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Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here Nails the 1970s Robin Williams-Era Comedy Scene

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Who doesn’t love watching stand-up comedy? The jokes, the atmosphere, the performance – there’s nothing quite like seeing your favorite comedians get up on stage, knowing that you’re going to laugh so hard you’ll cry. But there’s a lot going on behind the scenes of comedy too, which is exactly the premise of I’m Dying Up Here, a new Showtime series that focuses on stand-up comedy in the 1970s. The new series is loosely based on the nonfiction book, I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy’s Golden Era (PublicAffairs Paperback, May 23, 2017) by William Knoedelseder, that chronicles the real-life comedy scene of the mid-70s, when rising stars like Andy Kaufman and Robin Williams flocked to LA…

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Capturing the Wall Street Corruption of Showtime’s Billions in Books

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If you’re not watching Billions on Showtime, you are absolutely missing out. It’s like if Wolf of Wall Street and House of Cards had a corrupt little baby. And, honestly, we can’t think of anything that sounds better than that! The star-studded show is nearing the end of its second season, which concludes on May 7, and if you haven’t been watching, we’re promising you that you’re going to want to binge Billions immediately. Haven’t heard of it or want to know more? Written by American journalist and author of Too Big To Fail, Andrew Ross Sorkin, TV series creator and filmmaker Brian Koppelman and American screenwriter and novelist David Levien, author of the Frank Behr novels, including City of the Sun, Billions certainly has…

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Find Your Groove: 3 Books to Spice Up Your Love Life Before Season 4 of Masters of Sex

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Masters of Sex returns September 11, 2016 on Showtime and the premiere can’t come soon enough. It’s been what feels like an eternity since we last saw Virginia Johnson and Dr. Williams Masters pushing the boundaries of societal norms with their pioneering research in science and human sexuality. The show, which is loosely based on the biography by Thomas Maier of the same name stars Lizzy Caplan (yes, Janis from Mean Girls) and Michael Sheen, follows an intriguing story set in the 1950s and 1960s centered around relationships, sex and paving the way for sexual beings of today. Way ahead of their time, Masters and Johnson use patients, call girls, friends and each other (I ‘ship it!) to navigate and…

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Patti Smith’s ‘Just Kids’ to Premiere on Showtime

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Last year we wrote about rock icon Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kids, which detailed one of the more infamous times in American rock history and charted the legendary relationship between Smith and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The book was a critical and commercial success for Smith, who has been rumored to have been working on a cinematic interpretation of the memoir for some time now. And now, thanks to a message from Smith and Showtime President David Nevins, we know exactly what the next chapter will hold for Kids. Smith will be working with Penny Dreadful’s John Logan to release the memoir as a miniseries on Showtime. This news comes on the heels of the announcement of Kids’ follow-up novel, M…

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