Showtime Boss Talks 'Hot-Button' Homeland, 'Subversive' Lies, 'More Violent' Borgias

Showtime president of entertainment David Nevins had much to talk about as he held court at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Thursday morning. Among the hot topics were edgy shows aplenty, including the espionage-thriller Homeland, the potentially subversive House of Lies (starring Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell), and the next round of The Borgias (and its very special “guest stars”). READ MORE

Ratings: Killing Looks Bloody Good, Kennedys Sets Reelz Record, Borgias Opens Strong

AMC’s well-reviewed The Killing got off to a solid start, drawing 2.7 million viewers with its first Sunday-night broadcast and amassing 4.6 million across two airings, Variety reports. As AMC debuts go, that’s second only to last Halloween’s The Walking Dead, which drew 5.6 mil.

Over on Reelz, the premiere of the Kennedys miniseries drew 1.9 million viewers — a record for that channel, says EW — while Showtime’s The Borgias totaled 1.49 million total viewers across two airings, besting Shameless‘ own opener (1.33 mil) to give the pay cabler a seven-year high for a drama debut.

Elswehere on Sunday … READ MORE