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Even Ray Donovan can’t fix this
February 4th, 2020 under Liev Schreiber, Showtime. [ Comments: none ]


Last month, Ray Donovan aired its season finale. Since them, Liev Schreiber implored people to let Showtime know they want an eighth one. Did his begging work? Sadly, it did not. The network announced today, “After seven incredible seasons, Ray Donovan has concluded its run on Showtime. We are proud that the series ended amid such strong viewership and on such a powerful note.”

Even though the network does not say this, I betcha a penny, they give it a sendoff film. It seems weird that they did not give it a final season like Homeland and Shameless, so at least they should get a telemovie. Don’t you agree?

Now that Showtime has three hours of programming to fill, wouldn’t it be nice if they revived Queer As Folk or Dexter? Dexter needs to make up for that sh!tty finale.

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Shameless and Homeland will say goodbye on Showtime this year
January 13th, 2020 under Showtime. [ Comments: 1 ]


We already knew that Homeland is ending its run this season, and today Showtime announced that Shameless will be doing the same beginning this summer. Although the news is not that surprising. I mean after Emma Rossum left, it felt like that was going to be the end of the show.

While that is Shameless, what about Homeland? Its final season debuts on February 9th, and we are getting our first look at what we can expect Carrie to go through. If the trailer is not enough to tell you what is happening, here is how Showtime describes it, “Carrie Mathison (Clair Danes) recovering from months of brutal confinement in a Russian gulag. Her body is healing, but her memory remains fractured – which is a problem for Saul (Mandy Patinkin), now National Security Advisor to the newly ascendant President Warner (Beau Bridges). The top priority of Warner’s young administration is an end to the ‘forever war’ in Afghanistan, and Saul has been dispatched to engage the Taliban in peace negotiations. But Kabul teems with warlords and mercenaries, zealots and spies – and Saul needs the relationships and expertise that only his protégé can provide. Against medical advice, Saul asks Carrie to walk with him into the lion’s den – one last time.”

Who else thinks the series ends with them both getting killed? If it doesn’t, then that is how it should be. No happy endings for them.

Shows endings is a sad thing. However, there is some good news. The L Word: Generation Q will be back for a second season. So there is that!

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There is something that Showtime wants to know about Duran Duran
December 10th, 2019 under Duran Duran, Showtime. [ Comments: 2 ]


There is a New Wave coming to Showtime on December 27th, and you are not going to want to miss it. The network is going to air documentaries about two of England’s biggest New Wave bands from the ’80s, New Order and Duran Duran.

The night starts off at 8p, where we will learn how New Order is reinventing themselves after almost 40 years together. Since I saw them in concert and they sucked, I really don’t care about them. That and if it was about how they went from Joy Division to New Order after singer Ian Curtis committed suicide, then I would be more interested. To me, that is more interesting.

Who is always interesting is Duran Duran. Their doc will focus on their rise to fame in the ’80s and how they defined MTV with racy music videos. It also includes interviews with Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor, who are not related. Also not related is original band member Andy Taylor and he will also not be seen in the hour-long special. What we will see is never-before-seen videos of their lives behind the scenes throughout their career that is still going strong after almost 40 years.

Since we will all still be exhausted from Christmas, what better way to relax then watch these docs.

Oh, and I have seen D2 in several concerts, and only one of their shows sucked. Which was the first time I saw them, and yet I went back for more. The other concerts were a blast, even though I once embarrassed myself in front of Le Bon before they went on. Long story.

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The L Word has evolved with Generation Q
December 8th, 2019 under Jennifer Beals, Showtime. [ Comments: none ]


The L Word took Showtime by storm in 2004. Sadly, like all good things, it came to end in 2009. However, like a fine wine, it is back tonight at 10p, and it has aged very well.

Generation Q includes the shows original stars Jennifer Beal, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey. A lot has happened to them in the last 10 years and they have grown up.

Bette (Beals) is raising a daughter and she is running to be mayor of Los Angeles. She meets with Dani Núñez (Arienne Mandi), an exec who can Bette money for her campaign. When Bette does not like what she stands for, she opts not to work with her.

