House of Lies: Renewed for Season Two by Showtime

House of Lies season twoWell, like their characters on House of Lies, it seems that Don Cheadle and company know how to get things done. The Showtime series has been renewed for a second season.

House of Lies is based on a tell-all book from author Martin Kihn. In the story, Marty Kaan (Cheadle) is a big-money earner at Galweather & Stearn and leads a young team of hotshot power players. Known as “The Pod,” the team includes Jeannie (Kristen Bell), Clyde (Ben Schwartz), and Doug (Josh Lawson). They go first class all the way, spend wild nights on the town servicing their clients’ needs, and stick it to “the man” by beating the corporate suckers at their own game.

The half-hour series debuted on Sunday, January 8th to a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 1.03 million total viewers. That wasn’t nearly as strong as the return of Shameless that preceded it but Showtime crowed that House of Lies brought in 1.6 million viewers when later airings were factored in. That was better than Homeland’s premiere. If you include the online and on-demand numbers, the viewer total reaches 2.76 million.

The second installment of House of Lies fell but the numbers rose for weeks three and four. Sunday’s installment brought a new high with a 0.6 rating in the demo and nearly matched the premiere with 1.02 million total viewers.

Showtime says that they’re thrilled with the growth and the creative work of the cast and crew so House of Lies has been renewed for a second season. There’s no word on how many installments have been ordered or when they’ll air but the show will go back into production later this year in Los Angeles.

There are currently eight episodes remaining for the first season. It looks like the season finale of House of Lies will air, appropriately enough, on April 1st.

Showtime also announced that they are renewing Shameless for a third season and Californication for season six.

What do you think? Do you think House of Lies is worth watching? Should it have been renewed or cancelled instead?

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11 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. steven j says

    Best show and I never watch full series, great cast believable story had me glued to my couch keep up the great story line. Showtime just caught its biggest fan. Thank-you for bringing t.v back to life.

  2. kelvin says

    this show is a big hit we have parties at my house where we watch it as a group over drinks, not even a choice you must bring it back.

  3. Steve says

    Amazed by anyone that says they don’t either really like or love this show! There is nothing else on tv like it. They take things that happen in the real world (business leverage, sex, prejudice and yes, kids trying to “figure things out”) and make it VERY entertaining. The camera work when actors are frozen is just awesome. Please keep this going for seaon 2, 3, 4……!!!

  4. Thom says

    Tasteless and pointless. And what’s with the 10 year old boy drressing/acting like a girl? Just don’t see what that has to do with Marty’s (Don Cheadle) life or character. And don’t get me started on the two side-kick nerd knuckleheads.

    Dexter, Californication, Shameless, Homeland, Weeds? These are hits. House of Lies is a miss. Big miss.

  5. Argent says

    It’s juvenile and tasteless, a feeble attempt to capture the wit and style of Leverage and the raunchiness of Californication/Shameless. This latest nonsense where Jeannie “has to” have sex with a client or the whole team loses their careers is just another sexist and silly gimmick. Don Cheadle is way above this kind of thing.

  6. Donna says

    Keep it! I am Lovin the series. Don Cheadle plays well let’s face it a lovable a-hole. The situations they get into are hilarious and his sarcastic commentary just adds to my love of the show .

  7. Anna says

    Cancelled. I am a fan of Shameless, Dexter, The Borgias, and a few other shows on Showtime, and this one just isn’t interesting, and doesn’t honestly make any sense to me at all. I tried to watch it because I adore Kristen Bell, but….I just can’t.

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