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Californication Trailer

In 2009 Fall Season, Californication, Showtime on 09/21/2009 at 3:55 pm

Californication

There’s really not much left to say about Showtime’s Californication.  It’s dirty and raunchy, even by pay cable standards.  It’s hilarious.  It’s absurd.  It’s snarky.  We’ll let this new promotional trailer speak for itself.

Californication returns to Showtime at 10pm Sunday September 27th.

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The L Word Becomes A Reality Show

In 2009 Pilots, 2010 Pilots, Showtime, The Farm, The L Word, The Real L Word: Los Angeles on 09/02/2009 at 4:21 pm

The L Word

Showtime has announced the creation of a reality series based on it’s hit scripted drama, The L Word.  When the original series ended its successful six season run earlier this year, we were anticipating the rumored spin-off series from executive producer/show runner Ilene Chaiken.  Not long after the series finale we learned that the rumors were true: Chaiken had created a pilot called The Farm starring The L Word‘s Leisha Hailey, who played Alice.  The unfortunate part of the rumor being confirmed was that it also came with word that Showtime had turned the pilot down and there would no series.

Now comes word that there will be a spin-off of The L Word.  This time the unfortunate part is that it’s a reality series.  The show, titled (what else?) The Real L Word: Los Angeles, has tentatively been given a 9 episode first season for sometime in 2010.  We say tentative because they have yet to cast the six real life lesbians to star in the series and the deal is dependent on that casting.

AMC Renews Mad Men

In 2010 Summer Schedule, AMC, Boardwalk Empire, Entourage, HBO, Mad Men, Monk, Nurse Jackie, Showtime, The Sopranos on 09/02/2009 at 2:02 pm

Mad Men

Could we possibly make it to Beatlemania?  Maybe Woodstock?  The moon landing?  What will Don do when he comes upon his first hippie?  All things to ponder while celebrating the news that AMC has renewed Mad Men for a fourth season.  Thankfully, there was none of the contentiousness that swirled around the show’s renewal and Matthew Weiner’s contract negotiations last year.  No word on how many episodes were ordered, but Variety says we can expect the show to return in late summer again.

While we’re at it, it’s been a fantastic summer for Weiner’s fellow The Sopranos alum: Edie Falco reinvented herself with Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, Steve Buscemi and Terence Winter landed again at HBO with Martin Scorcese’s Boardwalk Empire, Jamie-Lynn Sigler playing herself has been quite a highlight to this season of Entourage,  James Gandolfini’s In The Loop has become a critical darling and multiple members of the cast, both mobsters and FBI agents, appeared on last week’s mobbed-up episode of USA’s Monk.

Mad Men is currently airing it’s third season each Sunday at 10pm on AMC,

TV On DVD September

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Along with being the biggest month of the year for both series and season premiere’s for TV, September is also one of the biggest months for TV on DVD releases.  Don’t ask us why.  We think it’s kinda stupid to wait until September as, like we’ve already pointed out, the month is crammed with plenty of stuff to watch on TV AND it doesn’t give people much time to catch up before the next season begins, beyond the fact that it’s a wallet-buster.  It’s a massive month of overload, in our book.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t still be excited!  We’re especially looking forward to Fox’s mind-bending first season of Fringe, the fourth season of The CW’s cult-hit Supernatural (on blu-ray to boot!), Canadian sci-fi lite dramedy Being Erica‘s first season and, of course, the third season of NBC’s comedy giant 30 Rock.

In anticipation of the release of Fringe‘s first season on September 8th, they setup a cool website in which you can enter to win a visit to the show’s set in Vancouver, among other things.  Once you enter  you can watch a video about the difficulties of filming the episode The Ghost Network and then play a game which, if you answer correctly, gives you five extra entries into that set visit contest.  And here’s a little hint for our readers: you may wanna brush up on some episodes of ABC Family’s Greek for some help on the game.  Check out the site: Completethepattern.com

See September TV on DVD releases after the jump:

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Dexter Season 4 Premiere Leaks!

In 2009 Fall Season, Dexter, Showtime on 08/20/2009 at 3:13 pm

Dexter

That’s right!  The headline says it all: Somehow the first episode of Dexter season four has leaked onto the internet.  The one hour season premiere can be found at pretty much all the big torrent sites and can even be streamed at a site or two.  We’re not gonna link you to them, just in case it’s a bootleg leak, but we have our doubts.  Same thing happened with Weeds seasons 2 and 3 and both network and producers just kinda shrugged their shoulders.

