FOX Showcase


#1

GIRLS
Wednesday February 15 at 8.30pm on Showcase

Foxtel and HBO are proud to present the sixth and final season of the Emmy®- and Golden Globe-winning comedy series GIRLS from writer/director/actor Lena Dunham, focusing on the ups and downs of a group of 20-something friends in NYC.

GIRLS premiered in 2012 to great acclaim from critics and fans. The series has received a total of 15 Primetime Emmy® nominations, picking up an Outstanding Guest Actor Emmy® in 2016 (for Peter Scolari), as well as for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series in its first season. The series also won two 2013 Golden Globe Awards – for Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy and for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series-Musical or Comedy (Dunham).

Season 6 picks up six months after the end of Season 5, with Hannah (Dunham), enjoying new success as a writer after her participation in “The Moth” last season, getting a plum writing assignment that could dramatically change the course of her life.

Marnie (Allison Williams), now in a relationship with Ray (Alex Karpovsky), seeks to maintain her independence post-divorce from Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), but when her actions veer into self-absorption, it may end up making her current relationship unsustainable.

Now also a couple, Jessa and Adam (Jemima Kirke and Adam Driver) decide to embark on a creative project to channel their passions, which could become a source of contention.

Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) finds herself professionally on the right path in a new job at a marketing agency, though personally she realises that her friendships may be holding her back. While Elijah (Andrew Rannells) decides to get serious about pursuing a Broadway career.

Season 6 brings back a number of guests from past years, including Becky Ann Baker and Peter Scolari (as Hannah’s parents Loreen and Tad), Rita Wilson (Marnie’s mom Evie), Jon Glaser (Laird), Colin Quinn (Hermie), and Corey Stoll (Dill Harcourt). Along with new guests this season include Riz Ahmed (The Night Of), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Tracey Ullman (Tracey Ullman’s Show), and others to be announced.

A time for closing chapters and new beginnings, the 10-episode final season of Girls follows our four familiar friends as they attempt to get closer to becoming the women they always envisioned – even as life sometimes gets in the way.

Following the 8.30pm broadcast on showcase GIRLS will be available to watch when you want, on demand, via Foxtel Anytime on internet connected iQ boxes. You can also stream the series on demand on Foxtel Play or Foxtel Go. Foxtel Go is included with all Foxtel residential and Foxtel Play subscriptions at no extra cost.


#2

SHOWCASE SHINES AT THE 23rd ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS


Four of Foxtel’s premiere programs were acknowledged at today’s SAG awards with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, William H Macy, Bryan Cranston and the cast of Orange is the New Black all taking home statues.

Best Actor in a Comedy Series was awarded to William H Macy for his role as alcoholic Frank Gallagher, the patriarch of the fabulously dysfunctional Gallagher family in Shameless. Watch Shameless season 7 on Foxtel Anytime.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Selina Meyer in HBO’s Veep, the series takes a sharp, satirical look at the insular world of Washington politics, following the whirlwind day-to-day existence of the onetime VP and now-President. Watch Veep Season 1 to 5 on showcase weekdays at 6.30pm, also available on Foxtel Anytime.

The cast of Orange Is The New Black won for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Created by Jenji Kohan the series is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir about her real experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal US prison. Season 5 of Orange Is The New Black is coming soon to showcase.

Bryan Cranston won for Best Male Actor in a Telemovie or Limited Series for HBO’s All The Way - a riveting behind-the scenes look at President Lyndon B. Johnson’s tumultuous first year in office after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Watch All the Way Thursday February 9 at 8.30pm on showcase.

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® were broadcast live and exclusively to Foxtel Arts with an encore at this evening at 7.30pm.


#3

PRESS RELEASE


Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley star in

BIG LITTLE LIES

Monday, February 20 at 1pm same time as the US and 8.30pm primetime encore

Foxtel and HBO are proud to present the new drama series Big Little Lies based on the bestselling novel by Australian author Liane Moriarty, of the same name, and featuring tour de force performances by several top Hollywood actors including Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz and Alexander Skarsgard.

Big Little Lies is a darkly comic drama set in Monterey, CA that begins with a suspicious homicide at an elementary-school fundraiser. Though the victim and the perpetrator initially remain a mystery, it seems likely that the murder was spawned by rivalries and secrets surrounding three mothers: type-A stay-at-home mum Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon), who harbors jealousy towards her ex’s new, younger wife Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz), a yoga instructor with a Zen attitude; Madeline’s best friend Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman), a former corporate lawyer with a seemingly perfect marriage to a younger man (Alexander Skarsgård); and Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley), a single mum with a dark past, whom Madeline and Celeste take under their wing. Intercut with interrogation-room insights of other parents and school staff – who offer up a Greek chorus of gossip on the town’s allegiances and rivalries, particularly revolving around Madeline and her nemesis, tech-exec career mum Renata Klein (Laura Dern) – the story unspools over seven tense yet subversively funny episodes, revealing how each of the women had something to hide leading up to that one fateful night. Also starring Adam Scott, James Tupper and Jeffrey Nordling.

