'Shameless', 'House of Lies' & 'Californication' Renewed by Showtime

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January 29th, 2013

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Following Record-Breaking Season Premieres And Continued Year-To-Year Audience Growth, All Three Hit Series To Return in 2014




LOS ANGELES, CA – (January 29, 2013) – After record-setting premiere ratings on the network’s Sunday night line-up and continued year-to-year audience growth, SHOWTIME has picked up brand new seasons of SHAMELESS, HOUSE OF LIES and CALIFORNICATION for 2014. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.  Season-to-date, all three series are pacing above their prior seasons across platforms. The third season of SHAMELESS is up 22 percent, currently averaging 5.4 million weekly viewers across platforms (vs. second season average of 4.4 million), and up 63 percent versus its first season (vs. 3.3 million). The second season of HOUSE OF LIES is averaging 3.2 million weekly viewers across platforms, up 10 percent from its freshman season (vs. 2.91 million), and the sixth season of CALIFORNICATION is averaging 3.1 million weekly viewers, up 21 percent versus season five (vs. 2.5 million). Production for the new seasons of all three series will kick-off in Los Angeles later this year.


"CALIFORNICATION, HOUSE OF LIES, and SHAMELESS possess highly distinctive comedic voices, and given that all three continue to grow their audience season after season – the pick-up decision was easy,” said Nevins. “I am incredibly excited to see what each of these series has in store for their next seasons."


SHAMELESS, HOUSE OF LIES and CALIFORNICATION returned on January 13 with their highest-rated episodes ever, up double-digits versus their series averages and besting their prior season premieres and season finales. In its third week (January 27), SHAMELESS delivered 2.53 million viewers for the night, the series’ biggest total night ever, outperforming the season three premiere night (vs. 2.44 million – 2 plays). On Sunday, HOUSE OF LIES' third episode was on par with its season premiere, which delivered the series’ best numbers ever, with 1.4 million viewers for the night across two plays. CALIFORNICATION's third episode attracted 1.05 million viewers.


From Emmy® Award-winning television and film producer John Wells, SHAMELESS (Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT) stars Academy Award® nominee William H. Macy and Golden Globe® nominee Emmy Rossum.  Season three picked up several months after last season ended, with the Gallaghers each seeking their own unique version of the “American Dream.” Fiona (Emmy Rossum) realizes that it’s going to take more than earning her GED to make ends meet, and that a long term relationship with Jimmy (Justin Chatwin) isn’t as fulfilling as she expected.  Brothers Lip (Jeremy Allen White) and Ian (Cameron Monaghan) continue their ingenious scamming ways, which threatens Ian’s shot at West Point, while Sheila (Joan Cusack, in her Emmy Award-nominated role) and Jody (Zach McGowan) do their best to raise baby Hymie. Meanwhile, Frank (Macy) reappears south of the border with no idea as to how he got there. The series also stars Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, Laura Slade Wiggins, Noel Fisher and Emma Greenwell. Based on the long-running hit UK series, SHAMELESS is executive produced by Emmy Award-winning television and film producer John Wells, Andrew Stearn and Mark Mylod. Wells developed the series for American television. Paul Abbott serves as Executive Consultant. SHAMELESS is produced by Bonanza Productions, Inc. in association with John Wells Productions and Warner Bros. Television.


HOUSE OF LIES (Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT), which stars Don Cheadle in his Golden Globe® Award-winning and Emmy nominated performance as Marty Kaan, is a timely comedy that dives head-first into the shark tank known as corporate America. Marty is the big-money earner at Galweather Stearn, who commands a hot, young team known as The Pod: Jeannie (Kristen Bell), Clyde (Ben Schwartz) and Doug (Josh Lawson). Marty and The Pod's work life revolves around first-class travel, top-shelf liquor and anything they can charge the client on a black Am Ex. Marty is the ultimate power player and under his direction, this ruthless, pull-no-punches team is here to beat the corporate suckers at their own game – and they’re loving every minute of it. This season, The Pod – especially Marty and Jeannie – must deal with the fall-out from the big merger showdown. On the home front, Marty is thrown when Roscoe (Donis Leonard Jr.) decides to move in with his unbalanced mother, Monica (Dawn Olivieri). The series is based on the hit tell-all book from best-selling author Martin Kihn (House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time). Produced by SHOWTIME, HOUSE OF LIES is created and executive produced by Matthew Carnahan. Jessika Borsiczky, Stephen Hopkins and Don Cheadle also serve as executive producers.


