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Showtime Renews 'Web Therapy'

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 5th 2011 4:05PM
Web Therapy Season 2Showtime is signing up for more 'Web Therapy' sessions. The cable network has picked up Lisa Kudrow's Internet series for a second season.

The online-turned-TV comedy's second season will consist of at least 10 half-hour episodes set to air in 2012.

"We are thrilled that Showtime will air more of the half-hour format of 'Web Therapy,' we really love this version of the show," Kudrow said in a statement. "Of course, we are over the moon that Meryl Streep will be in this coming season. She was effortlessly hilarious and it's a great story. We have Lily Tomlin back who is ALWAYS fantastically funny. Conan O'Brien is beyond, fantastic, he's a perfect improviser. We're honestly giddy over the people we have for this season."

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Nothing Goes to Plan on a Takedown Mission on 'Homeland' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 5th 2011 7:30AM
'Homeland' - 'Representative Brody'It was such a perfectly orchestrated plan that the veteran television viewer in me knew something was going to go wrong. But I didn't imagine just how wrong when Carrie and Saul's plan to take down Walker was implemented on 'Homeland' (Sun., 10PM ET on Showtime).

They'd put so much effort into getting the Saudi Arabian diplomat to work their side as a mole, it seemed unlikely all that work would be for naught. But Walker proved why he's such a dangerous operative for the opposition in the United States. His actions also confirmed that there is definitely a mole within the CIA operation.

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'Homeland' Recap, Episode 10: Brody Runs Right Over Carrie

by Michael Hogan, posted Dec 4th 2011 11:00PM
What is Brody up to?

Every week, I watch 'Homeland' and find myself caught up in the trajectories of all kinds of sub-plots and supporting characters, only to return in the end to that same question: What is Brody trying to accomplish? Who is this secretive, seemingly tortured soldier, really? What does he want? What makes him tick?

Though the episode was titled "Representative Brody," Sergeant Nick's story line was a lot less interesting than Carrie's this week. Things had been looking up for poor Carrie, but the what-goes-up-must-come-down logic of this show demanded that she must suffer, and suffer she did. Start with the look on her face when she realized what a fool she'd been to think that she and Brody might have a future together. She'd gone to the trouble of introducing a bottle of white to her desolate refrigerator and cueing up a bit of Miles Davis, and all he wanted was to make sure that she had no intention of ever telling anybody about their little weekend at the cabin. Claire Danes earned her inevitable Emmy nomination with the expression of tasered hope that crossed her face. I felt like crying for her.

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Liev Schreiber Books Showtime Pilot 'Ray Donovan'

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 29th 2011 2:40PM
Liev Schreiber Ray DonovanLiev Schreiber dipping his toes in series TV. The 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' actor will star in Showtime's 'Ray Donovan' pilot, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Schreiber will play the title character, a "fixer" for the Los Angeles rich and famous. He's the man they call when a problem needs to go away. However, with all the drama of his clients he has his own troubled family to deal with.

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'Homeland' Recap, Episode 9: Is Brody's Motivation Believable?

by Michael Hogan, posted Nov 28th 2011 12:15AM


The worst part of any monster movie is the moment when you finally see the creature itself. Not the first glimpse, but the first real good look at the thing. After an hour or so of imagining it in all its unfathomable horridity, you're suddenly presented with an actual entity -- the best the special-effects team could come up with. How could it possibly live up to your expectations?

That's kind of how I feel about the back story presented, via flashback, in this episode of 'Homeland' on Showtime. Last episode, after weeks of hinting one way and then the other, the writers let us know, once and for all, that Sergeant Brody has some kind of connection with Abu Nazir, the most wanted terrorist in the world. This week, we found out why. And while the story wasn't horrible, I had some major issues with it.