Big Little Lies is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild) and written by David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal). Executive Producer’s include Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Bruna Papandrea, Per Saari, David E. Kelley, Jean-Marc Vallée and Gregg Fienberg.

Following the 8.30pm encore broadcast on showcase Big Little Lies will be available to watch when you want, on demand, via Foxtel Anytime on internet connected iQ boxes. You can also stream the series on demand on Foxtel Play or Foxtel Go. Foxtel Go is included with all Foxtel residential and Foxtel Play subscriptions at no extra cost.


#4

Big Little Lies review and trailer


#5

BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN

Chilling new HBO documentary
Premieres Sunday, February 26 at 8.30pm on Showcase
Or stream it on Foxtel Play

On Sunday, February 26 at 8.30pm AEDT, a chilling new HBO documentary Beware the Slenderman will premiere on Foxtel’s showcase.

The exclusive two-hour special looks at the infamous case of two Wisconsin girls who lured their classmate in to the woods and stabbed her 19 times, in order to appease a fictional Internet legend called ‘Slenderman’.

Directed and produced by Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky (The Final Inch), Beware the Slenderman delves deep in to this shocking crime, examining how an urban myth could take root in impressionable young minds, with dire consquences.

On May 31, 2014 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, a 911 call reported a chilling crime – a girl had been stabbed and left by the side of the road near the woods. The victim, Payton “Bella” Leutner had been brutally stabbed and left for dead. The suspects were her friends Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier. All three were 12 years old.

In separate interrogation rooms, Morgan and Anissa both explained to detectives they were compelled to kill their friend in order to become proxies of Slenderman, a fictional tall man in a black suit with a featureless white face, who first appeared on the Internet as part of a 2009 Photoshop contest and quickly became an online legend. Morgan and Anissa believed he was real and would hurt their families unless they killed Bella.

Due to the premeditated nature of the crime, the two girls were charged as adults with attempted first-degree murder and have spent more than two years incarcerated, their trial date still pending. Morgan and Anissa’s saga has now become part of the Slenderman Internet myth.

Covering all sides of the unusual ongoing case, this extraordinary documentary draws on an eerie array of Slenderman-inspired art, games and self-produced videos, all culled from the Internet, along with feature interviews with psychologists and folklorists, courtroom testimony, interrogation room footage and unprecedented access to the two girls’ families.

Following the 8.30pm broadcast on showcase, Beware the Slenderman will be available to watch when you want, on demand, via Foxtel Anytime on internet connected iQ boxes. You can also stream the documentary on demand on Foxtel Play or Foxtel Go. Foxtel Go is included in all residential and Foxtel play subscriptions at no extra cost.


#6

NASHVILLE (Series 5)

Set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene the series follows Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals. Surrounding them, and often complicating their lives, are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. Music City can mean so many things to different people. In Nashville, musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storm driven by their own ambitions. Some are fuelled by their creativity and passion for fame. Others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and are doing everything in their power to stay on top.

February 12 at 7.30pm


#7

February is filled with great dramas

Or stream it on Foxtel Play

Foxtel’s premium showcase channel boasts a star studded line up of dramas launching this month, including Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley in the event series Big Little Lies and Rihanna checking in for the final season of Bates Motel.

There are more major international premieres with the final season of Girls, the comedy debut Crashing and starting this weekend Nashville S5 and Black Sails S4.

Foxtel’s short-form original drama Let’s Talk About joins the showcase line-up this month, starting with its first season airing Sundays nights, while the full first season and the new second season will be available from February 19 to stream in full on Foxtel Play.

Sunday February 12

Nashville Season 5 starts at 7.30pm

Set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene the series follows Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals. Surrounding them, and often complicating their lives, are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. As the season opens Rayna and Deacon are facing a new normal with Maddie back at home and Highway 65 struggling financially. Shocking news about Juliette creates a wave of emptions throughout Nashville. Stars Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Claire Bowen and Charles Esten.

Black Sails Season 4 starts at 9.30pm

Hundreds of British soldiers lie dead in a forest, the Royal Navy sails back to England in retreat, the West Indies are now a war zone, and the shores of New Providence Island have never been bloodier. With the help of Eleanor Guthrie, Woodes Rogers transforms Nassau into a fortress without walls, as Captain Flint amasses a fleet of unprecedented strength, hoping to strike the final blow against civilisation and reshape the world forever. Meanwhile, from within the island an insurgency builds, fuelled by the legend of its exiled leader, whose name keeps grown men awake at night… the one they call “Long Live John Silver.” But as Flint, Silver and their allies are about to learn, the closer civilisation comes to defeat, the more desperately and destructively it will fight back. Oaths will be shattered, fortunes will change hands, and amidst the chaos, only one thing remains certain: it has never been more dangerous to be a pirate. Stars Toby Stephens, Hannah New and Luke Arnold. This is the final season of Black Sails.

