Big-Buzz New SHOWTIME® Series Arrive On CraveTV Beginning with the Most Anticipated Television Event of the Year: TWIN PEAKS

– Upcoming SHOWTIME series also premiering on CraveTV include I'M DYING UP HERE and
the return of audience favourites RAY DONOVAN and EPISODES
– CraveTV subscribers get an early look at TWIN PEAKS Parts 3 & 4 immediately
following the premiere of Parts 1 & 2 on May 21
– Powerhouse political documentary series THE PUTIN INTERVIEWS and the new
documentary BECOMING CARY GRANT also debut in June –
– All episodes stream on CraveTV day-and-date with their linear broadcasts on
SHOWTIME in the U.S. –

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TORONTO, May 18, 2017 /CNW/ - David Lynch, Jim Carrey, Melissa Leo, Liev Schreiber, Matt LeBlanc, Oliver Stone, Cary Grant. CraveTV, Canada's home to new and returning SHOWTIME programming, streams a new batch of some of the most coveted titles on premium television starting with creators David Lynch and Mark Frost's "pop-culture sensation," the new limited event series TWIN PEAKS, which debuts on Sunday, May 21 at 9 p.m. ET.

Other highly acclaimed new and returning SHOWTIME series and specials coming to CraveTV in the weeks ahead include I'M DYING UP HERE, from Canadian comedic icon Jim Carrey, the return of SHOWTIME hits RAY DONOVAN and EPISODES, the recently announced four-night television event, THE PUTIN INTERVIEWS, the documentary BECOMING CARY GRANT - which will have its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival - and more.

This new crop of programming bolsters last fall's announcement heralding the news that new and returning SHOWTIME content will premiere on CraveTV, with programming streaming day-and-date with its U.S. broadcast.

See below for more information about the programming lineup:

TWIN PEAKS

  • Two-part premiere on Sunday, May 21, beginning at 9 p.m. ET
  • Parts 3 & 4 also available as a sneak peek immediately following the premiere
  • Part 5 premieres Sunday, June 4 at 9 p.m. ET
  • Subscribers can binge-watch TWIN PEAKS Seasons 1 & 2 on CraveTV

The new 18-part limited event series picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town were stunned when their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered. The new TWIN PEAKS is written and executive produced by series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, and is executive produced by Sabrina S. Sutherland. Kyle MacLachlan returns as FBI Agent Dale Cooper. Click here for a sneak peek of TWIN PEAKS. Click here for a recap of the original series.

I'M DYING UP HERE

  • Premieres Sunday, June 4 at 10 p.m. ET
  • New episodes, Sundays at 10 p.m. ET

The new one-hour drama series I'M DYING UP HERE explores L.A.'s famed '70s stand-up comedy scene. The series delves into the inspired, damaged and complicated psyches of those who stand alone in front of an audience 'dying' for fame, fortune and, with any luck, a shot on Johnny Carson. I'M DYING UP HERE stars Academy Award winner Melissa Leo (WAYWARD PINES, TREME), Ari Graynor (Bad Teacher), Michael Angarano (THE KNICK), Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine), Andrew Santino (Mixology), Erik Griffin (WORKAHOLICS), RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Power Rangers), Al Madrigal (THE DAILY SHOW), and Jake Lacy (Obvious Child) as part of a large ensemble cast. This fictional group of competitive but close-knit comedians is mentored by "Goldie" (Leo), a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist, but nurtures her comedians with tough love. For Goldie and her crew, there's truly no such thing as an easy laugh. Produced by SHOWTIME, I'M DYING UP HERE is created and executive produced by Dave Flebotte, and executive produced by Michael Aguilar and Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey, along with Christina Wayne for Endemol Shine Studios and Assembly Entertainment. The series is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by William Knoedelseder. Click here for a sneak peek of I'M DYING UP HERE.

BECOMING CARY GRANT

  • Premieres Friday, June 9 at 9 p.m. ET, following a world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival

From SHOWTIME Documentary Films, BECOMING CARY GRANT is a definitive biography of the extraordinary Hollywood icon, revealing Grant's inner search to find himself at the height of his fame. Using words and insights from his unpublished autobiography and newly discovered personal footage, the film unveils the intimate story of Archie Leach, the man behind the mask of the beloved and charming Hollywood legend known as Cary Grant. From his difficult childhood without his mother, through his 30 years of stardom, to the joys of his later years as a father, the film uncovers a side of Grant never seen by the public. The words of Grant are spoken by actor Jonathan Pryce (GAME OF THRONES). Directed by Mark Kidel (Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance), and produced by Christian Popp and Nick Ware. Click here for a sneak peek of BECOMING CARY GRANT.

