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Showtime has put the full pilot episode of its new series House of Lies online before the show premieres Sunday, January 8 at 10 Pm Et. The show stars Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, and Ben Schwartz as a team of management consultants who con and swindle corporate entities to spend a fortune on their services. Click on the video player below to watch the pilot episode of House of Lies in its entirety.
Given the Occupy Wall Street movement and public sentiment toward corporations and individuals with seven-figure salaries, the cultural atmosphere for Showtime’s new series House of Lies seems just about right – despite the irony of the program airing on pay-cable. Still, in an effort to build buzz before the January 8 premiere, the network is tossing the 99% a bone by offering a glimpse at the first episode online.
Described as a dark comedy centered on a big-money consultant team headed up by Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle), the series is based on the book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn. In addition to starring, Cheadle will be executive producing alongside creator and writer Matthew Carnahan and ...
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- Kevin Yeoman
A classic marketing strategy over at Showtime is to stream premiere episodes a week or two before the airdate. The network has done it for new seasons of Dexter and Weeds, as well as new series Shameless and Homeland. It must be working, because Showtime has just posted the pilot for the upcoming comedy House of Lies for all to see. I really like the cast: Don Cheadle, Kristin Bell, Ben Schwartz, and Josh Lawson star as a management consulting team. Hit the jump to watch Episode 1, "Gods of Dangerous Financial," before House of Lies premieres on January 8. I like Cheadle in full-on comedic mode, but I am not convinced after one episode this is the vehicle that should have lured him to TV. And I am really not sure what Bell is doing here. I hope they develop her character in future episodes. It feels excessively edgy, since the »
- Brendan Bettinger
If full episodes of Showtime's new series "House of Lies" capture anywhere near the energy level and swagger of the trailer, then it will be going straight to the season pass list on our DVRs.
Because the trailer, which you can watch at the top of the post, is really pretty great. Showtime teased it to TV critics a few months ago, but it's only come online in the past couple days. It stars Don Cheadle ("Iron Man 2," "Hotel Rwanda") as Marty Kaan, a management consultant who will say and do whatever he must to make his clients happy.
The half-hour series, created by Matthew Carnahan ("Dirt"), also stars Kristen Bell ("Veronica Mars," "Scream 4"), Josh Lawson and Ben Schwartz ("Parks and Recreation") as Marty's cohorts, all of whom have their own, uh, quirks.
Showtime has censored some of Cheadle's most colorful language for consumption on YouTube, but take »
It really feels like we’ve been waiting for House of Lies to surface since that stench over headliner Don Cheadle and his super hero replacement in the Iron Man franchise was still fresh. Well, part of the wait is over this week as we enjoy the view of fresh new key art.
House of Lies is a new series coming to Showtime. It will make it’s debut on January 8th on the same network that brings you Dexter and Shameless. Lies is created by Matthew Carnahan, the talent behind the ’06 series Dirt and Thieves from ’01. It is based upon the Martin Kihn book, House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time. That’s a mouthful.
Don Cheadle is primarily a film actor, but many stars make successful transitions into carrying TV shows. »
- Sasha Nova
Showtime has released the first promo for their new comedy House of Lies. It doesn't tell you anything about the show, which centers on "a team of cutthroat management consultants who will do anything in their pursuit of money." In fact, it's just stars Don Cheadle, Kristin Bell, Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson, and Dawn Oliveri in one of those bare, grayish sets designed for promo shoots. But the clip (and Cheadle especially) are so infectiously silly, I got a big laugh out of it. The cast drew me in, but now I definitely want to see more. House of Lies premieres on January 8. If you don't mind a bit of juvenile humor, watch the promo after the jump. Via Hitfix: Has Cheadle always been this silly? Official synopsis: House Of Lies is a half-hour comedy created, written and executive produced by Matthew Carnahan from the hit tell-all book House of Lies »
- Brendan Bettinger
Kristen Bell didn't exactly leave TV behind when "Veronica Mars" ended its run in 2007. She had a recurring part on "Heroes" and guested on a couple episodes of "Party Down" -- and you can hear her every week as the voice of "Gossip Girl."
But she'll have her first regular role on a series since "Veronica" when Showtime's dark comedy "House of Lies" premieres. At the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday (Aug. 3), Bell talked with Zap2it about what appealed to her about the series -- about a team of anything-for-business consultants -- how she sought out the new gig and moving between film and television.
