Showtime’s ‘Shameless’ & ‘House of Lies’ Log Record Finales

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 10:44am PDT

shameless-season-4In the face of stiff competition, Showtime‘s Shameless and House Of Lies wrapped their fourth and third seasons, respectively, with best-yet wrap-up stats. Shameless’s surprise finale — in which, during closing credits (SPOILER ALERT) Jack pulls up to the Gallagher household, looking for all the world like a resurrected Jimmy/Steve — delivered its biggest telecast of the season and highest-rated finale ever with 1.93 million viewers at 9 PM and 2.83 million viewers for the night, outperforming the Season 3 finale by 18% (2.39 million) and its Season 4 premiere by 23% (2.3 million). House Of Lies, meanwhile, ended its third season with 731,000 viewers at 10 PM and 1.4 million viewers for the night — the show’s  best finale night ever,  outperforming its Season 2 finale and Season 34 premiere by 16%; both had delivered 1.2 million viewers. It too was fraught with drama including (SPOILER ALERT) busy Marty Kaan about to be indicted and having admitted love to Jeannie, who comes off looking pretty bad. Read More »

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‘Shameless’ Scores Series Best Stats On Sunday

By | Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 11:57am PDT

shameless-season-4Despite stiff competition across broadcast and cable, Showtime‘s Shameless copped its biggest episode premiere crowd ever on Sunday — 2.8 million viewers, surpassing previous high, aka Episode 6 of this season. It was a pretty eventful episode — SPOILER … Read More »

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EMMYS: Showtime’s ‘Shameless’ To Compete As Comedy

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ShamelessShowtime‘s Shameless is switching Emmy categories. The hourlong dramedy, which competed as a drama for the past three seasons, will be submitted as a comedy this time after a request by executive producer and showrunner John WellsRead More »

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Emily Bergl Upped To Regular On Showtime’s ‘Shameless’; Andrea Bogart To Recur On ‘Ray Donovan’

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 6:19pm PDT

image (3)Showtime has promoted Emily Bergl to series regular for Season 5 of dramedy Shameless. Bergl is currently completing a 10-episode arc as Sammi Gallagher, a long-lost daughter of Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy). Shameless‘ current fourth season … Read More »

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Showtime Renews ‘Shameless’ & ‘House Of Lies’

By | Tuesday February 18, 2014 @ 9:29am PST
Nellie Andreeva

shamelessShowtime has made 12-episode orders for a Season 5 of blue-collar dramedy Shameless and Season 4 of dark comedy House Of Lies to air in 2015. They join previously picked up comedy Episodes to complete a renewal … Read More »

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Premium Cable Super Bowl Plans: Showtime Switches To Originals, HBO Shifts Comedies

By | Friday January 24, 2014 @ 12:20pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Episode 212Showtime and HBO have made opposite programming decisions for Super Bowl Sunday. Showtime, which originally planned to air repeats on February 2, has now decided to air originals of its series Shameless, House Of Lies and Episodes against the big game. I hear the call was made after Showtime brass were encouraged by the shows’ performances last Sunday when, against the strongest primetime NFC Championship Game in 19 years, they managed to post a 17% year-to-year audience growth for the night. With over 70% of Showtime subscribers watching series on a time-shifted basis, the network decided not to interrupt its weekly delivery of originals. Read More »

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‘Shameless’ Star Emmy Rossum And Justin Long Lead ‘Comet’ Cast

By | Wednesday June 5, 2013 @ 5:56pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Milestone Media is just getting underway with Comet, a quirky indie romantic comedy that stars Emmy Rossum (Shameless) and Justin Long. Sam Esmail is directing his screenplay, and Scott Stone and Farnaz Fahid are producing … Read More »

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Justin Chatwin Exits ‘Shameless’ As Series Regular, Might Be Back Says Showtime

By | Wednesday June 5, 2013 @ 11:28am PDT

Looks like Jimmy Lishman really did meet his fate at the end of Season 3 of Shameless. Executive Producer John Wells revealed last night at a panel at the TV Academy that Justin Chatwin, who has played … Read More »

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Showtime’s ‘House Of Lies’, ‘Shameless’ & ‘Californication’ Renewed

By | Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 10:44am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Three weeks into the season, Showtime has renewed its entire current Sunday lineup: Drama Shameless for a fourth season, comedy House Of Lies for a third and veteran Californication for Season 7. The pickup comes as all three series are off to a strong start this season. They all returned on January 13 with their highest-rated episodes ever. The third season of Shameless is currently averaging 5.4 million weekly viewers across platforms, up 22% from last season and up 63% vs. Season 1. The second season of House Of Lies is averaging 3.2 million weekly viewers, up 10% from Season 1, and the sixth season of Californication is averaging 3.1 million weekly viewers, up 21% vs. season five. Production for the new seasons of all three series will kick-off in Los Angeles later this year for a 2014 launch. “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 Showtime entertainment president David Nevins. Read More »

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Showtime’s ‘House Of Lies’, ‘Californication’ & ‘Shameless’ All Return Strong

By | Monday January 14, 2013 @ 12:24pm PST

Showtime saw a trio of series return last night with double-digit growth over their previous seasons. Back for its third season, Shameless garnered 2 million viewers at 9 PM, up 26% from the show’s Season 2 premiere and a series high. House Of Lies returned for its second season with 1.19 million viewers at 10 PM. That’s up 15% from the 1.03 million who watched the series’ Season 1 debut and 53% from the number of viewers who tuned in for the season finale. Californication was also back Sunday for its sixth season with 1.07 million viewers. The 10:30 PM airing of the Hollywood-based drama starring David Duchovny was up 41% from its Season 5 premiere viewership of 758,000. The premieres come on a free preview weekend for Showtime. Being that the network only counts subscribers, the actual viewership could be much higher. Read More »

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Showtime’s Sunday Theme: ‘Shameless’, ‘House Of Lies’ And ‘Californication’ -TCA

By | Saturday January 12, 2013 @ 3:59pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Premium cable channels enjoy the luxury of not having to worry as much as commercial TV about success in certain time slots, Showtime entertainment chief David Nevins said during today’s TCA Q&A with reporters. He pointed out that 65% of the Dexter audience watches the show at some time after its original airing.

