Ever since the McDonald's centered documentary film 'Super Size Me' achieved pop culture ubiquity back in 2004 (famously leading to the popular fast food chain's suspension of the term "Super Size"), writer/director/producer/onscreen personality Morgan Spurlock's career hasn't really slowed down.
Whether it be theatrical documentaries like 'Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?,' 'The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,' and 'Mansome,' or critically acclaimed documentary TV series like FX's '30 Days' and the soon to return CNN program 'Inside Man,' Spurlock always seems to be working on one project or another for either the big or small screens.
Case in point is Spurlock's new venture 'Seven Deadly Sins,' which just got picked up for a full first season by Showtime. No stranger to either shows about sinning ('Californication,' 'Dexter,' 'Masters of Sex,' etc.), or documentary style programming ('Penn & Teller: Bullshit,' 'The Real L Word'), Showtime seems like the perfect home for 'Sins,' which is described as a darkly comic, yet appropriately weird look at sins and the sinners who commit them.
'Seven Deadly Sins' has (naturally) received a seven episode order, with each installment focusing on a different transgression deemed so bad by The Bible that the person who commits it supposedly earns a one-way ticket to Hell. Provided that the sinner in question doesn't make appropriate repentance of course. No word on whether Kevin Spacey will show up at the end carrying a box.
Spurlock added the following: "For years, I've wanted to do an Alfred Hitchcock Presents style show comprised completely of non-fiction stories. A series just as dark and twisted as anything fiction could imagine, and now I'm thrilled to have that dream come true with 'Seven Deadly Sins.' With Showtime as a partner, we're going to make this as depraved as any scripted program as we dive head first into Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy & Pride. You won't believe it until you see it ... and even then, you may not believe it.”
Yep, this sounds like the exact type of show that the censorship brigade would never let fly on network TV. Thankfully, a premium cable network like Showtime really doesn't have to care what those groups think, being beholden only to their paid subscribers.
'Seven Deadly Sins' premieres Thursday, June 19 at 11/10c.