Showtime Picks Up <i>Homeland</i> And <i>House Of Lies</i>

Showtime has given 12-episode orders to two new series, the half-hour comedy House of Lies and the one-hour drama Homeland.

“On the heels of successfully launching our four freshman series in the last eight months, we’re excited to introduce the next wave of Showtime shows,” Showtime entertainment president David Nevins said in a statement. “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.”

Based on Martin Kihn’s 2005 memoir, House of Lies is a scathing look at a self-loathing management consultant named Marty, played by Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle, who’ll use any means necessary to get his clients the information they want. Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell is Jeannie Van Der Hooven, a razor-sharp, Ivy-League grad who works at his firm. Matthew Carnahan (Dirt) is writer and executive producer. Stephen Hopkins (Californication, 24) directs and executive produces.

Homeland is a psychological thriller centering on Carrie Anderson (Emmy Award winner Claire Danes), a CIA officer who becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to the rescue of a U.S. soldier (Damian Lewis) was a setup and may be connected to a terrorist plot. Emmy and Tony award winner Mandy Patinkin plays Saul, a veteran CIA division chief. The series is written by Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa and Gideon Raff, and is based on Raff’s Israeli television series Prisoners of War.

Both series start production this summer.

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