At today’s TCA, Showtime entertainment president David Nevins shared the network’s 2013 game plan. The big news is that the one-two punch of Dexter and Homeland will be separated with Dexter moving to summer for its eighth and possibly last season.
Dexter Season 8 will launch June 30 at 9pm. The network will use Dexter as a launchpad for its new seriable Ray Donovan. Nevins explained:
“Dexter has proved incredibly valuable as a launch pad for Homeland. Our plan is to harness (the success) and use the shows to launch the next generation of Showtime drama series.”
According to Nevins the earlier than normal start wont affect production:
“There is no less production time, just a little less vacation time between the seasons”
Nevin’s wasn’t drawn on whether this will be the last season of Dexter, but said they still have a clear endgame in place:
“We’re not making any announcements today about when Dexter will end. I think I will clarify before Season 8. We have clear end game in place, I can’t talk about it just yet.”
As for Homeland, Season 3 will premiere September 29 at 9pm, serving as a launchpad for Masters Of Sex at 10pm.
Nevins accepted criticism over elements of the second season, but believes the show has a long and changeable life:
“It is a show that is incredibly changeable if you haven’t noticed. I think it’s got a really long life, it is on the rise, like Dexter.”
Nevins also reflected on the network’s decision to pass on Under The Dome, which has been put to series at sibling network CBS, believing the project is more suited to network than cable:
“I really liked the script for Under the Dome but it always felt fundamentally not us and more network. I tried at one point to push it, but I felt I was pushing it out of what it was meant to be. But I actually facilitated helping get the script to (CBS’) Nina (Tassler), and I think it’s found a really good home. I think it’s gonna be a really good show…I think it’s going be better in a broadcast environment than it would be on pay-cable.”