Showtime – CURRENT PROJECTS
Description: Live-action, scripted drama HALO (working title), based on the hallowed Xbox(R) franchise. Takes place in the universe that first came to be in 2001, dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. HALO will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.
Created by: Kyle Killen.
Produced by: Kyle Killen, Rupert Wyatt, Justin Falvey, Scott Pennington, Steven Spielberg & Darryl Frank.
Studios: 343 Industries & Amblin Television.
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
Genre: Horror Drama
Description: set in Victorian-era London, the next chapter opens in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension. Rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the Devil, it will explore an exciting mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of that period, creating new occult myths and moral dilemmas within a genuine historical backdrop.
Cast: Natalie Dormer, Nathan Lane…
Created by: John Logan.
Produced by: John Logan, Michael Aguilar, Pippa Harris & Sam Mendes.
Studios: Desert Wolf Productions & Neal Street Productions.
Genre: Soap Drama
Description: set in a small town in Central Florida – a place where beauty pageants, gun culture, Cuban revolutionaries and Southern hospitality co-exist and collide. And at the center of it all is Macy Dunleavy – a curvy, sexy, unapologetic high school dropout who is finding her womanhood and is ready to seize a big opportunity.
Cast: Kim Dickens, Jon Foster, Joshua Mikel, Spencer Howell, Michael Mosley, Lily Mae Harrington…
Created by: Eileen Myers. Directed by: Sian Heder.
Produced by: Deborah Speder, Eileen Myers & Sian Heder.
Studios: Sony Pictures Television.
Untitled Gael Garcia Bernal Project
Genre: Family Drama
Description: centers on a Mexican-American family man living undocumented in the United States; when his wife is detained by ICE, desperate and resourceful undocumented immigrant Marco assumes the identity of an immigration officer to rescue her
Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal…
Created by: Jonas Cuaron.
Produced by: Jonas Cuaron, Gael Garcia Bernal, Sam Baum, Scott Nemes, Pam Abby & Brad Weston.
The Wrong Mans
Description: about two ordinary office workers who have their menial existence turned upside-down by a chance phone call and a case of mistaken identity: “If you are not here by 5 o’clock, we will kill your wife.” As the only people who can help, these two unlikely characters must find their inner hero in their quest to save not just themselves, but their loved ones and ultimately their whole town.
Cast: Ben Schwartz, Jillian Bell, Annie Chang…
Created by: Ian Maxtone-Graham, James Corden & Mathew Baynton. Based on: uk BBC series. Directed by: Jim Field Smith.
Produced by: J.J. Abrams, Jim Field Smith, Ben and Angie Stephenson, Ian Maxtone-Graham, James Corden & Mathew Baynton.
Studios: Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot Productions, BBC Studios & Fulwell 73 Productions.
Untitled Roger Ailes Project
Genre: Drama (Limited)
Description: Follows the sordid allegations of sexual harassment that prompted the Fox News to fire its founder and chairman Roger Ailes ouster from the conservative news organization.
Cast: Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, Seth MacFarlane, Sienna Miller, Simon McBurney, Annabelle Wallis, Aleksa Palladino…
Created by: Tom McCarthy & Gabriel Sherman. Directed by: Kari Skogland.
Produced by: Kari Skogland, Tom McCarthy, Jason Blum, Russell Crowe, Alex Metcalf, Marci Wiseman, Jeremy Gold, Liza Chasin & Gabriel Sherman.
Studios: Blumhouse Television & Showtime.
Genre: Drama (Limited series – 20 episodes)
Description: a morally complex story of youthful idealism, extreme loyalty and cold-blooded murder, featuring characters both hungry for the truth and desperate to hide it. From STASI offspring to Oakland anarchists, Franzen tracks his characters’ landscapes from East Berlin and the Bolivian jungle to East Harlem walk-ups and the California Redwoods in a decades-spanning tragicomedy that builds to a contemporary climax. The book, published last September, centers on Pip, a young American woman who does not know who she is, and Andreas Wolf, a charismatic German provocateur, who will be played by Craig. He heads a South America-based organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world where Pip gets an internship in search of her identity.
Cast: Daniel Craig…
Created by: David Hare, Jonathan Franzen & Todd Field. Based on: Jonathan Franzen. Directed by: Todd Field.
Produced by: Daniel Craig, Todd Field, Scott Rudin, Jonathan Franzen, EIi Bush & Garrett Basch.
Studios: Scott Rudin Productions.