But Showtime chose to focus on a time slot – an evening, that is — in presenting this afternoon’s panel featuring actors from its Sunday night series House of Lies (Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell), Californication (Evan Handler, Pamela Adlon) and Shameless (William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum).

The lively conversation ranged all over the map but at one point wandered to Macy’s short haircut, a marked difference from the filthy flowing locks his character sported when Shameless began (and the clean flowing locks the actor wore in the 2012 movie The Sessions). “I cut it off on the show, it was very dramatic,” the actor said, joking that after his buzz cut he enjoyed watching the faces of onlookers searching for something positive to say about his new look. “I got 7 hats for Christmas,” he added.

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Of his character, the actor drew laughs by saying: “There is no low for this character. They have installed special low-cal scenery because I’ve been eating so much of it.”  Read More »

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Mike Vogel & Nestor Carbonell Join A&E’s ‘Bates Motel’, Trio To Recur On ‘Shameless’

By | Tuesday October 2, 2012 @ 1:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Mike Vogel and Nestor Carbonell have joined the cast of A&E’s upcoming series Bates Motel, which serves as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock horror classic Psycho, in … Read More »

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Showtime Sets Return Date For ‘Shameless’, ‘House Of Lies’ & ‘Californication’

By | Monday September 17, 2012 @ 9:29am PDT

The network will bring back all three original series January 13, Showtime announced today. Shameless‘ third season will air at 9 PM, followed by the Season 2 opener of House Of Lies at 10 PM and the … Read More »

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AMC’s ‘The Killing’ Down In Return, Solid Finish For Showtime’s ‘Shameless’, ‘Lies’

By | Monday April 2, 2012 @ 1:06pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: AMC’s The Killing opened its second season with 1.8 million viewers tuning in for its two-hour premiere, 661,000 of them in the adults 18-49 demographic. That was down 33% and 26%, respectively, from the mystery series’ debut last April. … Read More »

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Showtime’s ‘Shameless’ Hits Series High

By | Tuesday March 6, 2012 @ 9:59am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Showtime’s sophomore drama Shameless drew its largest audience even on Sunday, 1.6 million at 9 PM. That was up 14% from the series’ most recent original two weeks ago. For the night, Shameless averaged 2.12 million over two runs, also … Read More »

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‘Shameless’ Regular Steve Howey Cast In Indie ‘In Your Eyes’

By | Thursday February 23, 2012 @ 1:10pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Howey will star along with Zoe Kazan and Mark Feuerstein in the romantic-horror film currently in pre-production. Directed by Brin Hill and written by Joss Whedon, In Your Eyes revolves around two polar opposites who have surprising … Read More »

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Zach McGowan Promoted To Regular On Showtime’s Drama Series ‘Shameless’

By | Wednesday February 15, 2012 @ 4:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Zach McGowan has been made a series regular for Season 3 of Showtime’s hit series “Shameless.” McGowan has been recurring on the show this season playing ex-sex addict Jody Silverman who likes cooking breakfast in the nude. Shameless, which … Read More »

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Showtime Renews ‘Shameless’, ‘House Of Lies’ And ‘Californication’

By | Wednesday February 1, 2012 @ 10:12am PST
Nellie Andreeva

After a strong start to the current season, Showtime has given an early renewal to its entire Sunday lineup of Shameless, House Of Lies and Californication. With the pickup of dark comedy House Of Lies, both of Showtime’s freshman series greenlighted by entertainment president David Nevins are going into a second season, along with drama hit Homeland. Shameless has been picked up for a third season, while Californication was renewed for a sixth. “These three shows are clearly resonating with audiences as evidenced by their steady growth on Sunday nights,” Nevins said. “We are extremely pleased with the creative work being done by the casts, producers and writers – and I so appreciate that each of these series has such a clear and distinctive voice.”

Showtime’s Sunday night lineup is posting double-digit year-over-year growth for its returning series and strong numbers for rookie House Of Lies. Shameless averages 4.75 million weekly viewers, up 30% vs. Season 1 to rank as Showtime’s No. 2-rated show behind only Dexter. House Of Lies is on track to be Showtime’s highest-rated comedy. Season 5 of Californication averages 2.96 million viewers across all platforms, up 10% from Season 4. Read More »

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Showtime’s Sunday Series Rise, ‘Shameless’ Tops HBO’s ‘Luck’; ‘Real Housewives’ Hot

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 11:05am PST
Nellie Andreeva

HBO’s ‘Luck’ Renewed For Second Season

Showtime’s Sunday lineup rebounded after facing the NFC Championship Game the previous week. Both Shameless (1.37 million) and House Of Lies (1.02 million) drew their largest audiences since the season premieres. Shameless was up 7% from the previous week, House Of Lies 41%. At 9 PM, Shameless, which was originally set up at HBO, outdelivered the official premiere of HBO’s Luck (1.1 million) by 29%. (This was not the first airing of Luck‘s pilot episode, which was previewed after the Boardwalk Empire season finale last month.) At 10:30 PM, Californication (748,000) was up 17% from the previous week. Read More »

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