CALIFORNICATION (Sundays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT) stars David Duchovny in his Golden Globe Award-winning role as hedonistic novelist Hank Moody, who struggles to be a good father to his college-aged daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin), while still carrying a torch for her mother, and his ex-girlfriend, Karen (Natascha McElhone). For the sixth season, noted actress Maggie Grace (Lost) has signed on for nine episodes as the infamous rock groupie Faith, who develops an unconventional relationship with Hank. She is joined in two episodes by her former Lost co-star Jorge Garcia as an old contact from Faith’s past. International comedy star Tim Minchin takes on the role of Atticus Fetch, a mad-as-a-hatter rock star who will write the music for the Broadway production of Hank’s hit novel.  Fetch enlists the ever-cynical Hank to collaborate on the project, which he calls “…a rock opera about love conquering all.” Notorious rocker Marilyn Manson will also make a guest appearance. CALIFORNICATION is created and executive produced by Tom Kapinos and executive produced by David Duchovny.


Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2™, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD™, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, FLIX ON DEMAND® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND, and the network's authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel™. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.





  • Dom


  • Joe

    Good news… I love all three shows. Showtime is making HBO look bad with its show quality. HBO has Girls and Enlightenment while Showtime airs these three excellent shows.

  • Raykov

    I really like this season of Californication (unlike the previous 2) but I think it should end soon so make the next season final.

  • BigBrotherFan


    Agree with you dude 100%
    Showtime is wiping the floors with HBO in terms of quality. HBO needs to forget about GIRLS it’s not catching on and never will.

  • robert

    Showtime is dominating HBO.The quality of Showtime is way better than HBO

  • Billy

    All 3 of these series are great, and I agree with Raykov that Californication needs to end soon. Shameless and House of Lies have been really good so far, and very funny!

    Showtime > HBO

  • CoolRanchDoritos

    YAY Shameless. This is my first season!

  • Oliver

    No surprise. All three do great numbers by Showtime standards.

  • Cedric P

    It is unreal how much better Showtime is compared to HBO! I love all 3 of these series, this is very good news!

  • Weez

    Showtime is “dominating” HBO?

    Showtime:Dexter, Shameless, The Borgias, Homeland, Californication, Nurse Jackie, House of Lies, Episodes (was this cancelled?), and The Big C (think this may have been cancelled, as well).

    HBO: Girls, Enlightened, Game of Thrones, Life’s Too Short, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Newsroom, Veep, Eastbound & Down, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, Treme, and they have three new shows premiering this year, as well as a ton of high-quality documentaries and mini-series and original films.

    Showtime simply lets many of their series outstay their welcome (Dexter has been awful for three seasons now, and Californication was never very good to begin with), or they take something really amazing and let the writers turn it into nonsensical broadcast fare (Homeland’s second season). Shameless is decent, but House of Lies is terrible. I’ll take Girls and Enlightened over Showtime’s current programming, thanks.

  • Red Jane

    Yep – Showtime seems to be winning on this front… Numbers are good… I only watch House of Lies but season 2 is much better esp. compared to Enlightened that I have found unwatchable in season 2 – Girls is kind of same as last season and perhaps the show will mature somewhat (or just keep trying to up the shock factor which would end up being ridiculous….). I miss Bored to Death….

  • Sel

    Showtime never disappoints me!
    Emmy Rossum >>>light years>>>>more light years>>>>> Lena Dunham

  • Qaz

    The Californication season premiere only got 1.07 million viewers when it originally aired. But I guess with multiple showings, and more platforms than a political campaign it can be made to look successful.

  • CBSviewer

    Episode order ?

  • marc

    I love both Enlightened and Girls, hate House of Lies, gave up on Shameless and I’m only watching Californication because I’m sticking with the show ’til the bitter end. Guess there has to be something wrong with me?

  • RyanCanada

    loving shameless

  • BigBrotherFan


    I’m sure HBO is thrilled that you are 1/10 people that actually watches GIRLS!

  • Jenny

    I only watch Shameless out of these three shows, but Shameless is so outstanding. Can’t wait to watch it every week.I do prefer Showtime vs HBO. As I don’t even watch anything on HBO. I watch Dexter, Shameless, Nurse Jackie, and plan to sample Ray Donovan.

  • Jordan

    Great news. I was hoping this wouldn’t be the final season of Californication since it’s one of the “dramedies” that actaully manages to make me laugh pretty consistently.

  • Dennis

    No word about Dexter?

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