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Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Showtime renews Jim Carrey's Kidding for Season 2
”Kidding has established itself as one of the most endearing and inventive shows on television,” said Showtime president of programming Gary Levine in a statement. “I feel like I have been watching Mr. Pickles my whole life, and I look forward to being entranced by his unique blend of hilarity and heartbreak in Season 2.”
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Showtime exec wants to stay relevant with political shows like Who Is America?: "We are extremely open to doing another season with Sacha"
“What’s important to us is to be relevant,” Showtime programming president Gary Levine said earlier this month. “It probably began with Homeland, which was the first sort of overtly political show, which was also a psychological thriller and so many other good things. And then The Circus was really a sort of conscious move into doing a truly political show.” As for Sacha Baron Cohen doing a new season of Who Is America?, Levine said: “We are extremely open to doing another season with Sacha, and I know he is really enjoying the experience. I think you’ve got to figure out exactly how to pull it off because it’s amazing what he pulls off. But Sacha, if he wants to do it, I’m confident he will find a way to do it, and we will welcome the chance to do it with him.”
Posted Monday 8/27/18 at 7:52AM EDT
Who Is America? season finale didn't show Sarah Palin, but it did troll her by giving her a "credit"
Source: The Daily Beast
Palin was missing from Sacha Baron Cohen's final episode of the season, but she did receive a "Special Publicity Consultant (Inadvertent)" credit at the end. Showtime entertainment president Gary Levine hinted that Palin's interview wouldn't be shown when he said earlier this month, "there are several people who have thrown themselves in front of buses that may not be headed their way" when asked about Palin. Showtime confirmed Cohen's Billy Wayne Ruddick, Jr. character interviewed Palin after she accused him of misrepresenting himself as a disabled veteran. Showtime said in a statement last month, "Baron Cohen never presented himself as a veteran of the U.S. military to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin during the booking process or during the filming of her interview, and contrary to her claims he did not appear in a wheelchair." ALSO: Cohen targeted O.J. Simpson in the season finale by joking about killing women.
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 12:22PM EDT
Why would Sacha Baron Cohen not air his Who Is America? interview with Sarah Palin?
Showtime president of programming Gary Levine appeared to hint that Palin's interview wouldn't air when he said earlier this week, in response to a Palin question, that "all I can say about that is that there are several people who have thrown themselves in front of buses that may not be heading their way." Levine explained that Cohen had a "high bar" for what made each episode. Yet as Matt Miller points out, "it would be strange for Cohen to cut his interview with Palin for creative reasons after it got him so much free publicity ahead of the show's release. Certainly some of the interviews in the last two episodes haven't been up to the quality of the first two, so what could it be that would stop Cohen from running it? It would be even more concerning if either he or the network were bullied into cutting the Palin interview."
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 4:22AM EDT
Showtime is remaining cautious about plans for The L Word sequel series
“There are a lot of revivals out there,” said Showtime programming president Gary Levine of reviving the 2004-2009 lesbian-themed series. “We are working hard not to repeat ourselves. If we end up with a show that has something new to say, we will be excited to proceed.”
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 6:42PM EDT
Showtime boss is "dying" to renew Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America? for a second season
“I’m dying to bring it back,” said Showtime president David Nevins at the TV press tour. Nevins called the series “a risk I am are really glad we took," adding that it led to a lot of subscriptions. Still, the gotcha nature of the series makes it difficult to determine whether it will return for a second season.
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Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 6:42PM EDT
Shameless Season 9 expands to 14 episodes that will be split in two parts
The Showtime series usually airs 12 episodes a season. The first seven episodes will air this fall, starting on Sept. 9. The final seven will debut on Jan. 20, 2019. Showtime executives also addressed Shameless' future in the wake of its record-breaking ratings. Showtime president of programming Gary Levine said Shameless "defies gravity," adding: "I don’t mind having them on the air for years to come."
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 1:45PM EDT
The Affair renewed for a fifth and final season
“We love the intimacy, the nuance and the emotional honesty of The Affair’s subjective examination of both infidelity and fidelity,” said Showtime programming president Gary Levine said in a statement announcing the news. “(Executive producer) Sarah Treem has always envisioned this as a five-season series, and we will be fascinated to see where she takes her talented cast and all of us next year in its climactic season.”
Posted Sunday 1/07/18 at 3:33AM EST
Showtime says the door is always open for more Twin Peaks
“The door at Showtime is always open to Mark (Frost) and David (Lynch) for more Twin Peaks or anything else they want to talk about,” Showtime head of programming Gary Levine said Saturday at the TV press tour.