PRESS RELEASE: After record-setting premiere ratings on the network’s Sunday night line-up and continued year-to-year audience growth, SHOWTIME has picked up brand new seasons of SHAMELESS, HOUSE OF LIES and CALIFORNICATION for 2014. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.  Season-to-date, all three series are pacing above their prior seasons across platforms. The third season of SHAMELESS is up 22 percent, currently averaging 5.4 million weekly viewers across platforms (vs. second season average of 4.4 million), and up 63 percent versus its first season (vs. 3.3 million). The second season of HOUSE OF LIES is averaging 3.2 million weekly viewers across platforms, up 10 percent from its freshman season (vs. 2.91 million), and the sixth season of CALIFORNICATION is averaging 3.1 million weekly viewers, up 21 percent versus season five (vs. 2.5 million). Production for the new seasons of all three series will kick-off in Los Angeles later this year. [Read more…]

Welcome Back, Kristen! HOUSE OF LIES Star Kristen Bell Dishes on Her Sexy New Showtime Series

After years of praying and hoping and wishing and dreaming for Kristen Bell to return to the small screen medium that turned her into a household name, the artist formerly known as Veronica Mars is back.

Playing Jeannie Van Der Hooven, a bright and beautiful up-and-coming member of a cutthroat management consulting firm fronted by Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle) in Showtime’s newest series HOUSE OF LIES, Bell has finally been given the opportunity to grow up. And nobody is as happy about that fact than her.

“It’s a very very different role than anything I’ve ever played,” explained Bell of her flirtatious and mysterious new character. “For one it’s an adult, I’m playing my age — YEEEES — not acting my age! For another, the character is very flawed and I think that makes it interesting.” [Read more…]

Watch Kristen Bell’s HOUSE OF LIES For Free Online Right Now!

Just how confident is Showtime in HOUSE OF LIES, their newest series starring Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell? So confident that they’ve decided to take a page from the Pringles “Once you pop, you can’t stop” playbook by offering up the series premiere for free via, iTunes, YouTube and select television providers’ free On Demand channels and websites. Oh, and on the off chance you’re asking yourself just how you can possibly thank us for this incredibly awesome tip, by all means feel free to return to after watching the premiere and share with us what you thought. Enjoy.

Today’s TV Addict Top 5: Our Most Anticipated New TV Shows of 2012

What do you get when you combine the Producing prowess of Chicago’s Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the musical stylings of songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) and the singing/acting chops of the likes of Debra Messing, Brian D’Arcy James, Christian Borle, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport and Anjelica Huston? In short: An absolutely electrifying pilot that has easily earned SMASH the distinction of being heralded as our our most anticipated show of 2012. [Premieres Monday February 6th on NBC, CTV in Canada]

How does LONE STAR creator Kyle Killen follow up one of the best reviewed flops in recent television history? Well, if his latest project is any indication, by doubling down! No really. Clearly not content to tone down his penchant for complex storytelling for a Network audience, AWAKE will attempt to tell the tale of a police detective (Jason Isaacs) who — as the title suggests — awakens in two very different realities following a horrific car accident. The catch? One reality is where only his wife survived and the other is where his son did. And while we don’t pretend to know how this engrossing tale will play out, or what effect — if any — the recently reported behind-the-scenes struggles will affect the show, of this we are sure: Having watched and re-watched the pilot more times than we care to admit, we can’t wait to find out what happens next. [Premiere TBD] [Read more…]