Video: Showtime(R) Documentary Films Announces New Timothy Leary Feature





Video: Showtime(R) Documentary Films Announces New Timothy Leary Feature from Errol Morris and Releases First Look
The film is inspired by Joanna Harcourt-Smith’s memoir, “Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary: My Psychedelic Love Story.”
[via press release from Showtime]
SHOWTIME(R) DOCUMENTARY FILMS ANNOUNCES NEW TIMOTHY LEARY FEATURE FROM ERROL MORRIS AND RELEASES FIRST LOOK

Doc Feature From Oscar(R) Winning Director To Premiere on SHOWTIME Later This Year

LOS ANGELES – May 26, 2020 – Showtime Documentary Films today announced a new feature documentary from Oscar(R) winning director Errol Morris (Wormwood, The Fog of War) about Timothy Leary that will premiere on SHOWTIME later this year. A FILM BY ERROL MORRIS (w/t) asks the question why Leary, the High Priest of LSD, became a narc in 1974 and seemingly abandoned the millions he urged to turn on, tune in and drop out. Was his “perfect love” Joanna Harcourt-Smith a government pawn, as suggested by Allen Ginsberg? Or was she simply a rich, beautiful, young woman out for the adventure of a lifetime? Morris and Harcourt-Smith will reexamine this chaotic period of her life and explore the mystery of the Leary saga: his period of exile, reimprisonment and subsequent cooperation with the authorities. Devotion or selfishness? Perfect love or outright betrayal? Destiny or manipulation? The film is inspired by Harcourt-Smith’s memoir, Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary: My Psychedelic Love Story.

In a first-look clip from the forthcoming feature, Harcourt-Smith details an early encounter with Leary, previewing an impassioned affair. To watch or share the clip, go to:

“This is a dream project,” Morris said. “I’m always looking for alternative ways into a story. You never want to go through the front door. Or even the back door. Much better to find an attic window that has been left ajar. Joanna Harcourt-Smith, who had a love affair with Timothy Leary, wrote a book detailing how they met, how they fell in love, how they took drugs together, how he ended up in prison. And then something surprising happened. I found Joanna as interesting as Timothy Leary, perhaps even more so. It was a way to tell a story about the ’70s in a powerful and unexpected way. I’m excited to be working with SHOWTIME and I can’t believe my good fortune.”

Morris is an Oscar and Emmy(R) winning director whose documentary canon includes The Fog of War, A Brief History of Time, Standard Operating Procedure, The Thin Blue Line and Gates of Heaven. In addition to his illustrious film career, Morris has directed over 1,000 television commercials, is a New York Times bestselling author and a regular contributor to the New York Times opinion pages and Op-Docs series. In addition to honors for his individual films, Morris has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship.

A FILM BY ERROL MORRIS (w/t) is being produced for SHOWTIME by Fourth Floor Productions & Moxie Pictures. Morris is executive producer, and Robert Fernandez and Steven Hathaway are producers.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly owned subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc., owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) and FLIX(R), and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND(R), and the network’s authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME(R). Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME(R). SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS, and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple(R), Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku(R), Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, Apple TV Channels, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, The Roku Channel, Sling TV and YouTube TV. Viewers can also watch on computers at Showtime.com. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV(R). For more information, go to www.SHO.com.



Video: Showtime(R) Releases Official Trailer and Poster for Documentary “Ringside”





Video: Showtime(R) Releases Official Trailer and Poster for Documentary “Ringside”
The film chronicles the dramatic upbringing of two boxing prodigies and follows the divergent paths they take as they navigate life’s uncertainties on the South Side of Chicago.
[via press release from Showtime]
SHOWTIME(R) RELEASES OFFICIAL TRAILER AND POSTER FOR DOCUMENTARY “RINGSIDE”

Winner of the Silver Hugo Award, RINGSIDE Premieres on SHOWTIME Friday, June 12 at 8:30 PM ET/PT

