Showtime announced new seasons of comedies Shameless, House of Lies and Episodes will debut on Sunday, January 11th. The fifth season of Shameless, returning at 9 PM, stars William H. Macy as pickled patriarch Frank Gallagher and Emmy Rossum as daughter Fiona. Season 5 finds the Gallaghers dealing with both the upside and downside of personal and urban renewal. As their neighborhood begins a move towards gentrifying, the Gallagher clan begins to reconcile their chaotic past in the hopes of building a better future. Dermot Mulroney and Steve Kazee and Sasha Alexander will guest star. The series also stars Ethan Cutkosky, Emily Bergl, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, Cameron Monaghan, Jeremy Allen White, Noel Fisher and special guest star Joan Cusack. Based on the long-running UK series, the show is executive produced by John Wells, Andrew Stearn, Christopher Chulack, Davey Holmes and Nancy Pimental. Wells developed the series for American television; produced by Bonanza Productions, Inc. in association with John Wells Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
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At 10 PM, Don Cheadle returns as Marty Kaan in the fourth season of House of Lies. We last left a despondent Marty alone in the desert after a double-cross by Jeannie (Kristen Bell) and a visit by the Feds. This season, Marty’s brief stint in white collar prison leaves Jeannie to pick up the pieces of the now tainted Kaan & Associates with Clyde (Ben Schwartz) and Doug (Josh Lawson). Client flight has decimated the bottom line, but Marty is now a man with a singular focus: winning, at any and all cost. Larenz Tate (Rush) returns as Marty’s brother Malcolm along with new guest stars Demetri Martin (The Daily Show with John Stewart) and Valorie Curry (The Following). From the tell-all book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn, House of Lies also stars Ben Schwartz (This is Where I Leave You); Josh Lawson (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues); Glynn Turman (In Treatment); and Donis Leonard Jr. (Criminal Minds). Produced by Showtime, the series is created and executive produced by Matthew Carnahan. Jessika Borsiczky, Don Cheadle and David Walpert return as executive producers for Season 4.
Finally, Matt LeBlanc is back as, well, Matt LeBlanc in the fourth season of Episodes, at 10:30 PM. LeBlanc’s fictionalized version of himself faces a financial crisis in the new season, and is forced to make some tough decisions. He likely will make the wrong ones. Sean (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly (Tamsin Greig) have been dragged back to L.A. to shoot more episodes of their disastrous sitcom Pucks! Meanwhile, their other project, The Opposite of Us, refuses to go away. And there’s a new network chief. Episodes is created and executive produced by writing partners David Crane (Friends) and Jeffrey Klarik (Mad About You), and is also executive produced by Jimmy Mulville through his Hat Trick production company.
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