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Showtime takes on “Comedy Warriors,” “$ellebrity”

U.S. pay-TV network Showtime has unveiled its 2013/14 winter programming schedule, which includes Comedy Warriors (pictured), $ellebrity, and a documentary inspired by music from the Coen brothers' film Inside Llewyn Davis.
November 11, 2013

U.S. pay-TV network Showtime has unveiled its 2013/14 winter programming schedule, which includes Comedy Warriors (pictured), $ellebrity, and a documentary inspired by music from the Coen brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis.

Premiering on December 13 at 10 p.m. EST/PST, Another Day/Another Time: The Music of Inside Llewyn Davis examines the folk and contemporary music featured in the upcoming comedy-drama Inside Llewyn Davis, which is set in the Greenwich Village folk music scene in the early 1960s.

The doc was shot during a one-night concert performance, which saw Joan Baez, Patti Smith, Jack White, Marcus Mumford, Rhiannon Giddens and Oscar Isaac (the star of Inside Llewyn Davis) performing. The doc is produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, executive music producer T Bone Burnett, and producer Scott Rudin.

Meanwhile, the 93-minute documentary $ellebrity takes a look at the tone and texture of celebrity, pop culture and media, spanning the past, present and looking into the future. The film features interviews with Jennifer Aniston, Elton John and Jennifer Lopez, and debuts on December 27 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.

Comedy Warriors puts a spotlight on five wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who – with the help of comedy writers and comedians including Zach Galifianakis, Lewis Black, Bob Saget and B.J. Novak – write and perform their own stand-up routines at LA’s top comedy clubs. It airs on December 5 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.

The network has also slated two sports documentaries to air this winter, with Against the Tide set to debut first. Airing on November 15 at 10 p.m., the feature-length doc from Ross Greenburg examines the 1970 college football match between the University of Alabama and the University of Southern California, which played out against a backdrop of segregation.

The match was the first game of the season, and the doc explores the roles that University of Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and University of Southern California coach John McKay played in the integration of college football in the south.

Finally, airing on December 7 at 7:30 p.m. EST, All Access: Broner Vs. Maidana is the latest chapter in the network’s  boxing documentary series. The film promises to give viewers insight in the lives of Adrien Broner and Marcos Maidana, and their camps, as they prepare for the WBA Welterweight World Championship fight.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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