Fox Showcase


#41

Veep - Season 6

From Wednesday 26 April at 8.30pm AEST

From Wednesday, April 26 at 8.30pm, Foxtel will present the sixth season of the HBO award-winning comedy series Veep starring Emmy® winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, the former Vice President and onetime President, who looks to secure her legacy now that she’s out of office.

The acclaimed comedy takes a sharp, satirical look at the insular world of politics, following the day-to-day existence of the former VP and onetime President Selina Meyer. Season 6 picks up one year after the events of Season 5, in which Selina ultimately lost a Senate vote to resolve the Electoral College tie. Now out of public office for the first time in years, Selina seeks to secure her legacy and find her place in the world, while much of her staff pursues endeavors of their own. A perennial favorite with fans and critics, this 10-episode season of Veep finds this band of misfits attempting to make their mark, while navigating the political landscape in Washington and beyond.

Veep has received seven Golden Globe nominations since its debut in 2012, and has won a total of twelve Primetime Emmys®, including three 2016 Emmys® for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Louis-Dreyfus).

In addition to five Emmy® wins, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has also received four Golden Globe nominations for her role as Selina Meyer. Lauded for her work on Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Saturday Night Live and Curb Your Enthusiasm, Louis-Dreyfus recently guested on Inside Amy Schumer and received a 2014 Golden Globe nomination for her role in the feature film Enough Said, with James Gandolfini.

Veep’s ensemble cast includes Tony Hale (two-time Emmy®-winner for this role) as Selina’s devoted bodyman Gary; Anna Chlumsky (Emmy®-nominated) as Amy, her on-again, off-again right-hand woman; Matt Walsh (Emmy®-nominated) as former spokesperson Mike; Reid Scott (My Boys) as the uber-ambitious Dan; Timothy C. Simons (The Interview) as Congressman Jonah Ryan; Sufe Bradshaw (Rizzoli & Isles) as Selina’s former assistant Sue; Kevin Dunn (True Detective) as former chief of staff Ben; Gary Cole (Emmy®-nominated) as analyst Kent; and Sam Richardson (Office Christmas Party) as new staff member Richard.

Recurring guests include Sarah Sutherland (The Newsroom) as Selina’s daughter Catherine and Clea DuVall (American Horror Story) as Catherine’s girlfriend Marjorie. Additional guests appearing this season include Margaret Colin (Gossip Girl), Amy Brenneman (The Leftovers), Paul Scheer (The League) and British comedian Stephen Fry.

Created by Armando Iannucci, S6 of Veep is executive produced by David Mandel, Frank Rich, Chris Godsick, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lew Morton, and Morgan Sackett, with Mandel returning as showrunner for a second season after sharing the Emmy® for Outstanding Comedy Series in his first season.


#42

###The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Sunday 14 May at 8.30pm AEST

Starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne

On Sunday, May 14 at 8.30pm AEST, a stunning new HBO film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will premiere on Foxtel’s showcase.

Starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne and based on Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed 2010 bestseller of the same name, this fascinating drama tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were harvested without her knowledge to create the first immortal human cell line, known as “HeLa” cells.

Told primarily through the eyes of Lack’s daughter, Deborah (Oprah Winfrey) and journalist Rebecca Skloot (Rose Byrne), the film chronicles Deborah’s search to learn about the mother she never knew, and to understand how the unauthorised harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 lead to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, from cancer to polio to radiation to AIDS, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.

Henrietta gave birth to five children before learning she was dying of cervical cancer, and was treated at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. During testing, cells from her malignant tumour were removed without her knowledge, or that of her family. Up until this time, scientists were unable to grow human cells in the culture of a Petri dish, but Dr. George Otto Gey at Hopkins was amazed to find that Henrietta’s cells multiplied at a feverish pace.

Although they accelerated the deadly cancer inside Henrietta’s body, the cells, almost miraculously, continued to grow and multiply in lab conditions. Since Henrietta’s death in 1951, the cells have been used in tens of thousands of research studies – from the development of drugs for polio, leukaemia, influenza and Parkinson’s disease, to cloning, gene mapping, and their inclusion in the first space missions to study the impact of zero gravity on human cells. It was more than 20 years before her family learned that she was responsible for HeLa.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack is a story of medical arrogance and triumph, race, poverty and deep friendship between the unlikeliest of people. The film is collaboration between the award-winning HBO Films team, Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films and Alan Ball’s Your Face Goes Here Entertainment.


#43

After a long wait since it began airing in the U.S., The Americans S5 (the second-last season) begins here on Thursday.


#44

The Deuce

Starts Monday 11 September express from the US at 11.00am AEST

On Monday, September 11 at 11.00am AEST, with a primetime encore at 8.35pm AEST, the much-anticipated new HBO drama series The Deuce, starring Oscar-nominees James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, premieres express from the US on Foxtel’s showcase.

