SHOWTIME will be in free preview for all Sling TV subscribers from Friday, Dec. 3 to Monday, Dec. 6. Between Dexter: New Blood, the outstanding new series Yellowjackets, fresh documentaries and feature films, and SHOWTIME originals like Billions and Ray Donovan, there’s a ton of content to dive into over the weekend. To help you find the best of it, here’s a brief look at some of the programming highlights on SHOWTIME this December. New Sling subscribers can get their first month of SHOWTIME on us; just select your Sling base package (Orange, Blue, or Orange + Blue) and claim the offer* at checkout.
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Dexter: New Blood
Everyone’s favorite ethical serial killer is back in this new show that picks up about 10 years after the events of the original series. Dexter: New Blood finds the titular character (Michael C. Hall) living a quiet life in a small town under an assumed name, until his “Dark Passenger” beckons and he once again finds himself having to cover his (bloody) tracks and conceal his true nature from those he’s closest to. The new series combines the nerve-wracking tension of Dexter’s best seasons with some surprisingly poignant themes around nature vs. nurture, a person’s capacity to change, and the slippery moral slope of doing bad things to even worse people.
New episode Sunday, Dec. 5 at 9pm ET; Episodes 1-4 on demand
Simply put, Yellowjackets is one of the best new series of the fall. The show centers around a group of now adult women (Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, Juliette Lewis, and Christina Ricci among them) who were members of a championship high school soccer team in the ‘90s when their plane crashed in the Canadian Rockies, where they were forced to survive on their own for 19 months. Except that the official story they told following their rescue omitted a few crucial details, specifically that they became canabalistic murderers. Beyond the clever casting choices and strong acting across the ensemble, Yellowjackets deploys dramatic irony as effectively as any show we’ve seen since Lost; despite knowing that at least five of the plane crash survivors will reach adulthood, the show keeps you guessing about the specifics, and the time-jumping edits between 1996 and present underscores how past traumas can resurface and repeat.
New episode Sunday, Dec. 5 at 10pm ET; Episodes 1-3 on demand
Stephen Karam wrote and directed this A24 adaptation of his Tony Award-winning play. Featuring an eclectic all-star cast that includes Richard Jenkins, Amy Schumer, Beanie Feldstein (Impeachment: American Crime Story), and Steven Yeun, The Humans is about a tense family Thanksgiving in a shabby Manhattan apartment. While that set up might sound mundane, The Atlantic recently called it “the scariest film of the year,” despite not being a horror movie. If you're a fan of slow-burning family dramas, be sure to check out The Humans; with a stellar 91% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, you won’t regret it.
Available on demand
From Dumb and Dumber to The Squid and the Whale to The Newsroom, Jeff Daniels has displayed remarkable range over the course of his 40-plus year career, and he’s at his best in the new drama American Rust. Playing a police chief with a habit for pills and misplaced sympathies, Daniels co-stars alongside Maura Tierney in a powerful show that explores how the hollowing out of the rust belt economy has had a similar effect on those who still inhabit its decimated communities.
Season 1 now on demand
Kevin Garnett: Anything is Possible
The SHOWTIME documentary on Kevin Garnett was delayed from earlier this year, but much like the championship he eventually won with the Boston Celtics, it was worth the wait. Focusing on one of the NBA’s most compelling (and meme-able) characters, the film takes you inside Garnett’s life and career to paint a vivid picture of a complex man. How complex? Here’s how Garnett describes his ingredients in the film’s opening moments: “A tablespoon of fun, a tablespoon of seriousness, two tablespoons of hard work, a tablespoon of gratitude, a teaspoon of [gullibility], and you need two tablespoons of hate. Because I’m driven by the hate.” It’s easily his best performance since Uncut Gems.
Available on demand
JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass
Oliver Stone made his name on provocative filmmaking and his new documentary on the JFK assasination certainly won’t change that reputation. It may, however, disrupt the narrative around Kennedy’s death, or at least that’s Stone’s goal. He’s already done it once, with 1991’s Kevin Costner-fronted JFK. In some respects, JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass feels like a documentary sequel to that narrative film, updating that film’s explosive premise—the CIA’s involvement in Kennedy’s murder—with new information that has come to light in the last 30 years. Although it raises more questions than it answers, Stone’s new movie nevertheless reminds us that the official narrative of one of the most important events of the 20th century is more “conspiracy fact” than conspiracy theory.
Available on demand
If you’re one of those people who have tried to forget those awkward years of adolescence, the new documentary Cusp is here to remind you why. The Sundance award-winning documentary focuses on three girls living in a small Texas town where there’s not much more to do than swim in the local watering hole and sit around bonfires at night. Using vérité style filmmaking techniques, Cusp wrestles with the darker side of adolescence, with the girls opening up about their fears and insecurities with a courage and candor that belies their age.
Available on demand
The Emmy Award-winning docuseries Vice is back for its second season on SHOWTIME. The show has always stood out for the fearlessness of its reporters and that’s certainly the case this season, as Vice correspondents visit the frontlines of places like Afghanistan, Yemen, Nigeria, and Hong Kong. In a time when too much newsgathering takes place on social media or over the internet, Vice gives viewers an up-close view of some of the most important geopolitical events across the globe.
New episodes Sundays at 8pm ET
One of SHOWTIME’s most acclaimed shows, Billions will return for its sixth season in January, making this the perfect time to power-watch the series’ first five seasons. Featuring towering performances from Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, Billions centers around the high stakes, often unscrupulous world of high finance. The series takes much of its inspiration from real life financial crimes pursued by former federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, providing a window into a world of greed, power, and privilege that’s accurate, entertaining, and infuriating.
Seasons 1-5 on demand
Lastly, with the announcement of a new movie scheduled to premiere in January, ambitious viewers may want to revisit the full series. Liev Schreiber stars as the title character, an LA fixer who does whatever it takes to get his clients (typically celebrities or other famous and well-connected people) out of their problems. Jon Voight co-stars as Ray’s manipulative, ex-con father. The new movie promises to wrap up the storylines from season 7.
Seasons 1-7 on demand
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