April 11, 2009

Showtime passes on Robbins’ ‘Side Effects’

The Showtime cable network says it will not pick up the pilot for the drama Possible Side Effects from U.S. actor Tim Robbins.

The Hollywood Reporter said Friday the U.S. cable network made Side Effects the fourth series pilot it has passed on during the last week alone.

Showtime previously rejected the comedy pilots The End of Steve and Ronna and Beverly, along with a spin-off of the network's popular drama The L Word.

Side Effects, which was written and directed by Robbins, focuses on a dysfunctional family in the middle of a pharmaceutical industry crisis.

The drama pilot, which starred Ellen Burstyn and Tim Blake Nelson, could find a new home on a different network now that Showtime has cut ties, the Reporter said.