‘Gattaca’ Reboot, Mandy Patinkin’s ‘Seasoned’ Among 4 Shows Dropped at Showtime

Chris McCarthy continues to trim Showtime’s content pipeline.

The premium cable network transmitted four projects: the restart of Gattaca it would have brought Country duo Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa return to Paramount Global release as well as Seasoned, the comedy inspired by the lives of married couple Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody who previously had a series order. Two projects in development are also getting the pass – Divide And Candy.

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Sony Pictures Television, which produces Gattaca And Candyplans to shop both projects.

Showtime declined to comment.

The passes come after Chris McCarthy added Showtime oversight to his jurisdiction last year, giving him control of nearly all of Paramount Global’s linear networks, including MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount Network, among others. This week, Showtime programming was brought onto Paramount+ in an effort to provide the streamer with the scale needed to compete with others including Netflix and Max. Since McCarthy’s arrival, Showtime has reviewed all of its programming and canceled and transmitted a number of series, including three women, Ripley, King Shaka, Ziwe, I Like This For You, The L Word: Generation Q, Let In The Good And american gigoloamong others.

Under McCarthy, the focus will be on investing in intellectual property owned by Showtime, not licensed content like Gattacawho had a major commitment to the cable company and was rumored to be a McCarthy favorite, with the executive previously considering him a possible franchise for the network.

McCarthy plans to focus Showtime’s content on three tracks: Anti-Heroes, Mighty Worlds, and Diverse Cultures. To this end, it turns Billions And Dexter in multi-series franchises at Paramount Yellowstonewith plans also rumored to do the same with The Chi.

Showtime’s upcoming season is the final season of Billions, The Chi and recruits Travel Companions And The curse, with this latest pair developed by Showtime’s previous regime.

Seasoned, for his part, hailed from Jax Media and had a six-episode order from Showtime. The couple’s son, Gideon Grody-Patinkin, and Ewen Wright co-created the series and co-wrote the pilot about “the delightfully tumultuous relationship and life of a successful, gregarious, deeply committed, and slightly crazy married couple played by Patinkin and Grody – roles they’ve been repeating for 43 years.The source of their endless magic is the same as their endless unhappiness: that they’ve been together all this time.

Candyfor his part, also hailing from Sony TV and Promising young woman‘s Emerald Fennell, who wrote the script on spec. It was described as a women’s anthology that quietly landed at Showtime.

As for Gattaca, Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club) has been attached to develop the adaptation of the 1997 dystopian film alongside Gansa and Gordon. The project was being considered with significant commitment at the Paramount Global-backed cable company and marked the first new project to be developed since McCarthy added Showtime monitoring to its remit. The film starred Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman and was set in the not-too-distant future where eugenics is common and genetic discrimination is illegal. Andrew Niccol wrote and directed the film, which was produced by Sony’s Columbia Pictures. Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher and Gail Lyon produced the pic.

Details about Dividemeanwhile, were not immediately available as the project was in development and had not yet been announced.

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