Showtime has announced the movies and TV shows coming to the service in October. The Showtime October 2020 lineup includes the premiere of limited series The Good Lord Bird, starring Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke, on Sunday, October 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The network will also debut a slate of probing documentary projects, including Kingdom of Silence, which explores the complicated dynamic between the United States and Saudi Arabia as a backdrop to the 2018 murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the five-part docu-series The Comedy Store, which chronicles the evolution of comedy from within the walls of the legendary L.A. club, and Citizen Bio, which explores the nascent biohacking movement.
The Showtime October 2020 lineup also includes new episodes of The Circus and Our Cartoon President leading up to the historic 2020 presidential election. Late night talk show Desus & Mero will also continue to roll out new episodes on Sundays and Thursdays.
Subscribers will also have access to the network’s premium collection of hit films, with October spotlighting the Halloween season with hit films such as Godzilla, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Night of the Living Dead, Paranormal Activity, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and more.
Showtime October 2020 Originals
THE GOOD LORD BIRD
Limited Series Premiere Sunday, October 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
THE GOOD LORD BIRD stars Ethan Hawke as controversial abolitionist John Brown. The limited series unfolds from the point of view of Onion (Joshua Caleb Johnson), a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of Brown’s motley family of abolitionist soldiers during Bleeding Kansas – a time when the state was a battleground between pro- and anti-slavery forces – and eventually finds himself participating in the famous 1859 raid on the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry. Brown’s raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended but was the event that started the Civil War. THE GOOD LORD BIRD weaves a humorous, dramatic and historical tapestry of Antebellum America, spotlighting the complicated and ever-changing racial, religious and gender roles that make up the American identity.
Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT
THE CIRCUS returns to SHOWTIME as America approaches a monumental presidential election, confronts systemic racism and endures a deadly pandemic and economic upheaval. Co-hosts John Heilemann, Alex Wagner and Mark McKinnon, along with guest contributor Jennifer Palmieri, take viewers behind the scenes as the Trump and Biden campaigns hurtle toward a historic Election Day in November. New episodes will premiere on Sundays and continue through the election.
OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT
Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT
OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT sets its sights on the most consequential election in history to determine who will be the next Cartoon President. Can Cartoon Joe Biden overcome his frequent gaffes and basement isolation to unseat Cartoon President Trump, who’s struggling to win re-election?
DESUS & MERO
Sundays and Thursdays at 11 p.m. ET/PT
Previously airing Mondays and Thursdays, DESUS & MERO now airs weekly on Sunday and Thursday nights, continuing to shoot remotely from the hosts’ own homes. Each episode features Desus Nice (Daniel Baker) and The Kid Mero (Joel Martinez) giving their take on the day’s hot topics and chatting with guests at the intersection of pop culture, sports, music, politics and more.
KINGDOM OF SILENCE
Premiere Friday, October 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
With the killing of Jamal Khashoggi as a launching point, KINGDOM OF SILENCE will explore the history between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia in the decades leading up to today’s troubling interactions between the Trump administration and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. In the process, the film shines new light on Khashoggi’s remarkable journey – from the battlefields of Afghanistan to the halls of power in Riyadh and Washington, from the Arab Spring to the rise of Saudi Arabia’s new Crown Prince.
THE COMEDY STORE
Docu-Series Premiere Sunday, October 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
This documentary series from former stand-up comic Mike Binder brings to life the legends, heartbreak and history created at The Comedy Store, which over the past 47 years has launched the careers of a breathtaking array of stars. As a Comedy Store alum, Binder spotlights one of pop culture’s great laboratories with never-before-seen footage and incisive, emotional interviews with some of the biggest names in comedy.
Premiere Friday, October, 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
As the world’s medical research community grapples with the current COVID-19 pandemic, SHOWTIME Documentary Films will premiere a new, timely feature-length documentary entitled CITIZEN BIO, which explores in depth the nascent biohacking movement and the unconventional scientists and researchers developing alternative medicines to prolong human life and eradicate incurable viruses and diseases.
INSIDE THE NFL
Premieres Tuesday, October 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
The award-winning studio show continues its thirteenth consecutive season on SHOWTIME covering every game, every week, with trademark highlights from NFL Films, special features and spirited debate on the game’s hottest topics. Award-wining host James Brown is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Phil Simms, six-time Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall, Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis and Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin serving as contributing analyst.
SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION
Wednesday, October 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Undefeated super welterweight contenders Charles Conwell and Wendy Toussaint clash in the main event of a stacked quadruple-header that features eight fighters with a combined record of 109-4-3. In the co-featured bout, undefeated super middleweight prospects Isaiah Steen and Kalvin Henderson meet. Plus, Janelson Bocachica and Nicklaus Flaz face off in a welterweight bout and highly-regarded prospect Brandun Lee takes on Jimmy Williams in the opener.
SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION
Saturday, October 10 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
Top welterweight contenders Sergey Lipinets, ranked No. 3 by the IBF, and Uzbekistan’s Kudtratillo Abdukakhorov, IBF No. 1, meet in a high-stakes bout that will see the victor in prime position to face the winner of November’s Errol Spence Jr.-Danny Garcia fight. Plus, exciting prospect Xavier Martinez battles veteran Claudio Marrero and unbeaten Malik Hawkins meets KO artist Subriel Matias.
Premiere Friday, October 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
From SHOWTIME SPORTS DOCUMENTARY FILMS, follow the Tecolotes, the world’s only binational professional baseball team, and the effects the tumultuous United States-Mexico border relations have on their 2019 season as they divide their home games between their two stadiums in Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
ALL THE SMOKE WITH MATT BARNES AND STEPHEN JACKSON
Tuesday, October 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
The series combines “best of” guest voices, with each episode centered on a different, recurring topic from the initial 44 episode run of the ALL THE SMOKE video podcast. Subjects range from on-court experiences and career reflections to raw and very personal stories from some of the brightest stars in modern NBA history. The episodes feature fresh elements of production and present-day perspectives from Barnes and Jackson.
Saturday, October 24
Two crowd favorites with massive followings will meet with Leo Santa Cruz’s newly won WBA (Super) 130-pound world title and Gervonta Davis’ WBA Lightweight title both on the line. The unbeaten “Tank” Davis is a two-division world champion and reigning WBA lightweight titlist at the age of 25. He emerged as a bona fide star in 2019 with sold-out main event bouts in Baltimore and Atlanta. “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz is a four-division world champion who avenged his only professional loss to Carl Frampton. The stage is set for one of the best matchups that can be made in all of boxing. The winner of this fight will rightfully earn a top-10 spot on the coveted pound-for-pound list.
3 Day Weekend
Agent Cody Banks
Angels & Demons
Bad Girls From Valley High
The Bridges of Madison County
Catch Me If You Can
Courage Under Fire
The Deer Hunter
Do The Right Thing
Eight Crazy Nights
Field of Dreams
Fried Green Tomatoes
Howard the Duck
Julie & Julia
The Last Days of Disco
The Last Temptation of Christ
Leave It to Beaver
Madea’s Family Reunion
The Money Pit
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life
Muppets from Space
Muppets Take Manhattan, The
My Bloody Valentine
Never Goin’ Back
Officer and a Gentleman, An
One Crazy Christmas
The Other Boleyn Girl
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Prayer Before Dawn, A
Run with the Hunted
Set It Off
Shaq & Cedric the Entertainer’s All Star Comedy Jam
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
Tales From The Hood
Urban Legends: Bloody Mary
Urban Legends: Final Cut
A Very Brady Sequel
Why Stop Now
Available October 1
The Gentlemen (Premiere)
Available October 3
Agent Cody Banks
Never Goin’ Back
Available October 6
A Prayer Before Dawn
Available October 8
Available October 15
Available October 16
Bad Hombres (Premiere)
Available October 18
Available October 23
Available October 24
The Current War (Premiere)
Available October 25
Run with the Hunted
Available October 30
Citizen Bio (Premiere)
Blood Fest, Candy Corn, Countdown, Cutting Class, Godzilla, Hannibal, Hell Fest, The House by the Cemetery, The House with a Clock in its Walls, I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, My Bloody Valentine, Night of the Living Dead, Paranormal Activity, Paranormal Activity 2, Prom Night, The Raven, Re-Animator, Rosemary’s Baby, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Slice, Swallow, Tales From The Hood, The Thing, What Lies Beneath, The Witch, Witches in the Woods, You Better Watch Out, Zombie
Crimes & Capers
21 Bridges, Armored, Boiler Room, Crank: High Voltage, Face/Off, The Gentlemen, Hustlers, Inside Man, Layer Cake, Mob Town, A Most Violent Year, Peppermint, Red, Righteous Kill, Set It Off, Stand Up Guys, Vice