After taking a hard look at four pilots for possible series order over the past month, Showtime has passed on all of them.The pay cabler has opted not to greenlight “Possible Side Effects,” a family drama themed around the pharmaceutical biz, written and helmed by Tim Robbins and starring Josh Lucas. Earlier, the network passed on the Lionsgate-produced comedy “Ronna and Beverly,” exec produced by “Weeds” showrunner Jenji Kohan. Also striking out were “The L Word” spinoff “The Farm,” starring Leisha Hailey, and dark comedy “The End of Steve,” starring Matthew Perry, who also exec produces along with Peter Tolan. Meanwhile, as expected, Turner will not renew ad-agency-set drama “Trust Me” for a second season. TNT series, which stars Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh, debuted Jan. 26 to 3.4 million viewers, slightly less than half garnered by lead-in “The Closer.” “Trust Me’s” prospects grew even more bleak the following week, when its aud depreciated to 1.9 million viewers. McCormack has already been booked for the lead in an ABC comedy produced by Tad Quill.
Data provided by:Nielsen Media Research (Preliminary Results)