Showtime renews trio of shows

'Shameless,' 'Californication,' 'Lies' to return on pay cabler

Showtime has ordered new seasons of “Shameless,” “House of Lies” and “Californication.”

Currently in its second season, “Shameless” has done well for the pay cabler and Don Cheadle starrer “House of Lies” is off to a strong start since its Jan. 8 debut.

The renewal will mark a sixth season for “Californication.”

While “Dexter” remains the most-watched show on Showtime, “Shameless” is No. 2, averaging 4.7 million viewers a week when including original and repeat telecasts, as well as DVR and on demand viewing.

“House of Lies” is the second scripted skein, following “Homeland,” to debut on Showtime since David Nevins took the reins as entertainment prexy in 2010. “House” bowed to 1.6 million viewers (across three airings) and has held up well in subsequent airings.

“These three shows are clearly resonating with audiences as evidenced by their steady growth on Sunday nights,” said Showtime entertainment prexy Nevins. “I so appreciate that each of these series has such a clear and distinctive voice.”

“Shameless” is based on the U.K. series from Paul Abbott about a Chicago family that struggles in tough economic times. Cast is headlined by Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy. Skein is from Warner Bros. TV while Abbott exec produces with John Wells and Andrew Stearn.

Laffer “House of Lies,” about a group of power-hungry consultants led by Cheadle, is based on a novel by author Martin Kihn and has performed well in its post-“Shameless” 10 p.m. timeslot. Weekly cumulative average comes in just a fraction under 4 million viewers.

Matthew Carnahan created the skein, which is produced in house, and he exec produces with Cheadle, Jessika Borsiczky and Stephen Hopkins.

As for “Californication,” skein is up 10% from a year ago and averages 2.9 million cumulative viewers.

The renewals come as Showtime is on a roll spurred by the success of terrorist drama “Homeland,” which was a ratings hit and claimed the Golden Globe last month for best TV drama.