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TCA: Showtime bolsters unscripted slate

ViacomCBS-owned premium cable net Showtime unveiled a new slate of unscripted titles at its Television Critics Association winter press tour showcase in Pasadena, California today (Jan. 13). Included in the raft ...
January 13, 2020

ViacomCBS-owned premium cable net Showtime unveiled a new slate of unscripted titles at its Television Critics Association winter press tour showcase in Pasadena, California today (Jan. 13).

Included in the raft of new titles is Love Fraud (pictured), a four-part limited docuseries about a group of women conned out of money banding together to stop the man who preyed on them, exposing his crimes, which include identity theft and fraud, committed online against women looking for love.

Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing direct and executive produce.

The series will have a world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23, marking the first time an episodic series is programmed on day one of the fest.

Meanwhile, as previously announced, Vice is making its move from HBO to Showtime.

The new 13-episode season will seek to shed light on a range of international issues through its exclusive reportage from the front lines of global conflicts, civil uprisings and more.

Vice is produced by Vice News, and Subrata De serves as showrunner and executive producer, with Paola Ramos hosting.

Elsewhere, the Showtime documentary feature films portfolio will add Lauren Greenfield’s The Kingmaker, about the controversial political career of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines; Kingdom of Silence (House of Saud), about the complicated dynamic between the current White House and Saudi Arabia, including the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi; Greg Barker’s Detainee 001, which follows the complex legal case of John Walker Lindh and offers a look at the lasting effects of the War on Terror; Ready for War, about deported U.S. military veterans; and The Go-Gos, directed by Allison Ellwood, which tells the story of the most successful female rock band of all time.

And finally, The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth will return to Showtime for a fifth season on Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, one week before the Iowa Democratic caucuses, and Couples Therapy will return for season two.

(Photo courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival)

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