Created by the makers of The Wire and boasting a fine ensemble cast, The Deuce chronicles the rise of the porn industry that began in New York City in 1971-72, driven by a politically motivated effort to “clean up” Times Square by driving pimps and prostitutes off the street and forcing them indoors - and the gradual legalization of porn.

Over the course of eight episodes, this gritty series takes an up-close look at a colourful world of sex, crime, high times and sudden violence, as the porn business begins its climb to legitimacy, cultural permanence – and billion-dollar profitability.

Seizing the chance to cash in on the flourishing porn business (and sometimes being consumed by it) are a vivid assortment of characters, including: Vincent Martino (James Franco), a bartender with vision and connections; Frankie Martino (Franco again), Vincent’s identical twin and a dangerously freewheeling counterpart to his entrepreneurial brother; and Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a self-made, on-the-street sex worker eying a new career in porn filmmaking.

Joining them are pimps C.C. (Gary Carr, Downtown Abbey) and Larry Brown (Gbenga Akinnagbe, Knucklehead); young prostitutes Darlene (Dominique Fishback, Show Me a Hero) and Lori (Emily Meade, The Leftovers); midtown cop Chris Alston (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr., The Wire); mob capo Rudy Pipilo (Michael Rispoli, The Sopranos); disillusioned college student Abby Parker (Margarita Levieva, How to Make it in America) and more.

Executive produced by David Simon, George Pelecanos, Nina K. Noble and James Franco, David Simon’s HBO projects include the series The Wire and Treme, Generation Kill and Show Me a Hero. George Pelecanos is the author of 20 novels including “Hard Revolution” and “The Night Gardener”; he also worked with Simon as a writer/producer on The Wire and a writer/EP on Treme.

Other EPs are Nina K. Noble (The Corner, The Wire, Generation Kill, Treme, Show Me a Hero) and James Franco, who also directed two episodes. Writers include three acclaimed novelists: co-EP Richard Price who wrote and was an EP on HBO’s The Night Of and worked on The Wire; Megan Abbott and Lisa Lutz.

Following its live broadcast on Foxtel’s showcase channel, The Deuce will be available to watch from Foxtel’s on demand library, or streamed on demand on Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Now.

THE DEUCE: 8 x 60 minute series
*Episode 1 is a special 90 minute episode


#45

Outlander Season 3

Starts Monday 11 September at 7.30pm AEST on showcase express from US

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Outlander returns to Foxtel next month, with the third season of the much-loved drama airing express from the US from September 11 on showcase, Mondays at 7.30pm AEST, or stream on Foxtel Now.

The third season of 13 episodes is based upon Voyager, the third of eight books in Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling Outlander series, developed for television by executive producer Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The new season picks up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant with Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) child, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: When they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?

Diana Gabaldon’s eight-book Outlander series has sold more than 28 million copies worldwide and all the books have graced the New York Times best-sellers list. The Outlander series spans the genres of history, science fiction, romance and adventure in one amazing tale. The second season of Outlander won the Critics’ Choice Award for Most Bingeworthy Show, and four People’s Choice Awards, including Favourite TV Show.

Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Matthew B. Roberts, Toni Graphia, Anne Kenney and Andy Harries serve as executive producers of Outlander, which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.

The marathon third season production filmed across ten months in its home base in Scotland, followed by Cape Town, South Africa, to shoot pivotal sea voyage scenes.

Resuming their roles from season two are Sophie Skelton as Brianna Randall and Richard Rankin as Roger Wakefield, while new cast members to be introduced include David Berry as John William Grey, César Domboy as Fergus, Lauren Lyle as Marsali MacKimmie, and John Bell as Young Ian Murray.

Berry’s character Lord John is a steadfast and honourable British subject, torn between a finely-honed sense of familial duty and a strong moral compass of right and wrong. He is boyishly handsome with an upper class rearing – the consummate gentleman. However, a scandal from his past has relegated Lord John to an undesirable position as governor of a desolate prison in Northern Scotland and an unrequited love makes him a prisoner of his own passion.


#46

Saw a promo for the new season of A Place To Call Home. Starts Sunday 8 October 2017.


#47

Nicole Kidman won the Emmy for Big Little Lies and the show was a big winner overall.

Here are all the winners:

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series:
Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie:
Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie:
Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies)

Outstanding Limited Series:
Big Little Lies

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama
David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies)

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special:
Jean-Marc Vallee (Big Little Lies)


#48

A extended ad, masquerading as a special, for A Place To Call Home is now on 7TWO. Seven who make the program for Foxtel must be hoping to push a few viewers onto Foxtel’s Showcase so it gets a renewal.


#49

CMT has announced next year’s 6th season of Nashville will be the show’s last season. It starts in the US on January 4, 2018 and will be split into two parts. It will be interesting to see if Foxtel holds back part 1 so it can show the entire season without interruption.


