2018 is already flying by—today brings the year’s first look ahead at what’s coming to streaming services soon in the form of Showtime’s February programming slate. Without any further ado, here are all the noteworthy TV shows and films headed to the channel next month.
Showtime’s most exciting February additions are in the television department, where the channel’s long-running espionage drama Homeland leads the way. The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning hit series is returning for season seven next month, returning stars Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Elizabeth Marvel, Linus Roache, Maury Sterling and Jake Weber, while adding a noteworthy newcomer in Morgan Spector (Boardwalk Empire). Homeland returns on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. EST. Making its debut that same night at 8 p.m. EST is Our Cartoon President, an animated half-hour parody series executive produced by Stephen Colbert. The new series, tasked with the tall order of turning Trump into even more of a cartoon than he already is, “follows the tru-ish misadventures of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, and his merry band of advisors and family members,” per Showtime. (In the time it took you to read that, he fired several of them.) Showtime will give viewers an early look at Our Cartoon President, making the first episode available online and on-demand on Sunday, Jan. 28. Last but by no means least, February will bring new episodes of the inaugural season of Lena Waithe’s The Chi, a timely coming-of-age drama set in its eponymous city. Paste’s Amy Amatangelo called the series a “brilliant tribute to a city’s complex vitality” in her review, lauding its “terrific performances” and Waithe’s writing for going “beyond the clichés to give viewers fully realized and multifaceted characters.” The Chi will continue to air on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. EST.
In the feature film and documentary department, Showtime is adding two appealing originals. First, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars will make its television debut starting Saturday, Feb 10 at 9 p.m. EST. The documentary from Oscar winner Lili Fini Zanuck (Rush, Driving Miss Daisy) “contextualizes Eric Clapton’s role in contemporary music and cultural history,” telling the three-time (!) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s story using his own words and songs and “spanning more than half a century of legendary popular musical innovation” in the process. Before that, though, five-part docu-series The Trade will premiere on Friday, Feb. 2 at 9 p.m. EST—per Showtime, “the timely, provocative docu-series spotlights the opioid crisis through the eyes of those most affected: the growers, addicts, cartel bosses and law enforcement hopelessly caught in its web.” As far as licensed fare goes, Showtime is adding laughable 2017 horror flick The Bye Bye Man (which Andy Crump called “the rare bad movie whose staggering level of ineptitude is practically a recommendation” in his Paste review), goofy 1992 comedy Encino Man, Ang Lee’s Marvel misfire The Hulk and a horror comedy called Attack of the Killer Donuts, portending a good month for movies so bad, they’re almost watchable. (There’s also Spike Lee’s 25th Hour and John Carpenter’s Starman, for those of you who prefer your movies good.)
Don’t forget Showtime’s streaming collections, either, in which various movies are cobbled together around certain distinct themes. Next month’s collections will interest fans of Homeland, cop and crime dramas, love triangles, Oscar winners and period pieces.
See everything coming to Showtime next month below.
HOMELAND (Season Premiere: Sunday, February 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT)
OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT (Series Premiere: Sunday, February 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
THE CHI (New Episodes: Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT)
THE TRADE (Series Premiere: Friday, February 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT)
THE BYE BYE MAN
BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE
CODY THE ROBOSAPIEN
DADDY DAY CARE
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL
JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS
KELLY & CAL
MY ONE AND ONLY
ATTACK OF THE KILLER DONUTS
EDDIE GRIFFIN: UNDENIABLE
ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS
WORD IS BOND
If You Like Homeland Collection: SLEEPLESS, SNOWDEN, BRIDGE OF SPIES AND MORE (Available 2/2 – 3/31)
Cops & Crime Bosses Collection: ARSENAL, COLLIDE, HELL OR HIGH WATER AND MORE (Available 2/3- 3/2)
Love Triangles Collection: CAROL, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING AND MORE (Available 2/9 – 3/8)
Oscar Winners Collection: A BEAUTIFUL MIND, THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, A BEAUTIFUL MIND AND MORE (Available 2/12 – 3/4)
Bodice & Bowties Collection: BRIMSTONE, COLD MOUNTAIN, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS AND MORE (Available 2/20 – 3/19)