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Showtime Premiere Dates: Spring/Summer '11

by Bill Frost
- Posted // 2011-03-03 - Californication and Shameless are still rolling (and both have been picked up for next year, along with Episodes), and now Showtime has announced premiere dates for the rest of their originals. Well, except for Dexter.

NURSE JACKIE: Monday, March 28 (12 episodes). From Showtime: Picking up right where she left off, Jackie (EDIE FALCO) takes the contents of the medicine cabinet, throws it in a laundry bag and dumps it at Kevin’s (DOMINIC FUMUSA) feet. She attacks him right back about spending, the girls’ school and her bad back—she’s no drug addict. Akalitus (ANNA DEVEARE SMITH) announces that nearby hospitals have closed down and that the staff should remain on their toes.

UNITED STATES OF TARA: Monday, March 28 (12 episodes). From Showtime: Season 3 begins with Tara (TONI COLLETTE) returning to the family’s Labor Day barbecue, after a transition to Buck leads her on an unexpected mission. Kate (BRIE LARSON) is trying desperately to plan the next phase of her life, one that does not include college or living with her very pregnant Aunt Charmaine (ROSEMARIE DEWITT), who, in her own way, avoids committing to Neil (PATTON OSWALT). College talk makes Tara realize how badly she wants to finish the last few credits of her own degree, and so, with the help of Ted Mayo (MICHAEL HITCHCOCK), Tara enrolls in a few classes, including a psychology course taught by the charismatic Dr. Jack Hattaras (EDDIE IZZARD). But Max (JOHN CORBETT) is fearful that the stress of college will cause Tara to transition…or worse.

SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL: Thursday, April 7 (8 episodes). From Showtime: Belle (BILLIE PIPER) is back and in the final season, the stakes have never been higher – accepting Ben’s (IDDO GOLDBERG) offer of a lasting relationship means that Belle has a real chance of happiness, but Ben is her one true friend and if she messes up, she’ll lose him forever. And with Stephanie (CHERIE LUNGHI) in prison for her questionable finances, Belle finds herself being — albeit reluctantly – a Madam, while also becoming the unlikely guardian of Stephanie’s innocent 19 year-old daughter, Poppy (LILY JAMES).

WEEDS: Monday, June 27 (13 episodes). No season info available from Showtime.

THE BIG C: Monday, June 27 (13 episodes). From Showtime: As we move into fall for season two, a now well-seasoned Cathy (LAURA LINNEY) has progressed from Denial to Anger on the grief cycle and will become an all-out warrior in the fight against her Stage 4 melanoma, while Paul (OLIVER PLATT) finally steps up to become her greatest advocate and treatment cheerleader. But will he be threatened by Cathy’s hot cancer specialist and her new best friend? Adam (GABRIEL BASSO) and Andrea’s (special guest star GABOUREY SIDIBE) bond strengthens; and Sean (JOHN BENJAMIN HICKEY), now living in Marlene’s (PHYLLIS SOMERVILLE) old house, must ride the insufferable, emotional rollercoaster that is Rebecca’s (guest star CYNTHIA NIXON) pregnancy.

New Series:
THE BORGIAS: Sunday, April 3 (9 episodes). From Showtime: Stars Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia, the cunning, manipulative patriarch of The Borgia family who builds an empire through the corruption of the holy Catholic Church and orchestrates a relentless reign of power and flamboyant cruelty. The series begins as Rodrigo (Irons), bribes, buys and muscles his way into the papacy becoming Pope Alexander VI. The series is set in one of the most significant periods in history: the Western Renaissance and the discovery of the New World.

GIGALOS: Thursday, April 7 (8 episodes). From Showtime: A half-hour reality series following a tight-knit group of regular Vegas guys — they hit the gym, balance relationships, provide for their families — and they just so happen to be high-end male escorts.

WEB THERAPY: Tuesday, July 19 (10 episodes). From Showtime: Stars Emmy Award-winning actress Lisa Kudrow as “Dr. Fiona Wallice,” a self-professed psychotherapist who treats patients via webcam in weekly, three-minute sessions – a modality she believes more effective than the traditional 50-minute talk-a-thons heralded by other mental health professionals. However, she spends more time feigning boredom, interrupting and giving meaningless personal data than hearing her patient’s issues. Her “patients” including Jane Lynch (Glee), Courteney Cox (Cougar Town), Rashida Jones (Parks & Recreation), and, veteran star Bob Balaban (For Your Consideration), among others, are given a script framework, but ad-lib their performances with riotous results. The series will also delve into the doctor’s personal life and will feature Lily Tomlin as her mother and Victor Garber (Alias) as her husband.

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