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Showtime greenlights 'House of Lies,' 'Homeland'

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Showtime has announced two series orders: Don Cheadle starring in the comedy House of Lies and the Claire Danes CIA thriller Homeland.

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 and also marks the return of Kristen Bell to TV (she plays a member of the firm).

“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 Showtime entertainment president David 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.”

Both shows will receive 12-episode orders and start production this summer.

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