Showcase (Australian TV channel)

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This article is about an Australian television channel. For other uses, see Showcase.
Showcase
Showcase.svg
Launched 1 December 2007[1]
Owned by Foxtel Networks
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Country Australia
Language English
Sister channel(s) Foxtel Movies
Foxtel on Demand
Timeshift service Showcase Two
Website showcasechannel.com.au/
Availability
Satellite
Foxtel/Austar Channel 403 (SD/HD)
Channel 404 (two)
Channel 1403 (SD)
Cable
Foxtel Channel 403 (SD/HD)
Channel 404 (two)
Channel 1403 (SD)
Optus Channel 403 (SD)
Channel 404 (two)
IPTV
Xbox 360 Channel 403
Telstra T-Box Channel ???

Showcase (stylised as showcase) is an Australian premium cable and satellite television channel. It is owned and operated by the Premium Movie Partnership (PMP) and is a sister network to the Showtime networks. Showcase is managed by Showtime's chief executive officer Peter Rose. In 2007 Rose said Showcase "provides a real home at last for quality drama in Australia, and this list of outstanding event television is just the start".

Showcase can be found on channel 403 on Foxtel, Optus TV and Austar, and broadcast the Australian premieres of Dexter and Australian made series Satisfaction.

On 15 November 2009 Showcase launched two additional channels: showcase two and showcase HD.

Foxtel took over managing and producing Showcase and the other Showtime channels as of 31 October 2012, with it purchasing assets of the PMP.[2] On 9 December 2012, it was announced that Movie Network and Showtime (with the exception of Showcase) would be replaced with a new line-up of Foxtel branded movie channels to be named Foxtel Movies[3] Showcase would continue to be the home of premium drama from HBO and other international networks, original programming, documentaries, and independent films.

Overseas programming[edit]

Many of the programs featured on Showcase are Australian premieres, and feature on cable networks in America which feature adult themes and mature issues such as HBO, Showtime and FX in America. At Foxtel's 2013 programming highlights presentation on 26 February 2013, Foxtel announced an agreement with HBO that was to see HBO content be exclusively shown on showcase, with it not to screen on free to air television for at least five years.[4]

Original programming[edit]

Showcase launched with the Australian premiere of Satisfaction, based around high-class Australian escorts and their clients. The show has run for three seasons.

Showcase also aired all three series of Love My Way, a series which moved from FOX8 to W to Showtime each season yet was re-run on Showcase all together for the first time in 2007–2008.

In 2008, Foxtel and Showcase announced a new Australian drama called Tangle. Tangle is from the makers of Love My Way, and features an all-star Australian cast of Matt Day, Kat Stewart, Justine Clarke, Ben Mendelsohn and Catherine McClements. The series debuted on 1 October 2009 to rave reviews: "Tangle puts Free to Air Television to shame. Australian drama desperately needs more voices that emanate from truth".[5]

In 2010 Showtime commissioned a 6-hour mini-series Cloudstreet based on the novel by Tim Winton. The series premiered on 22 May 2011.[6] The stellar cast includes Essie Davis as Dolly Pickles, Stephen Curry as Sam Pickles, Emma Booth as Rose Pickles, Kerry Fox as Oriel Lamb, Geoff Morrell as Lester Lamb, and with Todd Lasance as Quick Lamb and NIDA graduate Hugo Johnstone-Burt as Fish Lamb.[7]

Title Number of
seasons
Number of
episodes
First broadcast Last broadcast Status
Love My Way (Series 3) 1 8 020072007 020072007 Ended.
Satisfaction 3 30 020072007 020102010 Ended.
Tangle 3 22 020092009 02012Present Series 3 to air in 2012.
Cloudstreet 1 3 020112011 020112011 Ended.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walsh, Liz (2 December 2007). TV Guide. "Easily satisfied". The Sunday Mail. p. 3. 
  2. ^ "Foxtel to acquire Showtime channels TV Tonight". David Knox. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "New movie channels for Foxtel TV Tonight". David Knox. 9 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Knox, David (27 February 2013). "Foxtel launches 2013 programming TV Tonight". TV Tonight. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Tangle". TV Tonight. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Airdate: Cloudstreet". TV Tonight. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Stellar cast announced for Cloudstreet adaptation – FOXTEL Insider – What's On". FOXTEL. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 

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