You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Kevin Bacon books ‘Booth’ series

Actor preps show for Showtime

Thesp Kevin Bacon is prepping a series for Showtime that centers on the man who would eventually assassinate Abraham Lincoln.

“The Booths” will revolve around actor-brothers Edwin, Junius Brutus Jr. and John Wilkes Booth and their dysfunctional relationship in the years prior to Lincoln’s assassination.

No writer is yet attached, but Bacon will exec produce for the cabler. Showtime is no stranger to period drama, having aired “The Tudors,” among other shows.

John Wilkes Booth was the son of British Shakespearean actor Junius Brutus Booth and actress Mary Ann Holmes.

John Wilkes Booth eventually became a rabid defender of the South and clashed with his brother Edwin. The three brothers performed together just once, in a New York showing of “Julius Caesar” in 1864.

Booth, of course, shot Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre while the President was watching the play “Our American Cousin” on April 14, 1865.

Development is still in the early stages on “The Booths”; Showtime hasn’t yet brought in an outside production shingle.

Bacon’s past projects beyond acting include directing and producing the feature “Loverboy,” as well as helming the Showtime telepic “Losing Chase” and episodes of TNT skein “The Closer” (starring his wife, Kyra Sedgwick).

More TV

  • David Ayer Chris Long

    David Ayer and Chris Long's Cedar Park Sets First-Look Deal With eOne

    Thesp Kevin Bacon is prepping a series for Showtime that centers on the man who would eventually assassinate Abraham Lincoln. “The Booths” will revolve around actor-brothers Edwin, Junius Brutus Jr. and John Wilkes Booth and their dysfunctional relationship in the years prior to Lincoln’s assassination. No writer is yet attached, but Bacon will exec produce […]

  • Hell's Princess

    'Hell's Princess' Limited Series Adaptation in Works From Joseph Cross (EXCLUSIVE)

    Thesp Kevin Bacon is prepping a series for Showtime that centers on the man who would eventually assassinate Abraham Lincoln. “The Booths” will revolve around actor-brothers Edwin, Junius Brutus Jr. and John Wilkes Booth and their dysfunctional relationship in the years prior to Lincoln’s assassination. No writer is yet attached, but Bacon will exec produce […]

  • trevor noah the daily show

    'Daily Show' Host Trevor Noah Gears Up for Midterm Elections - and More

    Thesp Kevin Bacon is prepping a series for Showtime that centers on the man who would eventually assassinate Abraham Lincoln. “The Booths” will revolve around actor-brothers Edwin, Junius Brutus Jr. and John Wilkes Booth and their dysfunctional relationship in the years prior to Lincoln’s assassination. No writer is yet attached, but Bacon will exec produce […]

  • Hell's Kitchen - Gordon Ramsay

    TV Ratings: Gordon Ramsay Carries Fox to Wednesday Win

    Thesp Kevin Bacon is prepping a series for Showtime that centers on the man who would eventually assassinate Abraham Lincoln. “The Booths” will revolve around actor-brothers Edwin, Junius Brutus Jr. and John Wilkes Booth and their dysfunctional relationship in the years prior to Lincoln’s assassination. No writer is yet attached, but Bacon will exec produce […]

  • Actress Ella Purnell Talks About Role

    'Sweetbitter' Actress Ella Purnell on Transition From Child to Adult Roles

    Thesp Kevin Bacon is prepping a series for Showtime that centers on the man who would eventually assassinate Abraham Lincoln. “The Booths” will revolve around actor-brothers Edwin, Junius Brutus Jr. and John Wilkes Booth and their dysfunctional relationship in the years prior to Lincoln’s assassination. No writer is yet attached, but Bacon will exec produce […]

  • "Augurs of Spring" -- Episode 101--

    With 'Strange Angel,' CBS All Access Advances Originals Strategy in a Weird Way

    Thesp Kevin Bacon is prepping a series for Showtime that centers on the man who would eventually assassinate Abraham Lincoln. “The Booths” will revolve around actor-brothers Edwin, Junius Brutus Jr. and John Wilkes Booth and their dysfunctional relationship in the years prior to Lincoln’s assassination. No writer is yet attached, but Bacon will exec produce […]

  • Seven Seconds

    Fighting the Racial Bias at the Core of Hollywood’s Cop Shows (Guest Column)

    Thesp Kevin Bacon is prepping a series for Showtime that centers on the man who would eventually assassinate Abraham Lincoln. “The Booths” will revolve around actor-brothers Edwin, Junius Brutus Jr. and John Wilkes Booth and their dysfunctional relationship in the years prior to Lincoln’s assassination. No writer is yet attached, but Bacon will exec produce […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content