Zap2it: Are the characters political consultants?
Kristen Bell: Really anything. It's basically a group of cutthroat management consultants that will do whatever is necessary to get the job and the after-work. It's murky as to what they actually really do, »
Following the successful debuts of four critically acclaimed, new original hit series - The Big C, Shameless, Episodes and The Borgias - Showtime Networks and President of Entertainment David Nevins, will be adding two more original series to the premium channel's line-up. Homeland, a one hour drama starring Emmy Award winner Claire Danes, Golden Globe nominee Damian Lewis and Emmy and Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin, and House of Lies, a half-hour comedy starring Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell, have received 12 episode orders. Both series will start production during the summer of 2011.
"On the heels of successfully launching our four freshman series in the last 8 months, we're excited to introduce the next wave of Showtime shows," said Nevins. "Homeland and House of Lies are audacious in both their concept and their casting. They build upon the network's successful pedigree and expand the definition of what a Showtime series can be. »
Homeland is a hour drama starring Danes, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin about a CIA officer who becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to the rescue of a U.S. soldier was a setup and connected to an Al Qaeda terrorist plot. House of Lies is from Matthew Carnahan based on the book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time about a a self-loathing management consultant from a top-tier firm »
- James Hibberd
It's a day of domestic pickups at Showtime, as the premium cable network has ordered "House of Lies" and "Homeland" to series. The two 12-episode orders are the first new series orders under David Nevins' watch as Showtime Entertainment President. A half-hour dark comedy, "House of Lies" comes from writer/producer Matthew Carnahan, with a pilot directed by Stephen Hopkins ("Californication"). Oscar nominee Don Cheadle stars as Marty, a cutthroat consultant, willing to do anything for his clients. The pilot also stars Kristen Bell ("Veronica Mars"), Ben Schwartz ("Parks and Recreation") and Josh Lawson ("Romantically Challenged") as members of Marty's »
- Daniel Fienberg
TV fans are still getting to know the name Dawn Olivieri, but they may recognize the actress as tattoo-laden Lydia from Heroes’ fourth and final season, or as Janice Herveaux, Alcide’s sister who helped turn Sookie into a biker chic in season 3 of True Blood. Currently, she’s known as The Vampire Diaries’ Andie Star, the local TV news reporter Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is compelling to be his girlfriend and blood donor. If, like us, you’ve been confused about how much Damon is actually forcing Andie to forget, Olivieri is happy to explain: “The only time you’ve seen Andie herself, »
- Mandi Bierly
Finally, Veronica Mars is returning to our TV screens.
Ok, sorry. Not Veronica Mars, but someone who looks exactly like her: Kristen Bell. Bell has joined the cast of the new Showtime pilot House of Lies, which starts production this month. We haven’t seen Bell on television for more than guest roles since her stint on Heroes in 2008.
Bell plays Jeannie Van Der Hooven, who may or may not sign her texts “Xoxo.” Jeannie is a “razor-sharp, Ivy-League graduate” working for cutthroat management consultant Marty, played by Don Cheadle. True Blood’s Dawn Olivieri also stars as Marty’s ex.
House of Lies is a half-hour dark comedy — Showtime’s specialty — written by Dirt creator Matthew Carnahan and based on the bestseller House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time, by Martin Kihn. I’d say the book title gives us »
- the linster
Kristen Bell has a new home on TV.
Bell will join the Showtime family in the upcoming dark-comedy, House of Lies. The former Veronica Mars star and voice of Gossip Girl will team up with the venerable Don Cheadle for the new Showtime pilot. The two will play management consultants, likely making light of the unethical business practices that have gone on in Wall Street and beyond over the past few years.
Details from the press release below:
Acclaimed actress Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, Heroes, Couples Retreat) has joined the cast of Showtime’s new comedy pilot House Of Lies starring Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2). House Of Lies, a half-hour, dark comedy created, executive produced and written by Matthew Carnahan (Dirt) from the hit tell-all book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn, will go into production in February in New York, »
Kristen Bell made a name for herself playing the smart-as-a-whip teen detective in the cult TV show Veronica Mars and is returning to television to portray another piercingly intelligent gal in Showtime’s new series, House of Lies.