Wednesday February 15

Girls Season 6 starts at 8.30pm – Express from the US

Created by and starring Lena Dunham, the show is a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their mid-20s. The cast also includes Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver, Alex Karpovsky, Andrew Rannells and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. This is final season of this acclaimed series.

Sunday February 19

Let’s Talk About is new to showcase with Season 1 airing Sundays after Nashville and continuing straight through with the new second season starting on showcase April 30. Also, from February 19, both of the 10 episode seasons will be available on Foxtel Play to stream in full.

Season one begins with Ben (Richard Davies) broke and Claire (Matilda Brown – creator and star) up the duff. The second season follows their next rollercoaster chapter when daughter Lily is welcomed into the world. Series regulars Bryan Brown and Lisa Hensley return as Claire’s uncensored but well-meaning parents joined by Sam Neill, Damian Walshe-Howling, Steve Le Marquand, Andrea Demetriades and Chloe Boreham.

Monday February 20

Big Little Lies same time as US at 1pm and a primetime encore at 8.30pm – Express from the US

A subversive, dark comedic drama, Big Little Lies tells the tale of three mothers of first-graders whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. This event series is based on the book of the same name by best-selling Australian author Liane Moriarty and stars Kidman, Witherspoon, Woodley, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard.

Tuesday February 21

Bates Motel Season 5 starts at 9.30pm – Express from the US

The haunting fifth and final season of the critically acclaimed drama, from writers and executive producers Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse begins two years after the death of Norma. Emmy-nominated actress Vera Farmiga returns for double duty as executive producer while also reprising her role as ‘Mother’ who is very much alive and well but only in the twisted, complicated mind of ‘Norman Bates’ played by Freddie Highmore. New faces, including Rihanna as Marion Crane (the character Janet Leigh played in Albert Hitchcock’s movie Psycho), find their way to the Bates Motel to further complicate Norman’s life and threaten to unearth his dark secrets.

Wednesday February 22

Crashing Season 1 starts at 9.00pm – Express from the US

Created by and starring Pete Holmes, the series follows a stand-up comic who discovers that his wife is unfaithful, leading him to re-evaluate his life amidst the New York City comedy scene. Artie Lange, Lauren Lapkus and T.J. Miller also star.

Ongoing drama highlights in February - The Exorcist

The Exorcist, starring Geena Davis, Alfonso Herrera and Ben Daniels, is building towards a stunning finale with just two episodes left to premiere on Sunday, February 12 and 19, at 8.30pm.

All times are AEDT.

Following evening broadcasts on showcase, Black Sails, Girls, Big Little Lies and Crashing and will be available to watch on demand via Foxtel Anytime on internet iQ boxes. You can also stream all series on Foxtel Play or Foxtel Go. Foxtel Go is included with all Foxtel residential and Foxtel Play subscriptions at no extra cost.


#8

BECOMING WARREN BUFFETT
HBO’s definitive portrait of one of the world’s richest men and greatest philanthropists

Premieres Sunday, March 5 at 8.30pm on Showcase
Or stream it on Foxtel Play

On Sunday, March 5 at 8.30pm AEDT, a fascinating new HBO documentary Becoming Warren Buffett will premiere on Foxtel’s showcase.

This exclusive, feature-length production traces the remarkable life of a truly unique billionaire, Warren Buffett, who despite being one of the world’s richest men lives a humble life in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.

Now 86 years-old and with a net worth of over $60 billion, the legendary investor still lives in a modest home and continues to drive himself to the office every morning to manage Berkshire Hathaway, the fifth largest public company in the world.

But more surprising than his humble existence is Buffett’s unparalleled philanthropic work, culminating in 2006 when he announced that most of his fortune would be given to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Directed by Emmy® Award-winner Teddy Kunhart and told primarily in Buffett’s own words with unprecedented access to his day-to-day personal life, Becoming Warren Buffett tells the story of how an ambitious, numbers-obsessed boy from Nebraska became one of the richest men in the world.

The story follows Buffett’s ascent from first-time investor to business maven, delving in to the highs and lows of his career and personal life, from becoming a father of three and the world’s richest businessman, to weathering the Salomon Brothers treasury bond trading scandal, to the loss of his wife and first love, Susie.

Featuring never-before-released home videos, family photographs, archival footage and interviews with family and friends, the documentary sheds new light on a man who has helped shape the way many people view capitalism and, more recently, philanthropy.

Becoming Warren Buffett is a co-production of HBO and Kunhardt Films. Kunhardt Films’ HBO credits include the Emmy®-nominated Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words, the Emmy®-nominated Gloria: In Her Own Words, the Emmy®-winning, Teddy: In His Own Words and this year’s Emmy®-winning Jim: The James Foley Story.

