April 10th is a big day at Showtime. The fifth season of the House of Lies TV series premieres 9:00pm ET/PT. The series premiere of Dice follows at 9:30pm. Penny Dreadful‘s third season is up next at 10:00pm. House of Lies stars Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson, Glynn Turman, and Donis Leonard Jr.
Dice stars Andrew Dice Clay and Kevin Corrigan, with guest stars Natasha Leggero, Lorraine Bracco, Adrien Brody, Michael Rapaport, Wayne Newton, Criss Angel, and Rita Rudner. The cast of Penny Dreadful includes Patti LuPone, Eva Green, Wes Studi, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Shazad Latif, Simon Russell Beale, and Harry Treadaway.
Get more information from Showtime‘s 2016 programming overview press release:
2016 SPRING PROGRAMMING OVERVIEW
HOUSE OF LIES (Season 5)
1/2 hour, 10 episodes
Premieres: Sunday, April 10th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
This season, Marty is a man with a singular focus – ascending from millionaire mogul to global dominator. No longer content with fleecing big-money clients, he’s upping the stakes in a highly calculated winner-take-all power play that will land him and the Pod – Jeannie (Kristen Bell), Clyde (Ben Schwartz) and Doug (Josh Lawson) – in Cuba. To the victor go all the spoils. Guest stars for the fifth season will include Emmy(R) winner Wanda Sykes (Alpha House) as a love interest for Jeremiah (Glynn Turman); Emmy nominee Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele) as the CEO of a hair care line; and Emmy nominee Ken Marino (Children’s Hospital) as a love interest for Jeannie. Emmy nominee Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Major Crimes), John Cho (Star Trek), Donald Faison (Scrubs), and Nicky Whelan (Matador, Franklin & Bash) will also guest star. HOUSE OF LIES is the hit half-hour comedy series from the hit tell-all book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn. HOUSE OF LIES stars Don Cheadle in his four-time Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe(R)-winning performance as Marty Kaan. Kristen Bell plays his razor-sharp partner and mother of his daughter; Emmy winner Ben Schwartz and Josh Lawson as members of his team (a.k.a. The Pod); Emmy winner Glynn Turman as his father; and Donis Leonard Jr. as his gender-fluid teenage son. Produced by SHOWTIME, HOUSE OF LIES is created and executive produced by Matthew Carnahan. Jessika Borsiczky, Don Cheadle and David Walpert return as executive producers for season five.
DICE (New Series)
1/2 hour, 6 episodes
Premieres: Sunday, April 10th at 9:30 p.m. (ET/PT) – All Six Episodes Will Be Released At Once On The SHOWTIME Streaming Service, SHOWTIME ANYTIME(R) And SHOWTIME ON DEMAND(R)
In this scripted, semi-autobiographical half-hour comedy created by Scot Armstrong (Old School, The Hangover Part II), DICE chronicles life in the Vegas suburbs, as Andrew Dice Clay tries to live his life while trapped in the skin of “The Diceman.” Whether he’s attempting to pay back his gambling debts, managing his sons’ heavy metal band or fending off pumped up fans, this series shines a light on the sides of Dice we’ve never seen before. Yet all the while, he dons his trademark black leather jacket and fingerless gloves, ready for a comeback. DICE also stars Kevin Corrigan with guest stars Natasha Leggero, Lorraine Bracco, Adrien Brody, Michael Rapaport, Wayne Newton, Criss Angel and Rita Rudner. The series executive producers are Armstrong, Sean Furst, Bryan Furst, Andrew Dice Clay, Bruce Rubenstein, Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka. DICE is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios. For more information about DICE, visit SHO.com, follow on Twitter and Facebook, and join the conversation using #SHODice.
