or


[01/14/11 - 03:43 PM]
Showtime at TCA: Kennedys, Gigolos, Oh My!
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- "My goal from day one was to have fresh A level programming on the air every week of the year," David Nevins, Showtime's President of Entertainment, said was his mantra for the pay channel.

The executive-turned-producer-turned-executive once again - who's been behind such series as "Friday Night Lights," "24," "Parenthood" and "Arrested Development" - kicked off Showtime's executive session at the TCA Winter Press Tour touting its recent successes, whether it be subscribers ("now approaching 19 million"), awards ("we earned a record eight Golden Globe nominations, the most for any network"), ratings ("we got what our promo guys have been calling [this past Sunday], with all due humility, the biggest Sunday ever") or big name development (Claire Danes-led "Homeland" and Don Cheadle-led "House of Lies" are in or are about to begin production).

Nevins also announced the renewal of "Californication," return dates for "Nurse Jackie" and "United States of Tara" (Monday, March 28), a two-hour launch for "The Borgias" (Sunday, April 3) and a new reality series about the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants with MLB Productions.

Outside its tubthumping and press release fare, Nevins revealed Showtime is working on "Gigolos," a reality series about a group of guys who are male escorts in Las Vegas. "I actually find the show quite fascinating, and I think it's that's it's not new territory for Showtime, but I think we are doing it in a way that really complements, sort of, the sophisticated stuff that we do with our with our comedies and dramas."

As for its future plans, Nevins gave a few estimates on the return dates for "The Real L Word" ("we are going to air it in the summer, sort of pretty close to where we aired it last year") and "The Green Room ("we haven't set it, but we are not far away from setting a premiere date") as well as the start of the Lisa Kudrow-led "Web Therapy" ("it's probably going to be in the second quarter, roundabouts there... we may do it in the summer").

Furthermore Nevins said there will be a few changes on "Real L Word" this season. "I think there's an interesting version of that show that we didn't quite get at last year," he said. "We're going to focus it somewhat around Whitney and her friends, which I found were the most, sort of, authentic, you know, young 20 something lesbians in Los Angeles. I think we can do a better job of, sort of, capturing that subculture and go deeper."

And finally, Nevins addressed his decision to pass on History's much-ballyhooed mini-series "The Kennedys." "I looked seriously at it, and I thought it was well-acted, well-made, and very watchable. And just what it really came down to is it didn't really feel Showtime. It didn't really feel, to me, premium cable. And I have, you know, great respect and love for Joel Chernoff, who I've known for many years. And it's got a great cast, but it just didn't fundamentally feel us."

The executive added that Showtime's focus is original, "renewable" series rather than short-form projects like "The Kennedys" ("series are renewable resources, and you give up that focus at your peril") and its purported right wing perspective "wasn't a factor in our rejecting it."





  [january 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· 24 (FOX)
· ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (NETFLIX)
· BORGIAS, THE (SHOWTIME)
· CALIFORNICATION (SHOWTIME)
· FRANCHISE, THE (SHOWTIME)
· FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (DIRECTV)
· GIGOLOS (SHOWTIME)
· GREEN ROOM WITH PAUL PROVENZA, THE (SHOWTIME)
· HOMELAND (SHOWTIME)
· HOUSE OF LIES (SHOWTIME)
· KENNEDYS, THE (REELZ)
· NURSE JACKIE (SHOWTIME)
· PARENTHOOD (NBC)
· REAL L WORD, THE (SHOWTIME)
· UNITED STATES OF TARA, THE (SHOWTIME)
· WEB THERAPY (SHOWTIME)





[01/17/17 - 03:07 PM]
Jerry Seinfeld Brings His Comedy to Netflix
As part of the exclusive pact, new episodes of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" will arrive exclusively on Netflix in late 2017, as will previous episodes of the Emmy-nominated series.

[01/17/17 - 02:15 PM]
VH1 Enlists Real-Life Talk Show Pros on Upcoming Scripted Series "Daytime Divas" Set for Spring 2017 Premiere
Additional guest stars include Richard T. Jones, Tammy Blanchard and Ness Bautista.

[01/17/17 - 12:43 PM]
USA Network Announces "The Sinner" Starring Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman
The first installment of the close-ended series follows a young mother (Biel) who, when overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage, commits a startling act of violence and to her horror has no idea why.

[01/17/17 - 12:29 PM]
Video: Netflix Releases Featurette for "A Series of Unfortunate Events"
Today, Netflix released a featurette detailing the collective misery involved in bringing this most regrettable tale to life.

[01/17/17 - 12:08 PM]
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" Builds on Record-Setting Season Premiere
FXX further spins the numbers for Wednesday, January 11.

[01/17/17 - 12:00 PM]
VH1 Sets Monday, February 20th for "The Breaks" Premiere
The original film, which aired last year on VH1, followed three young friends fulfilling their hip hop dreams in New York City in 1990.

[01/17/17 - 11:02 AM]
"Nashville" on CMT Ratings Soar with Newest Episode Outpacing the Premiere as CMT's Most Watched Original Telecast Ever
CMT further spins the numbers for Thursday, January 12.

[01/17/17 - 10:06 AM]
Emmy(R)-Winning Comedy Series "Girls," Created by and Starring Lena Dunham, Returns for Sixth and Final Season Feb. 12, Exclusively on HBO
Judd Apatow, Jenni Konner, Lena Dunham, Ilene S. Landress, Murray Miller and Bruce Eric Kaplan executive produce the show.

[01/17/17 - 09:50 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Bachelor" Keeps ABC in Front
The Alphabet continues its win streak among adults 18-49.

[01/17/17 - 09:31 AM]
Amazon Original Series "The Collection" to Launch on Prime Video in the US on February 10
The series is a gripping family saga where scandal and betrayal plague the Sabine family's relentless pursuit of success.

[01/17/17 - 09:07 AM]
John Mankiewicz Joins and Daniel Pyne Expands Role on Amazon Original Series "Bosch"
Overmyer will remain an Executive Producer on "Bosch" and is taking over showrunner duties on "The Man in the High Castle."

[01/17/17 - 09:00 AM]
Meet the Talented Young Staff Who Produce the Pages of the Biggest Women's Media Brand in the World When "So Cosmo" Premieres Wed., Feb. 8 at 8 PM ET/PT Only on E!
The eight hour-long episode series uncovers the glamour and behind-the-scenes drama of these trendsetter's celebrity encounters, fashion and beauty shoots that occur at Cosmopolitan.

[01/17/17 - 09:00 AM]
The "52nd Academy of Country Music Awards(TM)" to Be Broadcast Live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 2 on CBS
This will mark the first time the show will be broadcast from T-Mobile Arena.

[01/17/17 - 08:02 AM]
CNBC Expands Primetime Slate and Adds to Development Pipeline
The network today announced two returning series - "The Filthy Rich Guide" (spring) and "Jay Leno's Garage" (summer) both will be back for third seasons.

[01/17/17 - 08:01 AM]
Video: All New Official Trailer and Key Art for Netflix's "Santa Clarita Diet"
The new Netflix series stars Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant.