Dying is a subject most people would rather not talk about, let alone base an entire television show on. But on Time of Death, Showtime's poignant, oddly beautiful docu-series that premieres tonight at 10, there's no escape from watching life's final act.
If you have any qualms about watching nudity, masturbation and copulation, Showtime's Masters of Sex, premiering tonight (9/29), is not for you. The miniseries about pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson shows us wired-up subjects giving their all for science, stroke by stroke, surging past taboos like Masters and Johnson did, climaxing in a heady new experience. Even for Showtime, it's breathtaking stuff -- yet Allison Janney is convinced, "The public is going to embrace this, they're going to love it. It's going to be a huge show, just huge."
I'm not sure where Ray Donovan is headed, but I am ready to follow. Showtime's new drama about a Hollywood fixer-to-the-stars whose life could use some fixing of its own makes its auspicious debut Sunday (June 30) at 10 p.m.. The premiere is brash, confident and a tad off kilter - which makes it a lot like its title character, played with stoic but muscular bravado by movie and stage actor Liev Schreiber.
When Nurse Jackie debuted in 2009, ingesting mass quantities of Oxycontin and Adderall, trading sex for pills, careening from raw emotion to mordant humor, she didn't look like a strong candidate for longevity. But here we are, about to embark upon Season 5, premiering on Showtime tonight. Emmy winner Edie Falco's emergency room anti-heroine has made it through rehab and is about to face her toughest challenge yet - sobriety.
Lisa Kudrow's self-centered online therapist, Fiona Wallace, returns to cable television in all her vainglory tomorrow night (7/2), as "Web Therapy" begins what they're calling its "Season 2.0" on Showtime. If you haven't already sampled it, this is an opportune time. The largely-adlibbed show, transplanted from its internet point of origin on lStudio.com, is a hoot. It's also a celebrity magnet, with big names clearly having a blast playing with Kudrow in her psychobabble sandbox.
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