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Brody Gets Angry Upon Discovering Walker Is Alive on 'Homeland' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 21st 2011 6:55AM
'Homeland' - 'Achilles Heel'Did our own Michael Hogan retire the Brody-o-Meter too soon? Well, it isn't officially retired, but after this week's installment of 'Homeland' (Sun., 10PM ET on Showtime), it should definitely stick around for at least a while longer. The revelation that Walker is alive would seem to put Brody in the clear, but this thing appears to be way more complicated than that.

We already know Brody can pass a lie detector test, so when Carrie told him Walker was alive, sure he seemed shocked, but that could have been another lie, like his fidelity to his wife. But the clincher at the end revealed a truth of sorts.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

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Showtime Renews 'Dexter' for Two More Seasons

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 18th 2011 1:30PM
It looks like TV's favorite serial-killer-of-serial-killers will be pretty busy for the forseeable future. Showtime has renewed 'Dexter' for two more 12-episode seasons, after the network agreed to a contract extension with star Michael C. Hall.

Contract talks between Hall and Showtime reportedly stalled in October, the day after the Season 6 premiere of 'Dexter' aired to series-record ratings. But now that the two sides have come to terms, Hall is thrilled to be staying with the show. "On behalf of the entire 'Dexter' family, we relish the invitation to delve ever deeper into Dexter's world," he said in a statement.

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'Tudors' Star Jonathan Rhys Meyers Found Guilty of Threatening to Kill Cops

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 17th 2011 7:30AM
Jonathan Rhys MyersTroubled 'Tudors' star Jonathan Rhys Meyers was found guilty yesterday of threatening to kill three French policemen. The AFP reports that a court in the suburban French town of Bobigny handed Rhys Meyers a one-month suspended sentence and ordered him to pay a 1,000-euro ($1,351) fine for a drunken altercation with police at a Paris airport.

The 34 year-old actor launched the attack in a bar at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris back in 2009. The court heard how he first struck and cursed at a barman who had refused to pour him a drink. Rhys Meyers, who was described in court as being "extremely aggressive" at the time, then abused the gendarmes who arrived to arrest him, screaming "I'm going to give a million dollars to ruin your life. I'll kill you and your family."

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Thoughts on 'Homeland's' Stellar Sunday Episode and Terrific Debut Season

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 14th 2011 12:00PM
My colleague Mike Hogan wrote about last night's 'Homeland' here and I recommend his weekly review, but I couldn't resist adding a few comments about the Showtime drama's outstanding Sunday episode.

If you're not watching 'Homeland,' you really need to catch up on this gripping drama (which I reviewed here). I already thought 'Homeland' was the best new show of the year, but Sunday's hour was in a different league from what came before it.

As I said in last week's Talking TV podcast, I was a little alarmed by a development in last week's episode -- I thought what happened between CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and former prisoner of war Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) might have been the kind of mistake that would force this promising show down cliched or unsatisfying paths.

I couldn't have been more wrong, and Sunday's episode proved that 'Homeland' knows exactly what it's doing. Within the context of a complex tale about the challenges of combating terrorism, 'Homeland' has proven it knows how to tell a rich, emotionally nuanced tale about the dangers of connection and the price of loneliness.

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'Dexter' Season 6, Episode 7 Recap: Road Trip to 'Nebraska' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 13th 2011 11:45PM
Dexter and Brian went on reunion road-trip to in this episode, but 'Nebraska' was less about brotherly bonding and more about Dexter on the brink. With the ghost of his brother Brian, otherwise known as the Ice Truck Killer, acting as the devil on his shoulder, urging him to embrace his darkest instincts, we saw just how easily our dutiful serial killer of serial killers can devolve into an unhinged vigilante on a killing spree.

It was jarring how unstable Dexter seemed in this episode. Hearing voices in his head, he abruptly left his son, job and relatively stable life to drive across state-lines to avenge the double-murder of the wife and daughter of a man he himself killed, the Trinity Killer. Oh what a tangled web we weave when the Ice Truck, Trinity, and Doomsday Killers play crucial roles in the same 'Dexter' episode.

