Early Saturday evening, Showtime look the stage at the TCA conference in California to break out some news regarding their plans for 2013 … and they are big. A major noticeable change to the schedule is the premiere of Dexter‘s eighth (and presumably final) season. The show’s 8th season will kick off June 30 at 9/8c, versus it’s regular late September kick off dates. Showtime execs noted a “clear end game” to Dexter, but did not announce any plans for a final season this summer. Is Season 9 around the corner? Following Dexter will be Showtime’s new drama Ray Donovan at 10/9c. In Ray Donovan, Liev Schreiber is a “fixer” who makes the problems of L.A.’s notable celebrities, athletes, and business moguls disappear. When his father is released from prison, things go south and the family is shaken to its core.
Homeland will stick to it’s fall release, as the show’s third season kicks off Sept 29 at a new time of 9/8c. Following the thriller will be new drama Masters of Sex, which focuses on pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson. You can check out a first look of both series below.
Also announced Saturday is a new documentary “The World According to Dick Cheney,” which will premiere on March 15 after debuting at the Sundance Festival next week. The Borgias and Nurse Jackie will return April 14. Showtime also announced plans for many other documentaries and sports specials in store, including 60 Minutes Sports, airing Sundays. The final four episodes of The Big C kick off Monday April 29 at 10/9c. The Vatican and Penny Dreadful, promising shows the network claims, are currently in production.