Following the 8.30pm broadcast on showcase, Becoming Warren Buffett will be available to watch on demand, via Foxtel Anytime on internet connected iQ boxes. Customers can also stream the documentary on demand on Foxtel Play or Foxtel Go. Foxtel Go is included in all residential and Foxtel play subscriptions at no extra cost.


#9

Foxtel lands two of the most anticipated new US dramas of the year

Starring Oscar winners Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss

FEUD: Bette and Joan starts March 12

and

Shots Fired starts April 10

Or stream them on Foxtel Play

Foxtel is proud to announce the acquisition of the two most highly anticipated new US drama series of 2017, having secured the Australian television rights to the latest project from prolific television producer Ryan Murphy, FEUD: Bette and Joan starring Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, and the racially charged event drama Shots Fired, starring Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss and Stephen Moyer. Both dramas come from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution.

FEUD: Bette and Joan, the new anthology television series from American Horror Story producer Murphy, will premiere March 12, Sundays at 8.30pm on showcase.

The eight episode drama tells the story of the legendary rivalry between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) during their collaboration on the thriller What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and well after the cameras stopped rolling. The series explores how the two women endured ageism, sexism, and misogyny while struggling to hang on to success and fame in the twilight of their careers.

In addition to Academy Award®-winners Lange and Sarandon, the cast includes Alfred Molina as the film’s director Robert Aldrich, Stanley Tucci as studio titan Jack Warner, Judy Davis as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, Jackie Hoffman as Crawford’s housekeeper Mamacita, and Alison Wright as Aldrich’s assistant Pauline. Notable guest stars include Dominic Burgess as Crawford and Davis’ co-star Victor Buono, Catherine Zeta-Jones as film star Olivia de Havilland, Sarah Paulson as Geraldine Page, Kathy Bates as Joan Blondell and Kiernan Shipka as B.D., Bette Davis’ daughter. Ryan Murphy serves as executive producer along with executive producers Dede Gardner of Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, Tim Minear and Alexis Martin Woodall. The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios.

Foxtel’s FOX Classics channel will set the stage for the series with multiple screenings of the 1962 film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? on Sunday, March 5 at 8.30pm and Tuesday, March 14 at 8.35pm.

View promo for FEUD: Bette and Joan via link http://www.showcasechannel.com.au/videos/feud-teaser

Shots Fired examines the dangerous aftermath of two racially charged shootings in a small Southern US town, providing an explosive autopsy of the criminal justice system. The 10 episode drama will premiere April 10, Mondays at 8.30pm on showcase, moving in to the timeslot the week following the conclusion of Big Little Lies.

When an African-American Sheriff’s deputy kills an unarmed white college student, a small town in North Carolina is turned upside-down. Before the town has a chance to grapple with this tragedy, the neglected murder of an African-American teen is brought to light, opening wounds that threaten to tear the community apart.

Leading the Department of Justice’s inquiry into these shootings is seasoned investigator Ashe Akino (Sanaa Lathan) and a young Special Prosecutor Preston Terry (Stephan James), both of whom are African-American. As they start to peel back the layers of both cases, they suspect a cover-up which may involve some of the state’s most powerful people, including fiercely political North Carolina Governor Patricia Eamons (guest star Academy®, Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning actress Helen Hunt). She’s in a tough re-election fight, and the recent shootings in her state are making it even tougher. Meanwhile, real estate mogul and owner of a privatized prison Arlen Cox (Academy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss), is pulled into the volatile debate over policing in the town, and Lt. Calvert Breeland (Stephen Moyer), a seasoned veteran in the Sheriff’s Department, gets caught in the middle of the investigation.

As Ashe and Preston navigate the media attention, public debate and social unrest that come with such volatile cases, Shots Fired tackles the racial divide from every seat in the house.

Shots Fired is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, in association with Imagine Television and Undisputed Cinema. The series is created and executive-produced by Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood. Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo also serve as executive producers.

Following the broadcast on showcase FEUD: Bette and Joan and Shots Fired will be available to watch on demand, via Foxtel Anytime on internet connected iQ boxes. Customers can also stream the series on demand on Foxtel Play or Foxtel Go. Foxtel Go is included with all Foxtel residential and Foxtel Play subscriptions at no extra cost.


#10

Foxtel announces cast gathering for Picnic at Hanging Rock

Foxtel today revealed the first details of the Australian and international cast gathering for Picnic at Hanging Rock, with cameras set to roll in Victoria later this month on the bold event drama produced by FremantleMedia Australia and with production investment from Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 and 2, In Darkness) will star as English headmistress Mrs Hester Appleyard in the re-imagining of Joan Lindsay’s timeless Australian novel.

The teachers of Appleyard College for Young Ladies will be played by French actress Lola Bessis (Cassandra, Swim Little Fish Swim) as Mademoiselle Dianne de Poitiers, mistress of French Conversation, Music and Dance; Yael Stone (Orange Is The New Black, Deep Water) as Miss Dora Lumley, mistress of Deportment and Bible Studies; Anna McGahan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Anzac Girls) as Miss Greta McCraw, mistress of Geography and Mathematics and Sibylla Budd (Tomorrow When The War Began, Winners & Losers) as Mrs Valange, mistress of Art and Literature.