NEW YORK – May 19, 2020 – SHOWTIME has released the official trailer and poster for its upcoming award-winning documentary RINGSIDE, premiering on Friday, June 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. Filmed over the course of nine years by award-winning director Andre H�rmann, RINGSIDE chronicles the dramatic upbringing of two boxing prodigies and follows the divergent paths they take as they navigate life’s uncertainties on the South Side of Chicago. To watch and share the trailer for RINGSIDE, go to:

Winner of the Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival, RINGSIDE examines the lives of Kenneth Sims Jr., Destyne Butler Jr., and their fathers who train them as they embark on a journey to make the U.S. Olympic(R) Boxing Team in 2009, and stays with them for the following nine years. Throughout that time, their choices and circumstances change, leading one of them toward a promising boxing career, and the other one through the prison system.

A Sutor Kolonko and Motto Pictures production in association with Blue Ice Docs and Mitten Media, RINGSIDE is produced by two-time Academy Award(R) nominee and Emmy(R) Award winner Julie Goldman, Emmy Award winner Ingmar Trost and Emmy and Peabody Award winner Christopher Clements. The executive producers are Ken Pelletier, Mark Mitten and Carolyn Hepburn.

SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS, and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple(R), Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku(R), Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, Apple TV Channels, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, The Roku Channel, Sling TV and YouTube TV or directly at www.showtime.com.




SHOWTIME SPORTS RELEASES SECOND CLIP FROM BASKETBALL COUNTY: IN THE WATER





SHOWTIME SPORTS RELEASES SECOND CLIP FROM BASKETBALL COUNTY: IN THE WATER

Documentary Examining A Maryland County That Has Produced Elite Basketball Stars Premieres Friday, May 15

NEW YORK – May 13, 2020 – SHOWTIME Sports has released a second clip from its upcoming documentary BASKETBALL COUNTY: In The Water, premiering this Friday, May 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®. The film, from executive producers Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman, offers an examination into Durant’s hometown of Prince George’s County, Md., and how it has recently produced more elite basketball players than anywhere else in the world.

The clip highlights Prince George’s County’s legendary DeMatha High School basketball program that rose to national prominence under the guidance of Hall of Fame head coach Morgan Wooten in the 1960’s and has carried on a tradition of excellence to the present day. The clip features soundbites from Wooten, plus DeMatha alumni James Brown of CBS Sports, and current NBA stars Quinn Cook, Jerami Grant and Victor Oladipo.

BASKETBALL COUNTY: In The Water is produced by Thirty Five Ventures and directed by Maryland natives and first-time directors John Beckham and Jimmy Jenkins. The executive producers are Durant and Kleiman along with Oladipo and Cook.

For a limited time, new customers who sign up on SHOWTIME.com and the SHOWTIME app can take advantage of a 30-day free trial for the SHOWTIME streaming service, available on SHOWTIME.com and the SHOWTIME app on all supported devices.

SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS, and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple®, Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku®, Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, Apple TV Channels, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, The Roku Channel, Sling TV and YouTube TV or directly at www.showtime.com.



SHOWTIME SCHEDULING ALERT





SHOWTIME SCHEDULING ALERT

Today SHOWTIME announced the premiere dates for the non-fiction programs THE GO-GO’S, LOVE FRAUD and BELUSHI.

THE GO-GO’S will premiere Saturday, August 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Director Allison Ellwood’s documentary feature, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, chronicles the first all-female band to play its own instruments, write its own songs and soar to No. 1 on the album charts. The Go-Go’s made history. Featuring candid testimonies, Ellwood’s film charts the meteoric rise to fame of a band born of the L.A. punk scene that not only captured but created a zeitgeist.
LOVE FRAUD will premiere on Sunday, August 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s four-part series follows a con-man on the run and the dynamic women determined to put him behind bars, and takes viewers on a bizarre, engrossing ride through the twisted mind of a criminal and the chaos he leaves in his wake.
BELUSHI will premiere Sunday, September 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Using previously unheard audiotapes recorded shortly after John Belushi’s death, director R.J. Cutler’s documentary feature examines the too-short life of the once-in-a-generation talent who captured the hearts and funny bones of devoted audiences.