Kinda smells like Showtime is just trying to drum up some hype.  Not that we’re complaining – we’ll admit to watching the leak.  How could we not?  We’ll watch it again when it actually airs on TV, but who could brave the temptation for another five weeks knowing it’s out there, just waiting to be watched?

The torrent was in HD with perfect sound quality, opening and closing credits and ‘previously on’ where all present and accounted for.  Other than a ‘next time on’, it was TV quality.  Was it deliberate?  Maybe, maybe not.  We’ll leave that up to you to decide.

Are we going to review the episode?  No, that’s not what we do here.  I will say that the episode was pretty much exactly what I had expected after watching the season 4 trailer.  Just thought you might wanna know it’s out there so you can decide for yourself if you wanna watch it or not.

The fourth season of Dexter premieres online Sunday September 27th at 9pm on Showtime.

Preview: Season 3 of Californication

In 2009 Fall Season, Californication, Showtime on 08/19/2009 at 1:45 pm

Californication

Showtime has released a new trailer for the upcoming third season of David Duchovney’s sex-packed half-hour comedy Californication.  The preview gives us a sneak peek at Mr. Moody, teacher, and Hank, newly single parent.    No sign of Madeline Zima in the trailer.  We make note of this only because we’re not sure if she’ll be returning due to her stint as Claire’s college room mate on NBC’s Heroes.

Here’s the trailer:

Californication returns to Showtime for it’s third season on Sunday September 27th at 10pm.

TNT Sets End For Saving Grace

In 2010 Summer Schedule, Brotherhood, Cancellations, Programming, Saving Grace, Showtime, TNT on 08/14/2009 at 1:44 pm

Saving Grace

DVR Life hates bringing the bad news to you folks, but it’s our duty to not only inform you of the renewals and pickups, but also the cancellations.  Plus this has already been posted to most other TV blogs and news outlets, so we’re hoping any kill the messenger feelings have subsided by now.

TNT has announced the end of their original (and we do mean original) series Saving Grace.  This summer’s run of episodes will end next week at 10pm as planned.  What’s come about after that, though, is a comprise between the shows producers and the network.  We’d like to appluad TNT for taking this route as most networks show no mercy when wielding the ax.  Think Showtime and Brotherhood or any other show that was canceled with no warning or ended on a cliff hanger.

As with most cable series, the network split the season in two parts, planning to show the first half during the summer season and the following six episodes in January.  Now, plans call for three new episodes to be created, paired with those six and aired in the summer of 2010 as a nine episode fourth and final season.

Killer New Dexter Promo

In 2009 Fall Season, Dexter, Preview, Showtime on 08/05/2009 at 11:43 pm

I Love You, Daddy.

Brilliant new promo for the upcoming fourth season of Dexter. If you missed it, Showtime also debuted a promo at comic-con a week or two ago, but that was more of a teaser trailer while this is a commercial. And a damn good one at that. As TV Squad pointed out, this made them wanna rush out and buy the DVD’s.

Coincidentally, we here at DVR Life learned the day before last that Showtime currently has all 3 seasons of Dexter available for On Demand viewing. So then…what do you think we’ve been doing the last two days? Yep, we’re five episodes into season 2 and watching Dexter de-blood his boat at this very moment.

Check out the new ad, which, we’ll say again, is rather brilliant. Great music (Queen & Bowie), wonderful cinematography and the show’s usual sly humor.

Also, for you toy geeks out there, you can pre-order both of the Dexter action figures from Showtime’s webpage. We prefer the regular everyday Dexter, we do have to admit that the Dark Defender version that was made for comic-con is pretty rad, too. The figures will be ready to ship August 13th which is..hey, look at that! One day after my birthday (hint, hint).

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P.S. Sorry for the lame headline.

Preview: Dexter Season 4 Promo

In 2009 Fall Season, Comic-Con 2009, Dexter, Showtime on 07/23/2009 at 8:23 pm

Thanks to Maureen Ryan’s Twitter feed, those not lucky enough to make it San Diego Comic-Con don’t have to miss out on the brand new promo for season 4 of Dexter with the first footage of John Lithgow.

Commence goosebumps now.

