Showtime Having Best Year Ever, CEO Says

Jul 14, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Showtime plans to have original episodes of four of its series on the air during October.
At the Television Critics Association meeting Saturday in Los Angeles, Showtime executives said the network plans to launch two of its comedies, season three of “Weeds” and the new “Californication,” on Mondays starting Aug. 13, and two of its dramas, season two of “Dexter” and “Brotherhood,” on Sundays starting Sept. 30.
Showtime also greenlit a comedy pilot from Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks called “The United States of Tara,” about a mother with multiple-personality syndrome.
Matt Blank, CEO of Showtime, said the pay cable network is having its best year ever.
“Projects are coming to us first,” Mr. Blank said. “That’s a position Showtime has not historically been in.”
Mary Kate Olsen joins the cast of “Weeds” this season playing a Christian girl with a quirk.
Other than a part in the feature “Factory Girl” that was cut, it was the first time she had a part without her twin sister, Ashley.
“It doesn’t feel that weird. I’m doing what I love,” Ms. Olsen said during a “Weeds” panel.
Ms. Olsen auditioned for the part and delivered a winning performance, said show creator Jenji Kohan. “We didn’t know she had a sister.”
Meanwhile, two stars of Showtime’s “Californication” may soon be reprising TV triumphs on the big screen.
When asked if he’d been approached about the “Sex and the City” movie, Evan Handler evasively said that if he’d been approached, he knew he’d have been asked not to say he’d been approached.
In addition, David Duchovny said he expected to get a script for a new “X-Files” movie this week from creator Chris Carter.
“It’s going to open the same weekend as the ‘Sex and the City’ movie,” Mr. Handler joked.
(Editor: Robbins)


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