SHOWTIME RELEASES OFFICIAL POSTER AND NEW TRAILER FOR THE GOOD LORD BIRD





SHOWTIME RELEASES OFFICIAL POSTER AND NEW TRAILER FOR THE GOOD LORD BIRD, STARRING AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY ETHAN HAWKE

Key Art for THE GOOD LORD BIRD. Photo Credit: Courtesy of SHOWTIME.

Seven–Part Limited Series To Premiere on Sunday, August 9 at 10 PM ET/PT

LOS ANGELES – May 12, 2020 – SHOWTIME® has released the official poster and trailer for its new limited series THE GOOD LORD BIRD, premiering on Sunday, August 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Starring and executive produced by Oscar® nominee Ethan Hawke, who plays the controversial abolitionist John Brown, the seven-episode series is from Blumhouse Television and based on the National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird by bestselling author James McBride.

THE GOOD LORD BIRD is told from the point of view of Onion (Joshua Caleb Johnson), a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of Brown’s motley family of abolitionist soldiers during Bleeding Kansas – a time when the state was a battleground between pro- and anti-slavery forces – and eventually finds himself participating in the famous 1859 raid on the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry. Brown’s raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was the event that started the Civil War. THE GOOD LORD BIRD weaves a humorous, dramatic and historical tapestry of Antebellum America, spotlighting the complicated and ever-changing racial, religious and gender roles that make up the American identity.

The series also stars Critics’ Choice winner and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Hubert Point-Du Jour (Madam Secretary), Beau Knapp (Seven Seconds), Nick Eversman (Wild), Jack Alcott (Champaign ILL), and Mo Brings Plenty (Yellowstone). Also appearing is a roster of talented guest stars including Tony® Award winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) as abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Emmy® nominee David Morse (ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA) as Dutch Henry Sherman, Steve Zahn (War of the Planet of the Apes) as Chase, Maya Hawke (Stranger Things) as Annie Brown, Wyatt Russell (Lodge 49) as federal officer Jeb Stuart and Orlando Jones (American Gods) as The Rail Man. THE GOOD LORD BIRD is executive produced by Jason Blum, Ethan Hawke, Ryan Hawke, Mark Richard, Padraic McKinley, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, Albert Hughes, James McBride, Brian Taylor, Marshall Persinger, David Schiff.

SHOWTIME® is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS, and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple®, Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku®, Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME® via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, Apple TV Channels, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, The Roku Channel, Sling TV and YouTube TV or directly at www.showtime.com.



SHOWTIME RELEASES FIRST LOOK FROM NEW DOCU-SERIES OUTCRY





SHOWTIME RELEASES FIRST LOOK FROM NEW DOCU-SERIES OUTCRY
Five-Part Investigative Series Directed By Emmy® Winner Pat Kondelis Premieres Sunday, July 5

NEW YORK – May 4, 2020 – SHOWTIME has released a first look at its five-part investigative documentary series OUTCRY, produced and directed by Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker Pat Kondelis, and announced a new premiere date of Sunday, July 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. New OUTCRY episodes will debut every Sunday through August 2, while the entire series will release for on-demand streaming or download on the SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME ANYTIME® apps and partner on-demand platforms July 5.

OUTCRY examines the gripping story of Texas high school football star Greg Kelley, his controversial conviction for child molestation, and the quest for truth and justice that followed in the wake of his sentencing. In a never-before-seen clip from episode one, Kelley, his supporter Jake Brydon, and Cedar Park Chief of Police Sean Mannix present their sides of the story depicting a juxtaposition of innocence and guilt. OUTCRY captures a raw and divided community over the course of three years as both sides of the appeal process work in pursuit of opposing truths. https://youtu.be/TMGu1Tz1Lpo
SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS, and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple®, Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku®, Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, Apple TV Channels, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, The Roku Channel, Sling TV and YouTube TV or directly at www.showtime.com.



