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Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 6:42PM EDT
Claire Danes says Homeland will end with Season 8, but Showtime hasn't made it official
In an interview with Howard Stern this morning, the actress was asked if Season 8 will be the end of the Showtime series, as has long been expected. She responded, "yeah, that's it." Showtime has yet to confirm that Homeland is in fact ending. Danes said she's conflicted about ending the series. "She’s a lot, this Carrie-freakin’ Mathison character," she said. Showrunner Alex Gansa has said he expects Season 8 to be his last year, which would coincide with the expiration of the casts' contracts. According to a story in The Hollywood Reporter, Showtime hasn't made a decision on the show's future, adding that "there's been talk with keeping the show going with a new showrunner and new cast." Danes also revealed to Stern that she's pregnant with her second child, but Homeland won't be impacted because the show isn't expected to go into production on Season 8 before the end of year.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 1:19PM EDT
Claire Danes reveals she's pregnant with her second child
"I'm pregnant," the Homeland star revealed to Howard Stern this morning. "I'm seriously preggo. I'm deep into my second trimester."
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 6:54AM EDT
Russian-born actor Costa Ronin is pulling double duty as a Russian spy on The Americans and Homeland
Homeland boss Alex Gansa says he's grateful the FX series is "sharing" Ronin, who has become TV's go-to actor for Russian spy roles. “Tall, dark and Russian — he’s the perfect villain for our times," says Gansa.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
Billions has evolved to offer TV's best critique of toxic masculinity
Season 3 has turned its attention on gender thanks to the emergence of nonbinary actor Asia Kate Dillon from a bit player to a central part of the series. Her role as Taylor has "crystallized the themes of gender and power that the show had previously been circling less certainly," says Alison Wilmore, adding: "Billions is not exclusively a show about men, but it is shaped by masculinity to the extent that most of its women — formidable, brainy, tough — are seen through the ways they've had to learn how to navigate the expectations and biases of men. They shield themselves when needed, soften their edges when it's advantageous, and contend with being seen as sexual objects."
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 5:49PM EDT
Showtime is remaking The Wrong Mans starring Ben Schwartz, with James Corden and J.J. Abrams producing
The 2013 BBC action comedy that Corden co-created and co-starred in is getting an American remake with Corden producing along with Abrams' Bad Robot productions. Schwartz will play one of two office workers whose life is turned upside down by a chance phone call and a case of mistaken identity.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 6:48PM EDT
Watch the trailer for Showtime's New York Times docuseries on covering the Trump presidency
Liz Garbus says of her film The Fourth Estate, which premieres May 27: "We've been given unprecedented access to capture the challenges, triumphs and pitfalls of covering a president who has declared war on the free press, from the point of view of those on the front line."
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 3:02PM EDT
Ray Donovan makes Susan Sarandon a series regular
She'll reprise her role as a powerful studio head, becoming a big part of Season 6 of the Showtime series. Sarandon appeared in seven episodes last season.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Michael C. Hall: "It’s a possibility given how the show ended that we could revisit Dexter
Hall, who's starring on Netflix's Safe, says a revival could "maybe" happen. "I have just yet to, for my part, imagine or hear someone else’s idea that makes it feel worth doing," he tells Variety. "But never say never.”
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Iconic Comedy Store owner Mitzi Shore, the "godmother of comedy" in Los Angeles, dies at 87
David Letterman babysat her children, Jay Leno slept on her club's back stairs and Jim Carrey tended bar for her. Shore influenced the careers of everybody from Robin Williams to Garry Shandling, Roseanne Barr, Jimmie Walker, Bob Saget and, of course, Letterman, Leno and Carrey. In fact, Carrey's Showtime series I'm Dying Up Here is inspired by his Comedy Store past, with Melissa Leo essentially playing Mitzi Shore. The Comedy Store released a statement saying Shore, who died after battling Parkinson's Disease, "was an extraordinary businesswoman and decades ahead of her time who cultivated and celebrated the artistry of stand-up comedy. She was also a loving mother, not only to her own four children, but to the myriad of comedians who adored her. She leaves behind an indelible mark and legacy and has helped change the face of comedy. We will all miss her dearly." The Comedy Store was her fifth child. She was, according to Los Angeles Times' Paul Brownfield, "all-powerful, during a remarkably fertile time for stand-up comedy — the 1970s and early '80s — when many of today's comedy stars showed up in L.A. to go onstage at the only place that mattered."
- Son Pauly Shore, Marc Maron, Whitney Cummings pay tribute to Mitzi Shore on Twitter
- The Comedy Store released a star-studded "Thank you Mitzi" video just three days ago
- Kathy Griffin: "Mitzi Shore was a pioneer who gave more comics their start than I can count...I did my first legit comedy gig at the Store"
- Watch David Letterman's The Comedy Store 15-year reunion Top 10 list
- Pauly Shore tweeted his mom's final days -- he took her for her final visit to The Comedy Store on Monday
# TOPICS: Mitzi Shore, Showtime, I’m Dying Up Here, David Letterman, Garry Shandling , Jay Leno, Jim Carrey, Kathy Griffin, Marc Maron, Pauly Shore, Whitney Cummings, The Comedy Store, Obits, Stand-Up Comedy
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 6:11PM EDT
Showtime sets Kevin Smith stand-up special from the night of his heart attack
Smith was supposed to tape two shows for Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly, but he experienced symptoms of what turned out to be a heart attack after the first taping. Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly premieres on May 11.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Why is Malin Akerman's Billions character so different this season?
Her Lara Axelrod character is behaving in Season 3 like the "anti-Lara."
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Homeland is quietly having its best season in years
The Showtime drama has excelled in Season 7, even without Quinn. "Really, it’s remarkable how Homeland has managed to completely reinvent itself from the ground up several times over during its seven-season run," says Dave Nemetz. "For the first three seasons, Damian Lewis earned top billing alongside Claire Danes in his role as Marine-turned-sleeper agent Nicholas Brody — but now, incredibly, Homeland has aired more episodes without Brody than it did with him."
Posted Wednesday 4/04/18 at 1:15PM EDT
The Affair unveils its Season 4 poster and a "change the narrative" teaser
The upcoming season asks: "What are you holding on to?"
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 10:29PM EDT
Is Billions set in the Trump universe?
The Season 3 premiere makes it clear who is president of the United States on the Showtime series.
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 9:54PM EDT
Why Billions is TV's most addictive show
"It’s true that the writing on Billions occasionally seems a little obvious, the acting a tad bombastic, and the visual aesthetic somewhat overly slick," says Steven Hyden. "But no other cable drama currently on TV is as adept at delivering red-meat conflict in a way that’s both playful and ruthless, with scores of quotable lines and a multitude of colorful, love-to-hate-’em anti-heroes. Even a character that might be an afterthought on most shows (like the kindly old father of the protagonist) carries himself on Billions like Tony Montana with a death squad outside of his door. This soapy, go-for-broke audacity of Billions is what hooked me in and continue to keep me addicted." ALSO: Billions is especially terrific with its hilarious dialogue.