Showtimes tunes up for more ‘Isaak’

Complements 'Leap Years,' 'California'

NEW YORK — Showtime has renewed its weekly comedy-drama “The Chris Isaak Show” for another 17 episodes, delivering an additional hourlong piece of the net’s 10 p.m. checkerboard of year-round original series.

Last week, Showtime greenlit 20 episodes each of “Leap Years” and “Going to California,” both of which will premiere in late July on nights still to be determined. Four other series — “Stargate: SG-1,” “Soul Food,” “Resurrection Blvd.” and “Queer as Folk” — landed renewal notices earlier this year.

“While the broadcast networks go into their usual deep sleep during the summer months,” said Showtime Networks president of programming Jerry Offsay, “we’ll have original episodes of our series scheduled” for various periods between June and September.

Later this month, Showtime will announce a sci-fi series to run early next year as the lead-out on Fridays to “Stargate: SG-1.” That will make a total of eight scripted original series on the network, which is the number Showtime has commissioned for the last three years to fill the 10 p.m. slot each night, with two sci-fi entries on Friday.

Along with the ambitious lineup of original series, Offsay said Showtime still will commission about 30 firstrun movies each year — more than any other network, broadcast or cable.

“The Chris Isaak Show” is a Viacom Prods. series. The writers and co-exec producers are Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider. Isaak also is an exec producer, as are Arnold Messer and Mike Medavoy, for Phoenix Prods.