The roles of the students of Appleyard College are filled with an exciting contingent of rising stars, including Lily Sullivan (Camp, Jungle) as Miranda Reid, Madeleine Madden (Tomorrow When The War Began, High Life) as Marion Quade, Samara Weaving (Monster Trucks, The Babysitter) as Irma Leopold, Ruby Rees (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) as Edith Horton and introducing Inez Curro as Sara Waybourne.

Other characters both inside and beyond the college walls will be played by Don Hany, Harrison Gilbertson, James Hoare, Marcus Graham, Mark Coles Smith, Jonny Pasvolsky, Philip Quast, Emily Gruhl, John Flaus, Ros Gentle, Julie Nihill, Kaarin Fairfax, Randall Berger, Mayah Fredes, Alyssa Tuddenham, Kate Bradford, Bethany Whitmore, Markella Kavenagh, Felix Johnson, Ines English, Huw Higginson, Rob Jacobson and Kim Gyngell.

Picnic at Hanging Rock will plunge viewers into the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and one teacher on Valentine’s Day 1900, taking the audience on a new journey into the revered Australian novel through the six part drama.

Foxtel Head of Drama Penny Win said: “The accomplished cast who have been secured for Picnic at Hanging Rock will give new forms to Joan Lindsay’s iconic characters as the actors take up the scripts our writers, Bea Christian and Alice Addison, have drawn from the provocative spirt of the original mystery.

“Though the story remains in 1900, Picnic at Hanging Rock will be 21st century storytelling for the premium Foxtel drama audience.”

FremantleMedia Australia Director of Drama Jo Porter said: "Picnic at Hanging Rock is celebrated as an iconic, female-led story and we are thrilled to be announcing our strong and diverse cast who will bring the characters to life in the most vivid manner.

“We have an exceptional mix and depth of established names and exciting young Australian talent who will redefine these characters for a new generation. The strength of the scripts, the appeal of the story and our directors’ vision has drawn an incredible calibre of actors to the project including Natalie Dormer. Natalie is known for her bold choices in playing powerful, smart and fearless women. Her rendering of Mrs Appleyard is sure to be just as intriguing and complex.

“Hot off her listing in Interview magazine’s ‘Hollywood’s Most Wanted’, we look forward to audiences seeing French actor Lola Bessis join us to play Mademoiselle de Poitiers.”

Picnic at Hanging Rock’s executive producers are FremantleMedia Australia’s Jo Porter and Anthony Ellis and Foxtel’s Penny Win, the producer is Ewan Burnett, writers are Beatrix Christian and Alice Addison, directors are Larysa Kondracki, Michael Rymer and Amanda Brotchie. FremantleMedia International is distributing the series worldwide.

Picnic at Hanging Rock will premiere on Foxtel’s showcase channel at a date to be confirmed.


#11

Susan Sarandon joins cast of RAY DONOVAN season 5

Coming to showcase and Foxtel Play winter 2017

Following on from her stellar performance as Bette Davis in FEUD: Bette and Joan (Sundays at 8.30pm on showcase or stream it on Foxtel Play) the Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon will join the cast of RAY DONOVAN season 5.

In a season-long role Susan Sarandon will play Samantha Winslow, the strong, focused head of a motion picture studio.

Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, RAY DONOVAN stars two-time Golden Globe nominee Liev Schreiber as L.A.’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away. Jon Voight (in his Golden Globe-winning role) stars as Ray’s father Mickey Donvovan. The cast also features Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey and Devon Bagby.

RAY DONOVAN is a SHOWTIME production, the series was created by Ann Biderman and is executive produced by Mark Gordon, Bryan Zuriff and David Hollander.

RAY DONOVAN season 5 will air in winter 2017 and FEUD: Bette and Joan airs Sunday nights at 8.30pm on showcase or stream it on Foxtel Play.


#12

Big Little Lies is a ratings smash
Mondays at 1pm same time as the US and 8.30pm primetime encore on showcase
or stream instantly on Foxtel Play

Foxtel’s new drama Big Little Lies has recorded the largest HBO series launch in subscription television history. Its premiere episode cumulative audience acquired 420,000 viewers across its multiple viewings and recordings for its first week on Foxtel.

Based on the bestselling novel by Australian author Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies features a stellar cast with several top Hollywood actors including Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz and Alexander Skarsgard.

Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television, said, “These ratings numbers are a huge coup for a new Foxtel drama series, particularly for a premiere episode. It’s testament to HBO’s powerful story-telling ability, coupled with exceptional casting, and film-like cinematography, that viewers cannot wait to start watching one of their new programs. Our strategy is to deliver widely-anticipated premium drama to our subscribers at the same time as the US broadcast, or as close to the US broadcast as possible to ensure our market is part of the global conversation around the world’s hottest shows. By garnering the largest HBO series launch audience in our history, we’re able to see the results of these programming strategies first-hand.”

