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'Equalizer' Director Antoine Fuqua Set To Helm & Produce 'Shaka: King Of The Zulu Nation' Series For Showtime

A series based on the life of Zulu King Shaka is in the works at Showtime.

The network announced today that Shaka: King of the Zulu Nation has been ordered for a 10 episode series based on the warrior king.

Antoine Fuqua, known for his directing work on The Equalizer films and Training Day, is set to direct and executive produce the show. Childhood friends Olu Odebunmi and Tolu Awosika created and wrote the scripts. They will also be executive producers.

Rooted in actual events, Shaka: King of the Zulu Nation tells the story of the Zulu Empire chief Shaka and his unlikely rise to power, uniting multiple tribes across vast stretches of Africa in the early 19th century to transform his power into legend, on par with history’s most seminal figures.

In ferocious battles that test the body and soul, in alliances that test the bonds of love and friendship, a complex sociological system plays out that renders the human cost front and center, for the victors as well as the vanquished, all in an effort to carve out a semblance of identity, fulfillment and ultimately, survival.

“This project offers a gateway to our past that is so critical to our global history and yet so often marginalized,” Antoine shared in a statement. “Through Shaka: King of the Zulu Nation, we hope to bring this saga to life, all the tears, sweat and blood, all the joy and sorrow, all the intimacy and intensity and humanity. In short, we’re going to rock the world with this one.”

There’s also a director named Shaka King that’s gained a lot of prominence in the Oscar race this season. See which film he directed here!

Dakota Fanning Will Play Susan Ford in 'The First Lady' TV Series!

Dakota Fanning is taking on a big new role.

The 27-year-old actress will play Susan Ford in the upcoming Showtime anthology TV series The First Lady, Variety reported Tuesday (March 2).

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Dakota Fanning

Susan is the daughter of Betty Ford and President Gerald Ford, who will be played in the series by Michelle Pfeiffer and Aaron Eckhart respectively.

She was a teenager during her father’s time in the White House and is said to have often introduced progressive ideas to her family, according to the outlet.

The show will star Viola Davis as Michelle Obama, Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt, and O-T Fagbenle as President Barack Obama, and is described as a “reframing of American leadership, told through the lens of the women at the heart of the White House.”

Dakota will star as a regular in six episodes. She previously co-starred with Michelle Pfeiffer in 2001′s I Am Sam.

There’s also an update about her movie with sister Elle Fanning

Jim Carrey's 'Kidding' Canceled at Showtime After 2 Seasons

Kidding is coming to an end.

The Jim Carrey-led comedy is ending after a two season run at Showtime, THR confirmed on Tuesday (July 14).

The second season ended in March, and left the storyline open for a third season.

“After two seasons, Kidding has concluded its run on Showtime. We are very proud to have aired this imaginative, critically acclaimed and rewarding series, and we would like to thank Jim Carrey, Dave Holstein, Michael Aguilar, Michel Gondry and the entire cast and crew for their brilliant and tireless work,” Showtime said in a statement.

The half-hour dark comedy was Jim‘s first TV show stint after nearly three decades. He recently revealed why he didn’t audition for SNL.

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Showtime's 'Billions' & 'Black Monday' Seasons Split Amid Production Shutdowns!

Showtime has made some changes to its schedule as a result of the current health crisis.

The network has announced that season two of Black Monday, which is currently airing, and season five of Billions will be interrupted mid-flow.

Black Monday will air through six episodes until April 12, at which point it will go on hiatus, returning with its last four episodes at an undetermined point later this year, Variety reports.

Likewise Billions is still on track to premiere their upcoming fifth season on May 3 and air seven episodes un-interrupted, before going off the air for an as yet undecided length of time.

In addition, Showtime has summoned up drama The Chi to help fill the void. The Chi‘s third season, originally scheduled to premiere July 5, has been moved up to June 21.

The entire season of Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels has been finished and will begin airing April 26 as scheduled.

'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' Moving to Showtime!

RuPaul’s Drag Race is finding a new home!

The All Stars edition of the long-running drag competition series is moving to Showtime with a “new special edition” on June 5 at 8 p.m. ET, the network announced on Thursday (February 20).

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The special edition of All Stars will follow the season finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 on VH1.

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars is a culture-defining show that fits perfectly within the contemporary programming Showtime offers in both scripted and unscripted. We are excited to take advantage of our relationship with our new sister company VH1 to present a special edition of this sensational series and bring in this passionate and robust fanbase. It’s the latest example of how we can leverage our combined portfolio to provide new experiences for our audience,” said Showtime exec Jana Winograde in a statement.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 debuts on February 28 at 8 p.m. ET on VH1. Find out the cast list!

'Shameless' Will End After the Upcoming 11th Season

The long-running Showtime series Shameless has been renewed for an 11th and final season.

William H. Macy stars in the beloved series, which is based on a U.K. series that also ran for 11 seasons.

“I’m unbelievably thankful for all of the years of support from [Showtime Entertainment president] Gary Levine and everyone at Showtime that’s allowed us to make Shameless,” series creator John Wells said in a statement (via THR). “It’s been a fantastic experience and all of us in the cast and crew have had a wonderful time following the lives of the Gallagher family and friends. It’s been a pleasure!”

Emmy Rossum left the series at the end of its ninth season. The 10th season is currently airing and the final season is expected to premiere this summer.

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‘On Becoming A God In Central Florida’ Gets Renewed for Season 2!

On Becoming a God In Central Florida is getting a second season!

Following its first season premiere, the show was renewed by Showtime as of Thursday (September 26).

The series stars Kirsten Dunst, and is “about the cult of free enterprise and one woman’s relentless pursuit of the American Dream.”

“With such imaginative storytelling and an absolutely inspired lead performance, On Becoming A God In Central Florida has been a revelation…we couldn’t be happier that On Becoming A God is on Showtime, nor more eager to see what wild events await our ensemble in the downline of season two,” said Showtime exec Jana Winograde in a statement.

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