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Jan 22, 2020 . 6 comments

How Our Cartoon President stays topical in an ever-changing political climate

How Our Cartoon President stays topical in an ever-changing political climate

Outside of South Park, animated television series don’t necessarily have a reputation for being topical thanks to the artful, painstaking process of old-school animation. And that’s what makes Showtime’s Our Cartoon President such an ambitious series, lampooning that day-to-day of an administration whose endless assault of foibles, deceits, and personnel changes are hard enough to keep up...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Jan 20, 2020 at 10:00. 20 comments

While Shameless has been a disappointment all season, its penultimate episode is just plain bad

While Shameless has been a disappointment all season, its penultimate episode is just plain bad
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Last week’s episode of Shameless ended on a pivotal emotional moment: Lip, realizing that the best path forward for his family is moving to Milwaukee, breaks the news to his siblings that he intends to leave Illinois. It’s a scene that promises a difficult aftermath: even if we are practically-oriented as viewers and...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Jan 14, 2020. 19 comments

The Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels trailer promises dark magics in 1930s L.A.

The Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels trailer promises dark magics in 1930s L.A.

Showtime’s new Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels may be set in the same universe of its previous gothic-horror fantasy Penny Dreadful, but there’s not a lot they seem to share, save for the existence of magic. Instead, creator John Logan has found a new muse in the racial and political tensions generated at a time when rapid technological and industrial change was transforming the landscape of...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Jan 14, 2020. 14 comments

Shameless, at long last, is coming to an end

Shameless, at long last, is coming to an end

It looks like corporate decision-making finally did what booze, drugs, and the economic realities of low-income America couldn’t: take out the Gallaghers. Showtime announced that it has renewed Shameless for an 11th and final season, according to Deadline.

Showtime president Gary Levine announced at the TCA Press Tour that this would be the swan song for the pay-cable network’s long-running...

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Danette Chavez Danette Chavez Jan 14, 2020. 9 comments

Showtime announces premiere dates for Billions, Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels, and more

Showtime announces premiere dates for Billions, Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels, and more

It’s Showtime day at the 2020 Television Critics Association winter press tour, which kicked off with renewals for The L Word: Generation Q and Work In Progress . The network also announced the premiere dates for several returning series, as well as the intriguing next chapter of the Penny Dreadful franchise.

The new docuseries Vice will premiere on Sunday, March 29. Penny Dreadful: City Of...

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Danette Chavez Danette Chavez Jan 14, 2020. 2 comments

Showtime renews The L Word: Generation Q and Work In Progress

Showtime renews The L Word: Generation Q and Work In Progress

Showtime’s pairing of The L Word: Generation Q and Work In Progress has made for a great, LGBTQ+-centered lineup on Sunday nights, so it’s hardly surprising that the premium-cable network wants to keep that good thing going. During a presentation at the TCA winter press tour this morning, Showtime executives Gary Levine and Jana Winograde announced season-two renewals for the incisive L...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Jan 13, 2020. 7 comments

An offer and a proposal promise change for Shameless and the Gallagher family

An offer and a proposal promise change for Shameless and the Gallagher family
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Early in “Now Leaving Illinois,” Liam is called into the office at school: he’s been flagged as a potential residency fraud case, and they need proof that he lives where he lives and isn’t try to fake his way into a terrible public school. This means that he needs Frank to come to school and sign some forms, or else...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Jan 06, 2020. 12 comments

Isolated moments of family connection keep Shameless from going entirely off the rails

Isolated moments of family connection keep Shameless from going entirely off the rails
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Ever since the writers decided to give Carl and Debbie—and then Liam—their own storylines, Shameless has suffered from an overly fragmented narrative. At any given time, the show could be running upwards of 8 different stories: even if we take Fiona out of the mix, you still have Lip, Ian, Frank, Carl, Debbie, Liam,...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Dec 30, 2019. 11 comments

Shameless finally tries to fill the Fiona-sized hole at its center by leaning into Gallavich

Shameless finally tries to fill the Fiona-sized hole at its center by leaning into Gallavich
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Although we can argue about the effectiveness of many of Fiona’s stories over the course of Shameless’ first nine seasons, there was no question that she served as the emotional core of the show. And I would also argue that the central problem of the season thus far is that there has been no effort to replace her,...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Dec 23, 2019. 21 comments

To combat a listless season, Shameless...throws some bad sitcom stories into a pot and walks away?

To combat a listless season, Shameless...throws some bad sitcom stories into a pot and walks away?
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Sitcom storytelling is predicated on a connection with character. The idea is that you’re so attached to a group of people - friends, family, coworkers, etc. - that you will continue watching their adventures even past the point where they lose a sense of novelty because you find comfort in their presence.

However,...