Set in the Californian seaside town of Monterey, Big Little Lies begins with a suspicious homicide at a primary school fundraiser. Though the victim and the perpetrator initially remain a mystery, it seems likely the murder was spawned by rivalries and secrets surrounding three mothers. Intercut with interrogation-room insights of other parents and school staff, the story unfolds over seven tense yet darkly comical episodes, revealing how each of the women had something to hide leading up to that one fateful night

Big Little Lies screens on Mondays at 1pm at the same time as the US on Foxtel’s showcase channel. The first episode is currently available for anyone to watch on the Foxtel website at foxtel.com.au.

Following the 8.30pm encore broadcast Monday nights on showcase, each episode of Big Little Lies is available to watch when you want, on demand, via Foxtel On Demand on internet connected iQ boxes. You can also stream the series on demand on Foxtel Play or Foxtel Go. Foxtel Go is included with all Foxtel residential and Foxtel Play subscriptions at no extra cost.


#13

New US event drama Shots Fired, is coming to Showcase in April.

The 10 part FOX series is about the situation following a racially charged shooting in North Carolina.

Examining the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small Southern town, this dramatic new series that is a “why done it?” and a “who done it?” is an explosive look at the criminal justice system. When an African-American police officer kills an unarmed white college student, a small town in North Carolina is turned upside down. Before the town has a chance to grapple with this tragedy, the neglected murder of an African-American teen is brought to light, re- opening wounds that threaten to tear the town apart. Leading the Department of Justice’s inquiry into these shootings is seasoned investigator Ashe Akino and a young Special Prosecutor, Preston Terry, both of whom are African-American.

Mondays from April 10 at 8.30pm on Showcase.


#14

Gripping new show - SHOTS FIRED begins in April

Academy Award Winner Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss, Stephen Moyer, Will Patton, Sanaa Lathan and Stephen James star in showcase’s new FOX drama series Shots Fired.

Examining the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small Southern town, this dramatic new series that is a “why done it?” and a “who done it?” is an explosive look at the criminal justice system. When an African American police officer kills an unarmed white college student, a small town in North Carolina is turned upside-down. Before the town has a chance to grapple with this tragedy, the neglected murder of an African American teen is brought to light, reopening wounds that threaten to tear the town apart. Leading the Department of Justice’s inquiry into these shootings is seasoned investigator Ashe Akino and a young Special Prosecutor, Preston Terry, both of whom are African American.

Shots Fired begins Monday April 10, 8.30pm est on showcase
Watch on Foxtel or stream on Foxtel Play


#15

THE LEFTOVERS Season Three
Thursdays from April 20 at 8.30pm
or stream instantly on Foxtel Play

Foxtel and HBO are proud to present the third and final season of the Peabody Award-winning series The Leftovers, the journey of one family’s desperate efforts to cope with the long-term aftermath of “The Departure” – in which 140 million people vanished from the face of the earth. The cause of that incredible event remains unknown, and there is no indication that those who are gone will ever be seen or heard from again.

From Damon Lindelof, co-creator of the hit series Lost, and based on characters introduced in the bestselling 2011 novel by Tom Perrotta (a co-creator and EP), this one-hour HBO drama series focuses on erstwhile residents of a New York town trying to make sense of a global event dubbed “The Departure,” in which two percent of the world’s population were “taken” (i.e. vanished), while others were left behind.

Taking place four years after events in Season 2 and nearly seven years since “The Departure”, The Leftovers finds the Garvey and Murphy families – who met, clashed and bonded last season in the “Miracle” town of Jarden, Texas – coming together as they desperately grasp for systems of belief to help better explain that which defies explanation. Their world is crackling with the energy of something big about to happen: a corresponding bookend to the sudden departure that sent them all spinning years earlier, bringing their final journey Down Under for an improbable, and thrilling, series climax.

One of the most inventive, unpredictable drama series on television, The Leftovers Season 3 was filmed on location in Texas and Australia. Creator Damon Lindelof said, “Australia is the end of the world geographically and our show is about the end-of-the-world emotionally. And there’s also something about Australian cinema – it’s primal, ancient and spiritual – that felt like it fit The Leftovers, whether it’s Mad Max movies, Walkabout, Wake in Fright, or Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock.”

Cast regulars include Justin Theroux (Mulholland Drive), Carrie Coon (Critics Choice Award winner for this role), Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy), Kevin Carroll (Paid in Full), Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs), Regina King (American Crime), Jovan Adepo (Fences), Janel Moloney (The West Wing), Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys), Liv Tyler (The Lord of the Rings) and Chris Zylka (The Amazing Spider-Man). Joining the cast is Lindsay Duncan (Birdman) as Grace, an Australian ally of Kevin Sr.

