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Showtime announces eighth and final season of Weeds

The show that introduced America to a pot-dealing soccer mom and changed the face of the network is sparking up its final toke: after eight unforgettable, jaw-dropping seasons, WEEDS is coming to an end. SHOWTIME will air the final 13 episodes beginning Sunday, July 1st at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. In addition, the series will achieve a much-coveted television milestone: the 11th episode of the season will mark the series’ 100th. Created by Jenji Kohan and produced by Lionsgate, WEEDS has been honored with multiple award nominations, including 21 Emmys(R), 10 Golden Globes(R) and six SAG(R) Awards over the course of its seven seasons on air. Its success put SHOWTIME on the map as a destination for top-quality original series and set the stage for hits like DEXTER(R), NURSE JACKIE, CALIFORNICATION and HOMELAND.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Showtime renews Nurse Jackie for a fifth season + Clyde Phillips named new showrunner

After his highly successful run as the executive producer and showrunner of the hit SHOWTIME drama series DEXTER(R), Peabody Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Clyde Phillips has been tapped as the new showrunner for the network’s hit comedy series NURSE JACKIE, which has been renewed for a fifth season. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. Phillips will join Richie Jackson as executive producer on NURSE JACKIE. Caryn Mandabach is also a series executive producer. The fifth season of the series, which is a co-production of SHOWTIME and Lionsgate, will begin production in late 2012.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Showtime renews The Borgias for a third season

As episode five of THE BORGIAS’ second season debuts this coming Sunday on SHOWTIME, the network has ordered a third season of Vatican intrigue and Renaissance drama, with ten episodes to premiere in 2013. Production is slated to begin this summer in Budapest, Hungary, starring Jeremy Irons in his Golden Globe(R) Award-nominated role. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Showtime sets September 30 returns for Homeland and Dexter

SHOWTIME has put together a powerful one-two punch on Sundays this fall with the premieres of its top-rated drama series’ DEXTER and HOMELAND. On Sunday, September 30th, DEXTER will make its seventh season premiere at 9:00 PM ET/PT, followed by the highly-anticipated second season of the Golden Globe(R)-winning drama series HOMELAND at 10:00 PM ET/PT. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Showtime picks up new seasons Shameless, House of Lies and Californication

On the heels of record-setting premiere ratings for the network’s Sunday night line-up and continued audience growth, SHOWTIME has picked up new seasons of SHAMELESS, HOUSE OF LIES and Californication. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. Production on the third season of SHAMELESS, the second season of HOUSE OF LIES and Californication’s sixth will commence in Los Angeles later this year.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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House of Lies webisodes available online

Fans of the new hit SHOWTIME® comedy series HOUSE OF LIES can now enjoy a behind the scenes look at what goes on at the Galweather & Stearn offices when the hot, young team of consultants is away from their clients. The team typically spends four days a week on the road, working hard and playing even harder. But, on Fridays, the real fun begins… This is the story of what happens on the fifth day. The “Fridays at Galweather” webisodes were written by Emmy® Award-winning series star Ben Schwartz and series co-producer Wes Nickerson, and directed by Emmy Award-winning series star Glynn Turman (“The Wire”).

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Showtime renews Dexter for two more seasons

SHOWTIME has ordered two more seasons of its award-winning, top-rated drama series DEXTER, starring Golden Globe® award-winning actor Michael C. Hall, it was announced today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. On the heels of Hall and SHOWTIME closing a new, two season deal for Hall to return to the series, production will begin on season seven in 2012 in Los Angeles. Seasons seven and eight will consist of 12 episodes each.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Showtime renews Weeds for an eighth season

SHOWTIME is packing another hit of its highest-rated comedy series WEEDS, picking up an eighth season. Thirteen new episodes will go into production in 2012.

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Showtime renews The Real L Word for a third season

SHOWTIME has ordered a third season of THE REAL L WORD, the announcement was made […] by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. Nine new episodes of the controversial, unscripted series that intimately follows a group of high-profile lesbians living uncensored before the cameras, will go into production in Los Angeles and New York in early 2012.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Showtime renews Homeland for a second season

On the heels of HOMELAND’s biggest numbers yet, for this past Sunday’s airing, SHOWTIME has ordered a season two, consisting of 12 new one-hour episodes. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. Developed for American television by executive producers Howard Gordon andAlex Gansa, HOMELAND stars Emmy® Award winner Claire Danes, Golden Globe® nominee Damian Lewis and Emmy and Tony®Award winner Mandy Patinkin. HOMELAND debuted as the network’s highest-rated freshman drama series ever, generating 4.4 million viewers across platforms in its first week. The series has continued to increase overall viewership since its premiere, with its most recent episode delivering the series’ best ratings to-date this past Sunday. Season two will begin production in spring 2012.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Homeland posts best ratings for a new Showtime drama in eight years + Dexter returns to its highest-rated premiere ever

With 1.08 million viewers at 10 p.m., the HOMELAND debut outperformed the recent drama premieres of The Borgias (1.06 million viewers) and SHAMELESS (982,000 viewers).

DEXTER’s sixth season debut marked the series’ highest-rated premiere ever. The series has consistently topped its ratings season after season – with season six up 24% vs. season five. DEXTER season six marks the best season premiere for a SHOWTIME original series in 14 years (since Stargate in 1997).

The complete press statement is included after the jump.

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Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz wants to make mini-season ahead of movie; Could air on Netflix or Showtime

It’s been five years since Fox canceled the low-rated, but much beloved comedy Arrested Development, but after years of rumors, creator Mitchell Hurwitz revealed that he has plans to make a mini 9 or 10-episode season in addition to the long-in-development big screen movie.

The plan, revealed over the weekend at The New Yorker […]