#50

THE X-FILES - Season 11

From Thursday 4 January at 8.30pm AEDT

Express from the US and exclusive to Foxtel

Foxtel announced today it has secured the latest Season 11 of worldwide TV phenomenon The X-Files returning exclusively to Foxtel’s showcase channel Thursdays from January 4 at 8.30pm Express from the US.

The hit drama series once again stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in their iconic roles as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as they investigate unexplained “X-Files” cases involving paranormal activity. Mitch Pileggi also returns as FBI Asst. Director Walter Skinner. The all-new episodes will also feature guest-star appearances by Haley Joel Osment, Barbara Hershey, Annabeth Gish, Robbie Amell, Lauren Ambrose, Karin Konoval and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as “Cigarette Smoking Man.”

Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television, Brian Walsh said, “We are committed to increasing our content slate in 2018 with sought after, first run programs and in the New Year our customers will begin to see more new shows on Foxtel and Foxtel Now than ever before. Season 11 of The X-Files is the first to launch from the new series we’ve acquired for 2018 and we’re thrilled to deliver The X-Files fans new episodes on the same day as the US broadcast.”

“The Truth” is still out there and the highly anticipated Season 11 kicks off in explosive form with Mulder and Scully searching for their long-lost son William. The latest instalment will move on from the 14-year hiatus of the series delivering the twisted and supernatural episodic stories The X-Files is known for.


The X Files
#51

This is the first show to move from Ten to Foxtel since 20th Century Fox terminated its output deal with the FTA network. Could this be a sign of things to come?


#52

Well obviously, since Ten no longer has a contract with Fox. Foxtel have an opportunity to pick up anything they want.


#53

Big Little Lies has been renewed for a second season by HBO. Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are returning.


#54

Mosaic

Starts Wednesday 24 January at 8.30pm AEDT

Steven Soderbergh’s new thriller Mosaic starring Sharon Stone comes to Foxtel

On Wednesday, January 24 at 8.30pm AEDT, Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh’s new HBO thriller Mosaic, starring Oscar-nominee Sharon Stone, premieres express from the US on Foxtel’s showcase.

Mosaic is a twisting tale of passion, intrigue and deception, conceived and directed by Soderbergh, one of the top directors of our generation.

The six-part series focuses on a successful children’s author and illustrator, played by Sharon Stone, whose rural idealism gets submerged by an avalanche of deception, lies, corruption and murder.

The story follows the brutal New Year’s Eve disappearance of a high-profile resident of picturesque Summut, Utah – and the four-year effort of law-enforcement officers and civilians to arrive at the truth behind the crime.

Joining Sharon Stone are cast members Garrett Hedlund, Frederick Weller, Beau Bridges, Paul Reubens, Jennifer Ferrin, Devin Ratray, Michael Cerveris, James Ransone, Jeremy Bobb and Maya Kazan.

Following its live broadcast on Foxtel’s showcase channel, Mosaic will be available to watch from Foxtel’s on demand library, or streamed on demand on Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Now.


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#56

Westworld - Season Two

Starts Monday 23 April Express from the US at 11.00am

Primetime encore at 8.30pm

The highly anticipated second season of HBO’s critically acclaimed series Westworld returns for season two, express from the US, on Monday, April 23 at 11.00am AEST with a primetime encore at 8.30pm AEST, only on Foxtel’s showcase.

Season one of Westworld attracted a strong audience for showcase when it premiered in October 2016, establishing the addictive western thriller series as one of Foxtel’s great cult hits for that year.

Featuring an exceptional cast including Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Ed Harris, the provocative Emmy-nominated dark odyssey explores the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin.

Set in the not-too-distant future, Westworld is a futuristic adventure park modelled after America’s Wild West. For over 30 years, guests have paid exorbitant amounts to be immersed in the Westworld universe, where every detail and scenario – including those involving the android ‘hosts’ that are virtually indistinguishable from humans – have been planned, scripted and executed by a team of brilliant scientists and programmers working in close proximity to the park. However, a group of the android hosts soon begin to deviate from their programmers’ carefully planned scripts, in a disturbing pattern of aberrant behaviour.

Westworld was inspired by the 1973 motion picture of the same name, written and directed by Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park). Season one of the HBO series received 22 Emmy Award nominations.

Following its live broadcast on Foxtel’s showcase channel, Westworld will be available to watch from Foxtel’s on demand library, or streamed on demand on Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Now.


#57

According to The Australian, Foxtel has bought the rights to American Horror Story and American Crime Story, as part of the new deal with 20th Century Fox. Both shows, which had aired on Network Ten, will now broadcast on Showcase.


