'Dexter' spinoff still a possibility at Showtime, plus 'Penny Dreadful' and more news

dexter-season-8-showtime.jpgTalk of a possible "Dexter" spinoff started to make its way around the Internet as the show's final season approached, but it has died down some since.

Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins reignited it in a big way Tuesday (July 30) at the TCA summer press tour. Asked if a spinoff was still under consideration, he replied, "Of course."

"We just signed a two-year deal with [executive producer] Scott Buck," Nevins says. "Draw your own conclusions."

Buck's two-year overall deal includes executive producing the pilot "American Dream Machine" with "Dexter" star Michael C. Hall and other projects. It sounds like that might include a "Dexter" spinoff.

More news from Showtime:

- Josh Hartnett and Eva Green will star in the cable channel's horror series "Penny Dreadful," which is slated to premiere next spring. Hartnett plays an American performer living in late 19th-century London who has an "intense dark side," according to Nevins. Green will play a woman who is "full of secrets and danger." John Logan ("Skyfall," "Hugo") is writing the series.

- Season 3 of "Episodes" is set to premiere Jan. 12, 2014, alongside "Shameless" and "House of Lies." "Californication," which was part of that block this past season, will move to the spring and pair with "Nurse Jackie."

- Ruth Wilson ("Luther," "The Lone Ranger") has joined Dominic West in the cast of Showtime's pilot "The Affair." She plays a married woman who's dealing with a tragedy and, when she meets West's character, starts to "question the choices she's made, and wonder whether there's a way to start all over again."

- Showtime has a pair of documentary series in the works. "Years of Living Dangerously," produced by James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub, tackles climate change using celebrities like Matt Damon and Arnold Schwarzenegger as "correspondents." "Time of Death" follows terminally ill people as they live out their last days. It's from producers Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz ("Top Chef").

- Nevins confirmed a pilot order for "Trending Down," a dark comedy starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. Shalom Auslander is writing the script, and John Cameron Mitchell is set to direct.
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