Showtime Ushers in Free Preview


Showtime will usher in a free preview weekend in March, highlighted by a performance by one of the music industry’s hottest stars.

Usher, who recently won 11 Billboard Music Awards and is sitting on eight Grammy nominations, including album of the year, will perform a 90-minute live concert on Showtime March 5 at 9 p.m. (ET) from San Juan’s Coliseo de Puerto Rico.

Titled One Night, One Star, Usher Live, the performance will mark the artist’s only full-length live TV concert in 2005, according to executives at the premium network.

The LaFace/Zomba recording artist’s live show — replete with choreography, special effects and high energy — will be filmed in HDTV.

“Usher is, without question, the biggest thing in the music business right now, and we’re thrilled he wanted to do his live concert with us,” said Showtime president of entertainment Robert Greenblatt in a prepared statement. “Every network bandies the word ‘event’ around — well, this is the real deal.”

The Usher concert will be the centerpiece of a free preview weekend for Showtime from March 4-7, a period that will also see the network bow its new comedy series Fat Actress, starring Kirstie Alley, and fresh episodes from returning skein, Penn & Teller: Bullshit!