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Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish get a reality series

The University of Notre Dame’s football team the Fighting Irish will be followed for a documentary series all season long on Showtime. The straightforwardly named A Season With Notre Dame Football debuts Sept. 8, three days after their first game, and will have weekly half-hour episodes. Showtime’s announcement said the series–which sounds like HBO’s excellent …

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Gigolos, Polyamory returning to Showtime, but Real L Word becoming a documentary

Showtime’s sexual reality series Gigolos and Polyamory have been renewed for a fourth and second season, respectively, but The Real L Word won’t be back in its current form after three seasons. Instead, it’ll become “a stand-alone documentary” about lesbians in places other than New York or Los Angeles. Showtime President David Nevins told TV …

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Miami Marlins will be followed for second season of The Franchise on Showtime

Showtime’s foray into 24/7-style documentary reality TV about sports, The Franchise, has been renewed for a second season, and will focus on the Miami Marlins, the team formerly known as the Florida Marlins. The show followed the San Francisco Giants last year; that season is now on DVD. The network did not announce a debut …

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Inside Comedy: conversations with comedians, from Kathy Griffin to Jane Lynch

A new documentary/interview series debuts on Showtime tonight, featuring comedians talking about themselves and their comedy with comedian David Steinberg. The premiere episode features Jerry Seinfeld and Don Rickles, while future episodes will include Chris Rock, Jane Lynch, Martin Short, Kathy Griffin, Steve Carell, Sarah Silverman, Robin Williams, Steven Wright, and others. The show is …

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Showtime’s Gigolos: women were paid to be on the weak show with an intriguing premise

Showtime is now airing Gigolos, a series about straight male escorts in Las Vegas. And while it’s pretty much the disaster you’d expect, it’s strangely fascinating–and amazingly, the nudity and sex is the least interesting part. The real problem is that it’s just a low-rent show, one not worthy of the network that brought us …

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