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As Seen on TV: These Absolutely Wild Midtown Penthouses

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[Photos by Will Femia.]

Designer show houses aren't really our type of real estate porn, unless they're just too crazy to overlook. Insanity, after all, is in our wheelhouse. And the Showtime House definitely fits into that category. For the third straight year, the TV network has turned a high-end Manhattan property into a trippy theme park celebrating its shows. What really caught our attention this year is the location. The Showtime House is not actually a house, but rather three penthouses in Midtown's Cassa Hotel & Residences, which means that Enrique Norten probably won't be invited. But everyone else is! The spaces are open to the public on Saturdays through October 23, with the $15 admission going to charity. The press preview was on Tuesday, and after we put the pieces of our melted brain back together, we managed to create the photo gallery seen above.

The rooms are inspired by Dexter, Nurse Jackie, Weeds, United States of Tara, The Big C, Californication and The Borgias. The interior designers, and there's a friggin' army of them, were pretty much given a blank canvas and zero rules, which led to some fairly abstract interpretations. Take the Californication room above, a program that stars David Duchovny as a highly promiscuous novelist. The designers also got all sorts of high-tech toys to work into the rooms, a few of which you'll see above. If this doesn't get you fired up for the season premiere of Dexter this month, nothing will.
· Showtime House [Official Site]
· Showtime House 2010 Marries High Design With Cutting-Edge Technology [PR Newswire]

Cassa Hotel & Residence

70 W45th Street, New York, NY 10036

Showtime House

70 West 45th Street, New York, NY