‘House of Lies’ Turns into ‘House of Mirth’ in NoHo

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The minds and talent behind Showtime’s dramedy skein “House of Lies” descended on NoHo’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theater for a special June 6 screening, reception and panel moderated by Tavis Smiley.

During the talk, Ben Schwartz learned if there’s any rule about attending a panel discussion, it might be to not tick off the moderator. It all started when the thesp riffed on Smiley’s incorrect reference to “Three and a Half Men,” drawing laughs from the audience but also Smiley’s (faux) ire.

“When you upstage and make fun of the moderator, you get to talk last,” Smiley said. “When we get backstage, I’m going to beat you like a runaway slave!”

Don Cheadle and Dawn Olivieri cracked jokes of their own, particularly when pressed about what big, exciting changes they might want from their characters’ narratives in the future.

“I’m going to overdose in a car accident and come back as a vampire — a dark, evil vampire queen,” quipped Olivieri (“Does that match genres okay?” replied Schwartz, looking over at showrunner Matthew Carnahan).

Cheadle, meanwhile, was more concerned about the future of Kristen Bell’s character on the show.

“Seriously, Kristen’s gotta lose some weight. Let’s just say it already,” he joked about his absent costar.

Later, when asked whether there are just some subjects that are off-limits in the “House of Lies” writing process, Cheadle furrowed his brow.

“Lithuanians,” he deadpanned.

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