Showtime's dramedy trio Shameless, House of Lies and Californication had cause to celebrate earlier this month when all three series returned with new seasons to higher numbers. I'm sure Showtime's free preview weekend didn't hurt in that regard, but there's even more cause to celebrate as Showtime has decided to renew all three shows. And that includes Californication, which means Hank Moody will follow in the footsteps of Dexter Morgan as a Showtime character that's surpassing six seasons of existence.
While the three mentioned series are really only just getting going this season, fans of the pay cable's comedies will be happy to know that 2014 will bring even more Californication, Shameless and House of Lies. For those keeping track, that's a fourth season for Shameless, a third for House of Lies and a seventh for Californication. All three shows will start production for their new seasons in Los Angeles later this year.
The three series are described as comedies, but each of them boasts enough drama to be considered a little of both. Shameless stars Emmy Rossum and follows a working class family living in Chicago, House of Lies stars Don Cheadle follows a team of greedy management consultants, and Californication stars David Duchovny as Hank Moody, a reckless author who's trying to balance his career and family with his love of drinking and womanizing. I watch all three shows when they air on Sunday nights, and right now Shameless is at the top of my list and arguably at the top of its game. House of Lies isn't really sticking for me, though I'm still trying to stay with it. And Californication has begun to show it's age, but is still great for those of us who love Hank Moody's rollar-coaster ride. And - like Weeds - I'll probably stick with it until it eventually wraps up, whenever that may be.
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