Genre: Legal Thriller Drama
Description: the son of a respected judge is involved in a hit and run. Soon after they are both drawn into a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices when it comes to light that the victim was the son of a notorious crime boss…
Cast: Bryan Cranston…
Created by: Peter Moffat. Based on: israëli format Kvodo. Directed by: TBD.
Produced by: Robert and Michelle King, Peter Moffat, Liz Glotzer, Ron Ninio, Shlomo Mashiach, Alon Aranya & Rob Golenberg.
Studios: CBS Television Studios, King Size Productions & Scripted World.
City on a Hill
Description: set in Boston in the early ’90s when the city was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies, in which corruption and racism was the norm, until it all suddenly changed. The drama is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” The change agent is District Attorney Decourcy Ward, who comes from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with Jackie Rhodes, a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran who is deeply invested in maintaining the status quo. Together they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to encompass and eventually upend Boston’s citywide criminal justice system.
Cast: Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge, Jonathan Tucker, Mark O’Brien, Kevin Dunn…
Created by: Chuck MacLean. Directed by: Michael Cuesta.
Produced by: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chuck MacLean, Jennifer Todd, Michael Cuesta, James Mangold & Kevin Bacon.
Studios: Showtime Networks & Pearl Street.
The L Word Sequel
Genre: Relationship Drama
Description: around a group of lesbians in West Hollywood and their friends, family and lovers…
Created by: Marja-Lewis Ryan. Based on: the 2000s series.
Produced by: Marja-Lewis Ryan, Ilene Chaiken, Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig & Leisha Hailey
How to Make Love to a Black Woman
Genre: Comedy (Anthology)
Description: a collection of characters “telling stories about connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing — and harrowingly comic — sexual secrets.
Created by: Casallina “Cathy” Kisakye.
Produced by: Casallina “Cathy” Kisakye, Lena Waithe, Rishi Rajani
Showtime – PAST PROJECTS
Genre: Political Mini-Series (6 episodes)
Description: The story of a couple in 1970s London whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell. Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counterintelligence unit within Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism.
Cast: Babou Ceesay, Freida Pinto, Rory Kinnear, Nathaniel Martello-White, Daniel Mays, Brandon Scott, Nicholas Pinnock, Zawe Ashton and Denise Gough.
Created by: John Ridley. Directed by: John Ridley & Sam Miller.
Produced by: Idris Elba & John Ridley.
Studios: ABC Signature Studios & Green Door Pictures.
Genre: Fantasy Soap
Description: follow-up to the cult 1990s series. Details are being kept under wraps.
Cast: Kyle McLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Sherilyn Fenn, Mädchen Amick, David Duchovny, Michael Horse, Dana Ashbrook, Miguel Ferrer, Ray Wise, Grace Zabriskie, Peggy Lipton, Everett McGill, David Lynch, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Laura Dern, Ernie Hudson, Michael Cera, Trent Reznor, Jessica Szohr, Jane Levy, Richard Chamberlain, Robert Knepper, Jim Belushi, Tom Sizemore, Ethan Suplee, Balthazar Getty, Bailey Chase, David Koechner, and Larry Clarke.
Created by: David Lynch & Mark Frost. Directed by: David Lynch.
Produced by: David Lynch & Mark Frost.
Description: a talented, young African-American comedian star is rising, forcing him to navigate the treacherous waters of maintaining his credibility as he begins to cross-over towards becoming “white famous.
Cast: Jay Pharoah, Megalyn Echinkunwoke, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Jamie Foxx…
Created by: Tom Kapinos & Jamie Foxx.
Produced by: Tom Kapinos & Jamie Foxx.
Studios: Showtime & Lionsgate Television.
Description: Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, is an icon of children’s television, a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him – who also anchors a multimillion-dollar branding empire.But when this beloved personality’s family – wife, two sons, sister and father – begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through the crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: a kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.
Cast: Jim Carrey, Catherine Keener…
Created by: Dave Holstein. Directed by: Michel Gondry.
Produced by: Jim Carrey, Jason Bateman, Dave Holstein, Michel Gondry, Jim Garavente, Raffi Adlan & Michael Aguilar.
Escape at Dannemora
Genre: Drama (8-episode limited series)
Description: based on the headline-making true story of a 2015 prison break in upstate New York, which spawned a massive manhunt for two convicted murderers who were aided in their escape by a married female prison employee with whom they both became sexually entangled…
Cast: Paul Dano, Patricia Arquette, Benicio Del Toro, Bonnie Hunt…
Created by: Brett Johnson & Michael Tolkin. Directed by: Ben Stiller.
