Within the next year, Showtime is upping its original scripted and unscripted programming by 30%, the network announced during its Television Critics Association executive session on Friday.
“It’s hard to say when too much is too much,” said Gary Levine, Showtime’s president of entertainment. “As long as we can continue to engage our audience, we believe in our ability to compete.”
Part of that programming is Murder in the Bayou, the network’s first true crime docuseries that’s based on Ethan Brown’s best-selling novel of the same name.
The five-part docuseries investigates the unsolved murders of eight women whose bodies were discovered between 2005 and 2009 in drainage canals and on desolate back roads in and around the town of Jennings, Louisiana. It premieres Friday, Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Halo, the upcoming video game adaptation series, will also join the lineup in early 2021. Showtime announced its cast on Friday, which comprises Natascha McElhone (Californication), Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo), Shabana Azmi (Fire), Bentley Kalu (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Natasha Culzac (The Witcher) and Kate Kennedy (Catastrophe).
Showtime also announced cast additions for its 10-episode legal thriller starring Bryan Cranston: Your Honor. Michael Stuhlbarg (Call Me by Your Name) and Sofia Black-D’Elia (The Night Of) will join the limited series, which goes into production this fall.
On Becoming a God in Central Florida, the Kirsten Dunst-led dark comedy, will join the lineup when it premieres Aug. 25. The series, which Showtime acquired from YouTube Red earlier this year, follows a middle class water park employee who attempts to take down a cultish pyramid scheme.
Work in Progress, The L Word: Generation Q and the British comedy Back to Life are also among the new series set to debut on Showtime this year. The network unveiled the trailer for Back to Life during its TCA panel, which follows a woman who returns to her hometown 18 years after committing an unspeakable crime.
Returning shows include Jim Carrey’s Kidding, which returns for season two on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 10/9c. Showtime released the trailer on Friday that previews what’s next for the children’s show host, Mr. Pickles (Carrey), after season one’s cliffhanger. It also includes a special appearance from pop singer Ariana Grande who will guest star.
Ray Donovan, The Circus, the newly renewed City on a Hill and the final season of Homeland are also among the network’s returning series.