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Showtime Sets Return Dates for Penny Dreadful, Nurse Jackie & Series Bow For Happish

By on January 14, 2015

Eva Green as Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful. Photo: Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME

Showtime made a slew of announcements this week including a Penny Dreadful season 2 premiere date, more on Nurse Jackie’s final season, a sixth season pickup for Shameless, and details on new series Happish.

Find it all below.

Final Shift of NURSE JACKIE To Start Sunday, April 12th at 9 P.M. ET/PT

NURSE JACKIE, which will conclude its seven season run with twelve episodes, stars Emmy winner Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton, an ER nurse who over the years has struggled with addiction while trying to balance her career and family.

NURSE JACKIE picks up at the exact moment that season six left off. Jackie Peyton steps out of her mug shot and into a world of unrelenting consequences. Arrested, abandoned by those closest to her, Jackie’s nursing license is revoked. This season, we watch Jackie fight to reclaim her sobriety, her job, her people, her children and her identity.

NURSE JACKIE also stars Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze, Dominic Fumusa, Anna Deavere Smith, Stephen Wallem, Betty Gilpin, Ruby Jerins, Mackenzie Aladjem and Peter Facinelli. Clyde Phillips serves as showrunner and executive producer. Tom Straw, Richie Jackson, Liz Flahive and Caryn Mandabach also executive produce. NURSE JACKIE is a co-production between SHOWTIME and Lionsgate.

 

Season Two of PENNY DREADFUL To Premiere Sunday, April 26th 10 P.M. ET/PT.

The psychological thriller PENNY DREADFUL returns with ten episodes for its second season, which finds Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) forming a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them.

Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own.

Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Simon Russell Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle.

Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as a Scotland Yard investigator; Sarah Greene as Poole’s powerful daughter, Hecate; and Jonny Beauchamp as a man with a singular past.

PENNY DREADFUL is a drama series created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty,Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street Productions.

 

SHOWTIME COMEDY SHAMELESS GETS SIXTH SEASON PICK-UP 

Hot off its season five premiere last night, Showtime has ordered a sixth season of SHAMELESS, the network’s highest-rated comedy series for a 12-episode order. Production on season six starting later this year.

The fifth season of SHAMELESS stars Oscar nominee and Emmy winner William H. Macy as pickled patriarch Frank Gallagher and Golden Globe nominee Emmy Rossum as daughter Fiona.

Recently garnering three Emmy Award nominations in the ‘Comedy’ category, as well Golden Globe and SAG noms for Macy, SHAMELESS season 5 finds the Gallaghers dealing with the upsides and downsides of personal growth and urban renewal. As their neighborhood begins a move towards gentrifying, the Gallagher clan tries to reconcile their chaotic past in the hopes of building a better future.

Dermot Mulroney, Steve Kazee and Sasha Alexander guest star. The series stars Macy and Rossum, along with Ethan Cutkosky, Emily Bergl, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, Cameron Monaghan, Jeremy Allen White, Noel Fisher and special guest star Joan Cusack.

Based on the long-running hit U.K. series, SHAMELESS is executive-produced by Emmy Award winning television and film producer John Wells, Andrew Stearn, Christopher Chulack, Davey Holmes and Nancy Pimental.

Wells developed the series for American television. Paul Abbott serves as executive consultant.

SHAMELESS is produced by Bonanza Productions, Inc. in association with John Wells Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

 

SHOWTIME GETS “HAPPYISH” ON APRIL 26 at 9:30 p.m. ET./PT

Showtime will pick up the new series HAPPYISH starring Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn and Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Bradley Whitford.

The series is a comedic, soul-searching examination of our pursuit of happiness and why it continues to be so elusive.

Emmy and Tony Award winner Ellen Barkin, Emmy Award winner Carrie Preston (The Good Wife), Molly Price (Third Watch) and Andre Royo (The Wire) will guest star.

HAPPYISH was created, written and executive produced by critically acclaimed author and regular This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander. Emmy Award nominee Ken Kwapis (He’s Just Not That Into You, A Walk In The Woods) will executive produce and direct the pilot. Kwapis’ producing partner Alexandra Beattie will co-executive produce, under their In Cahoots banner.

Coogan will star in the lead role of 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,” or does he just have a “low joy ceiling,?” 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.

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