Los Angeles - The Big C will end its run with a
limited fourth-season run, Showtime president of entertainment David Nevins
announced at the TCA press tour here Monday.
The dramedy starring Laura Linney will air four final
one-hour installments to wrap the story of a housewife dealing with a terminal
cancer diagnosis at an undetermined date in 2013.
Nevins described the last year, which saw Showtime launch
the buzzy drama Homeland and well-received comedy House of Lies,
as a "transformative" one for the premium network and sees it well positioned
for 2013 with new dramas Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan.
On the comedy side, Showtime will bring back Inside
Comedy, its interview series hosted by David Steinberg, for a second season in early 2013. Ben Stiller, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey and Carol Burnett are among the comedians set to appear in its 10-episode run. The network will also air the comedy special Larry Wilmore's
Race, Religion & Sex on Aug. 25, which will serve as the basis of a possible series with the Daily Show comedian, Nevins said.
Nevins maintained that Dexter will likely conclude
after the next two seasons the network has ordered, but stopped short of
announcing an end date, calling its upcoming seventh season a "game-changing
year" for the serial-killer drama.
Nevins stressed that ending series needs to be planned, a
sensibility partly informed by his work on Friday
Night Lights, which had two seasons to plan its finale.
"We try to make these decisions about when to end series
from a creative point of view so the creators have big say in that," he said.
"We don't have to be like the broadcast networks that have to make split-second
decisions and cut shows. I think it can be built in satisfying ways."
Showtime has been more conservative than its premium cable
rival HBO in rolling out its TV Everywhere app, Showtime Anytime, but Nevins
expects it to be available on all its distributors by first quarter of 2013.
Nevins said that while he wants Showtime subscribers to be
able to watch their content how they want, online is not a main viewing
platform for Showtime. Neither, in fact is real-time viewing - Nevins said
65-70% of viewing of a show like Dexter
happens outside of its Sunday night premieres.