Showtime has some things to say today about a new reality show, a pickup for a new season, and some premiere dates for familiar series. One episode into season four of Californication, David Duchovny‘s, uh, “fictitious” womanizing exploits, the channel was impressed enough with the premiere that they announced at TCA that they would be greenlighting a fifth season so that more cable viewers will be able to live vicariously through the wonder that is Hank Moody.
The cable channel also announced that they somehow intend to make baseball less boring behind the scenes with the production of an untitled series that follows the San Fransisco Giants in their quest to defend their World Series title. Showtime will be teaming up with MLB Productions in what looks to be a Hard Knocks-type series, showing what goes on in the clubhouse. A safe guess: hamburgers and chewing tabacco.
Lastly, Showtime gave three premiere dates for new seasons of Nurse Jackie (March 28), The United States of Tara (March 28 as well), and their new series The Borgias (April 3) which stars Jeremy Irons as the head of a renaissance-era crime family. If they need a Christopher Columbus character, we’re pretty sure that Gerard Depardieu is available. (Deadline)