'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®.





  • dexterfan

    you are way out of your depth. first of all, not all of hbo’s are critically acclaimed: true blood (which hasn’t been relevant for years, especially this season), life’s too short (not that good, and canceled, btw), the newsroom (a golden globe nominee doesn’t make it a hit).
    moving to showtime.. it’s true that dexter jumped the shark in season 6, however their 7th season is one of their best, californication still doesn’t disappoint, episodes is not canceled, the big c has a final season, and they have 2 new dramas coming up this year. oh, and don’t even speak of homeland..

  • Chris

    It’s interesting how people change their minds about what matters more–critical acclaim or ratings–depending on which agrees with them. Obviously True Blood has higher ratings than any TWO Showtime series combined. And honestly, in what alternate universe is Homeland still relevant after that disastrous second season? When was Shameless (a remake of a superior British show) EVER relevant? Californication was irrelevant before it even aired. :D

  • jimmers

    Shameless is the show to watch!

  • James

    CHRIS’ posting last week about Shameless…

    Posted January 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM
    The Showtime series all went back to normal viewership levels, now that Showtime isn’t being offered free. TOLDYA.


  • James

    CHRIS must have been a part of Shameless UK the way he tries to sell it as superior. He sure is a jokester.

  • JC

    The answer to your first question is as you said Kristofer, no one is saying they like a certain show because it’s on that network. So why compare the network when discussing TV shows?

    The answer to your second question is because if I going to promote HBO, I’m not doing it for free either.

    Discussion is always positive. Until it’s too personal and then it’s arguing. That’s the negative.

  • Weez

    @ dexterfan

    Uh… Yeah, okay. You named three shows out of the eleven that are currently in production, and then bring up how “awesome” the 7th season of Dexter was… This past season of Dexter, despite Ray Stevenson playing an awesome supporting character (that was killed off too early, and ultimately amounted to nothing), was all over the place. It had a solid ending, but that event was something that logically should have happened a long time ago. Dexter hasn’t been a legitimately great show since the second (maybe third) season. Californication has never been good; merely watchable for the occasional celebrity nudity (unless you enjoy the same things happening literally every episode). And the second half of Homeland’s second season was downright awful, so I’ll take your advice and not speak of it.

    I’ll agree that True Blood isn’t what you’d call critically acclaimed, but I don’t think the show ever strove for that kind of attention. It’s pulp fiction, sort of like Sons of Anarchy and The Walking Dead. It’s not trying to be anything that it isn’t. Life’s Too Short wasn’t great either, but the cameos alone made it better than anything from the awful first season of House of Lies. As for Episodes and The Big C… Are you trying to tell me that those are anything other than standard entertainment fare? There’s nothing exceptional or very unique about either of them.

    I agree that The Newsroom wasn’t what it could have (and should have) been, as well. But it’s issues are nothing that the second season can’t remedy, as long as Sorkin can take the criticism of the first season to heart (which I think is pretty likely). And at the end of the day, The Newsroom was still a damn good show, just not as good as people were expecting. This is kind of how I feel about Shameless, except I really enjoyed the first season of the show. It’s since gotten too ‘cartoony’ (for lack of a better word, at the moment), and Frank is now the worst thing about the show, by far (other than the sometimes ridiculous sub-plots the show throws in).

  • Kristofer


    the discussion shifted. it happens. that’s why.

    So you’re holding out for money from HBO or Showtime? Good for you. But for me, and others, we aren’t expected to be paid by networks, therefore we just discuss them because it’s interesting to do so.

    It is arguing already, whether it’s personal or not. So you’re saying people shouldn’t discuss the differences between networks because people could potentially start attacking each other personally? Wouldn’t that apply to any discussion? Why is it special in this case? What do you even mean by “personal” anyway?: “You’re fat!” “You’re retarded!”. Technically, any time a person disagrees with another, they’re firstly suggesting that they are right and the other is wrong, therefore suggesting that there’s reason to believe that they are superior in some way intellectually. So any argument to some degree is saying “You’re stupid”. I’ll say it plainly now: I’m more intelligent than you are.

  • simsalabim

    Great news, but Californication reallyneeds to come to an end. We had the same experience with Weeds, which also needed to end earlier. The final 2-3 seasons were painful at times.

  • Chris

    @James–I was right then (and all of you were wrong), and if you look at the ratings for the OTHER shows, I’m still right. Ha. Ha. :D

  • Chris

    Showtime’s best just barely surpasses HBO’s worst.

    It’s the most I can say for them.

    It’s hilarious how people say HBO is nuts for renewing Girls, which I don’t much like but is critically acclaimed with a young audience (much of which doesn’t watch it in conventional ways), but is so happy Showtime renews shows with about the same ratings.

    HBO’s peak may be over, but Showtime’s is here right now, and they’re still LOSING. :D

  • JC

    @ Kristofer

    I know it happens but no one said I had to like it.

    Am I holding out for money from HBO and Showtime? Not in the slightest. If I wanted to get paid by them, I would apply for a position with them.

    And I’m saying people shouldn’t argue the differences between either network when the merits of the show are not as dependent on them as the writers, producers, actors, so on and so forth. Now discussion is fine. That’s the exchange of ideas. Arguing or in other words disagreeing is not. That’s the exchange of ignorance and eventually the mother of such comments like “you’re retarded”.

  • Chris

    JC, you’ve got a point, but HBO, on the whole hires much better writers and producers.

    Call me when Showtime ever creates anything as influential and popular as “The Sopranos”. That one show overshadows everything that ever has or ever will air on Showtime.

  • James

    @CHRIS – This page is for Showtime fans. Why are you trolling? btw – Shameless’ 3rd episode was its highest rated ever, beating the free preview premiere. So, no, you were and are wrong. (you suggested that Showtime “boosted” their numbers from the free preview premiere)
    * The 45 million people that watched the live AFC Championship Game hurt the 2nd episode.
    No channel, including HBO, will ever create a cable drama as big as The Sopranos ever again. Television is SO MUCH DIFFERENT now than it was in 1999. Now, every basic cable channel seems to have their own programing. That was not the case in 1999. You had the four big networks, the three smaller ones and HBO. That was about it. Thats when “Its not TV, its HBO” was relevant.

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