THE PUTIN INTERVIEWS

  • Part 1: Monday, June 12 at 9 p.m. ET
  • Part 2: Tuesday, June 13 at 9 p.m. ET
  • Part 3: Wednesday, June 14, 9 p.m. ET
  • Part 4: Thursday, June 15, 9 p.m. ET

From SHOWTIME Documentary Films, this new four-hour television event airing over four consecutive nights features conversations between Oscar® winning writer and director Oliver Stone (Platoon, Snowden) and Russian president Vladimir Putin, who speaks candidly about the U.S. election, U.S. President Donald Trump, Syria, Edward Snowden, and more. Granted unprecedented access to both Putin's professional and personal worlds, Stone, with the help of his longtime documentary producer Fernando Sulichin (THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES), interviewed the Russian leader more than a dozen times over the course of two years, most recently in February 2017 following the U.S. presidential election. THE PUTIN INTERVIEWS is produced by Sulichin, New Element Media, and Rob Wilson. Click here for a sneak peek of THE PUTIN INTERVIEWS.

RAY DONOVAN, Season 5

  • Premieres Sunday, August 6 at 9 p.m. ET
  • New episodes, Sundays at 9 p.m. ET

The new season of RAY DONOVAN finds Ray (two-time Emmy® nominee Liev Schreiber) turning his attention back to Hollywood and his celebrity fixer firm, while Mickey (Oscar-winner Jon Voight) is overjoyed to at last be welcomed into Ray's home and swears to finally mend his criminal ways. Joining the series in a season-long arc is Oscar winner and four-time Emmy-nominee Susan Sarandon as legendary media mogul Samantha Winslow, who sets Ray against her own fixers in fear they may know too much. Additional season five guest stars include Brian White (CHICAGO FIRE), Adina Porter (AMERICAN HORROR STORY), Rhys Coiro (ENTOURAGE), Lili Simmons (HAWAII FIVE-O), Tara Buck (TRUE BLOOD), C. Thomas Howell (CRIMINAL MINDS) and Dominique Columbus (Sickhouse). The cast also includes Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey and Devon Bagby. RAY DONOVAN is executive produced by David Hollander, Mark Gordon, Bryan Zuriff and Lou Fusaro, and was created by Ann Biderman. Click here for a sneak peek of RAY DONOVAN.

EPISODES, Season 5

  • Premieres Sunday, August 20 at 10 p.m. ET
  • New episodes, Sundays at 10 p.m. ET

At the start of the final season of EPISODES, several months have passed and the game show is now a runaway hit. Unfortunately for Matt (Matt LeBlanc, FRIENDS), this means he is now only thought of as a game show host, his years as an actor completely forgotten. Sean (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly (Tamsin Greig) are equally miserable. Sean's loathsome ex-partner is now in charge of their new show, The Opposite of Us, and Sean and Beverly must now endure his utter lack of humor or talent as they watch him slowly destroy their show. The cast also includes John Pankow, Kathleen Rose Perkins and Mircea Monroe. EPISODES is created and executive produced by award-winning writing partners David Crane (FRIENDS) & Jeffrey Klarik (MAD ABOUT YOU). Klarik directed the entire final season. The series is also executive produced by Jimmy Mulville through his Hat Trick production company.  Click here for a sneak peek of EPISODES.

As part of the robust SHOWTIME Collection, CraveTV subscribers currently have access to current critical favourites such as: BILLIONS (Season 1 & 2), GUERRILLA, THE AFFAIR (Season 1-3), THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE BIGGEST SHOW ON EARTH, DARK NET, DICE (Season 1), RAY DONOVAN (Season 1-4), and EPISODES (Season 1-4), plus the complete libraries of previous SHOWTIME favourites like DEXTER (Season 1-8), MASTERS OF SEX (Season 1-4), HOUSE OF LIES (Season 1-5), NURSE JACKIE (Season 1-7), PENNY DREADFUL (Season 1-3), THE BIG C (Season 1-4), WEEDS (Season 1-8), THE L WORD (Season 1-6), and much more.

Canada's leading premium Pay TV service, The Movie Network, continues to deliver the Canadian linear premieres of all SHOWTIME programming.

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Created for TV lovers and devoted to television, CraveTV is Canada's premium TV streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV's most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, CraveTV features thousands of hours of premium non-kids TV programming, representing hundreds of unique titles including the entire off-air library of HBO's iconic programming catalogue and hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME series and specials. CraveTV is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet, as well as to customers of Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, Access Communications, Northwestel, SaskTel, Cable Cable, Hay Communications, Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV, Tuckersmith Communications, Wightman Telecom subscribers, NRTC Communications, WTC Communications, Tbaytel, Execulink Telecom, and VMedia. Available through traditional set-top boxes, mobile apps on iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Xbox One, the web, Apple TV, Chromecast, and select Samsung Smart TVs. CraveTV is from Bell Media, Canada's premier multi-media company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada's most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, Digital, and Network TV landscapes. For more on CraveTV, visit www.CraveTV.ca.

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