Stars: Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Dawn Olivieri, Josh Lawson, Glynn Turman
Premiere Date: January 8
Why we’re excited: Showtime, better than any other cable network, has shown that it’s highly proficient at producing effectively edgy and funny dark comedy shows—think Weeds, Californication, and Shameless. Hoping to join those successful ranks is House Of Lies, a morally corrupt and (fingers crossed) unflinchingly comedic look at the shady business dealings of four management consultants, played by Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz (Parks And Recreation’s Jean-Ralphio), and Josh Lawson.
The show’s biggest coup, of course, is the casting of Cheadle, a fantastic actor whose comedy skills (seen in the Ocean’s 11 movies and Talk To Me) demand more attention. Plus, Kristen Bell strips down to her underwear for her character’s sake, a visual bonus that will speak for itself.
16. House Of Lifes