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Showtime Gives Second-Season Pickups To Drama ‘Shameless’ & Comedy ‘Episodes’

Nellie Andreeva

Showtime has renewed both of its freshman series, drama Shameless and comedy Episodes, for a second season.  The William H. Macy-Emmy Rossum-starring family drama Shameless received a 12-episode order, while the size of the order for the Hollywood-centric Episodes starring Matt LeBlanc is yet to be determined. Production on both series will begin later this year. With the pickups for Shameless and Episodes, Showtime is now bringing back its entire winter Sunday lineup. In January, the pay cable network gave an early renewal to veteran comedy Californication. “The viewer loyalty and critical acclaim that has met both SHAMELESS and EPISODES since their January debuts makes it clear that these two brash and sophisticated series are burgeoning hits,” said Showtime entertainment president David Nevins. “John Wells is carving out a tone that is truly unique in the television landscape—equal parts drama and comedy.  And Episodes marks the universally embraced and hilarious return to television of an inspired comedy triumvirate: Matt LeBlanc, and creators Jeffrey Klarik and David … Read More »

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Showtime Renews ‘Californication’, Picks Up Baseball Reality Series

Nellie Andreeva

Showtime’s brass are really happy with the premiere of its comedy veteran series Californication on Sunday. So happy that they have renewed it for Season 5 after one airing. The cable network’s new entertainment president David Nevins just made the announcement at the pay cable network’s TCA session. On Sunday, Californication’s (848,000) fourth season debut delivered the dark comedy series’ best series premiere ratings ever. Additionally, Showtime announced a greenlight  for new unscripted series featuring behind-the-scenes access with the 2010 World Series champion San Francisco Giants. The series, which will chronicle the Giants’ quest to defend their title through the 2011 MBL season, is done in a collaboration with MLB Prods. Showtime also announced premiere dates for Nurse Jackie and The United States of Tara (March 28) and new drama The Borgias (April 3).

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Showtime Renews ‘Weeds’ And ‘The Big C’

Nellie Andreeva

Veteran Showtime comedy Weeds and freshman The Big C have just been picked up, marking the first renewal for David Nevins since he joined the pay cable network as entertainment president. Big C‘s order is for 13 episodes, Weeds has been picked up for at least 13. Nevins recently made his first move on the development side with a pilot order to Homeland, a drama from 24 executive Read More »

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Showtime Renews ‘The Green Room’

By | Thursday September 9, 2010 @ 8:02am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Showtime’s new programming chief David Nevins shows continuity with a renewal of the network’s comedy series The Green Room with Paul Provenza, which has received a six-episode order. Season 2 will be filmed in Los Angeles for a 2011 premiere. Hosted by comedian Paul Provenza, each episode features a handful of comedians as they tackle topics in an uncensored format.  Provenza executive produces the series with Barbara Romen.

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