David Nevins (Showtime)
Showtime's David Nevins started his chat by saying that the common DNA of the shows on his network where that they did something that nobody else was doing. He added that he tries to find that small sliver of narrative idea that isn't being done elsewhere but ultimately he wants his TV to have the right balance of relevance and entertainment value.
He feels that the programmes being made for Showtime all have something about the world we live in. He specifically cited Homeland which says something about America's difficult place in the 21st century world and upcoming drama Billions which looks at the complicated relationship with the super-wealthy. He added that, even though it's set in the past, Masters of Sex still has a lot to say about sexuality and gender in the modern world.
A trailer aired for upcoming drama Billions which explores the world of finance and stars Paul Giamatti and Damien Lewis. Nevins originally didn't want to make a show set in the finance industry but he was won round by the script and sees it more as a programme about 21st century masculinity.
He voiced his regret over the way he had to cancel comedy drama series Happyish; a show that had a tortured creative process and was originally going to star Philip Seymour Hoffman. Despite Nevins feeling that individual elements of Happyish really worked he felt that ultimately they didn't all come together.
He mentioned how different The Affair was from programmes the high concept ideas that Showtime had been used to in the past. But even though the subject matter of two people conducting a relationship that broke up too marriages wasn't terribly novel the way the narrative played out was quite unique. Additionally he said that season two of The Affair would be even more original as we see things from the point-of-view of the characters played by Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson and events are told both in the present and future tense.
He discussed the controversial ending of Dexter and how he felt that the show had a pretty interesting resolution. Similarly he felt that Nurse Jackie had a satisfyingly appropriate if unexpected ending.
Finally he teased the new series of Twin Peaks and described the series as a whole as satisfying. He added that fans of the original run will have their questions answered and said that the series will have a definitive ending.