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Showtime Has New Shows Coming from Seth Rogen, Ben Stiller, Michel Gondry & More [TCA 2018]

Showtime Has New Shows Coming from Seth Rogen, Ben Stiller, Michel Gondry & More [TCA 2018]
From Slashfilm - January 7, 2018

At the cable networks Television Critics Association panel this weekend, Showtime detailed their upcoming slate of original shows, including new vehicles for stars like Jim Carrey, Catherine Keener, Benicio del Toro, and Kevin Bacon, coming from filmmakers like Michel Gondry, Ben Stiller, Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg and Matt Damon & Ben Afleck.

Network resident David Nevins elaborated on all of the 2018 Showtime shows and beyond, and you can find out about them below.

Kidding Reunites Michel Gondry and Jim Carrey

Kidding, which we heard about last fall, stars Jim Carrey and Catherine Keener, with Michel Gondry directing the pilot and producing.

Kidding is about an iconic childrens television performer, a Mr. Rogers, a Pee-Wee Herman kind of character that Jim Carrey plays, thats kind of a family business, Nevins said. Frank Langella is the guy who runs the show. Its all built on Jim Carrey. He has a bit of a crackup.

Gondrys work, from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Carrey to The Science of Sleep, favors the surreal. But Nevins said thats not what well see in Kidding.

It may have aspects of it, but fundamentally, its a grounded show, Nevins said.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Go Back to Boston with City on a Hill

City on a Hill stars Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge, from director Michael Cuesta with Jen Todd, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon producing.

City on a Hill is a very sprawling Boston crime [show], Nevins said. Its a systemic anthropological show in that its cops, its criminals, its families, its prosecutors. Its kind of the whole mechanism of an interesting moment in Bostons history.

Nevins preferred to wait to describe the characters Bacon and Hodge would play, so well probably hear more about that series later.

Ben Stiller Is Tackling Action with Benicio Del Toro

Ben Stiller directs Escape from Dannemora, a jailbreak drama starring Benicio del Toro, Patricia Arqutte and Paul Dano. It is a chance for Stiller to direct something different from a comedy.

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