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Danette Chavez Danette Chavez Dec 09, 2019. 2 comments

Work In Progress begins to work its melancholy charms

Work In Progress begins to work its melancholy charms
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Like recent half-hour dramedies Better Things, Take My Wife , and One Mississippi, Showtime’s Work In Progress is a loosely autobiographical work. Series creator and improv vet Abby McEnany plays a fictionalized version of herself—instead of getting laughs at the iO Theater, she’s some kind of office drone. But, no...

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Dec 05, 2019.

How an independent pilot from Chicago got Lilly Wachowski, Julia Sweeney, and Showtime on board

How an independent pilot from Chicago got Lilly Wachowski, Julia Sweeney, and Showtime on board

Since its announcement, Showtime’s new comedy Work In Progress has garnered plenty of attention due to the fact The Matrix’s Lilly Wachowski would co-write and co-showrun the series—her first project since leaving Sense8 under her sister Lana’s care after the first season. But before Lily, and before Showtime, Work Of Progress was an independent pilot from Tim Mason and its star Abby McEnany,...

Dec 03, 2019. 4 comments

The L Word's new cast is ready to take on the new queer world with Generation Q

The L Word's new cast is ready to take on the new queer world with Generation Q

As groundbreaking as it was, anyone would tell you that The L Word’s initial run hasn’t aged entirely well. As put by writer Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya in her 2015 look at the series’ 10 best episodes , it lived “in a very narrow neighborhood of the diverse world of queer women,” barely scratching the surface on complex racial and transgender issues that affect the queer community in the real...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Dec 02, 2019. 16 comments

More squandered potential fuels our distrust in Shameless’ storytelling

More squandered potential fuels our distrust in Shameless’ storytelling
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I’ve often spoken casually throughout my reviews of this show about the fact that Showtime has a reputation for extending series beyond their natural endpoints. It’s a problem that I’ve discussed when writing about both Shameless and Weeds before it, and you could easily apply it to other Showtime shows (Dexter!...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Nov 25, 2019. 17 comments

Debbie Gallagher is a bad person, and not in ways that make Shameless more interesting

Debbie Gallagher is a bad person, and not in ways that make Shameless more interesting
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Given that this show is (arguably) anchored around the truly hateful Frank Gallagher, I am not going to argue that every character on Shameless needs to be “likeable.” Each character—except for maybe Liam, although give him time?—has done something quote-unquote shameless at some point or another, and has given us...

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Nov 22, 2019. 5 comments

Showtime renews Desus & Mero for another season

Showtime renews Desus & Mero for another season

According to Variety, Showtime has granted a second season to Desus & Mero, it’s cult-hit-turned-regular-hit late-night talk show with the Bodega Boys—a.k.a. Desus Nice and The Kid Mero. The new season will premiere in February, with new episodes continuing to air on Mondays and Thursdays after that. Showtime’s presidents of entertainment (hell of a job title) Gary Levine and Jana Winograde...

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Nov 14, 2019. 7 comments

All those A24 movies you like will premiere exclusively on Showtime

All those A24 movies you like will premiere exclusively on Showtime

If you’re the kind of person who compiles annual lists of the year’s best films (what are you, some kind of nerd?), chances are A24 is behind at least one or two films on your lists in recent years. The distribution company behind acclaimed titles like Moonlight , Green Room , and Lady Bird has just closed an output deal with Showtime, making it the exclusive home of the above films—and then...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Nov 11, 2019. 22 comments

Shameless starts Season 10 with a stellar argument against it getting a Season 10

Shameless starts Season 10 with a stellar argument against it getting a Season 10
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Shameless’ tenth season premiere ends on a moment of Gallagher family unity. As Lip waits to hear Tami’s condition after she suffered complications during the birth of their son, he finds himself alone with the newest member of the family. But before he can be overwhelmed by the moment, that family arrives to support...

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Nov 10, 2019. 1 comments

Showtime's Halo show has finally started filming

Showtime's Halo show has finally started filming

Few categories of projects start with more “Obviously doomed” credits on their ledger than video game adaptations; while the sub-genre has not been uniformly terrible—as long as you let one-off edge cases like[Link]
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle count on its behalf, at least—the dire-to-not-dire ratio still leans crapward pretty hard. All of which is to give a hearty kudos to Showtime’s TV...

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Nov 06, 2019. 7 comments

Corey Stoll and Julianna Margulies join Billions

Corey Stoll and Julianna Margulies join Billions

The next season of Billions just got a heck of a lot more intriguing. Showtime has officially announced the addition of Corey Stoll and Julianna Margulies for the fifth season of the hit series. Stoll, who was most recently seen in the final season of HBO’s The Deuce, will have a season-long arc in the upcoming installment, while Margulies will have a recurring guest role. The former is...

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