Showtime had its turn at the Television Critics Association press tour yesterday, announcing premiere dates for a bunch of series and talking up some other projects it has in development.
First up, the network has made it official that “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot will headline and executive produce a limited series about film actress and pioneering inventor Hedy Lamarr. “The Affair” co-creator/executive producer Sarah Treem serves as showrunner and is writing the limited series.
Next, the Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge-led new drama “City on a Hill” has been renewed for a second season. The series, a fictional account of the ‘Boston Miracle’ in which the city cleaned up its rampant corruption and organised crime in the early 1990s, is reportedly reaching 3.5 million viewers a week.
The network has also set premiere dates for new seasons with “Shameless” and “Kidding” returning November 3rd, “Ray Donovan” back on November 17th, the spin-off series “The L Word: Generation Q” arriving on December 8th, and the eighth and final season of “Homeland” arriving February 9th.
Showtime’s President of Entertainment Gary Levine has confirmed that Jason Mitchell’s character Brandon is being killed off on the third season of “The Chi”. The actor was let go in May over allegations of inappropriate behavior. He also confirmed they’ve handed out a series order for “Three Women” based on the No. 1 New York Times non-fiction bestseller by Lisa Taddeo.
The network is planning to increase its original content this year by 30% more programming hours in both scripted and unscripted fare, with Levine taking a shot at Netflix saying: “We don’t just dump a series, send an email and hope it connects.” The panel also opened with a faux ad for Showtime Maxi-Plus, a joke taking aim at Disney+, Apple TV+ and HBO Max all looming on the horizon.