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Showtime Renews Two Series LA Times

Showtime has renewed two of its signature programs. The Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports that the pay-cable channel will bring back the Sunday programs “Shameless” and “House of Lies."

“Shameless” will return for a fifth season, while “House of Lies” will return for a fourth season. Both shows will return with 12 new episodes that are slated to launch in 2015.

“Currently in its fourth season, ‘Shameless’ is averaging 5.5 million viewers across multiple platforms -- up 8% from its previous season," the story reports. "The dramedy, starring William H. Macy as an alcoholic father, delivered its highest-rated episode of its fourth season on Jan. 26, with 1.83 million viewers in its 9 p.m. slot."

The piece adds: “‘House of Lies’ is averaging 3 million viewers a week. Its headliner, Don Cheadle, has brought in bragging rights in the form of awards love -- earning two Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations (taking home a Globe in 2012).”

don-cheadle.jpgDon Cheadle