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Showtime Unceremoniously Cancels Brotherhood

In Brotherhood, Cancellations, HBO, Showtime, The Wire on 06/29/2009 at 2:17 pm


Well, they left us hanging since last December, so I suppose it comes as no big surprise, but Showtime has canceled Brotherhood after only three seasons. The series, in our opinion, was criminally under rated by viewers and critics, rivaling even HBO’s The Wire as one of the most under appreciated premium cable shows of all time.

At least The Wire was given a final season by HBO and people started noticing it just in time to finally heap some much deserved praise upon the series before it’s death. In canceling Brotherhood, Showtime did little more than offer up a press release six months after the series finale that wasn’t even about the show being canceled – it’s about the season three DVD release officially being titled Brotherhood: The Final Season.

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New Dexter Season Four Poster

In Dexter, HBO, Showtime, True Blood on 06/23/2009 at 12:13 am

Amazing poster advertising season 4 of Showtime’s Dexter appeared around the web today. Apparently some people think it’s fake, though I’m not sure why. Seems legit to me. I’m not cool enough to get official press information from Showtime, so I can only guess.

The poster, real or not, is quite brilliant. Obviously the artwork is about Dexter’s upcoming fatherhood, which I’m sure will play a big part in the show’s fourth season, along with the Trinity Killer.

Season four of Dexter is set to premiere September 27th, which I believe is still a Sunday, the same timeslot the show has occupied since it’s pilot. Could you imagine how good the world would be if Sunday nights consisted of HBO’s True Blood at 9pm and Showtime’s Dexter at 10pm. That’s probably too much amazing commercial free goodness to handle, so they keep Sookie in the summer and Dex in the fall. It’s for our own safety, I’m sure.

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Second Season For Nurse Jackie

In Nurse Jackie, Programming, Showtime on 06/09/2009 at 6:04 pm

It only debuted last night but Showtime has already given a second season order to it’s newest scripted series Nurse Jackie. It sometimes sounds odd when this happens but Showtime is known for confirming second season orders for brand new shows. It’s happened with Weeds, United States of Tara, Californication, Tudors and even Huff.

In the case of Huff, it wasn’t such a great thing as season two kinda bombed. That was a quality problem, though. The writers and producers kinda went off the deep end with their second and final season using ridiculous plot lines and overly dramatic situations. It was a real change from the subtle quirk and discomfort that made season one so interesting.

Nurse Jackie has been getting pretty good reviews from everyone: bloggers, pro-critics and even the general public if you’re a Twitter user. The Showtime PR department has set their twitter account to automatically notify them anytime someone writes a twitter about the show, which is something I figured out when they started following my account less than 5 minutes after posting something about the show so…Hey Showtime PR Department!

The release on this afternoon says of last night’s ratings for the premiere “…is better than the premiere ratings for most everything currently on Showtime’s lineup, including “Weeds,” “Dexter,” “The Tudors” and “Californication.”

If you’ve ever read Showtime press releases for new series, though, you probably realize that you’ve heard that before. They announce that for pretty much every new show that debuts. That’s not to say it isn’t true – I’m sure it is. You can’t fake the Nielsen’s. I’m just get a chuckle out of reading it at the end of every Showtime post-premiere or second season announcement.

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Preview Showtime’s Nurse Jackie At Landmark Theaters

In Nurse Jackie, Showtime on 05/29/2009 at 4:43 pm
Showtime and Landmark Theaters are teaming up for a free preview of Nurse Jackie.  They'll show the first two episodes of the new series and provide free snack and drinks for those lucky enough to live in one of the 10 cities they're doing this.  It's first come first seated and 18 and up only.  Here's the info:
 
Showing are June 3rd, Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm
 
1. Atlanta – Midtown Art Cinema – 931 Monroe Dr
2. Boston – Kendall Square Cinema – 1 Kendall Sq Bldg 1900
3. Chicago – Century Centre Cinema – 28228 N Clark St Century Shopping Center
4. Dallas – The Magnolia – 3699 McKinney Ave Suite 100
5. Houston – River Oaks Theatre – 2009 West Gray
6. Los Angeles – The Landmark – 10850 West Pico at Westwood Blvd
7. New York – Sunshine Cinema – 143 E Houston St
8. Philadelphia – Ritz at the Bourse – 400 Ranstead St
9. San Francisco – Embarcadero Center Cinema – 1 Embarcadero Center Promenade Level
10. Washington D.C. – E Street Cinema – 555 11th St NW
 

Breaking My Promise On Nurse Jackie

In Nurse Jackie, Showtime on 05/28/2009 at 3:09 am


No Nurse Jackie post as promised through my twitter feed earlier. I was given a link and a code to preview the pilot via Showtime’s VIP Insider whatever program and was looking quite forward to viewing the show but it’s not to be. Showtime’s streaming system is a ridiculous bandwidth hog like you wouldn’t believe.

