Showtime Sets Two Comedies


Showtime hopes Wednesday, Aug. 10, is full of laughter.

The premium network will debut new comedies Barbershop and Weeds at 10 p.m. (EST) and 10:30 p.m. that night.

Barbershop, based on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. hit movie franchise, is a single-camera half-hour series starring Omar Gooding (Playmakers), Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire), Anna Brown (If Tomorrow Comes), John Wesley Chatham (Girlfriends), Leslie Elliard (Broadway's The Lion King), Barry Shabaka Henley (Collateral), Toni Trucks and Dan White (Ali).

Weeds -- a single-camera comedy starring Mary-Louise Parker, Elizabeth Perkins, Kevin Nealon and Justin Kirk -- “exposes the dirty little secrets that lie behind the pristine lawns and shiny closed doors of homes in the fictional town of Agrestic, Calif.,” the network said in a prepared statement.

Barbershop and Weeds are both intelligent, irreverent single-camera series with unforgettable characters and outrageous story lines that will make a strong statement about our commitment to comedy programming," Showtime Networks Inc. president of entertainment Robert Greenblatt said in a prepared statement.

“Also, both shows feature strong African-American ensembles, which tend to be rare in the television landscape,” he added. “But beyond that, Barbershop has already proven its appeals to a wide audience, and Weeds begins with a fundamental white suburban neighborhood that gets affected by an unusual black family.”