Produced by: Ben Stiller, Bryan Zuriff, Michael De Luca, Nicky Weinstock, Brett Johnson & Michael Tolkin.
Studios: Michael De Luca Productions & Red Hour Productions.
Description: back to October 19, 1987 – aka Black Monday – the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street. To this day, no one knows who caused it. Until now… Ball Street is the story of how a group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, Don Henley’s birthday party, and the glass ceiling.
Cast: Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells…
Created by: David Caspe & Jordan Cahan. Directed by: Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg.
Produced by: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, David Caspe & Jordan Cahan.
Studios: Showtime Networks & Sony Pictures Television.
Genre: Comedy Anthology
Description: explores modern dating and relationships, with each season chronicling a different protagonist’s journey
Cast: Taran Killam, Jim Belushi…
Created by: Stu Zicherman. Directed by: Craig Johnson.
Produced by: Jason Katims, Stu Zicherman & Michelle Lee.
Studios: Universal & True Jack Productions
Description: a raw look at a single, 20-something (Shaw) whose desires for relationships, sex, and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood.
Cast: Frankie Shaw, Rosie O’Donnell, Samara Weaving, Ismael Cruz…
Created by: Frankie Shaw.
Produced by: Frankie Shaw, Michael London, Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky.
Studios: Showtime Networks & ABC Signature
Genre : Drama
Description : The South side of a certain Midwestern megalopolis is nicknamed Chiraq because geographically it’s in Chicago but the violence level there is straight out of Baghdad, Iraq! Six interralated lives are all linked by two things: the same skin color (brown) and the same omnipresence threat of deadly violence.
Cast: Aisha Hinds, Tequan Richmond, Alex Henderson, Olivia Dawson, Amanda Brooks, Jason Weaver, Sierra McClain, Tosin Cole, Kili Layne…
Created by: Lena Waithe Directed by: Clark Johnson
Produced by: Aaron Kaplan, Clark Johnson, Lena Waithe, Common, Elwood Reid & Michael Pendell
Studios: Kapital Entertainment & FOX 21
Genre: Semi-Autiobiographical Comedy
Description: follows the comedian as he works in Las Vegas to resurrect his career while supporting his family. And his girlfriend. And his ex-fiancée. And his ex-wife. And his mother-in-law. And his son’s band.
Cast: Andrew Dice Clay…
Created by: Scot Armstrong.
Produced by: Scot Armstrong, Andrew Dice Clay, Sean Furst, Bryan Furst, Richard Shepard & Bruce Rubenstein.
Studios: FOX 21 Television
I’m Dying Up Here
Genre: Hourlong Dramedy
Description: set at the famous Hollywood comedy clubs of the 1970s and delves into the inspired and damaged psyches that inhabit the complex business of making an audience laugh.
Cast: Melissa Leo, Sebastian Stan, Andrew Satino, Clark Duke, Erik Griffin…
Created by: Dave Flebotte. Directed by: Jonathan Levine.
Produced by: Dave Flebotte, Jim Carrey, Michael Aguilar & Christina Wayne.
Studios: Endemol Shine Studios & Assembly Entertainment
Description: a forensic look at the world of high finance by tracking the approaching collision between two titanic figures – the hard charging, whip-smart U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod.
Cast: Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Condola Rashad, Kerry Condon, Toby Leonard Moore…
Created by: Andrew Ross Sorkin, David Lieven & Brian Koppelman Directed by: Neil Burger
Produced by: Andrew Ross Sorkin, David Lieven & Brian Koppelman.
Description: The day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes – the crew members who get the show on the road.
Cast: Luke Wilson, Peter Cambor, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Keisha Castle-Hughes…
Created & Directed by: Cameron Crowe.
Produced by: Cameron Crowe, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Winnie Holzman & Kathy Lingg.
Studios: Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot Productions, Dooley & Company Productions & Vinyl Films.
Genre: Dark Comedy
Description: Thom Payne, a 44 year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25 year-old “wunderkind” boss arrives, saying things like “digital,” “social” and “viral.” Is he in need of a “rebranding,” as his mentor insists, or does he just have a “low joy ceiling,” as his corporate headhunter suggests? Maybe pursuing happiness is a fool’s errand? Maybe, after 44 years on this ludicrous planet, settling for happyish is the best one can expect.
Cast: Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn, Bradley Whitford, Ellen Barkin, Rhys Ifans…
Created by: Shalom Auslander. Directed by: John Cameron Mitchell.
Produced by: Shalom Auslander, Ken Kwapis & Alexandra Beattie.
Studios: Cooperstown Productions & In Cahoots.