The William H. Macy-led dramedy had its Season 6 premiere on Sunday and will begin production on its newly ordered season later in 2016, giving the Gallaghers an additional 10 episodes of dysfunction. Showtime President of Programming Gary Levine said that the entire cast is expected to return.
The executives also see no end in sight for Homeland, which wrapped up its fifth season this fall. Nevins also announced that Season 6 will take place in (and be shot in) New York. "[Executive producer Alex Gansa] tends to attack his seasons one by one. It's one of the strengths of the show," Nevins said. "There have been vague conversations [about an end date]. Needless to say, it is within their control." Levine piped in that said end date isn't imminent. "[Gansa] sees many seasons to come."
Neither executive would confirm nor deny whether Quinn (Rupert Friend) is alive, but Levine hints that if he is, he won't be the Quinn fans have grown to love. "In terms of reality, Quinn is severely damaged. There's no question about it. The life-or-death question remains, but if he should live, it will not be in any way shape or form the way he has lived to date."
Nevins also revealed a slate of new pickups for Showtime as it moves away from a traditional premiere schedule. Thanks to streaming and modern viewer habits, the network is moving toward having a new series premiere every month.
More updates from Nevin's executive session:
Episodes will likely end after Season 5: Series star Matt LeBlanc has said that he only has one more season of Episodes to shoot and Levine said that's likely to be true. "That's a real possibility. They are hard at work on the fifth season and we will wait to see if white smoke or black smoke comes out of the chimney," he said.
House of Lies and Penny Dreadful get spring premiere dates: House of Lies is currently filming the climax to Season 5 in Cuba and will premiere on April 10. Horror thriller Penny Dreadful will launch its third season on May 1.
Dark Net Premieres Jan. 21 and will make you afraid of the Internet: Part of the network's robust series premiere plan includes documentaries like Dark Net. The eight-part series explores the dark corners of the Internet known as the deep web. Check out a sneak peek below.
Andrew Dice Clay comedy coming in 2016: Showtime is debuting a six-episode, scripted, semi-autobiographical comedy about the shock comedian this spring. The impressive guest star ledger includes Natasha Leggero, Lorraine Bracco, Adrien Brody, Michael Rapaport,Wayne Newton, Criss Angel and Rita Rudner.
Jim Carrey helms stand-up scripted comedy: Showtime is adding I'm Dying Up Here, a new show from Jim Carrey about fledgling stand-up comedians in 1970s Los Angeles. The series explores "the inspired and damaged psyches" of the people brave enough to try and tell jokes on stage to a bunch of strangers. It'll star Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Michael Angarano, Clark Duke, Andrew Santino, RJ Cyler and Sebastian Stan.
Michael Jackson takes the stage again on Feb. 5: Showtime will premiere Spike Lee's music documentary Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall on Feb 5 after it premieres at Sundance Film Festival. Contemporary artists The Weeknd and Questlove comment on Jackson's influence as he transitioned from family-friendly boy-band leader to the King of Pop. Check out a rare clip of Jackson performing "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" below.