Staff WriterHaven’t gotten enough of Showtime’s brazen Sunday line-up? The network doesn’t think so either, and it has given several shows the green light, renewing two of its most popular and provocative series. U.K. transport Shameless has scored a fifth season while corporate satire House of Lies has earned its fourth. Both seasons will see twelve new original episodes, per the network order. The news follows the announcement of an Episodes renewal, locking in the entirety of Showtime’s original Sunday winter programming for another year. While exciting for fans, the renewals should be no large surprise. Critical darling and “no-collar” dramedy Shameless, which stars Academy Award nominee William H. Macy and Golden Globe nominee Emmy Rossum, has seen its most ratings-successful season yet. Up 8% from last year, the series is averaging 5.5 million weekly views across platforms in its fourth season. Shameless centers on a wildly dysfunctional Chicago family of six children and their flagrantly drunken father as they try to navigate daily life. The network’s lurid House of Lies is steady with last year’s ratings performance, averaging 3 million viewers per week across platforms. The series stars twice Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe winning Don Cheadle as elite consultant Marty Kaan. As a single-minded man, he aims for one thing: power. As a single dad he just wants to be a good parent to his gender-fluid teenage son, and avoid the drama surrounding his unhinged ex-wife. You can catch Shameless at 9/8c and House of Lies at 10/9c on Showtime.
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