SHOWTIME SPORTS RELEASES THE OFFICIAL TRAILER AND POSTER FOR BASKETBALL COUNTY: IN THE WATER





SHOWTIME SPORTS RELEASES THE OFFICIAL TRAILER AND POSTER FOR BASKETBALL COUNTY: IN THE WATER
Documentary From Executive Producers Kevin Durant And Rich Kleiman Examining A Maryland County That Has Produced Elite Basketball Stars Premieres Friday, May 15

NEW YORK – April 27, 2020 – SHOWTIME Sports has released the official trailer and poster for the upcoming documentary film BASKETBALL COUNTY: In The Water, premiering Friday, May 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. A collaboration with NBA star Kevin Durant and sports business executive Rich Kleiman’s Thirty Five Ventures, BASKETBALL COUNTY examines how Durant’s hometown of Prince George’s County, Md., has recently produced more elite basketball players than anywhere else in the world.
To watch and share the official trailer, go to: https://s.sho.com/2S4CrYB.
A fascinating examination of a remarkable community, BASKETBALL COUNTY: In The Water unveils the history behind the basketball hotbed that is Prince George’s County and its social, economic and cultural evolution through the lens of some of the game’s biggest stars including Durant, Victor Oladipo, Quinn Cook, Marissa Coleman and many more. Since 2000, the county just outside the nation’s capital has spawned some 25 NBA players, more than a dozen WNBA players and countless skilled players who have competed at elite universities, highlighting the decades-long prevalence of basketball within a region of roughly 800,000 residents.
BASKETBALL COUNTY: In The Water is produced by Thirty Five Ventures and directed by Maryland natives and first-time directors John Beckham and Jimmy Jenkins. The executive producers are Durant, Kleiman along with Durant’s fellow NBA stars Oladipo and Cook.
Last month, SHOWTIME announced that new customers who sign up before May 3 can take advantage of a 30-day free trial for the SHOWTIME streaming service, available on SHOWTIME.com and the SHOWTIME app on all supported devices.



SHOWTIME OFFERS THE SERIES PREMIERE OF PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS EARLY ONLINE





SHOWTIME OFFERS THE SERIES PREMIERE OF PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS EARLY ONLINE AHEAD OF ITS ON-AIR PREMIERE
Network Donating To Farmworkers’ Covid-19 Pandemic Relief Fund On Series Behalf

NEW YORK – April 24, 2020 – SHOWTIME has released the series premiere of its new drama PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS early for free online sampling, on streaming platforms and on demand. The series stars Tony® and Emmy® winner Nathan Lane, Natalie Dormer, Daniel Zovatto, Kerry Bishé, Rory Kinnear, Adriana Barraza, Michael Gladis, Jessica Garza and Johnathan Nieves. Tony and Golden Globe® winner and three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan, the creator, writer and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated series PENNY DREADFUL, continues in those same roles. Michael Aguilar (KIDDING) also serves as executive producer. The premiere episode is available for free now on YouTube and SHO.com. The 10-episode series will officially premiere on-air this Sunday, April 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
The episode is also available across multiple television and streaming providers’ devices, websites, applications and authenticated online services and their free on demand channels. In addition, the season premiere is available for free on the SHOWTIME stand-alone service at www.showtime.com.
SHOWTIME is also supporting the Farmworkers Covid-19 Pandemic Relief Fund to help raise funds for farmworkers and their families, similar to the Vega family depicted in the series. California produces over two-thirds of the fruits and nuts and over a third of the vegetables consumed in the U.S. With this series set in Los Angeles, the network is donating in support of those who feed us through their labor and ensure our food supply, as these communities may be among the hardest hit due to lack of resources.
A spiritual descendant of the original series, PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS opens in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega (Zovatto) and his partner Lewis Michener (Lane) become embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism. Before long, Tiago and his family are grappling with powerful forces that threaten to tear them apart. PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS explores an exciting mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of the period.
Along with Logan and Aguilar, PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS is executive produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (1917) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road), both of Neal Street Productions. Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions produces, and James Bagley serves as co-executive producer. To learn more about PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS, follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and join the conversation using #PennyDreadful.
Last month, SHOWTIME announced that new customers who sign up before May 3 can take advantage of a 30-day free trial for the SHOWTIME streaming service, available on SHOWTIME.com and the SHOWTIME app on all supported devices.
SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS, and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple®, Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku®, Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, Apple TV Channels, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, The Roku Channel, Sling TV and YouTube TV or directly at www.showtime.com.