PENNY DREADFUL (Season 3)
1 hour, 9 episodes
Premieres: Sunday, May 1st at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
This season on PENNY DREADFUL, Tony(R) Award-winning star Patti LuPone (American Horror Story), who guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife, returns as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Vanessa (Eva Green) with an unconventional new approach. Studi (Hell On Wheels) joins as a series regular as Kaetenay, an intense, enigmatic Native American with a deep connection to Ethan (Hartnett) who also becomes an ally to Sir Malcolm (Dalton). The third season also adds Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Henry Jekyll (Shazad Latif). Other guest stars include Screen Actors Guild(R) Award nominee Christian Camargo (DEXTER(R), The Hurt Locker) as Dr. Alexander Sweet, a zoologist who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Vanessa; Sam Barnett (2012, Jupiter Ascending) as Dr. Seward’s mysterious young secretary; and Jessica Barden (The Outcast, Far from the Madding Crowd) as Justine, a young acolyte to Lily (Billie Piper) and Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), and Perdita Weeks (THE TUDORS), as Catriona Hartdegan, a scholar with expert knowledge of the supernatural. Simon Russell Beale returns as Dr. Ferdinand Lyle. Rory Kinnear (as The Creature) and Harry Treadaway (as Dr. Frankenstein) also star. PENNY DREADFUL is a frightening psychological thriller created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar(R) 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. PENNY DREADFUL is a co-production with SHOWTIME and Sky.
GIGOLOS (Season 6)
1/2 hour, 8 episodes
Airs every Thursday at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
The boys are back in town! The sexy SHOWTIME unscripted series GIGOLOS returns with eight half-hour episodes on Thursday, March 17th at 11 PT (ET/PT). The GIGOLOS are heading back to Las Vegas to spotlight the sultry, salacious antics of fan favorites: Nick, Brace, Vin, Ash and Bradley (and Garren, their booker). This season is the most outrageous yet. Expect the same patented crazy, hilarious situations that only GIGOLOS can deliver, but this year, the guys go deeper. Fulfilling their clients’ ultimate fantasies are always a priority, but now, they’re all just as focused on making their own personal desires come true. Tune in to find out who comes out… on top. GIGOLOS is executive produced by Jay Blumenfield, Tony Marsh, Tom Forman, Patrick Fraser, Brad Bishop, Richard Grieco and Shane Walker.
SHOWTIME DOCUMENTARY FILMS
World Premiere: Friday, March 25th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
On Friday, March 25th at 9 p.m. ET/PT, SHOWTIME will premiere SPRING BROKE, a documentary about the raucous history of the infamous spring vacation revelries in Daytona, Florida. The annual gathering started in the early ’60s and by the 1980s led to the arrival of tens of thousands of college students lured by music, sun, endless parties and eventually, the hope to make it on MTV. For an early look at the documentary, go to: http://s.sho.com/1XPLp75. From executive producers Alex Gibney (Going Clear) and Stacey Offman (Death Row Stories), SPRING BROKE chronicles the growth of the Spring Break industry over three decades. Starting with a handful of local promoters and growing until Daytona experienced a financial surge the equivalent of the Super Bowl, the documentary captures how Spring Break became a magnet for corporate America. It reveals how cigarette, beer and suntan lotion peddlers, along with hotel owners and rock band promoters, competed for the cash of America’s 18-24 year-olds. When MTV burst onto the scene and embraced spring break, this youth migration became part of the wider culture. SPRING BROKE documents the rise and fall of Daytona and how it became the “Spring Break Capital of the World.” The film is produced by Bungalow Media + Entertainment, in association with Taral Productions. Allan Cohen, Robert Friedman and Jennie Amias serve as producers.
SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT
US TV Premiere: Thursday, April 21st at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT follows Pras Michel, Grammy(R) award-winning rapper and founder of the hip-hop group The Fugees as he returns to his homeland of Haiti post-earthquake and finds a corrupt government in paralysis. With no experience or money, Pras mobilizes a presidential campaign for the unlikeliest of candidates: “Sweet Micky” (aka Michel Martelly) – Haiti’s most popular and most outlandish pop star. The idealistic and politically inexperienced pair set out against a corrupt government, civil unrest, and a fixed election system to change the course of Haitian history. Pras acts as masterful storyteller and director Ben Patterson brilliantly captures an important part of Haiti’s history as a fledgling democracy struggling to produce a government worthy of the world’s first black republic.