Granted, my cable runs at a relatively low 54.0Mbps, but streaming sites like Hulu and other network pages like ABC.com and CBS.com don’t seem to have a problem with that. Showtime seems to disagree for some reason. I made it through 7 minutes and 51 seconds, all of which I’m sure I would have thoroughly enjoyed if it hadn’t taken nearly 13 minutes due to all the stop and start buffering.

For a stream that’s not commercial supported you would at least think I could hit pause and wait a few minutes for it to load up a bit, but they won’t even allow that.

I apologize for not following through and to the Showtime web crew I say “BITE ME.”

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Dexter’s Fourth Season To Star John Lithgow

In Dexter, Showtime on 05/27/2009 at 4:40 pm
One of my top ten shows ever, Showtime's "Dexter", won't be returning for it's fourth season until Sept. 27th but word is out that John Lithgow will be starring as a serial killer who's been at it for nearly three decades called the Trinity Killer. 
 
The official character description: "an unassuming, mild-mannered suburbanite who has been living a dual life as one of America's most prolific and deadliest serial killers."
 
His nickname, the Trinity Killer, comes from the his method of killing in threes.  Lithgow's run, best known to me as the dad from "Harry and The Henderson's" is probably more well known for his lenghy stint on NBC's "30 Rock From The Sun", will last for 12 episodes and Dexter is gonna be rather envious of his ability to ellude suspicion for 30 years.
 
 

Weeds Season 5 Promos

In Showtime, Weeds on 05/11/2009 at 3:42 pm


Weeds will be returning to Showtime on June 8th for it’s fifth season. I started watching the show way back when it first started and knew it was a winner right off the bat. The first four seasons really transported Nancy from an iced coffee sipping suburban mom to a full scale drug cartel dealer.

My one complaint about Weeds is that they don’t change things up fast enough. The difference between a really good show and an amazing show is the ability of it’s producers and writers to know when to change things up before the show gets stale. Unfortunately for Weeds, I tend to ween in and out of love with the show because they just don’t time the changes right – they wait until the show gets stale to change it up.

Two things the show does have going for it are the writers great humor and Mary-Louis Parker. These may not be as great as last seasons nude MLP promos, but here you go:

Other season 5 goodies include a countdown widget and some really weird videos posted to Facebook.

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Sho Denies L Word Spin Off

In Secret Diary of A Call Girl, Showtime, The L Word, The Sopranos, The Tudors, This American Life, Weeds on 04/16/2009 at 1:12 am

Showtime shot down four pilots this month. That’s a bit surprising considering some of the names included. I imagine things can get a bit awkward when you turn down a new show by the creator of one of your most popular shows that’s still on the air, such as Weed’s creator Jenji Kohan, who’s comedy Ronna and Beverly was passed on (though if the name is any indication…). The meeting at which they turned down a spin off of The L Word, featuring Leisha Haley, was probably a little uncomfortable, too.

Showtime has never (to my knowledge) worked on an original series with Tim Robins or Matthew Perry, but they were both turned away, too. Robbins’ show, Possible Side Effects, had Josh Lucas starring and Perry was producing and starring in The End of Steve. All four shows featured big names on both sides of camera, which is what’s so surprising.

I’m hoping one or two of these pop up on other networks. Pilots being resurrected elsewhere is not outside the realm of reality. Fox famously passed on The Sopranos only to have it picked up by HBO. We all now realize The Sopranos would not have been half as great had it been on a broadcast network, so sometimes the original network may not be the right one.

It also makes me wonder just what will they be airing? If a network isn’t picking anything they’re bound to run out of original programming sooner or later. I don’t know about anyone else, but I only subscribe to Showtime for the original series. With the news last week that The Tudors has just been renewed for a fourth and final season, The L Word having just concluded it’s run, ITV has yet to announce a third season of Secret Diary of A Call Girl and there’s also been no word of a fourth season of This American Life, I’m a little worried about that.

Check them out at iTunes: The L Word, Weeds, This American Life, The Sopranos, The Tudors.

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