'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®.





  • Jenny


    Dexter is supposed to return in June to help launch Ray Donovan. Is that what you’re wondering?

  • Oliver


    Even a million viewers is good for Showtime. Nurse Jackie, Episodes, The Big C and Weeds get nowhere near that.

    It really shows how far Showtime’s original programming has come that people are criticising a million viewers and making realistic comparisons with with HBO.

  • Dan

    @Weez – No, Episodes will return in 2014, it was renewed for a third season.

    I anticipated all 3 series renewals. Reminds me of when True Blood, Hung, and Entourage were renewed as a trio in Summer 2010. Californication may be renewed for a final season, while House of Lies and Shameless have great critical acclaim.

  • James

    Great news. I am in no rush for Californication to end. The quality is still refreshing and I love every episode. Shameless and House of Lies are my other two shows I follow and never miss so this is a great day for TV. Thank you Showtime.

  • POI

    Yes im loving this season of House of Lies

  • Weez

    @ BigBrotherFan

    I’m sure HBO is happy with 3.8 million views per episode, across all platforms. And if you prefer Showtime programming to HBO programming, that’s more a matter of taste. As in, you prefer the trashier side of premium television (Shameless, Californication, Dexter), versus substance. Even the second season of Homeland devolved into 24-esque ridiculousness after “Q&A”. Numbers have never been an indication of quality, and the numbers for HBO reflect the fact that they have no hour-long drama to anchor Girls and Enlightened (which is coming off of an extended hiatus) more than anything else. House of Lies has been better this second season, which wouldn’t take much since the first season was terrible. Shameless is fun at times, but nothing more. And Californication getting another season is yet another example of Showtime not knowing when to let a series end (see Weeds and Dexter for other examples of this).

    Your list of favorite shows (posted in another thread, and to say nothing of your user name), and your insistence of ranting and raving at every opportunity about your disdain for a show you don’t even watch (especially the deragatory way you speak about Lena Dunhman, which is kind of disgusing) paints you squarely as a troll. And not a very good one. Numbers “don’t lie”, because nothing about numbers is an indication of the quality of the content. Treme may not get many viewers, but it is an infinitely better show than anything airing on Showtime (among others).

    @ Dan

    House of Lies and Shameless have great critical acclaim? More like decent…

    House of Lies:




    Because remember, “numbers don’t lie”.

  • Mari

    Yes! I love House of Lies and Shameless.

  • KevinSW

    @Weez sue it’s not the big ciriticaly aclaimed series bit Shameless is amongst Showtimes top 3 Series, after Dexter and Homeland, so it’s pretty much safe

  • Cristian

    Californication has become way too silly and unrealistic for me (not that it was realistic to begin with, but some moments and characters this season seem way too exaggerated just for the sake of it). Also, all characters are douchebags that I have become extremely fed up with.

    So I was hoping for them to end it after this year. Too bad it will continue.

    Happy for Shameless though.

  • Tom

    Hat trick! Way to go Showtime.

    What difference should it make to anyone what the critics think? Remember all the great reviews for the LA Complex? Viewers in the U.S. and Canada both began abandoning the show by it’s second episode. Judging by what I read here, viewers don’t have any difficulty making up their minds about whether or not to tune in to a particular program.

  • Chris

    Californication would have been canceled years ago, except that they can market it overseas as celebrity porn. Which is what it is. :)

  • Josh

    @ Weez
    You work for HBO or something? HBO had good shows. They set the standard. Now days that don’t make anything of true interest to the level of broadcast standards with alone the standards they set. As for not knowing when to let shows die, at least Showtime is giving their fans what they want to see unlike HBO cutting series short like Carnivalle, Rome, Deadwood. As for your remark that Showtime is “trashier” television, why is Game of Thrones comically refered to as porn and the first description a friend ever gave me of True Blood is “it’s vampire porn”? HBO has zero room to claim a moral high ground with it’s programming. The only reason I subscribe to HBO is for access to On Demand for the older series, Bill Mahr, and Boardwalk Empire. They are not showing anything to catch my attention to want to watch. I will admit I had high hopes for House of Lies because I like Kristen Bell but the show does suck. To many things annoy me than catch my interest or make me laugh.

  • Kristofer

    In ratings, HBO beats Showtime.

    In critical acclaim, HBO beats Showtime.

    Personally, I prefer HBO, both currently and historically. Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, and Girls are better than Dexter, Homeland, and Californication. Dexter fell off after its three top writers left after season 4. Homeland is still good, but if it continues down the trend season 2 was beginning to set, it won’t be. I don’t agree that Californication is past its best, because it’s always just been about style over substance anyway – sex, drugs, rnr in SoCal. Historically, HBO is even further ahead. The only former Showtime program I’ve seen is Weeds, whereas HBO has Sopranos, Wire, Curb, Deadwood, Entourage.

    I’m not in America, so don’t know much about the movies they show. In sports, Showtime has had MMA, which gives it an advantage, but HBO blows it away with its history in boxing.

  • Weez

    @ Josh

    Does everyone proclaiming that Showtime is “destroying HBO” work for Showtime? What’s the difference here?

    As to the early cancellations of Rome, Deadwood, and Carnivàle – better they end early and remain amazing, than end up like Weeds (which was just pretty good to begin with), Dexter, and Californication (which was never really good).

    And for everything else you said… ‘Meh. Whatever you say. I’ll stick with my opinion on that.

  • JC

    What’s with all this HBO versus Showtime nonsense? In my opinion, it’s the show that should be getting the credit or criticism, not the station. Game of Thrones to me isn’t great because it’s on HBO, it’s great because the people behind shooting the show as well as the actors who played the characters have done great work. Same thing with Dexter. And when you last as many seasons as Dexter has, well not every season can be a gem.

  • Kristofer


    They’re competing premium cable networks, so naturally they get compared with each other. No one is saying that they like a certain show BECAUSE it’s on that network.

  • Markitos

    I’m so happy for Shameless :D how many episodes?

  • Chris

    Showtime’s most popular show is an inferior carbon copy of a British show that is still running.

    Showtime’s most acclaimed show is adapted from an Israeli series, and the critics that adored it in season one, are now ranting about how it jumped the shark in season two (I assume their season two was a lot less similar to the Israeli series).

    Claire Danes has rightly won praise on Homeland, but it was HBO casting her in their movie about Temple Grandin that revived her career, and reminded everyone what a good actress she was. And her performance in that movie was far superior to her performance on Homeland.

    Edie Falco became an established star on HBO–then Showtime grabbed her.

    Ditto Michael C. Hall.

    HBO makes stars–Showtime just borrows them.

    Showtime has done a great job with the politics of awards season, but at the end of the day, HBO has changed the face of television, and Showtime just sticks on a little lipstick and calls it art.


  • JC

    I realize they’re competing networks Kristofer, but comparing them in my opinion just sounds silly. Leave that stuff for the people making money off each network’s success.

  • Kristofer

    Why does it sound silly?

    Why leave it to people making money off the networks?

    People like to discuss the differences between networks. That’s the positive of doing it. What’s the negative?

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