Great news, TV fans! You get free Showtime this weekend! Well, that is, unless you're a Time Warner Cable or AT&T U-Verse customer. If you are, you'll have to occupy yourself this weekend with hating all your DirecTV and Comcast friends.
The free preview began today and according to Showtime reps, it was up to individual providers as to whether or not to carry the free preview. Locally, DirecTV, Comcast, and Suddenlink are carrying the preview.
I'm totally jealous. Showtime has some great shows, but this weekend is a big one for them because they have two very good new series debuting Sunday night ("Shameless" and "Episodes"). I'm guessing Showtime hopes you'll get hooked on those and subscribe.
"Shameless" is the new one-hour family drama starring William H. Macy (my conflicted, somewhat rambling review). "Episodes" is a new half-hour sitcom starring Matt LeBlanc (Joey from "Friends"). It's actually really funny (we review)
You'll also have access to Showtime on Demand, so cram in as many episodes of "Dexter" and "Weeds" and "Nurse Jackie" as you can before midnight Sunday. Don't forget "The Big C," "The United States of Tara," and "Californication" (which also has its Season 4 premiere on Sunday). You better cancel all your weekend plans.
If you're more into movies, Saturday night they'll air "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." Other big movies on tap this weekend: "Nine," "The Hurt Locker," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," "Extraordinary Measures," "Cairo Time," and "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work."
And there's some sort of mixed martial arts show airing tonight at 11pm, "Strikeforce Challengers."
Here's the fine print from the press release: The Free Preview Weekend is available to digital subscribers of participating providers only. Not all services are available in all areas. Previews may contain PG, PG-13, TV-14, TVMA and R rated programming. You must be a digital subscriber to receive video on demand and HD. Viewers who tune in and order SHOWTIME for the first time, can get $25 cash back. For additional details on the offer go to SHO.com/order and for SHOWTIME Free Preview weekend, go to SHO.com/freepreview.