Early in his executive session at press tour, Showtime president David Nevins noted that the channel had signed "Dexter" showrunner Scott Buck to an overall deal to secure his services after the show ends. Later, when asked whether plans are still going forward for a "Dexter" spinoff, Nevins said, "Of course. We announced a deal with Scott Buck today. Draw your own conclusions."
Who on earth would viewers want to see carrying their own show?
'Californication' will shift to the spring to air with 'Nurse Jackie'
At his press tour executive session, Showtime president David Nevins announced the usual January premiere dates for "Shameless" and "House of Lies," and a spring return for "Nurse Jackie," while moving "Episodes" and "Californication" into new windows.
The fourth season of "Shameless" will debut Sunday, January 12 at 9 p.m., followed by the third seasons of "House of Lies" at 10 and "Episodes" at 10:30.
"Californication," which was paired with "Shameless" and "Lies" this year, will be held for the spring to air after the sixth season of "Nurse Jackie," on a date still to be announced.
Less than six months to more Gallagher family hijinks, folks.
No conflicts between DC's movie and TV plans for Barry Allen, the fastest man alive
The Flash is one of the few DC Comics heroes outside of the big 3 of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman to have gotten the live-action TV treatment. In the 1990-91 season, John Wesley Shipp played Barry Allen, the fastest man alive, in a drama for CBS.
More than two decades later, Barry may be returning to the small screen in live-action form in an upcoming episode of the CW's "Arrow."
Some spoilers and some not as the producers, Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Rupert Friend faced the press
Often, press tour sessions for returning shows tend to be a cagey cat-and-mouse game between reporters who want information about upcoming storylines and producers who want everything to remain a secret.
Today's "Homeland" session, though, was different. Not only had the critics seen the season's first two episodes (which, before anyone asks, I mostly liked a lot, particularly in how they deal with the aftermath of season 2), but producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon were fairly forthcoming about what happens in them, to the point where one critic actually paused to ask whether they felt an answer that had just been given should be treated as a spoiler.
Suffice it to say, Gansa is not Matt Weiner, and told us we should feel free to write about that and other things. But I know that many of you want to know little or nothing about upcoming episodes of your favorite shows, so let me put a big fat "HOMELAND" SEASON 3 SPOILER WARNING right here. After the jump I'm going to deal with the stuff that's not spoiler-y at all, and then after that, I'm going to put a second big warning before I get to a couple of the questions that dealt with things you may not want to know.
Oscar-winner will improvise, but is happy to read David E. Kelley's dialogue
In the most memorable moment of the press tour panel for CBS' "The Crazy Ones" — Robin Williams' first regular series role since "Mork & Mindy" ended in 1982 — Williams responded to a question about whether he's a sad clown by throwing a mock, tear-filled tantrum that ended with co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar literally pulling him back to his seat with his microphone cord. When he finally sat down, he made a few Anthony Weiner jokes ("Do you think he has a thing on his phone that says, 'No more!'?"), then gave a more serious answer about where his comedy comes from.
Dan and Alan break down cable and NBC's time in front of the TV critics
Happy Monday, everybody! Time for another bonus video installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast! Dan and I will be recording a traditional audio breakdown of all things press tour later this week (maybe on Wednesday), but we took a few minutes yesterday to step out onto the balcony of my room to chat about the early days of press tour, including HBO, AMC and NBC's time in front of the Television Critics Association.
As with the audio podcast in its early days, these videos are an evolving process. We've learned things from the first one about the Emmys, and improvements have been made (though my hair can only grow back in so quickly) based on feedback. Onward and upward!
CBS chairman's first TCA exec session in years discusses the ever-changing network business model
It's been more than eight years since CBS chairman Les Moonves took the stage for a CBS executive session at press tour, and even then it was unusual, as most executives at his level circa 2005 left TCA to their underlings. But with CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler suddenly unavailable due to the death of a close friend, Moonves filled in, and it was a bit like seeing Mariano Rivera come out of the bullpen to close a game in AA ball. It's a job Moonves could do as well as anyone in his profession ever has, but also one for which he was vastly overqualified.
What does everyone think of the Showtime drama so far?
Tonight's "Ray Donovan" was the last of the five episodes I saw before I wrote my initial review of the series. I was not crazy about the series (though I liked specific pieces of it), particularly as it moved along, and had felt that the pilot was the best of the five by a significant margin. So now that you've all had a chance to see what I've seen, I'm curious how you're feeling about "Ray." A number of you were fans of the pilot; do you still feel that way now?
Linden tries to get Ray Seward a last-minute reprieve
A review of tonight's "The Killing" coming up just as soon as I explain that Salisbury steak is not steak...
Most of Clan Braverman was on hand for a rare veteran series panel at summer TCA
On the one hand, "Parenthood" had no business being paneled during NBC's day at press tour on Saturday. TCA is generally designed to promote new shows; if returning series are paneled at all, it's usually at midseason, or it's a big hit celebrating a milestone of some kind. NBC had a very full day of panels, and didn't even have room for one of its new fall shows ("Dracula").