BRAND: A SECOND COMING
US TV Premiere: Friday, May 6th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
BRAND: A SECOND COMING chronicles actor / comedian / activist Russell Brand on his journey from addict, self-proclaimed narcissist and Hollywood star living in the fast-lane to his current, and unexpected, role as political disruptor and newfound hero to the underserved. Criticized for egomaniacal self-interest, Brand injects his madness in to the world and calls for revolution. He stays the course with an irreverent courage that inspires a new generation of activists to rise against the ever-increasing world engorged in Consumerism. Can Brand rise against the roar of criticism from the very system that built him? Does he have the fortitude, resilience and commitment to keep up the fight? Will he find true happiness, which has eluded him since childhood? BRAND: A SECOND COMING takes audiences behind the scenes of this wildly complex man for an intimate look at what drives Russell Brand as he continues to be the consummate disruptor.
JUST LET GO – LENNY KRAVITZ LIVE
US TV Premiere: Friday, May 13th at 8:00 p.m.
Filmed in Paris, Prague, L�dz, Memphis, New Orleans and New York over the course of six months in 2014 and 2015, JUST LET GO is the story about relationships between Lenny Kravitz and his band and why, despite him being a solo artist, these musicians are so vitally important to him both personally and professionally. Concert performances, captured raw, honest and live in Bercy Arena, Paris and the o2 Arena, Prague, showcase front-man extraordinaire Kravitz and the iconic and world-renowned virtuoso musicians who surround him. From the afro-sporting jazz drummer, Cindy Blackman Santana to David Bowie-collaborator bass player Gail Ann Dorsey, to long standing friend, guitarist and musical director, Craig Ross, the film revels in the personalities and characters present in the band’s stellar line up. Threading through the film in documentary footage, captured on locations steeped in American musical history and borne out in the live performances, is a narrative that explores what it means to be a part of Kravitz’s band. On rooftops, in muscle cars, propped up in dive bars, and in pool halls, the band in their own words talk candidly about life on the road, sharing the stage, improvising, translating the music from the studio to the stage and Kravitz’s quest for perfection.
STEVE-O: GUILTY AS CHARGED
Next airs: Wednesday, Wed, March 23rd at 1:10 a.m. (ET/PT)
From his humble beginnings as a circus clown, to his career as a star of the monster hit television show and film franchise, Jackass, actor, comedian, producer, author, activist and all-around lunatic, Steve-O has done it all and then some. Loaded with outrageous stunts, including being choked completely unconscious by a UFC fighter and answering a series of questions while being tased with 50,000 volts for a full thirty seconds, this is more than just a hilarious comedy special – in Guilty As Charged, Steve-O takes comedy to a whole new level.
BRAD WILLIAMS: DADDY ISSUES
World Premiere: Friday, May 20th at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Brad Williams returns to SHOWTIME in his second one-hour special. In this hilarious new show, Williams discusses race and political correctness, as well as his “Daddy Issues” on how his father raised him to deal with adversity and how his family had to deal with its greatest challenge yet. “I take more chances and talk about more things that I never thought I could joke about onstage,” shared Williams. And he more than delivers on that promise.
BEN GLEIB: NEUROTIC GANGSTER
World Premiere: June TBD
This is not an “Idiotest!” This is Ben Gleib’s funniest test as a stand-up comic as the self-proclaimed “Neurotic Gangster” performs his first one-hour special to a sold-out audience at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA. Esquire named Gleib one of, “… six comedians who could be comedy’s next big thing.” Glieb is the host of IDIOTEST, the popular comedy brain teaser game show and for years was one of the stars and writers of CHELSEA LATELY with more than 100 appearances.
60 MINUTES SPORTS
1 hour, 12 episodes
Airs on the first Tuesday of each month
CBS News and SHOWTIME Sports partner on this unique sports newsmagazine series offering first-class investigations and features on today’s most important stories and intriguing personalities. The Sports Emmy Award-winning series represents the first time original 60 MINUTES content has aired on a cable network. The first name in news is now the last word in sports. 60 MINUTES SPORTS returns on Tuesday, Mar. 1, and continues on the first Tuesday of each month.
What do you think? Are you a fan of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful and House of Lies TV shows? Do you plan to check out the first season of Dice?