Showtime set premiere dates for two of it’s high-profile 2017 series; the new drama “I’m Dying Up Here” and “Dark Net: Season 2”. The second season of “Dark NET” will return to the network’s primetime schedule on April 6th, with “I’m Dying Up Here” premiering at the SXSW festival.

The second season of “Dark Net” depicts, “the perilous consequences that result when the virtual world invades every aspect of our lives – our homes and communities, our money and jobs, even our bodies, minds and identities”. The series exposes how we unwittingly surrender access to aspects of our lives because of our dependence on technology, and willingness to do anything for convenience.

The new episodes showcase stories, characters and data sourced by Vocativ’s proprietary deep web technology. Over the course of eight half-hour episodes, season two of “Dark Net” documents the vast extent to which our collected information and data is building an interconnected global net. The series is produced and developed by Vocativ Films, the television production arm of Vocativ. Vocativ’s proprietary IoT and data analytics technology reveals hidden perspectives, unheard voices and emerging trends that enable “Dark Net” to expose critical stories of a dramatically changing – and dangerous – world. DARK NET was created by Vocativ’s founder Mati Kochavi, and is executive produced by Danna Rabin, Vivian Schiller and Adi Kochavi for Vocativ Films and David Shadrack Smith for Part2 Productions.

Showtime will present the world premiere of its new one-hour drama series “I’m Dying Up Here” a the SXSW Film Festival on March 15 in the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas. The world premiere will be immediately followed by a Q&A with the series’ cast and producers, including Academy Award winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Treme), Ari Graynor (Bad Teacher), Andrew Santino (Mixology), Erik Griffin (Workaholics), Al Madrigal (The Daily Show) and executive producer Michael Aguilar.

The new one-hour drama series will premiere on the network on June 4, the fictional series explores L.A.’s famed ‘70s stand-up comedy scene where the careers of legends such as David Letterman, Jay Leno and Richard Pryor were launched. The series delves into the inspired, damaged and complicated psyches of those who stand alone in front of an audience “dying” for fame, fortune and, with any luck, a shot on Johnny Carson. The series will star Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Michael Angarano (The Knick), Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine), Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin, RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Al Madrigal and Jake Lacy (Obvious Child) as part of a large ensemble cast.

This fictional group of competitive but close-knit comedians is mentored by “Goldie” (Leo), a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist, but nurtures her comedians with tough love. For Goldie and her crew, there’s truly no such thing as an easy laugh. Recurring guest stars include Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings), Brianne Howey (Horrible Bosses 2), Jon Daly (Kroll Show), and Ginger Gonzaga (Togetherness). Guest stars include Emmy nominee Dylan Baker (The Good Wife), Oscar nominee Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), Oscar nominee Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull), Emmy nominee Alfred Molina (Chocolat) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Martian).

The series was created and executive produced by Dave Flebotte, and executive produced by Michael Aguilar and Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey, along with Christina Wayne for Endemol Shine Studios and Assembly Entertainment. The series is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by William Knoedelseder. The pilot was written by Flebotte and directed by Jonathan Levine.