Sophie (Rosanny Zayas) does not reject Dani because the two of them are dating, and things are getting serious between the two ladies. Sophie works for Alice (Hailey), who is now a television star. Alice has found love with Nat (Stephanie Allynne), a woman with two children.

Shane is back from Paris, is she ready to date every available woman in LA again? Not if Finley (Jacqueline Toboni) can have her way. Finley is a younger version of Shane, which is why she idolizes her so much.

Unlike the first time around, where it was about friendship, partying and dating, this time, it is about friendship and settling down. Maybe it is because I have grown up a lot in the last decade, but I prefer this version of the show.

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The Loudest Voice gives a glimpse into Donald Trump’s handbook
June 30th, 2019 under Donald Trump, Russell Crowe, Showtime. [ Comments: none ]


The Loudest Voice is the story of Roger Ailes (Russell Crowe), but it could just as easily be Donald Trump’s story too. If you swap out Fox News Channel for his real estate business. Now that we got that out of the way, here is more about the series that debuts on Showtime tonight at 10p.

The series starts off with Ailes getting fired from CNBC and eventually getting hired by Rupert Murdoch to run his new news channel. Ailes needs to build up his network and get it ready to launch. He does not want it to be like CNN or the just-launched MSNBC. The latter was supposed to be groundbreaking because it was incorporating the internet into its broadcast.

When they went left, he went right. He was going to do what he wants with the channel no matter what anyone else says. He was going to scream, yell and fire anyone he wants. Even when the network wasn’t ready to launch, he was going to launch it anyway. And that is where the first episode ends.

Then they skip ahead five years to 9/11 for episode two. Ailes fed into everyone’s fear. He wanted to make sure everyone knew this was a terrorist attack, whether it was or wasn’t. He was going to do all he could to scare his viewers. He knew that would make them watch. He was even going to try to influence President Bush to say what he wanted. When the anthrax scare hit close to FNC, he was going to make it a bigger deal than it really was. More of the fear mongering we know his network for being. When 9/11 was not dominating as much, he like, everyone else moves on.

For episode three, Barack Hussein Obama is running for president. Ailes is doing everything he can to make the future president seems like a Muslim terrorist. As in using his middle name as possible. He is asked to calm it down, but he is not going to do. Eventually, Washington tries to step in, but he is not going to listen. Not even to his boss. Eventually, he loses when Obama wins. But for how long?

Since we only got three episodes to review, we don’t know how much further they go into the sexual harassment aspect of his life. We see glimpses of it but not a whole lot of it to know how big a part of it. I am sure as the series goes on, we will know much much more.

As someone, who worked in network news, I was expecting another Newsroom. This is not a show about news. It is a show about a newsman. Therefore, I had to separate myself from expecting accuracy in news, which is not even close to reality. That I can forgive because it is not the story they are telling. However, I cannot forgive them for what they did to two of my former co-workers from my Miami day. Louis Aguirre was the first anchor to talk on Fox News, yet you do not hear him mention his name. In the second episode, we see Shepard Smith, but they cast some ugly guy (no offense) to play him. I mean Shep has been there before day one and he is still there today. I think we all know what he looks like. They should have just used him because he has not aged a day since 1996.

Now that I have vented about that, Crowe is phenomenal as Ailes. He is unrecognizable as the “fake news”man. He should win the Emmy next year. Although, I wish he would have channeled some of his past anger when he portrayed Ailes in some scenes. Not all network news bosses are screamers, but the ones that are, leave a mark on you that never goes away. Thankfully, I was not subject to their abuse, but I witnessed it a few times in the newsroom and I will never forget it. It is that shocking and terrifying.

When it comes to Trump and Ailes, there so many similarities in their playbooks that they could be the same person. Playing on people’s fear and focusing only on that. It is for that reason I highly suggest watching. There is a method to their madness. A madness I hope that died with Ailes and will die with Trump.

In short, this is not the story of Fox News, it is the story of the man behind it. A very scary man who thought his sh!t didn’t stink. We all know it does. Worse than anything else, you have ever smelled before. Something the series does not.

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