TV News: Showtime Renews ‘Shameless,’ ‘House of Lies,’ ‘Californication’

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CHICAGO – Not to be outdone by HBO, who renewed their Sunday hit “Luck” yesterday, Showtime gave season renewals today to their impressive slate of Sunday shows — “Shameless,” “House of Lies,” and “Californication.” All three have done remarkably well in the ratings as the two veterans have improved on previous season numbers and “House of Lies” has done very well in its first few freshman frames.

David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks, said, “These three shows are clearly resonating with audiences as evidenced by their steady growth on Sunday nights. 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.

“Shameless” is a true cable juggernaut, averaging nearly 5 million viewers across platforms (including DVR and On Demand numbers), ranking only behind “Dexter” for the entire Showtime network. “House of Lies” is close to 4 million and “Californication” is near 3 million. All very imperssive numbers, especially when one considers the competition on Sunday nights. The third season of “Shameless,” second season of “House of Lies,” and sixth season of “Californication” will likely debut in January 2013.

“Shameless” stars William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum; “House of Lies” stars Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell; “Californication” stars David Duchovny. content director Brian Tallerico

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