Showtime Renews 'Californication' for Fifth Season
The network also announced a docu-series following the World Series champions San Francisco Giants and premiere dates for "Nurse Jackie," "United States of Tara" and new drama "The Borgias."
Showtime is partnering with Major League Baseball for a docuseries about the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
David Nevins, president of entertainment at Showtime and a big sports fan himself, made the announcement to open Showtime’s session at the semiannual Television Critics Association confab here.
The show will follow the team’s management and players as well as the players' wives and parents. Camera crews are now embedded with the club and will remain so for 10 months.
Nevins, who produced football drama Friday Night Lights when he was at Imagine Television, hopes to premiere the series with an hourlong episode around Opening Day in early April, and regular episodes will be broadcast during the second half of the season.
“It’s been a long haul putting this show together,” said Nevins, noting that he’s hopeful that the show will find an audience broader than just baseball fans. But he added that the team and the league will have some veto power over the content.
“Obviously they have some control,” he said. “But I think MLB is interested in really telling an honest story. I want it to feel like it fits with our dramatic shows.”
Nevins added that “Ideally it’s the beginning of a franchise with a different team every year.”
HBO's recent 24/7 docuseries that followed the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins before their matchup in the Jan. 1 Winter Classic was a big hit for the premium channel and brought much attention to the National Hockey League.
Showtime also announced a fifth-season pickup for David Duchovny’s Californication, which is coming off its highest-rated premiere episode last week.
And the net also announced that the new seasons of Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara will return March 28, with Jeremy Irons’ Renaissance-set series The Borgias set for a two-hour debut April 3 beginning at 9 p.m.