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Showtime Renews 'Shameless' and 'House of Lies'

Showtime announced this morning the renewal of two of the network's comedy-dramas, House of Lies and Shameless, for another season. Both shows debuted their current seasons in January and are currently airing new episodes on Sunday nights. The renewal will mark the fifth season for Shameless, starring William H. Macy, and the fourth for Don Cheadle-led House of Lies. Both new seasons will be 12 episodes long and are expected to debut in 2015.

Philip Seymour Hoffman to Star in a Showtime Comedy Pilot

Cable network Showtime has landed an Oscar winner for its latest comedy pilot. TV Line reports that Philip Seymour Hoffman will star in a pilot called Trending Down that's described as a "blistering attack on our youth-obsessed culture and a darkly comic examination of what it means to matter. Or matter not.” Hoffman will star as an ad man falling on hard times, and Kathryn Hahn is onboard to play his wife. The potential series was created by This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander. If Showtime orders the pilot to series, it will be Philip Seymour Hoffman's first full-time TV gig ever.

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: 'Web Therapy' Season 2

Although the third season of Web Therapy does not begin until July 23rd, the complete second season of the Showtime series came out this week on DVD! Based off the web series of the same name, Web Therapy follows psychotherapist Fiona Wallace, played by series co-creator Lisa Kudrow. The semi-improvised dark comedy consists of Wallace administering her unique brand of three-minute therapy via iChat to various patients, while simultaneously trying to work on her own marriage to husband Kip, played by Victor Garber. The two-disc DVD set is definitely worth purchasing: the line-up of guest stars is outstanding, including such famous [...]

'It's Garry Shandling's Show': Just as Influential as You Probably Don't Remember

Garry Shandling is one of the most innovative and influential comedians of all time. However, when Shout Factory released the entire Larry Sanders Show on DVD in the winter of 2011—concurrent with IFC’s decision to rerun the entire series—it seemed to set off a “Garry Shandling renaissance” that has carried over for the past 2-3 years; buoyed by Garry’s ever-bizarre and hilarious Twitter feed.

No matter how staunch of a Shandling supporter you’ve been over the years, you have to concede that there has been a certain heightened re-appreciation of his talents over the past few years. As a child of the 90’s I was slightly too young [...]

'Episodes' to Shoot a Nine-Episode Third Season

A third season of the Matt LeBlanc tour de funny Episodes will shoot next year for Showtime and the BBC. "I guess Episodes will have more EPISODES," jokes everyone.

Showtime Orders 10 Episodes of Philip Seymour Hoffman Comedy 'Happyish'

Showtime has landed a new comedy starring Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman. THR reports that the pay cable network has ordered 10 episodes of Happyish, a dark comedy created by This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander that stars Hoffman, with Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifans in supporting roles. The show, previously titled Trending Down, was ordered to pilot in July.

In Happyish, Hoffman will play a man named Thom Payne who on his 42nd birthday, is struggling with his new bosses being half his age and is having to choose between his antidepressants and his ED pills. Hahn plays his wife, while Ifans is his mentor. Ken Kwapis (The Office) developed [...]

Tig Notaro Wants to Perform in Your Backyard for Her Upcoming Showtime Documentary

Showtime has just greenlit a new documentary called Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro, one that'll follow around the comic for her tour later this summer as she stages private shows in fans' barns, living rooms, back yards, driveways, and any other area they have access to that can fit some friends to watch some comedy. It'll also include "guest appearances from her famous and funny friends," of which she has many. Sounds like fun! And hey, you can be involved if you wanna have Tig perform at your pad. Just head to TigRoadtrip.com and pitch her on just why you should host her.

Showtime to Debut a New Richard Pryor Documentary May 31st

There's a new documentary about Richard Pryor coming to TV next month. Deadline reports that Showtime will be debuting Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic on Friday, May 31st, a month after the movie premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival. From director Marina Zenovich and writer P.G. Morgan, who made Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired together, the Pryor doc follows the iconic comedian's life from his rough childhood in Illinois to his ascendance to one of the country's most revered stand-ups and comedic actors in the 1970s. The comedian's widow, Jennifer Pryor, executive produced Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, which features interviews with Mel Brooks, Lily Tomlin, Robin Williams, [...]

Showtime Renews 'House of Lies,' 'Californication,' and 'Shameless'

Showtime just handed out renewal orders to a trio of shows, comedy-dramas House of Lies, Californication, and Shameless. It'll be the third season for House of Lies, which stars Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, ans Josh Lawson; the seventh season for David Duchovny-led Californication, and the fourth for William H. Macy vehicle Shameless. Showtime says the three shows have each experienced a year-to-year gain in viewership. All three are currently airing new episodes on Sunday nights through early April and will pick up again with these new seasons in 2014, which sounds really far away but isn't anymore.

Here's a Promo for the Showtime Special 'Larry Wilmore's Race, Religion, and Sex'

Even in this short trailer, it's apparent that this is a very different sort of comedy special. Part stand-up, part man on the street, part town hall, Wilmore will look at how race, religion, and sex influence politics – especially that one religion with sex races. Watch a few more promos below and tune in on Saturday to learn more about religious sex races.

Moshe Kasher to Create and Star in a Comedy for Showtime

Comedian Moshe Kasher just sold a his own comedy to Showtime, Deadline reports. Kasher will star in and create the untitled half-hour dark comedy, which is based on his 2012 memoir Kasher In The Rye: The True Tale Of A White Boy From Oakland Who Became A Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient … And Then Turned Sixteen. Kasher is a popular standup who debuted his first special, Moshe Kasher: Live In Oakland, earlier this year. In addition that, he's also a co-host of The Champs podcast, plays Natasha Leggero's sidekick Pig-Bottom on her JASH web series Tubbin' with Tash, and served on a staff writer on NBC's The [...]

David Cross Is Developing a New Comedy with Showtime

David Cross is creating a new TV show. Deadline reports that Showtime is developing a new comedy that Cross will write and produce through his company, Liberal Jew-Run Media Productions. Cross describes the show as being about "a modestly successful travel writer who struggles to keep his families happy and satisfied. Oh, and also from finding out about each other’s existence." What's most surprising about the project is that David Cross is not writing the lead role for himself. The part has yet to be cast, but it looks like it'll go to another actor. Cross may end up playing a supporting role if the project ends up [...]

Steve Carell on Comedy: "I Don't Want to Overthink It"

"There are no universal truths [about comedy]. I am very reticent about talking about what makes something funny. I love to hear these comedic minds talk about themselves and their careers and why they think things might be funny. But if something works, I don't want to overthink it. It might not work next time."

- Steve Carell explaining his comic philosophy to The Wall Street Journal in a piece about Inside Comedy, the Showtime interview series he produces.

Mitch Hurwitz Explains Why 'Arrested Development' Didn't Jump to Showtime When Fox Canceled It in 2006

Way back in 2006, when Fox canceled Arrested Development, the press reported that Showtime had made an offer to continue the show but that creator Mitch Hurwitz has turned it down. Now, talking yesterday at Netflix's presentation for television critics, Hurwitz shed some light on why he said no:

Well, at the time, you have to remember that we were not successful. The Showtime offer, as it was presented to me, was half the money for half the show. I was not interested, at that point, in doing a smaller cast and a more simplified Arrested Development. I felt like I would lose the one thing we had, [...]