Becoming a God in Central Florida, a nine part series starring Kirsten Dunst that was previously set to debut on YouTube. The acquisition comes as YouTube scales back its original scripted series slate and moves away from a premium content model towards an ad-supported model for originals. YouTube has held […]

Showtime expands deal with ‘Billions’ creators

Billions co-creators and executive producers Brian Koppelman and David Levien have signed an expanded deal with Showtime. As part of the deal, the pair will continue to act as showrunners on the hit drama, and will also exclusively develop new projects for the network. The deal comes soon after Billions, which stars Damien Lewis and […]

Apple TV app launches in more than 100 countries

Apple has launched its redesigned TV app, making it possible for consumers to subscribe in one place to channels such as HBO, Showtime, Starz, Smithsonian Channel and EPIX. The update, which was first announced at an Apple event in March, is now available in over 100 countries. Apple said more channels would be added over […]

Roku Channel to offer premium content from Showtime, Epix & Starz

The Roku Channel is set to offer premium subscriptions from Showtime, Starz and Epix by late January. Premium subscriptions will give potential customers the ability to browse all available content across the services before signing up, as well as free trials for all subscriptions and the ability to pay for all premium content in a […]

Showtime defends Baron Cohen comedy

Showtime has defended Sacha Baron Cohen’s new comedy Who Is America? against claims that he made fun of a disabled veteran. Critics, including Sarah Palin, said that Baron Cohen posed as a wounded military veteran during a segment, which premiered in the US on Sunday and UK last night. “Baron Cohen did not present himself […]

Sacha Baron Cohen makes a return with Showtime

Sacha Baron Cohen is set to return to TV after more than a decade for a Showtime satirical half-hour series. Baron Cohen will write and direct the title, named Who Is America?. The seven-episode series will explore the diverse individuals across the political and cultural spectrum of the USA. The first episode will air exclusively in […]

Showtime picks up Affleck/Damon drama

Showtime has made a series order for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon drama City On A Hill, set to premiere in 2019. Based on an original idea by Affleck, the drama is set in early 90s Boston where the city is rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies where corruption and racism […]

James Corden’s The Wrong Mans is up for a US remake

Showtime has ordered a pilot of The Wrong Mans for the US, originally created by James Corden and Mathew Baynton. Corden and Baynton will adapt the BBC2 comedy thriller and have teamed with former Veep exec producer Ian Maxtone-Graham to write a 30-minute pilot with Parks and Recreation actor Ben Schwartz. The US edition will […]