Today at the TCA (Television Critics’ Association) Showtime announced from Executive Producer Jim Carrey, a new comedy series that stars Oscar® Winner Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Michael Angarano, Clark Duke, Andrew Santino And RJ Cyler.
“I’m Dying Up Here” is a one-hour comedy set in L.A.’s celebrated, infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s, during which the careers of many of the comedy superstars began.
Think the nascent Improv days when Belushi, Williams and other big names rubbed shoulders. The series delves into the inspired and damaged psyches that are required to stand alone in front of an audience and make them laugh. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc., as part of the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour.
The series focuses on comedians in LA in the 1970s, who are mentored by “Goldie” (Leo), a brassy comedy club owner (perhaps based on Mitzi Shore?) who rules over her business with an iron fist and nurtures her comedians with tough love. Graynor, Santino, Cyler, Griffin and Guarino star as the main stand-ups at the club. Angarano and Duke play ballsy young comedians from Boston who move to L.A. with the hopes of making it big. Alfred Molina, Sebastian Stan, Robert Forster, Jon Daly, Al Madrigal, Emmy nominee Dylan Baker, Brianne Howey, Ginger Gonzaga and Oscar nominee Cathy Moriarty guest star.
Other news for fans of “Penny Dreadful” as the third season for the goth drama is set for a Sunday, May 1st at 10 PM ET/PT all platforms return and “House of Lies” is back Sunday, April 10th at 9 PM ET/PT. This season on “Dreadful” sees Patti LuPone, 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.
Remember the Indian brave Magua from “The Last of the Mohicans”? Great news as actor Wes Studi joins as a series regular as Kaetenay, an intense, enigmatic Native American with a deep connection to Ethan (Josh Hartnett) who also becomes an ally to Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton).
The third season also adds Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Henry Jekyll (Shazad Latif). Other guest stars include Christian Camargo as Dr. Alexander Sweet, a zoologist who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Vanessa; Sam Barnett as Dr. Seward’s mysterious young secretary; and Jessica Barden as Justine, a young acolyte to Lily (Billie Piper) and Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), and Perdita Weeks 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.
Marking the first time an American scripted series will be shot in the country since the U.S. and Cuba restored diplomatic relations last summer, the cast and crew of House of Lies are currently in Havana, Cuba, shooting one episode of the new season.
Marty (series star and executive producer Don Cheadle) is now a man with a singular focus – ascending from millionaire mogul to global dominator. He’s upping the stakes in a highly calculated winner-take-all power play with the Pod – Jeannie (Kristen Bell), Clyde (Ben Schwartz) and Doug (Josh Lawson). Business is booming but, on the home front, he’s juggling a new baby daughter, teenage son Roscoe (Donis Leonard Jr.) and Jeremiah (Glynn Turman), who has a new girlfriend, Rita (guest star Emmy® winner Wanda Sykes). Additional guest stars for the fifth season include Keegan-Michael Key, Ken Marino, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, John Cho, Donald Faison and Nicky Whela.