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Californication and Shameless US renewed for sixth and third seasons


Story by Jack Foley

DAVID Duchovny’s Californication and William H Macy’s Shameless have both been renewed for further seasons.

Californication will now enjoy a sixth season of sexual comedy, while the US version of Shameless gets a third season.

Showtime has renewed freshman comedy House of Lies, featuring Don Cheadle, for a second run.

Commenting on all three renewals, David Nevins, head of Showtime entertainment, 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.”

In the US, Shameless is currently averaging 4.75 million weekly viewers across multiple platforms and now ranks as the cable network’s No. 2 rated show behind Dexter.

House of Lies – the dark comedy that co-stars Kristen Bell – debuted as the network’s second-highest-rated debut premiere and is currently tracking to become its highest-rated comedy.

And Californication, which has previously earned Duchovny a Golden Globe for his portrayal of a womanizing author, averages nearly 3 million viewers across multiple platforms and is up 10 per cent year-over-year.

All three shows are aired on UK channels with Sky Atlantic having recently announced that House of Lies will form a future part of its line-up.

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