Kristen Bell is returning to television! Sound the victory parade!

Showtime has officially greenlit 12 episodes of the half-hour comedy House of Lies. The new series stars Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell. Production on the series will begin summer 2011. We have the Showtime Networks and President of Entertainment David Nevins to thank for bringing this show (and antoher original show starring Claire Danes – Homeland) to our TV screens.

“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 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.” – Via Press Release

House of Lies Plot Summary: HOUSE OF LIES is a half-hour comedy created, written and executive produced by Matthew Carnahan from the hit tell-all book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn. The new comedy is a scathing look at a self-loathing management consultant from a top-tier firm. Cheadle stars as Marty, a highly-successful and cutthroat consultant who is never above using any means (or anyone) necessary to get his way with and for his clients.  Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) will play Jeannie Van Der Hooven, a razor-sharp, Ivy-League graduate who works at Marty’s firm.  Co-stars include noted comedian Ben Schwartz (Undercovers) and Josh Lawson (Romantically Challenged) as Marty’s corporate team members; Dawn Oliveri (Heroes) as Marty’s acerbic ex-wife; the legendary Glynn Turman (In Treatment) as his psychoanalyst father; and Donis Leonard Jr. (The Fresh Beat Band) as Marty’s young son. Jessika Borsiczky (Flash Forward) will serve as executive producer, and Emmy winner Stephen Hopkins (Californication, 24)  directs and executive produces.

Visit the Official Showtime Website for more.

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