#58

The Undoing

Nicole Kidman and David E. Kelley bring The Undoing to HBO

New limited series to air on showcase

HBO is teaming up once again with Big Little Lies star Nicole Kidman and writer David E. Kelley for a new limited series, The Undoing, with the psychological thriller to air exclusively on Foxtel’s showcase.

Based on Jean Hanff Korelitz’s bestselling book You Should Have Known, The Undoing has been adapted by Kelley and centres on Grace Sachs (Kidman), who is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. She’s a successful therapist on the brink of publishing her first book, has a devoted husband and young son who attends an elite private school in New York City.

Weeks before her book is published, a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.

Kelley will write and executive produce along with Kidman and Per Saari through Blossom Films and Bruna Papandrea through Made Up Stories. Kelley is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning television writer and producer. Blossom Films, created by Nicole Kidman and Per Saari, executive-produced the Emmy-winning limited series Big Little Lies for HBO.

Casey Bloys, President HBO Programming, said: “We’re thrilled to continue our creative relationships with both Nicole and David and can’t wait to bring this show to life.”

Nicole Kidman said: “David has created another propulsive series with a fascinating, complicated female role at its centre. I’m excited and honored to continue collaborating with HBO and David E. Kelley.”

Foxtel Executive Director of Television, Brian Walsh, said: “We’re delighted to be the exclusive Australian broadcaster of Nicole Kidman’s next television project, which is set to be another smash hit series for both HBO and Foxtel. Nicole and David E. Kelley are an unbeatable combination, and we’re looking forward to bringing both The Undoing and the second series of Big Little Lies to showcase.”


#59

Fear the Walking Dead

From Monday 16 April

Express from the US on showcase at 2.30pm; Primetime encore at 8.30pm

The cult following American post-apocalyptic series Fear the Walking Dead returns for a fourth season – and will be available to stream, alongside the US broadcast, on Foxtel Now from Monday April 16.

The series will premiere express from the US and ad-break free, on Monday April 16 at 2.30pm AEST with a primetime encore at 8.30pm AEST, only on Foxtel’s showcase, the new home of FX Originals.

In a first for the series, episode one will see the long awaited cross over with hit series The Walking Dead, when Lennie James’ character Morgan Jones appears in the storyline bridging the two series together.

In season four of Fear the Walking Dead, we will see the world of Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) and her family through the eyes of Morgan Jones (Lennie James). The characters’ immediate past mixes with an uncertain present of struggle and discovery as they meet new friends, foes and threats. They fight for each other, against each other, and against a legion of the dead to somehow build an existence against the crushing pressure of lives coming apart. There will be darkness and light; terror and grace; the heroic, mercenary, and craven, all crashing together towards a new reality for Fear the Walking Dead.

Produced by AMC Studios, Fear the Walking Dead is executively produced by Scott M. Gimple, showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, as well as Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Gale Anne Hurd and Greg Nicotero.

Fear the Walking Dead Season four premieres on Monday April 16, express from the US at 2.30pm and encore screening at 8.30pm. From Monday April 23 it will screen express at 1.30pm and encore at 7.30pm, only on Foxtel’s showcase and streamed on Foxtel Now.


#60

Westworld Season Two

Monday 23 April at 11.00am AEST Same time as the US

The highly anticipated second season of HBO’s critically-acclaimed series Westworld is set to return for season two – with the first episode available to stream, the same time as the US, on Foxtel Now from 11.00am AEST on Monday, April 23.

Season two will also screen on Foxtel’s showcase on Monday, April 23 at 11.00am AEST with a primetime encore at 8.30pm AEST.

The season one premiere of Westworld in October 2016 attracted a strong audience for showcase, establishing the addictive western thriller series as one of Foxtel’s great cult hits for that year.

Featuring an exceptional cast including Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris and Jeffrey Wright, the provocative Emmy-nominated dark odyssey explores the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin.

Set in the not-too-distant future, Westworld is a futuristic adventure park modelled after America’s Wild West. For over 30 years, guests have paid exorbitant amounts to be immersed in the Westworld universe, where every detail and scenario – including those involving the android ‘hosts’ that are virtually indistinguishable from humans – have been planned, scripted and executed by a team of brilliant scientists and programmers working in close proximity to the park. However, a group of the android hosts soon begin to deviate from their programmers’ carefully planned scripts, in a disturbing pattern of aberrant behaviour.

Westworld was inspired by the 1973 motion picture of the same name, written and directed by Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park). Season one of the HBO series received 22 Emmy Award nominations.

Season two of Westworld premieres on Monday, April 23 at 11.00am AEST with a primetime encore at 8.30pm AEST and can be seen on showcase or streamed On Demand on internet-connected iQ set-top-boxes and on streaming service Foxtel Now.

A Westworld season one marathon will also screen on showcase on Saturday, April 21 from 6.25am AEST. The Box Sets channel will screen season one on Sunday, April 22 from 12.00pm AEST.