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Showtime Shifts ‘The Comey Rule’ to Earlier Premiere

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Showtime will premiere The Comey Rule, with Jeff Daniels playing former FBI Director James Comey and Brendan Gleeson as President Trump, Sept. 27 and 28. Showtime initially said the four-hour series would air in late November, after Election Day. 

Billy Ray directed the project, which Showtime called “an immersive, behind-the-headlines account of the historically turbulent events surrounding the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, which divided a nation.”

Ray had expressed dismay that the project was slated to air after the election, as had Comey. 

Showtime acknowledged scheduling changes “amid the ongoing fluctuations in production operations due to the COVID-19 virus.”

It has picked up six-episode drama We Hunt Together from BBC Studios. Showtime calls it “a gripping twist on a classic cat-and-mouse story” exploring the “intoxication of sexual attraction and the dangerous power of emotional manipulation.”

Eve Myles, Babou Ceesay and Hermione Corfield star. It premieres Aug. 9. 

The Good Lord Bird, with Ethan Hawke, premieres Oct. 4. That had been set for an August premiere. 

Five-part documentary series The Comedy Store, directed by Mike Binder, premieres Oct. 4. 

Four-part documentary series The Reagans begins Nov. 15. 

Belushi, an R.J. Cutler documentary about comedian John Belushi, debuts Nov. 22.

Michael Malone
Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.