Casting director Amy Britt, who along with partner Anya Colloff cast one of Showtime’s signature series, Weeds, has been tapped as the pay cable network’s new head of casting. Britt, who has been named SVP Talent and Casting, succeeds Showtime’s longtime head of casting Beth Klein, who is leaving at the end of this week. Based in Los Angeles, Britt will oversee casting for Showtime’s's original series, reporting to entertainment president David Nevins. “I’ve known and admired Amy for many years now,” Nevins said. “She has impeccable casting taste, a keen eye and a great sense of humor.”
Britt, who formed CFB Casting with Colloff in 1998, has cast such series as Monk, Party Down, Childrens’ Hospital and Hung. Her feature credits include Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story; An American Crime; Baadasssss!; Sundance standout The Chumscrubber; as well as the upcoming Bad Teacher starring Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel. Britt and Colloff have been frequent collaborators with Joss Whedon, casting his series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse and movies Serenity and the upcoming The Cabin In The Woods. Colloff will continue to run CFB Casting.
David Nevins made his TCA debut today as Showtime’s new entertainment president. He laid out his plan for the network: at least 2 and often 3 series in originals at any point during the year. To accomplish that, he has been ramping development with 2 pilot orders since he took the reins of the network in July: drama Homeland and comedy House of Lies. He said that there will be more pilots greenlighted by the end of the year but nothing imminent. He is looking to expand the genres of the network’s original series like venturing in the political thriller arena with Homeland. He also is making Showtime’s adult-oriented late-night original programming a priority.
During his Q&A session, Nevins was asked about the network’s decision to pass on The Kennedys, the eight-part miniseries recently axed by History. It didn’t really feel Showtime to me, didn’t feel premium cable.” But “I thought it was well done,” he added.
Asked if Dexter might be approaching an end, Nevins said: “I think there is a lot of life left in Dexter.” Why did Showtime renew The Real L Word despite middling ratings for the first season? “I think there is an interesting version of the show that we didn’t quite get last year,” Nevins said.
As for the future of Big Brother After Dark, “It’s been successful for us; I assume if Big Brother keeps going on CBS, we will probably keep going.”
UPDATED: Coming in January, all of Showtime’s original series will run on one night, Sunday. Back in July, Showtime announced that new drama Shameless will debut on Jan. 9 and air in the Sunday 10 PM slot. Returning comedy Californication and new half-hour Episodes were scheduled to premiere Jan. 10 and air on Mondays at 10 PM and 10:30 PM, respectively. Now new entertainment president David Nevins has tweaked the plan, putting all 3 series on Sundays: Californication at 9 PM, leading into Episodes and drama Shameless. All will premiere on Jan. 9.