Sex and more sex: 'Gigolos' on Showtime in April
Reaffirming its love of escorts, Showtime is set to premiere "Gigolos," a new eight-part reality series about male gigolos working in Las Vegas, which will make its debut April 7, following "Secret Diary of a Call Girl." Sorry, dude from "Hung," you've got some competition.
During the semiannual Television Critics Assn. press tour in January, Showtime's entertainment president, David Nevins, told journalists that the network wanted "late-night adult shows featuring sex" to be part of Showtime's programming. He said he embraced that sex was "part of what we offer."
"We are a pay cable service," Nevins said, "and I think it's about doing things with some depth and sophistication and taking people places they couldn't go on other networks."
Which doesn't mean he's only serious about the racy stuff: Already, Nevins is developing "Homeland," a "true psychological thriller," starring Clare Danes as a CIA agent, and a "Hard Knocks"-style series about the San Francisco Giants. But with NBC readying "Playboy", we predict that there will soon be a whole lot of tiny sequined undergarments out there on TV.
-- Melissa Maerz
Photo: Blackie Preston, a model from Thom Fitzgerald's book "Beefcake." Credit: John Davie / Strand Releasing