Showtime lines up “Time of Death”

U.S. cable network Showtime is lining up a doc series on terminally ill people, called Time of Death, for its fall schedule. (Pictured: The show's exec producers Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth)
July 31, 2013

U.S. cable network Showtime is lining up a doc series on terminally ill people, called Time of Death, for its fall schedule.

Produced by Magical Elves, six-part series Time of Death offers an in-depth look at the last days of terminally ill people, as they are supported by family, friends, healthcare teams and hospice workers.

The series will feature a single mother of three with Stage IV breast cancer, a grandmother with inoperable pancreatic cancer, a veteran with a rare cancer, and a young woman with Stage IV melanoma, among others.

Time of Death is executive produced by Magical Elves’ Jane Lipsitz (pictured above, left) and Dan Cutforth (right).

“This Showtime documentary series is an examination of people in the last days and weeks of their life and how they and their families make the transition from life to death,” said David Nevins, president of entertainment for Showtime Networks.

“This is not an easy show, but it is a subject I’ve always wanted to be able to explore in detail. And I know it will make for a powerful and compelling viewing experience.”

Lipsitz added: “Producing Time of Death¬†has been one of the most intense and thought-provoking experiences of our careers. Nobody ever talked about death in our halls before – but now there is a much more open dialogue and its healthy and meaningful and we hope we can pass that experience on to the viewer.”

This is the second show announced this year on the final days of people, after National Geographic Channel lined up a project with Scott Free Productions, Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck, and Undefeated filmmakers Dan Lindsay and T.J Martin on the same subject.

In related Showtime news, the network has launched live East and West Coast feeds via Showtime Anytime, a VoD service which gives access to the net’s back catalog via mobile devices.

With the addition of live TV viewing, subscribers can now watch the network’s specials, documentaries and sports programming live on their computers and portable devices

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