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Watch Episode 1 Of Don Cheadle's New Showtime Series "House Of Lies" Before Its Official Debut Date

by Tambay A. Obenson
December 27, 2011 12:11 PM
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House Of Lies

Don Cheadle's new dark comedy TV series for the Showtime network, titled House Of Lies (based on the book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn) 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.

Showtime picked up the pilot and ordered 12 episodes of the series which will make its official debut on the network this SundayJanuary 8th2012, at 10PM; but Showtime has made the season premiere episode available on YouTube, as likely all part of its overall marketing strategy for the series. I embedded it at the bottom of this post.

Heroes 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."

And, Glynn Turman, last seen in Burlesque and Takers, will co-star, 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.

While we wait to see what other tricks he has up his sleeve, here's episode 1 of House Of Lies:

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  • Bob | May 5, 2012 3:09 AMReply

    Show is great!

  • Jofobalie | January 21, 2012 8:52 PMReply

    WTF - it's a TV show. Quit taking it so F@#^&($ serious.

  • Ghost | January 8, 2012 10:42 PMReply

    I just saw that episode..... I need a shower and a trip to church to pray for forgiveness.

    Interacial gay preteen son? Somewhere out the creators of Glee, Boondocks and Degrassi are kicking themselves for not doing it first!

    Waiting for the DVD set now...

  • Darkan | December 28, 2011 1:15 PMReply

    It saddens me. There used to be a time when I could look at the the black and white cultures and see dignity. We used to have an integrity to ourselves now I can't tell. We are doing everything in our power to become like them and it shows in our entertainment. A cross dressing little mixed boy? Sad...

  • illthoughts | December 28, 2011 11:01 AMReply

    A little over the top but entertaining nonetheless. Not bad and as the season goes on it should get better.

  • White Guy in SF | December 28, 2011 8:36 AMReply

    This series uber post-racial. Don Cheadle is a wealthy management consultant that has great sex with beautiful women of all races. He also has an interracial gay son. Wake up people.... We voted for Obama. Give the series a chance. This guy could be the new Cliff Huxtable. YES WE CAN 2012! Don't be Afraid of Post-Blackness....

  • Mustafa Jackson | December 28, 2011 1:51 AMReply

    Pure unadulterated Garbage!

  • Darla & Mark | December 27, 2011 11:51 PMReply

    A pure bore, silly boring childish dialogues and situations, scenes don't connect, no reason why an action took place, I could go on but who am I to criticize , Showtime order 12 more episodes.

    Who is he trying to be Don Draper, Gordon Gekko?

  • Nemesis | December 28, 2011 12:58 AM

    A lot of management consultants, not unlike investment bankers (and I've worked on the support side of both sectors), are Don Draper and Gordon Gekko wannabes - the younger and/or more sexy/good looking they are (or perceive themselves to be) and the more successful they are, even more so. Staid and stately, then ain't!

    And as for childish dialogue and situations... sadly, the more money they make and the more toys and people they can buy, the more childish they behave. In fact, funny thing is, they think they're actually cool, not childish or boring. They're spin meisters who think they run the world and can fix it to their advantage (and the immediate to medium-term advantage of their clients), and when they have an expense account, they have a tendency to go a little crazy. They're like spoiled brats who never get told no.

    Of course, this isn't true for all of them, but who wants to watch a tame and nice show about responsible adults all the time?

    It might be trying too hard at times to be edgy and "in yer face" but its the pilot and so wants to pack a punch by putting itself out there letting it be known that it's not for prudes or bores, and isn't to be taken too seriously, even though it delves into the serious business of million dollar corporate machinations and manipulations.

    I'm sure it'll even out and become a little more mellow with time and I, for one, like this entertaining can of worms and look forward to seeing what they do with the first season. I could do without the constant freeze-frames and explanations to camera thing though and hope that it's just confined to this pilot and isn't carried through into subsequent episodes... Comes over as too gimmicky and smacks of lazy writing, imho.

  • Ade | December 27, 2011 5:31 PMReply

    Megalyn Echikunwoke is sexy.

  • Nicole | December 27, 2011 4:57 PMReply


    I watched the episode.

    I love Don Cheadle. I mean I really, really love me some Don Cheadle but I don't know about this show. It's like they're trying too hard to push buttons instead of relying on good writing, good acting, etc. (Homeland has spoiled me.)

    I'll probably watch again because I want to support Don. Hopefully it will grow on me.

    Sidenote: If I were a black actor, I would focus on cable television. That's where all the diversity and risk-taking seems to be outside of the indies.

  • Nicole | December 27, 2011 5:53 PM

    @IJ: I agree. Pulling the curtain back on the world of management consulting was the most interesting part for me too. And even though I don't know if I like Cheadle as a "man-whore", it was kinda refreshing seeing a black male lead be "sexual". And I like the fact that he's equal opportunity when it comes to the ladies.

  • IJ Clinton | December 27, 2011 5:36 PM

    I really liked Don Cheadle's performance, as usual, and most of dialogue was witty to me. But I feel you on the episode trying too hard to be edgy. I mean a cross-dressing 12-year-old boy and out-of-nowhere gal-on-gal action? Just seems desperate.

    But if the writers focus more on the personal conflicts Cheadle's character faces and the intricacies of his work as a management consultant -- the most interesting aspect of the episode to me, it will be on the right track.

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