“It’s never too early in the year to begin to party,” Showtime’s President David Nevins told Variety over drinks at the cabler’s comedy event Monday night, celebrating the upcoming premieres of “Shameless,” “House of Lies” and “Episodes.”
“If we could have done the party January 2nd, we would have, but instead, we had to wait until January 5,” Nevins said. “I didn’t want people to feel too pressured on their first day back.”
And then, in a case of perfect timing, a glass hit the floor and shattered — “Shameless” writer Paul Abbott’s glass, to be exact.
“He knows his way around a broken glass,” Nevins applauded, also raving over the truffle arancini balls being served at the first fete of the new year, held at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood.
Nevins has a lot more to rave about these days. Showtime racked up the most series nominations of any television network with nine Golden Globe nods, including two for the night’s attendees William H. Macy (“Shameless”) and Don Cheadle (“House of Lies”), who will go up against each other for best television comedy actor at this weekend’s Jan. 11 ceremony.
“If simply whipping Cheadle’s a– would do it, I would do it, although, he rides an electric motorcycle,” Macy told Variety, joking that he would duke it out for the win. “I don’t think that’s how they decide it. I think the people that vote [do].”
If Macy wins at the Globes, however, he certainly has one fan who will be toasting to his success: co-star Emmy Rossum.
“Macy deserves everything that anyone could ever laud upon him,” Rossum said, adding that she’ll celebrate the “Shameless” way — with a lot of champagne. “He’s talented, he’s humble, he’s excited every day he comes to work, and sometimes you can’t say that about young actors, so to be of his caliber, his success, [and] to still be excited to come play in the sandbox is really fun.”
As for Nevins, he’ll be celebrating Sunday night, and though his after party itinerary isn’t yet set, he has a clear idea of which Showtime character would inspire his alter ego. “I’d party like Ray Donovan, sitting in the corner watching everybody with a bottle of high quality scotch.”
The new seasons of “Shameless,” “House of Lies” and “Episodes” premiere on Sunday, Jan. 11 on Showtime.