SHOWTIME PRESENTS JESUS TREJO: STAY AT HOME SON Debut Stand-Up Comedy Special To Premiere





SHOWTIME PRESENTS JESUS TREJO: STAY AT HOME SON Debut Stand-Up Comedy Special To Premiere
Friday, May 29 At 9 PM ET/PT

LOS ANGELES – April 23, 2020 – Jesus Trejo takes the stage in his first SHOWTIME comedy special JESUS TREJO: STAY AT HOME SON, premiering on Friday, May 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Filmed at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, the hour-long special is full of candid humor as Trejo gives us a front-row seat into his amusing family dynamics. An only child of immigrant parents, Trejo learned many life lessons in some of the most unconventional ways. From running his first marathon to winning his first fight, JESUS TREJO: STAY AT HOME SON explores the lengths he’ll reach to meet his parents’ expectations.

Born and raised in Long Beach, CA, Trejo was named to the Variety 10 Comics to Watch list in 2017 and is a regular at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Trejo can be seen in his recurring role as Mr. Trujillo on Mr. Iglesias and in roles on Alone Together and Teachers. Trejo is also the host of the web series Tacos Con Todo.
JESUS TREJO: STAY AT HOME SON is produced by Brian Volk-Weiss (Pete Davidson: Alive From New York, Ali Wong: Baby Cobra), and Cisco Henson for Comedy Dynamics. Jesus Trejo, Judi Marmel and Alex Goodman serve as executive producers, alongside Kieran Dotti and Michael Epstein who serve as producers. The special was directed by Brian Volk-Weiss.
SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS, and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple®, Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku®, Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, Apple TV Channels, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, The Roku Channel, Sling TV and YouTube TV or directly at www.showtime.com.



BLACK MONDAY TO RETURN ON SHOWTIME SUNDAY, JUNE 28 AT 8 PM





BLACK MONDAY TO RETURN ON SHOWTIME SUNDAY, JUNE 28 AT 8 PM
Comedy Series Starring Golden Globe® Winner Don Cheadle, Tony® Nominee Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall And Paul Scheer

Returns With Final Four Episodes Of Season Two

LOS ANGELES – April 23, 2020 – The final four episodes of the second season of the acclaimed SHOWTIME comedy series BLACK MONDAY will premiere Sunday, June 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, concluding with the season finale airing on Sunday, July 19. The series, which began its 10-episode run in March, aired six episodes of its second season before pausing due to post-production issues related to COVID-19. Viewers can catch up on the first six episodes Sundays, starting May 17 at 8:30 p.m., or watch On Demand or streaming.
BLACK MONDAY is executive produced by Emmy® nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Don Cheadle, who stars with two-time Tony Award nominee and Grammy® winner Andrew Rannells (Girls), Regina Hall (Little, Girls Trip) and Screen Actors Guild® Award winner Paul Scheer (Veep). The series is created by showrunners and executive producers David Caspe (Happy Endings) and Jordan Cahan (My Best Friend’s Girl). Emmy nominees Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Good Boys, The Boys) serve as executive producers. BLACK MONDAY is a co-production between SHOWTIME and Sony Pictures Television.
Recurring guest stars include Yassir Lester (Making History), Ken Marino (Wet Hot American Summer), Horatio Sanz (Glow) and Casey Wilson (Mrs. Fletcher, Happy Endings). Season two guest stars include Tuc Watkins (The Boys In the Band) as Congressman Harris, a leading voice of the moral majority; June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie) as his ultra-conservative wife, Corkie; Dulé Hill (Suits) as Marcus Wainwright III, president of the African-American Scholarship Fund; and Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) as New York Governor Putnam.
SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS, and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple®, Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku®, Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, Apple TV Channels, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, The Roku Channel, Sling TV and YouTube TV or directly at www.showtime.com.