Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Shameless: The Eleventh and Final Season on DVD July 20. It will be available for digital purchase May 17.
The three-DVD set will include all 12 episodes from the final season of the comedic Showtime series, which follows the irreverent lower-class Gallagher family as they scheme and struggle to get by on Chicago’s South Side.
The show stars William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher, the outspoken, alcoholic patriarch of the clan whose independent-minded children do their best to be rid of him. The final season finds Frank’s health failing as he deals with dementia, while the rest of the clan considers going their separate ways after selling the family house.
The cast also includes Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, Cameron Monaghan, Noel Fisher. Christian Isaiah and Kate Miner.
Extras include the featurette “The Last Call,” Showtime’s hour-long post-finale virtual cast reunion, plus DVD-exclusive deleted scenes.
CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release the Showtime legal drama Your Honor on DVD June 15.
The 10-part limited series stars Bryan Cranston as respected New Orleans Judge Michael Desiato. After his teenage son, Adam (Hunter Doohan), is involved in a hit-and-run accident, the judge must tread carefully through a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices. Unbeknownst to Adam, the victim is the son of dangerous crime boss Jimmy Baxter (Michael Stuhlbarg) and his wife, Gina (Hope Davis), who are both out for vengeance and will not stop until justice is served on their own terms.
The cast also includes Carmen Ejogo, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sofia Black-D’Elia, Maura Tierney, Amy Landecker, Margo Martindale, Lorraine Toussaint, Chet Hanks, Lamar Johnson and Lilli Kay.
Showtime’s two-part limited series “The Comey Rule” will be released on DVD Oct. 27 by CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment. The DVD will be manufactured on demand and will available through Amazon and other online retailers.
Based on former FBI director James Comey’s book A Higher Loyalty, “The Comey Rule” recounts events surrounding the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, and centers on the turbulent relationship between Comey (Jeff Daniels) and President Donald Trump (Brendan Gleeson), whose strikingly different personalities, ethics and loyalties put them on a collision course.
The cast also includes Holly Hunter, Michael Kelly, Jennifer Ehle, Jonathan
Banks and Oona Chaplin. “The Comey Rule” was adapted for the screen and directed by Billy Ray.
Showtime is bringing back “Dexter,” the show about a Miami Metro Police Department blood spatter analyst/vigilante serial killer played by Michael C. Hall, who did away with society’s evildoers. The award-winning series ended in 2013, in a finale that underwhelmed many fans of the show.
“Roll out the plastic. #Dexter is returning to Showtime” read the Oct. 15 tweet. “America’s favorite serial killer Dexter Morgan will return to Showtime in a new 10-episode limited series that will once again bring together series star Michael C. Hall and showrunner Clyde Phillips.”
Showtime and its sister branded subscription video-on-demand service are owned and operated by ViacomCBS. The new series is slated to release in fall 2021 again featuring Hall, who won a Golden Globe and earned six Emmy nominations, spearheading the show. “Dexter,” which ran for eight seasons, generated more than 20 Emmy nominations.
“‘Dexter’ is such a special series, both for its millions of fans and for Showtime, as this breakthrough show helped put our network on the map many years ago,” Gary Levine, president Showtime Entertainment, said in a statement. “We would only revisit this unique character if we could find a creative take that was truly worthy of the brilliant, original series. Well, I am happy to report that Clyde Phillips and Michael C. Hall have found it, and we can’t wait to shoot it and show it to the world!”
Additional details on the ninth season, including co-stars, were not disclosed. Past seasons of the show are available on streaming and packaged media.
Facebook Oct. 6 announced it is adding Netflix and social media communications app Zoom to its Portal TV platform. The platform is similar to Amazon Channels and Apple Channels, affording users direct access to third-party SVOD services.
Facebook is also introducing a new remote that features one-touch buttons for Prime Video, Facebook Watch and Netflix, among other entertainment apps, for Portal device users. The remote begins shipping with Portal TV Oct. 6 from portal.facebook.com and will be in stores in the coming weeks.
Featuring high-fidelity sound and an AI-powered Smart Camera for hands-free video calling, Zoom on Portal can connect up to 25 people on a screen.
Apple’s bundling of Apple TV+ with CBS All Access and Showtime for just $9.99 per month, announced in August, could be a savvy move, according to research firm Interpret.
Apple TV+ alone is $4.99 a month.
Interpret’s New Media Measure shows that Apple TV+ has room for growth with the bundle method. Among current Apple TV+ subscribers, only 7% subscribe to Showtime streaming and 13% subscribe to CBS All Access.
“Both CBS All Access and Showtime were already available in the Apple TV channels lineup, but considering that Showtime costs subscribers $10.99 monthly and CBS All Access subscriptions go for $5.99, Apple is banking on the bundle approach as too irresistible for content-hungry fans — not unlike Disney+ offering a bundle with ESPN+ and Hulu,” according to Interpret.
Redbox is running a promotion with Showtime that allows consumers access to one month of the channel and five one-night Redbox rentals for $5.
Consumers who take advantage of the deal have the opportunity to binge Showtime series such as “The Chi,” “Shameless” and “Hustlers,” and rent such hit movies as Trolls World Tour, The Invisible Man and Bad Boys for Life, as well as Redbox Entertainment titles such as The LostHusband with Josh Duhamel and Becky starring Kevin James, from Redbox.
CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release Showtime’s Penny Dreadful: City of Angels — Season One on DVD Sept. 29.
The show stars Daniel Zovatto and Nathan Lane as detectives in Los Angeles in 1938 who explore a grim murder in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism. Before long, Tiago and his family are grappling with powerful forces that threaten to tear them apart.
The primary conflict involves the Mexican folklore deity, Santa Muerte, the caretaker of the dead and guide to the great beyond, and her spiritual sister, the demoness Magda (Natalie Dormer), who believes mankind is inherently evil and aims to prove her point.
After losing 110,000 subscribers in the previous 12 months, Dish Network’s Sling TV is launching “Premium Pass,” which gives new and existing subs 30 days free access to MGM-owned Epix, ViacomCBS’s Showtime and Lionsgate-owned Starz programming.
Launched in 2015, Sling Blue and Orange ($30 each) program tiers feature 50+ channels — including A&E, AMC, Bravo, CNN, E!, Fox News, FX, HGTV, HLN, MSNBC, and TLC, among others. The Premium Pass offer is now included across all Sling TV services: Sling Blue ($30/mo.), Sling Orange ($30/mo.) or Sling Blue + Sling Orange ($45/mo.).
Premium programming includes “Monday Rom-Coms”: My Best Friend’s Wedding and Something’s Gotta Give (Showtime). “Wednesday Westerns”: The Kidand True Grit (Epix). “Friday Families”: Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Starz).
The free access requires signing up for the third-party streaming service app, which then reverts to a paid subscription after the free trial period ends unless canceled by the user.
Other OTT video services offering free 30-day access on Apple TV Channels (followed by a paid subscription) include: Arrow Video Channel ($4.99 per month); History Channel Vault (4.99); Lifetime Movie Club ($3.99); Noggin (60-day trial followed by $7.99 monthly fee); PBS Living ($2.99); Showtime ($10.99); Acorn TV ($5.99); Smithsonian Channel+ ($4.99); and A&E ($4.99).