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Showtime Renews Don Cheadles "House Of Lies" For A Second Season

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 1, 2012 2:21 PM
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House Of Lies

Its first season isn't even over yet, but, after reported strong early ratings numbers, the Showtime Network has renewed Don Cheadle's new dark comedy TV series House Of Lies, which stars Cheadle as Marty, a highly successful, cutthroat consultant who will use any means (or anyone) necessary to get his clients the information that they want.

The series, which Showtime head David Nevins says is "clearly resonating with audiences as evidenced by... steady growth," will be returning for a second season!

Congrats to Don! You officially have a TV hit on your hands; maybe this'll translate to the big screen, and his Miles Davis project will finally get the backing it needs to go into production.

In House Of LiesHeroes alum, Dawn Olivieri, plays Monica, Marty's "crazy, pill-popping ex-wife and biggest professional competition, as her consulting firm is No.1, compared to Marty's No. 2."

Glynn Turman, last seen in Burlesque and Takers, co-stars, playing Cheadle's father.

Don recently signed a 1-year first-look deal with Showtime, under which he and his producing partners will develop and executive produce series projects for the cable channel.

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  • Geneva Girl | February 2, 2012 7:25 AMReply

    I've watched the pilot and half of the next episode. It's funny, but a bit vulgar for my taste. My husband, on the other hand loves it. I am too troubled by the transgender son. I don't care that he's transgender, but would wish to see an ordinary black boy. To me, using a devise like that is lazy writing. A good writer can make everyday life funny.

  • reg | February 2, 2012 12:10 AMReply

    well, duncan, suppose they thought it was "necessary" because they made the arbitrarily artistic (and possibly pc demographic) choice to have a gay character who not only close to, but loved by, the main character that we as an audience can identify with. whatever, no problem.
    what is a problem to me, it that the show keeps running off the rails every episode. i mean, it's only half an hour long, but in each episode i've seen, one of the characters has some long totally unbelievable monologue or scene that just may or may not be well-written, but sticks out like a sour thumb from the action. eg, in the most recent episode, it was a long weird attempt by marty (cheadle's character) to rage at his ex-wife via phone message. cheadle certainly earned his paycheck trying to make that work! fortunately, there's usually a scene or two that make that redeem the episode as whole: in this case, the one night stand kristen bell's ("heroes", "veronica mars") character with nick stahl.
    in sum, i'm always glad to see cheadle working, he's one of my favorite actors. but, so far, this show is, at best, a C+.

  • Duncan Manutz | February 1, 2012 5:24 PMReply

    I watched the "Pilot" and I had a hard time understanding why they put his 10 year old son in a dress and made him out to be some confused young black kid that wants to be a little girl. Why is that even necessary ?

  • Dankwa Brooks | February 1, 2012 6:00 PM

    I saw a news report about a year ago about a 10 year old black boy who was doing the same thing. I know we have a bad history of black men in dresses, but I assume with a series they'll have time to address it in a knowledgable manner.

    As far as the show I saw the pilot only too and it was good to see a sexual black man on TV. They are always just the friend or in a sexless marriage. I too hope this shows' success increases his Hollywood cred so he can get some other projects made.

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