It’s official, Showtime has officially given a series pickup to House of Lies, a half-hour comedy starring Kristen Bell and Don Cheadle.
The show is based on Martin Kihn’s hit tell-all book How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time. It revolves around dueling corporate management consulting firms. Bell plays Jeannie, a razor-sharp Brown grad who reluctantly finds herself attracted to her co-worker Marty, played by Don Cheadle. The cast also includes Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson, Dawn Olivieri and Glynn Turman.
Showtime has also picked up a new series starring Claire Danes. Homeland is a psychological thriller about a CIA officer who becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to the rescue of a presumed-dead U.S. soldier (Damian Lewis) was a setup and may be connected to an Al Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil. Mandy Patinkin also stars as a veteran CIA Division Chief who serves as a mentor to Danes’ character. The series is produced by 24 vet Howard Gordon.
“On the heels of successfully launching our four freshman series in the last 8 months, we’re excited to introduce the next wave of Showtime shows,” said Showtime entertainment president David Nevins. “Homeland and House of Lies are audacious in both their concept and their casting. They build upon the network’s successful pedigree and expand the definition of what a Showtime series can be.”
Both shows have been given a 12 episode order and will begin production this summer.