*Showtime has renewed its original shows “Shameless” and “House of Lies” for fifth seasons, while Oprah Winfrey’s OWN has finally set a premiere date for its reality series starring Lindsay Lohan.
The critically-acclaimed hit drama “Shameless,” featuring Shanola Hampton in the cast, and comedy series “House Of Lies,” starring Don Cheadle, each received a fresh 12-episode order for 2015, per Tuesday’s announcement from David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.
Production for the new seasons will begin in Los Angeles later this year. “Shameless,” and “House of Lies” air on Sunday nights starting at 9 p.m.
*While snippets of this dropped last week, today marks the full reveal of Bud Light’s Super Bowl commercial featuring hidden camera footage of a normal guy having wild night – a portion of which includes Don Cheadle and a llama.
The commercial opens with the guy, Ian Rapoport, in a bar being approached by a beautiful girl, drinking a Bud Light, of course, who sets the stage for adventure from the outset by asking: “If I give you this (beer) are you up for whatever happens next?”
Suddenly a voiceover reveals, “Three seconds ago we gave Ian Rapoport a choice, Ian is not an actor — he has no idea what is going to happen next.”
*Beginning this Sunday, February 2, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Tip “T.I.” Harris Jr. (“Boss”) and Mekhi Phifer (“Lie To Me”) join the third season of Showtime’s “House of Lies.”
The pair will be featured in a season-long arc as childhood friends-turned-moguls Lukas Frye (T.I.) and Dre (Phifer) who hire Marty (Don Cheadle) to help expand their business empire. They each have very different ideas about the future of their business interests and Marty gets stuck in the middle.
The episode also marks Cheadle’s directorial debut.
Actor Don Cheadle attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California
*Don Cheadle, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey are among the first round of presenters announced for Saturday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The four were also nominated for SAG Awards this year.
Winfrey and Whitaker are both nominated for their individual work in and as part of the cast of “Lee Daniels‘ The Butler.”
Washington is nominated for a SAG Award for her role in ABC’s “Scandal.” Cheadle is nominated for best actor in a comedy series for his part in Showtime’s “House of Lies.” He’s been part of two SAG Award-winning film casts, in “Crash” and “Traffic.”
*The cast of the Showtime comedy “House of Lies” will appear as they never have before — doing long-form improv comedy in front of a live audience — for a new special airing Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 10/9c.
“House of Lies Live!,” taped at Los Angeles’ famed Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, will feature stars Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Josh Lawson and Ben Schwartz along with upcoming Season 3 guest stars Lauren Lapkus, Ryan Gaul and Eugene Cordero.
*Does an actor have to actually like the character he or she is playing in order to do it justice?
Don Cheadle’s portrayal of ethically-challenged management consultant Martin Kaan in Showtime’s “House of Lies” earned him a Golden Globe win earlier this year, and a second nomination this morning. The character and his ill behavior are no doubt entertaining, but the man who inspired the character said his own win-at-all-cost philosophy was hard to bear.
“I was a consultant. I hated myself,” said Martin Kihn a former employee of Booz Allen Hamilton and the author of “House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time.”
“I think that consultants are a lot like actors, and the skill is not to solve a business problem or really to have any expertise” he told us. “The skill is to be able to present oneself as someone who could solve a business problem or may potentially have expertise. So we’re taught a whole vocabulary that can be applied in any situation. I mean, we could literally go into any industry and sound like we knew what we were talking about just because we’re using these words that we were taught. So in a way there’s a sense of dishonesty. It’s not perfectly disingenuous or ingenuous, and I don’t like consultants. My brother’s a consultant. I don’t like him.”
But, does Cheadle like Marty? Listen to his answer below.