Showtime’s ‘House Of Lies’ Off To Strong Start, ‘Shameless’ Up In Season 2 Debut

By | Monday January 9, 2012 @ 12:29pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Another solid series premiere for a Showtime series. New dark comedy House Of Lies debuted last night with 1.03 million viewers at 10 PM. It was in line with the network’s most recent series premiere of drama Homeland, which opened … Read More »

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Les Moonves Says CBS “Stronger Than It’s Ever Been”: UBS Confab

When CBS chief Les Moonves appears at an investor event like this week’s UBS Annual Global Media and Communications Conference, they should just get him an orchestra and a spotlight so he can sing “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” “Everybody calls me a cheerleader but network television’s doing better than it’s done in many years,” he told analysts today. He says that CBS’ prices for ads in the scatter market are up “in the mid-teens” over the upfront, although “our competitors are doing not as well.” Heading into the holiday season ”demand is picking up again” and few are cancelling upfront orders for early 2012. “When you look at where our ratings are, you don’t want to cancel a CBS show because (later on) you’ll pay more.” To underscore his confidence in CBS’ finances, he threw some red meat to investors: ”Could we raise the dividend (next year)? That’s a possibility.”

He’s encouraged by the additional dollars flowing to the network from retransmission consent deals with pay TV distributors, and reverse compensation payments to CBS from its affiliates. If a local station balked at shelling out cash to CBS — which used to pay stations to carry its shows — then Moonves would consider yanking the affiliation agreement. But he says that’s unlikely because CBS’ strong primetime line up ”is making them a lot of money” by delivering large audiences to local newscasts. Meanwhile, he’d like the FCC not to require that network programming remain on pay TV when distributors balk at retransmission consent payments. ”This is America. We’ll make a deal with these guys or won’t make a deal.” Read More »

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TV TEASER: Showtime’s ‘House Of Lies’

By | Friday November 11, 2011 @ 3:09pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Here is a new trailer for Showtime’s upcoming dark comedy series House Of Lies, which the network will unspool on Sunday. The show, starring Don Cheadle as a self-loathing, womanizing management consultant from a top-tier firm, premieres on January 8, paired with Californication.

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TCA: Showtime Picks Up Doc Series On Comics, Sets Premiere Date For ‘House Of Lies’, More From Network’s Exec Session

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Showtime has picked up Steve Carell and David Steinberg’s docu/interview series, now titled Laughing Stock. The series, which will premiere in January, features host Steinberg interviewing top comedians of several generations, including Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Lily Tomlin, Don … Read More »

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Don Cheadle’s Company Signs First-Look Deal With Showtime

By | Monday June 27, 2011 @ 3:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Don Cheadle, star of Showtime’s upcoming comedy series House of Lies, is expanding his relationship with the pay cable network through a first-look deal for his Crescendo Prods. Under the one-year pact, Cheadle and his producing partners Kay … Read More »

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Showtime Picks Up ‘Homeland’ & ‘House Of Lies’ To Series

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New Showtime entertainment president David Nevins is going 2-for-2 in his first development season at the pay cable network, picking up both pilots he ordered — drama Homeland and comedy House of Lies — to series. Both have received 12-episode orders and will start production in the summer. Thriller Homeland, from 24 showrunner Howard Gordon, stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Emmy and Mandy Patinkin, while management consulting comedy House of Lies is toplined by Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell. “Homeland and House of Lies are audacious in both their concept and their casting,” Nevins said. “They build upon the network’s successful pedigree and expand the definition of what a Showtime series can be. Read More »

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Kristen Bell To Co-Star In Showtime’s ‘House of Lies’ Comedy Pilot

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Former Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell has been tapped for a lead role opposite Don Cheadle in Showtime’s dark comedy pilot House of Lies. Written by Matthew Carnahan based on the book by Martin Kihn, the project centers on Marty … Read More »

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TV CASTINGS: Ben Schwartz, Sherri Shepherd, Jeffrey Nordling Join Pilots

By | Monday January 24, 2011 @ 6:08am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Undercovers standout Ben Schwartz and Josh Lawson have been tapped to co-star opposite Don Cheadle in the Showtime dark comedy pilot House of Lies. The View co-star Sherri Shepherd is set to co-star opposite Christine Taylor in TV Land’s untitled Terri Minsky comedy pilot, David Alan Basche (Lipstick Jungle) … Read More »

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Showtime’s Comedy Pilot Starring Don Cheadle Finds A Lead

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EXCLUSIVE: Heroes alumna Dawn Olivieri has landed a lead opposite Don Cheadle in the Showtime comedy pilot House of Lies. The dark comedy project written by Matthew Carnahan based on the book by Martin Kihn, centers on Marty (Cheadle), … Read More »

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TCA: Showtime’s David Nevins Makes TCA Debut, Discusses ‘Kennedys’, ‘Dexter’

Nellie Andreeva

David Nevins made his TCA debut today as Showtime’s new entertainment president. He laid out his plan for the network: at least 2 and often 3 series in originals at any point during the year. To accomplish that, he has … Read More »

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It’s Official: Showtime Picks Up Comedy Pilot ‘House of Lies’ Starring Don Cheadle

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LOS ANGELES, CA – (December 13, 2010) – Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2) has signed on to star in the pilot for HOUSE OF LIES, a half-hour, dark comedy created and written by Matthew Carnahan (Dirt) from the hit tell-all book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn, which will go into production in February 2011 in Los Angeles, CA. Jessica Borsicsky (Flash Forward) will serve as executive producer, and Emmy winner Stephen Hopkins (Californication, 24) will direct. “Don Cheadle is one of the great dramatic actors of our generation,” said SHOWTIME President of Entertainment David Nevins. “He also happens to be an extremely funny man. HOUSE OF LIES is the perfect show to take advantage of both sides of him. Honestly, I would have been happy just to get his autograph.”

HOUSE OF LIES is a subversive, scathing look at a self-loathing management consultant from a top-tier firm. Cheadle will star as Marty, a highly successful, cutthroat consultant who is never above using any means (or anyone) necessary to get his clients the information they want.

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Comedy About Big Business Nears Pilot Pickup At Showtime

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EXCLUSIVE: It could have easily gotten lost in the shuffle. Matthew Carnahan’s half-hour script House of Lies, set in the world of corporate management consulting, was put in development under … Read More »

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