As one critic put it Thurs during a question at TCA, Showtime was once the “stepchild” of premium TV. Not anymore. With big buzz behind new shows like “Masters of Sex” and “Ray Donovan,” Showtime pres, ent David Nevins noted that “our newest shows are also our highest rated shows… generating more discussion, more press and viewers than the shows they are replacing.” He hopes that trend continues with 2 new pickups he announced Thurs. More on Nevins’ programming strategy here.

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Gene Kimmelman, no stranger to the cable industry, is back in the mix.
 
Republican FCC commish Ajit Pai was asked about a possible cable merger on this week’s ep of C-SPAN’s “Communicators.” Here’s what he had to say.
 
A lot will be made about the ratings for “Duck Dynasty’s” Season 5 opener on A&E Wed night. Here’s our take.

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