Bell will star opposite Don Cheadle in the darkly satirical show, which is based off a novel by Martin Kihn titled House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time, and was scripted by Matthew Carnahan (Dirt).
House of Lies revolves around Marty (Cheadle), a very successful, cutthroat management consultant who’s willing to use any means necessary to satisfy a client’s demands. Life isn’t exactly peachy keen for the self-hating Marty, whose mentally unstable, pill-popping ex-wife Monica (Heroes alumna Dawn Olivieri) runs the only consulting firm that’s more accomplished than his, ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Last December we heard that Don Cheadle signed on to star in their dark comedy series House of Lies from Matthew Carnahan, creator and writer of the FX series Dirt. Based on Martin Kihn’s book of the same name, the half-hour comedy follows Marty (Cheadle), a highly successful, cutthroat consultant who is never above using any means (or anyone) necessary to get his clients the information they want. Now Showtime has announced that Kristen Bell, who first made waves on TV as Veronica Mars, has landed the role of Jeannie Van Der Hooven, a razor-sharp, Ivy-League graduate who works at Marty’s firm. Stephen Hopkins is directing the pilot with production beginning this month, so we'll be looking forward to checking the show out later this year. »
- Ethan Anderton
Plotting a possible return to the small screen, "Veronica Mars" star Kristen Bell has joined the cast of the Showtime comedy pilot "House of Lies." Showtime announced on Tuesday (Feb. 1) that Bell will play Jeannie Van Der Hooven, a "razor-sharp, Ivy-League [sic] graduate" working at the management consultant firm fronted by Don Cheadle's cutthroat Marty. "House of Lies" is adapted by Matthew Carnahan ("Dirt") from Martin Kihn's bestseller "House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time." Jessika Borsiczky is executive producing the pilot, which will be directed by Stephen Hopkins ("Californication"). »
- Daniel Fienberg
Acclaimed actress Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, Heroes, Couples Retreat) has joined the cast of Showtime's new comedy pilot House of Lies starring Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2). House of Lies, a half-hour, dark comedy created, executive produced and written by Matthew Carnahan (Dirt) from the hit tell-all book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn, will go into production in February in New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA. Jessica Borsicsky (FlashForward) will serve as executive producer, and Emmy winner Stephen Hopkins (Californication, 24) will direct.
House of Lies is a subversive, scathing look at a self-loathing management consultant from a top-tier firm. Cheadle will star as Marty, a highly successful, cutthroat consultant who is never above using any means (or anyone) necessary to get his clients the information they want. Bell will play Jeannie Van Der Hooven, a razor-sharp, »
Kristen Bell has joined has joined the cast of Showtime's Don Cheadle-led comedy pilot "House of Lies." The show, executive produced and written by Matthew Carnahan, follows a self-loathing management consultant (Cheadle). The "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" star will play Jeannie Van Der Hooven, a whip-smart Ivy-League graduate who works at the firm. She joins a cast that also includes former "Heroes" castmate Dawn Oliveri, and Josh Lawson ("Romantically Challenged.") Related Articles: 'Kick-Ass' »
Kristen Bell ("Veronica Mars," "Heroes," Couples Retreat ) has joined the cast of Showtime's new comedy pilot "House of Lies," starring Don Cheadle ( Iron Man 2 ). "House of Lies," a half-hour, dark comedy created, executive produced and written by Matthew Carnahan ("Dirt") from the hit tell-all book "House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn," will go into production in February in New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA. Jessica Borsicsky ("FlashForward") will serve as executive producer, and Emmy winner Stephen Hopkins ("Californication," "24") will direct. "House of Lies" is a subversive, scathing look at a self-loathing management »
Deadline reports that Bell has been cast in a lead role in the darkly comedic pilot, which stars Don Cheadle as a cutthroat management consultant who will go to any lengths to please his clients. Bell ("Veronica Mars," "When in Rome") will play a character named Jeannie Van Der Hooven, an Ivy League grad who works for the firm Cheadle's character heads.
The "House of Lies" cast also includes Dawn Olivieri ("Heroes") as Cheadle's ex-wife and professional rival, Josh Lawson ("Romantically Challenged"), Ben Schwartz ("Undercovers") as employees of Cheadle's firm and Glynn Turman ("In Treatment") as Cheadle's father. Matthew Carnahan ("Dirt") wrote the script, and Stephen Hopkins ("24," "Californication") will direct it.
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