Showtime Adds Dead , Out


Showtime's 2003 series lineup continues to shape with the additions of
Dead Like Me and Out of Order.

Showtime Networks Inc. president of programming Jerry Offsay announced Friday
that the premium channel has ordered 13 episodes of Dead Like Me from MGM
Television Entertainment, plus its two-hour pilot.

The network has also given the go-ahead for Out of Order as a limited
series: a two-hour season premiere, followed by a quartet of one-hour

Although firm premiere dates have yet to be finalized, both will bow sometime
next summer.

These shows join Earthlings (a summer debut) and Penn & Teller:
(beginning in January) as newcomers to Showtime's series roster,
which also includes Queer as Folk, Soul Food, The Chris Isaak
and Jeremiah.

The network -- which recently canceled Resurrection Blvd. after three
seasons -- has yet to make the renewal call on first-year entries Odyssey
and Street Time.

Dead Like Me centers on a disaffected young woman who is killed when a
piece of the MIR space station hits her in the head.

Georgia 'George' Lass (Ellen Muth) is not only surprised that there is an
afterlife, but she has already been assigned a job. Her boss, Rube (Mandy
Patinkin), is also a reaper -- one who plucks the souls of the living and
escorts them to their eternal reward.

Out of Order, starring Eric Stoltz and Felicity Huffman, will offer a
distinctive take on scenes from a modern, troubled Hollywood marriage.

It is told from the point of view of the husband, who is torn between his
love of a clinically depressed wife and their young son and his attraction for
another woman with whom he ultimately becomes involved.

Vice president of original programming Danielle Gelber is Showtime's creative
executive on the project.