Showtime is stocking up on some familiar faces for its four new series scheduled to premiere in 2014.
With “The Borgias,” “The Big C” and “Dexter” wrapping this year, the premium cable channel has been readying six new shows to fill in its empty slots.
The first, the Liev Schreiber-led “Ray Donovan,” already premiered last month to great numbers. Later this year we get “Masters of Sex” with Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan.
In 2014 though the network has four shows on the way – “Penny Dreadful,” “The Vatican,” “The Affair,” and “Trending Down”.
A few months ago it was announced that Kyle Chandler, Anna Friel and Matthew Goode will star in “The Vatican”. Set in New York, Ridley Scott (“Alien”) has already directed the pilot for the show which explores the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic Church.
Then last week came word that Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kathryn Hahn will lead the darkly comic “Trending Down”. John Cameron Mitchell (“Hedwig and The Angry Inch”) is set to direct the pilot. Now, further names have been revealed for the other two shows.
First up, Josh Hartnett (“Pearl Harbor”) and Eva Green (“Casino Royale”) are set to lead the straight-to-series “Penny Dreadful” which is being produced by “Skyfall” duo John Logan and Sam Mendes. Logan is penning all eight episodes, while Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Orphanage”) will direct the pilot.
Hartnett plays “Ethan Chandler, a charming American trapped in the darkest corners of Victorian London”. Green’s role is “Vanessa Ives, a seductive and formidable beauty full of secrets and danger.” The series will involve famous horror characters such as Dracula, Van Helsing, Dorian Gray and Dr. Frankenstein.
Also revealed today is the news that Ruth Wilson (“Luther”) and Dominic West (“The Wire”) are set for the lead roles in the one-hour relationship drama series “The Affair”. Mark Mylod (“Shameless”) is directing the pilot and will executive produce from a script co-written by award-winning playwright Sarah Treem.
The story is described as an intense and intimate exploration of two marriages and an affair that disrupts them – with all of the complex consequences that result.