Showtime is moving up “Dexter” to a June 30 premiere date to help launch the new Liev Shreiber-starring drama “Ray Donovan,” Showtime’s Entertainment President David Nevins told reporters at TCA on Saturday.
Similarly, the third season of “Homeland,” which Nevins referred to as the network’s “crown jewel,” will also serve as a launch pad for new drama “Masters of Sex” on Sept. 29.
The move marks the first time “Homeland” and “Dexter” will be separated since “Homeland’s” first season. It’s a move Nevins believes will pay off. “We want to build on the momentum and growth [of those series] with this repositioning on the schedule,” he said.
While Nevins was reluctant to discuss reports of “Dexter’s” much-rumored series finale, he did admit that there is an “endgame in place,” which he promised to explain prior to the show’s eighth season premiere this summer.
Additionally, Nevins revealed the network’s full 2013 original programming slate, which includes the returns of “Nurse Jackie,” “The Big C: hereafter,” a limited event series conclusion to “The Big C,” consisting of four, one-hour installments this spring.
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Nevins also confirmed deals for two new series that he believes will support the network’s credo of making Showtime the “home of cutting edge, topical and entertaining programming.”
“The Vatican,” which Nevins described as a “contemporary genre thriller,” will begin production in April with Ridley Scott tied to direct his first-ever TV pilot. “Penny Dreadful,” a psychological, erotic ensemble drama that will unite the most iconic figures from turn of the century England, will be executive produced by duo John Logan and Sam Mendes, who most recently collaborated on “Skyfall.”
The Full Month By Month Breakdown Below (Via Showtime):
Season 3 of “Shameless” starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum premieres Sunday, January 13th at 9:00 p.m. along with the second season of “House of Lies” followed at 10 p.m., and the sixth season of “Californication” at 10:30 p.m.
“Inside Comedy” will premiere season two of its critically-acclaimed documentary series on Monday, February 11th at 11 P.M. The ten, half-hour episodes will feature David Steinberg along with a line-up of comedy luminaries including Louis C.K., Steve Martin, Tina Fey, and Will Ferrell.
“The World According to Dick Cheney” premieres Friday, March 15th. From Emmy winner R.J. Cutler (“The September Issue”), who spent a great deal of time with former Vice President Cheney, and with his full support, delves into his life and career. Includes original interviews with his family and Donald Rumsfeld.
“Nurse Jackie” Season Five starring Emmy® Award winner Edie Falco, will debut on Sunday, April 14th, at 9 PM. A repeat of the premiere episode of “Nurse Jackie” will air at 9:30 PM; followed by the third season debut of “The Borgias” at 10 PM, starring Oscar® winner Jeremy Irons in his Golden Globe® nominated role as Pope Alexander.
Moving to Mondays, “The Big C: Hereafter” will conclude with a four-part limited event series on Monday, April 29th at 10 PM, starring Laura Linney in her Golden Globe® Award-winning and Emmy®-nominated role as Cathy Jamison.
The eighth season of the network’s award-winning drama, “Dexter” will be moved up to a summer premiere, and will be the springboard for the highly anticipated series premiere of “Ray Donovan” on Sunday June 30th. “Dexter” will premiere at 9 pm followed by “Ray Donovan” at 10 pm.
Season Three of the Emmy® and Golden Globe® award winning drama series “Homeland” will return this fall on Sunday, September 29th at 9 pm followed by the premiere of the new drama series “Masters of Sex” at 10 pm.