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Shameless, Californication and House of Lies renewed


Story by Jack Foley

SHOWTIME has renewed the US version of Shameless, David Duchovny’s Californication and Don Cheadle’s Golden Globe winning House of Lies.

The announcement was made by Showtime entertainment chief David Nevins in a statement, in which he said: “Californication, House of Lies and Shameless possess highly distinctive comedic voices, and given that all three continue to grow their audience season after season – the pick-up decision was easy.

“I am incredibly excited to see what each of these series has in store for their next seasons.”

Of the renewals, Duchovny’s Californication is by far the longest running and will return for a seventh season in 2014. Its sixth season is currently averaging 3.1 million weekly viewers, up 21% from series five.

Shameless, meanwhile, is currently up 22% in its third season, with 5.4 million viewers on average.

And House of Lies, featuring Cheadle and Kristen Bell, is pulling in 3.2 weekly viewers, up 10%t from its first season.

The renewal announcement also came as two new shows were greenlit – Liev Schreiber’s Ray Donovan, which will be paired with Dexter in June, and Lizzy Caplan’s Masters of Sex, which will run with the channel’s most prized asset, Homeland, from September.

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