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Showtime Free Preview Weekend to be Available Beginning 1/6

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SHOWTIME will be available in 60 million households for a Free Preview Weekend from Friday, January 6 through Sunday, January 8. Viewers across the country will have the opportunity to sample the premium network's award-winning programming on SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME HD™ and SHOWTIME On Demand®. The Free Preview weekend will include the series premiere of the new SHOWTIME original comedy series HOUSE OF LIES, as well as the anticipated return of the critically-acclaimed hit series SHAMELESS and CALIFORNICATION, live offerings from SHOWTIME Sports® including ShoBox: The New Generation and STRIKEFORCE, and the primetime premium television premiere of Academy Award-winning Best Picture THE KING'S SPEECH.

Free Preview Weekend viewers will also have access to critically-acclaimed SHOWTIME original series including season one of HOMELAND, THE BORGIAS, EPISODES and SHAMELESS, season two of THE BIG C, season three of NURSE JACKIE, season four of CALIFORNICATION, season six of DEXTER, and season seven of WEEDS, all available on SHOWTIME On Demand. SHOWTIME will also air a variety of feature films and documentaries including BLUE VALENTINE, RED, THE MECHANIC, PIRANHA, I AM NUMBER FOUR and THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON and ECLIPSE.

Live on Friday, January 6 at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), SHOWTIME will air its celebrated, prospect-oriented boxing series ShoBox: The New Generation, featuring Luis Ramos Jr. vs. Raymundo Beltran. Then, on Saturday, January 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), SHOWTIME Sports will air the STRIKEFORCE Middleweight Championship featuring defending champ Luke Rockhold vs. Keith Jardine, with four additional mixed martial arts bouts, live from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

On Sunday, January 8 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, THE KING'S SPEECH, Academy Award winner for Best Picture, will make its primetime premium television debut. The film features an all-star cast that includes Academy Award winner for Best Actor in a Leading Role Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon and Guy Pearce. After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family and his government, the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle. Based on the true story of King George VI, THE KING'S SPEECH follows the Royal Monarch's quest to find his voice.

Then, on Sunday, January 8 from 9 to 11 p.m. ET/PT, viewers nationwide will get a taste of three critically-acclaimed SHOWTIME series, with the second season premiere of SHAMELESS (9 p.m. ET/PT), the premiere of the new comedy series HOUSE OF LIES (10 p.m. ET/PT) and the fifth season premiere of CALIFORNICATION (10:30 p.m. ET/PT).

Season two of SHAMELESS finds our favorite dysfunctional family braving the heat and humidity of summertime in Chicago, trying to keep cool…and Frank (William H. Macy) out of trouble. Bearing the de facto parent badge/burden, Fiona (Emmy Rossum) spends her nights working at a nightclub and her days keeping an eye on her siblings as they run a makeshift daycare center at the house. As usual, the motley brood somehow manages to hold down the fort and make sure the bills are paid, the lights are on and there is food on the table. Based on the long-running hit UK series, SHAMELESS is executive produced by Emmy® Award-winning television and film producer John Wells, as well as Paul Abbott and Andrew Stearn.


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