There was a time when premium cable channels counted on feature films to attract subscribers. Those days are long gone when it comes to Showtime. The network concentrates more on original series – “Nurse Jackie,” “The Affair,” “Masters of Sex,” “Homeland,” “Shameless,” “Penny Dreadful” – to fill the schedule.
David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc., met with TV critics the day after “The Affair” picked up two Golden Globes Awards. Here are highlights of what he told TV critics:
QUESTION: What makes a perfect Showtime series?
Mothers use to tell their children they should always wear clean underwear in case something happened and the child ended up at the doctor’s office. They wouldn’t be sporting dirty garments.
These days, motherly advise about underwear — especially those with daughters who are young, attractive actors — has a lot less to do with medical attention and more with media attention.
In the movie “Beautiful Creatures,” scheduled to open Valentine’s Day, “Shameless” star Emmy Rossum plays a very seductive young witch. Throughout the movie, the characters often talk about things there mother’s told them. Rossum’s asked what’s the best advice she ever got from her mom.
“She always tells me to wear underwear,” Rossum says. Note that she didn’t say “clean underwear.” Her mom just keeps reminding her how important it is to WEAR underwear.
“She’s just obsessed with me wearing underwear with short dresses because she’s concerned someone is going to shoot up my skirt. It’s probably the best advice she’s ever given me. Sometimes she’ll ask me if I’m wearing underwear and I’ll say ‘yes’ and she’ll ask me if they are big ones and not just those ‘tongs.’ When I tell her I’m wearing big underwear she will say that it’s OK for me to wear two pair. And, she doesn’t want me to wear flesh colored ones. She wants me to wear ones with polka dots so people will know it’s not my …”
We’ll, you get the point.
Her mom does have a reason for such concern. There have been several young actress caught in a very revealing moment by the cameras of paparazzi. Such moments often happen when a skirt’s very short and the actress has opted not to wear anything underneath.
I say that it’s sad world that we live in where you have to remind people to wear underwear. Rossum counters with it’s sad we live in a time where people shoot photographs up your skirt.