The Leftovers Season 3 begins April 20, Thursdays at 8.30pm AEST, on Foxtel’s showcase or on Foxtel’s streaming service Foxtel Play. Following the broadcast customers can watch The Leftovers any time via Foxtel on Demand which is available on internet connected iQ boxes, Foxtel Play or enjoyed on the move on Foxtel Go, Foxtel’s mobile app. Foxtel Go and Foxtel On Demand are included with all Foxtel and Foxtel Play subscriptions at no extra cost.


#16

VEEP SEASON 6
Premiering Wednesdays from April 26 at 8.30pm
** or stream instantly on Foxtel Play**

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.

Veep Season 6 begins April 26, Wednesdays at 8.30pm AEST, on Foxtel’s showcase or on Foxtel’s streaming service Foxtel Play. Following the broadcast customers can watch Veep any time via Foxtel on Demand which is available on internet connected iQ boxes, Foxtel Play or enjoyed on the move on Foxtel Go, Foxtel’s mobile app. Foxtel Go and Foxtel On Demand are included with all Foxtel and Foxtel Play subscriptions at no extra cost.


#17

Foxtel and FremantleMedia Australia have released the first official image from the set of the new Australian event drama Picnic at Hanging Rock, in production in Victoria.

The first look image reveals Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2, In Darkness) as English headmistress Mrs Hester Appleyard alongside Samara Weaving as Irma Leopold, Madeleine Madden as Marion Quade and Lily Sullivan as Miranda Reid.

“I am thrilled to be in Australia working with an exceptional creative team on Picnic at Hanging Rock,” Ms Dormer said. “This re-imagining of the iconic story will no doubt grab a contemporary audience with its mystery, emotion and wide range of complex, smart female characters. To play Hester Appleyard is a joy.”

Picnic at Hanging Rock will plunge viewers into the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and one teacher on Valentine’s Day 1900, taking the audience on a new journey into Joan Lindsay’s revered Australian novel through the six part drama which has production investment from Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

The extensive cast includes Lola Bessis as Mademoiselle Dianne de Poitiers, mistress of French Conversation, Music and Dance; Yael Stone as Miss Dora Lumley, mistress of Deportment and Bible Studies; Anna McGahan as Miss Greta McCraw, mistress of Geography and Mathematics, Sibylla Budd as Mrs Valange, mistress of Art and Literature, Ruby Rees as Edith Horton and introduces Inez Curro as Sara Waybourne. Other characters will be played by Don Hany, Harrison Gilbertson, James Hoare, Marcus Graham, Mark Coles Smith, Jonny Pasvolsky, Philip Quast, Emily Gruhl, Ros Gentle, Julie Nihill, Kaarin Fairfax, Huw Higginson, Ron Jacobson and Kim Gyngell.

Picnic at Hanging Rock will premiere on Foxtel’s showcase channel at a date to be confirmed.

FremantleMedia International is distributing the drama internationally.


#18

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne
Premieres Sunday, May 14 at 8.30pm on

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.

Following the 8.30pm broadcast on showcase, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will be available to watch when you want, on demand, via Foxtel Anytime on internet connected iQ boxes. You can also stream the documentary on demand on Foxtel Play or Foxtel Go. Foxtel Go is included in all residential and Foxtel play subscriptions at no extra cost


#19

WENTWORTH
Season 6 Confirmed
Foxtel and FremantleMedia Australia announce
production of sixth season starting soon

Season 5 now premiering on

Or stream instantly on Foxtel Play

Foxtel and FremantleMedia Australia today announced production of the sixth season of the AACTA and TV WEEK Logie Award-winning drama Wentworth will commence this month.

Wentworth’s fifth season launched last month on Foxtel’s showcase channel and the next 12 episode season will shoot on location through winter in Melbourne to be scheduled on Foxtel in 2018.

Wentworth premiered in 2013 and is Foxtel’s longest running original drama. The series is distributed by FremantleMedia International and is now seen in more than 140 territories and there are productions in Dutch, German and Flemish.

The drama has been lauded by critics at home and abroad and acknowledged with award wins and nominations. Most recently, Wentworth won the 6th AACTA Award for Most Outstanding Drama Series in December and was nominated in the 59th TV WEEK Logie Awards in the popular voted Best Drama Series category and the industry voted categories of Most Outstanding Drama Series, Most Outstanding Supporting Actress for Nicole da Silva as Franky Doyle, and Most Outstanding Actress for Danielle Cormack in her final season as Bea Smith.

Foxtel Head of Drama Penny Win said “As Foxtel’s longest running original drama, Wentworth continues to set a high bar for our local production slate.

“There is so much yet to unfold with season five premiering now in Australia on Foxtel before any details should be revealed about the sixth season. My lips are sealed other than to say Marcia Gardner and the writers continue to excel in setting up intriguing story arcs and finely crafted scripts for the wonderfully talented Wentworth cast to bring to life.”

