With the return of Homeland this coming Sunday, EW compiled the best of Brody’s (Damian Lewis) lines from the Showtime series. Watch the solider-turned-terrorist at his finest below. READ FULL STORY
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In 1956, a national renowned fertility specialist met a former nightclub singer. Ten years later, they published a scientific study, which revolutionized our understanding of human sexuality.
And so Masters of Sex starts off innocently enough — with title cards and an awards dinner. But soon after there’s a doctor hiding in a closet as he watches a man have sex with a woman prostitute. Ah, that’s why this is on Showtime. Based on the real Masters and Johnson scientific study on human sexuality, Masters of Sex follows Dr. William “Bill” Masters (Michael Sheen) as he builds his study on the questions that have plagued him over the years, such as “Why would a woman fake an orgasm?” He may not have needed a study to find out that question, but it’s a start. READ FULL STORY
Here at EW, we have a weekly series in which we — and readers — weigh in on ways to rehab much-maligned characters on some of our favorite shows.
Frank Gallagher is a shameless bastard. (Pun intended.) He always has been, and that’s why Shameless viewers love him, hate him, and love to hate him. But what makes this drunken vagrant of a father to Fiona, Lip, Ian, Debbie, Carl, and Liam Gallagher such an interesting character to watch is also one of the show’s biggest problems. The Showtime dramedy, so far, has shown three seasons of the impish William H. Macy manipulate, scheme, and use anyone and anything to serve his own purposes, which mainly consists of drinking, ingesting drugs, and having sex.
With season 4′s premiere on Jan. 12, another 12 episodes of Macy acting drunk, self-serving, and occasionally funny will be repetitive and dull. By now, we get who Frank is and how he operates. So what else is there? Although Frank is due for a visit to an actual rehab, he can also use a character rehab to make him more complex and compelling. Before Showtime’s dysfunctional family dramedy returns early next year, here are four fixes to make the Gallagher patriarch a more dynamic — and watchable — character.
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Here at EW, Fall TV Wish List is a new weekly series in which our TV critics Melissa Maerz and Jeff Jensen weigh in on what they hope the coming season will bring for some of their favorite shows. Today: Showtime’s Homeland, which premieres its third season on Sept. 29.
WHERE WE LEFT OFF
“Maybe all this will end in tears,” Brody (Damian Lewis) predicted during the season 2 finale. And that’s pretty much what happened. (Then again, it’s pretty much what always happens: Just watch the Claire Danes Cry Face Supercut.) After Quinn (Rupert Friend) declined to kill Brody, Brody’s car exploded right next to the memorial for Bill Walden (Jamey Sheridan), killing Estes (David Harewood) and much of the C.I.A. The followers of the late Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban) leaked Brody’s old confession tape to the national news, implicating him (falsely) in the bombing, while also cluing in Jessica (Morena Baccarin) about her soon-to-be-ex-husband’s past. And Carrie (Claire Danes) made her big, romantic, “I’ve decided I want to be with you” speech to Brody, only to have their celebratory snogging interrupted by a massive boom! and a run for the Canadian border, where she and her terrorist boyfriend parted ways. (“Goodbye, love!”) The good news? At some point, Saul (Mandy Patinkin) actually smiled — ostensibly because Carrie survived the explosion, but maybe also because Patinkin knew that he’d earned that Emmy nod. The bad news? Now Brody will never get to be Carrie’s cabin boy.
Ambyr Childers has had more than a few racy scenes in her role as a former teen star on Showtime’s Ray Donovan — most of them playing opposite Liev Schreiber. But off screen, the actress tends to fill her time with lighter entertainment, like Will Ferrell movies.
Watch below as Childers confesses her love for Talladega Nights and more.
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The final season of one of the most successful and acclaimed cable dramas in TV history is coming this summer and EW has the behind-the-scenes scoop. The eighth and last outing of Showtime’s Dexter will take the Morgan siblings to darker places than ever before, as congenial serial killer Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and his now-estranged sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) strive to recover from last season’s shocking cliff-hanger where Deb killed their Miami Metro captain to keep her brother’s secret safe.
Unlike on some shows where writers decide an ending when working on the final season, Dexter’s fate arc has been planned for years, and producers are unusually confident their show will have an ending will satisfy fans. “It feels like the exact ending we should be doing,” says showrunner Scott Buck. “Ideally it will make our audience sit back and see Dexter a little more clearly than before. It should absolutely make sense to everybody watching it.”
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SPOILER ALERT! SERIOUSLY, DO NOT READ ON IF YOU’RE NOT CAUGHT UP WITH HOMELAND!
Sunday night’s episode of Homeland ended with one of its trademark omigod nail-biter twists, after CIA operative Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) nearly bumped off series lead Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) in the back of a limo. We’d been told Quinn was a mere mild-mannered analyst, but as the wily Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) discovered, Quinn is actually some kind of deep-cover black-ops agent with a spartan apartment, a sniper rifle cleaning kit, and a secret kid with a Philadelphia cop. He’d been brought into Operation Brody not only to keep an eye on our favorite former-POW-turned-sleeper-terrorist-turned-double-agent, but ultimately to kill Brody once he’d outlived his usefulness.
I, for one, really hope Quinn completes his mission. READ FULL STORY
As of last night, AMC can no longer claim to be the only cable network as essential as HBO. By snagging the Emmy for Best Drama Series, Homeland officially dethroned four-time winner Mad Men — and ushered in what may be a new era for Showtime, a channel that’s never been quite as prestigious as its brethren. Homeland executive producer Alex Gansa noted as much at the beginning of his acceptance speech: “I want to start by congratulating Showtime on its first best series Emmy ever. It’s been a long time coming, and Homeland stands on the shoulders of a lot of great shows over there: Dexter, Weeds, Nurse Jackie, among them all. So I want to congratulate… the entire Showtime family: This is your night as well as ours.”
But Homeland‘s win doesn’t just mean great things for Showtime. It indicates that other cable networks may also have a shot at the prestige that’s been hogged by HBO and AMC over the past five years — so long as they continue to make quality programming. Could the grizzled antiheroes of FX be the next cablers to break through? What about the fun, glossy series on USA? And are TBS and TNT bound to ditch reruns for more original series?
Obviously, there’s no way to know yet. So in the meantime, let’s concentrate on answering this question: Which of these cable networks is most essential to you — and which would you pick if forced to choose between them?
Here at EW, we’re big fans of Homeland, the Showtime thriller starring Claire Danes as a bipolar CIA agent and Damien Lewis as a returning POW who might be a terrorist double agent. Our TV critic Ken Tucker put the show in his top five of 2011, and we’ve still barely recovered from the senses-shattering finale. If you didn’t catch the show last fall, then this weekend might be a good time to dive in: As part of a “Best in Show” outreach program, Showtime will be available free to DirecTV and Time Warner Cable subscribers in New York and LA, complete with marathons of all Showtime series (including Homeland.)
In the meantime, for Homeland fans, we thought it would be fun to ponder a deeper question: Looking back over the ever-curving plot of the first season, which plot twist was the biggest, the most unexpected, the outright twistiest? Vote in our poll below. And remember: Trust no one except for the person who supplies you with anti-psychotic medication. READ FULL STORY
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