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'Homeland' Recap, Episode 7: 'The Weekend' the Brody-o-Meter Died?

by Michael Hogan, posted Nov 13th 2011 11:00PM
Was Alan Sepinwall right? Is it time for AOL TV to retire its exclusive Brody-o-Meter? Judging from the last 5 minutes of tonight's episode of 'Homeland,' the answer could well be yes.

What the hell am I talking about, you ask? Well, for the past couple of weeks, I have structured each 'Homeland' recap around a single question: Is Sergeant Nicholas Brody a sleeper agent for al-Qaeda, or a messed-up war hero? Meanwhile, HitFlix's Sepinwall has said he doesn't want to focus on the is-he-or-isn't-he debate. He's more interested in the twisted relationship between Claire Danes' Carrie and Damian Lewis' Brody.

Well, Alan, this episode's for you.

Let's start at the very end of "The Weekend," shall we? Are we buying that confrontation between Carrie and Brody? Knowing what we know of Brody, do we really believe that he would sit down and invite Carrie to ask him anything? And knowing how suspicious Carrie is, and how much she has risked to go rogue on this so-called investigation, do we really believe that she would take him up on his offer and turn over every card she's holding? Maybe so. Maybe I just need to let go of my desire for these two to be master chess players, because this exchange was about as strategic as flipping over the board and crying for mommy.

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New 'House of Lies' Promo: Don Cheadle is Sticking It to the 1 Percent

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 12th 2011 1:00PM
house of lies promoGet ready corporate America. Marty Kaan is coming for you.

Showtime has released a new trailer for their new midseason comedy, 'House of Lies,' featuring the cast -- which includes Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell and Ben Schwartz -- sticking it to the 1 percent. They're management consultants who control more than you think, and they'll say whatever they can to close the deal -- even if that means seducing a client. And yes, there's even a little more dancing involved.

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Showtime Renews 'Weeds' for Season 8

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 10th 2011 8:30PM
ShowtimeShowtime is giving viewers another hit of 'Weeds.' Season 8 of the acclaimed series will debut in 2012.

The network has ordered 13 episodes of the dark comedy.

Season 7 jumped three years into the future to find Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) finishing up her prison sentence. The Botwin family reunited in New York where Nancy rejoined the drug trade. The season ended with a cliffhanger.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jenna Elfman to Guest on 'Shameless' Finale

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 4th 2011 12:30PM
Jenna Elfman, best known as half of 'Dharma and Greg's' title couple, will guest star in the second season finale of Showtime's 'Shameless.'

The drama, which stars William H. Macy as the patriarch of a struggling Chicago family and Emmy Rossum as his eldest child, returns Jan. 8, but we'll have to wait until the twelfth episode of the season to meet Elfman's character.

The actress plays Jill, "a woman with a dangerous past and an awkward present," according to the network.

When the new season of the show begins, the Gallagher clan is sweltering through a hot Chicago summer and Fiona, Rossum's character, is working at a trendy nightclub while her siblings Carl (Ethan Cutkoski) and Debbie (Emma Kenny) run a day-care center out of the family home. (That sounds like a terrific idea for the chaotic Gallagher household, right? More people on the premises?)

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Showtime Renews 'The Real L Word' For Season 3

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 3rd 2011 1:35PM
The Real L Word Season 3'The Real L Word' will be back for a third season and it's moving to New York City ... sort of.

The reality series from 'The L Word' creator Ilene Chaiken will now feature cast in both Los Angeles and New York.

"We're excited and gratified to be picking up the stories of our most beloved season 2 cast members at some truly major and life-altering junctures, and we think it's time to throw down and invite the women of New York to join in and demonstrate the claims they've lobbed at us these past few years ... that New York's women have something more to say about lesbian life, something that isn't being said by our Los Angeles ladies," Chaiken, creator and executive producer of the series, said in a statement. "Bring it on, Brooklyn!"

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