FremantleMedia Director of Drama Jo Porter said “Getting to a sixth season is something none of us take for granted. Key to this is the unwavering dedication to the show by the incredible Wentworth audience both in Australia and around the world. Like us they are drawn to our exceptional cast who embody the diverse, complex and intriguing characters who populate the intense world of Wentworth and its high stakes and compelling stories.

“None of this would be possible without our wonderful partners Foxtel. Together with series producer Pino Amenta, the wonderful team of writers, directors, crew, and cast, we all look forward to opening the gates of Wentworth for the next chapter. Knowing what they have in store fans won’t be disappointed and we can’t wait to get started.”


Wentworth S5 premieres Tuesdays at 8.30pm AEST on Foxtel’s showcase channel. Following the weekly premieres, Wentworth is available to watch on demand, via Foxtel Anytime on internet connected iQ boxes. Customers can also stream the series live on showcase or through Anytime on Foxtel Play or Foxtel Go. The first four seasons of Wentworth are available to stream now. Foxtel Go is included with all Foxtel residential and Foxtel Play subscriptions at no extra cost.


#20

Winter is here

Game of Thrones Season 7
Starts Monday, July 17
Same time as the US at 11.00am AEST
Encore at 8.30pm AEST

Following its live broadcast on showcase, Game of Thrones 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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On Monday, July 17 at 11.00am AEST, Foxtel will broadcast the much-anticipated seventh season of worldwide TV phenomenon Game of Thrones at the same time as the US, in a global televison simulcast.

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

HBO’s smash-hit, Emmy Award-winning Best Drama Series will make its triumphant return on July 17 with an all-new season of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honour, conquest and triumph.

With seven new episodes premiering, Season 7 will focus on a convergence of armies and attitudes that the show’s legions of fans have been anticipating for years. As the season begins, Daenerys Targaryen, accompanied by her unsullied army and emboldened by Dothraki/Ironborn allies and her lethal trio of dragons, has finally set sail for Westeros with Tyrion Lannister, her newly appointed Hand.

Jon Snow, memorably reanimated in Season 6, has apparently consolidated power in the North after his spectacular conquest of Ramsay Bolton in the “Battle of the Bastards” and the return of Winterfell to Stark control. In King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister, bereft of any surviving heirs, has successfully seized the Iron Throne by using wildfire to incinerate the High Sparrow and other foes in the Sept of Baelor.

But as these and other factions drive inexorably towards new alliances or (more likely) violent conflicts, the cold spectre of another, apocalyptic threat – in the form of an army of undead White Walkers expected to breach The Wall and invade the South – threatens to undermine the status quo and obliterate the outcome of these smaller, all- too-human rivalries.

Based on the bestselling book series by George R.R. Martin (a co-EP) and fuelled by storylines that have gone beyond the narratives set forth in those novels, Game of Thrones is set in the fantasy continents of Westeros and Essos, where summer can last years and winter (which is finally arriving) can last even longer. With David Benioff and D.B. Weiss again serving as showrunners, Season 7 was shot in Northern Ireland, Spain and Iceland.

Game of Thrones’ returning cast is lead by Peter Dinklage (winner of two Emmys for his role and star of HBO Film’s upcoming My Dinner with Herve), Lena Headey (300), Emilia Clarke (Terminator Genisys), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Oblivion), Aidan Gillen (The Wire), Kit Harington (MI-5), Diana Rigg (The Avengers), Sophie Turner (X-Men: Apocalypse), Maisie Williams (The Falling), Alfie Allen (John Wick), John Bradley (Borgia), Gwendoline Christie (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Liam Cunningham (Safe House), Jerome Flynn (London’s Burning), Iain Glen (Resident Evil: Extinction), Conleth Hill (Two Down), Nathalie Emmanuel (Furious 7), Carice van Houten (Valkyrie), Indira Varma (Rome), Isaac Hempstead Wright (The Awakening), Kristofer Hivju (The Thing), Hannah Murray (Skins), Pilou Asbaek (Borgen), Rory McCann (Slow West), Richard Dormer (‘71).

Game of Thrones has received a mind-boggling 100 Emmy Award nominations since 2011, and has won a total of 38 Emmys – the most of any fictional series in history. After winning a record-shattering 12 Emmys in 2015, Game of Thrones matched that same total in 2016, repeating for Best Drama Series, Writing and Directing.

**THIS JULY SHOWCASE IS THE HOME FOR GAME OF THRONES **
Tuesday, July 4 at 8.30pm Game of Thrones: Greatest Moments (90 minute special)
Tuesday, July 11 at 8.30pm Game of Thrones: The Story So Far (65 minute special)
Thursday, July 13 at 10.10pm Thronecast: The War Room (45 minute special)
Monday, July 11 at 11.00am and encore at 8.30pm - Game of Thrones Season 7
Every Tuesday at 10.30pm from July 18 - Thronecast Season 7 (7 x 60 minutes)