It’s going to be a big winter season for Showtime, as the network premieres a variety of new programming and welcomes back viewer favorites. Showtime President David Nevins explained the new line up at the TCA winter TV preview party, addressing current and future projects.
Documentaries are one of the biggest focuses for the network this year. A film about hip-hop mogul Suge Knight and Richard Pryor are planned for the summer. "I feel like we can have real impact with documentaries," Nevins said. "I want the most interesting filmmakers. I'm looking at how we can make programming that has impact."
Nurse Jackie will also be back on April 8 alongside The Big C and The Borgias. Nurse Jackie will work to fight her painkiller addiction while trying to mend her marriage. The Big C will focus on Cathy coping with the aftermath of seeing Paul’s ghost. The Borgias will center around the “consolidation of the power of Pope Alexander as he faces political opposition,” according to TV Guide.
House of Lies is one of Showtime’s most buzzed about shows this season. With a cast including Kristen Bell and Ben Schwartz, a young demographic is tuning in. Nevins isn’t sure what to predict for the series, but he’s interested to see how it plays out. "I think it has real potential," Nevins admitted. "I didn't expect it to get embraced so quickly."
Dexter may be over for the season, but it’s not far from the mind of viewers or the network. The shocking conclusion where Debra admits her love for her brother Dexter will be the focus of next season. "I'm aware that there's a certain taboo, despite the fact that they're not genetically related, but [this is] something that has been building over a number of years," Nevins said. "If you go back and look the past couple seasons, it's an idea that has informed how they've done the show for a long time."