Up next in the never-ending series of TCA press tour live-blogs?
Showtime President David Nevins.
Showtime hasn't had an especially controversial or drama-filled year, but we're sure to have lots to discuss including the new season of “Homeland,” series development and more.
1:45 p.m. David Nevins starts with pre-question updates. Eight of Showtime's nine shows got Emmy nominations. Showtime has 10 shows, but “Penny Dreadful” won't be eligible until next year. He notes that “Penny Dreadful” was the network's most-watched new show on OnDemand and ShowtimeAnytime. As was announced earlier, “Homeland” is back for 12 episodes on October 5. In case you've forgotten, “Homeland” hit ratings highs.
1:48 p.m. October 19 is the premiere date for “The Affair.” That'll be paneling later today. It's not quite what I was expecting, which I mean in a good way. On November 1, Showtime will premiere the original doc “Lost Songs: Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes Continues”
1:49 p.m. Showtime has three pilots, all mentioned previously: “Billions” comes from Andrew Ross Sorkin, Brian Koppleman and David Levien, with Gavin O'Connor directing. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” comes from Rachel Bloom, Aline Brosh McKenna and Marc Web. And, of course, “Roadies” comes from Cameron Crowe, Winnie Holtzman and J.J. Abrams.
1:50 p.m. Was Nevins disappointed by “Masters of Sex” and “Ray Donovan” not growing season-to-season? Well, he says that if you include Live+3, both shows are nearly in line with last year's numbers. He calls “flat” an incredible achievement. They were both down in their Sunday live numbers, but they had growth OnDemand, apparently. Nevins reminds us that both shows had stronger lead-ins last year.