Showtime at TCA
David Nevins, Showtime’s President
By Valerie Milano
Beverly Hills, CA (Hollywood Today
) 8/5/13 – “The strength of our schedule today is evident in the diversity of our comedy, drama, sports, and documentary programming” David Nevins, President of Entertainment for Showtime told journalists last week at the TCA summer press tour.
Mega hit series “Dexter” , which is going out on top with their highest ratings ever, was set “Ray Donovan” this summer “and it has worked phenomenally well“, said Nevins who added that showrunner Scott Buck will stay on with Showtime.
“On September 29th, Season 3 of “Homeland” will help launch “Masters of Sex.”
No longer will we west coasters have spoiler alerts from east coast views who were able to watch our favorite shows three hours earlier, “we’ve expanded the footprint of our free TV Everywhere service, Showtime Anytime, which now reaches over 70 percent of our subscribers with more distributors expected to sign on shortly” Nevins explained. Live feed will be available to all of your devices.
With that big news, Nevins delivered programming announcements with Emmy nominated Matt LeBlanc’s “Episodes” returning in January, along with “House of Lies” and “Shameless.”
Season seven of “Californication” returns along with the sixth season of “Nurse Jackie” and “Penny Dreadful”, which begins production of eight episodes. “We expect to have it on the air as soon as next spring. I’m so excited about this psychological horror series from John Logan and Sam Mendes, who are teaming up again for the next James Bond film.”
Showtime sports has been doing very well with a few new shows in store as well as Jim Rome. “Our first sports “Closeup,” “LT: The Life and Times” about the controversial life and career of football Lawrence Taylor will air on September 20th.”
Boxing is always a draw, look for Floyd Mayweather for six fights over the next three years, starting with the fight against Canelo Alvarez on Saturday, September 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Look for new dramas, “The Affair”, “The Vatican”, and comedy “Trending Down,” a comedy starring Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman. Multi-episode documentary “Years of Living Dangerously” from James Cameron and “Time of Death”, a documentary studying people in the transition from life to death should also be anticipated. “I’ve now watched four episodes. It is one of the most powerful things I’ve ever seen” said Nevins.
Back to “Dexter”, though. Don’t look for many spoilers. “I believe that the “Dexter” finale will sort of promote itself. I don’t feel like I need to give away story points in order to promote the finale of an eighth season iconic show like that.”