Three Showtime original series return Sunday, Jan. 13.
Season 3 of “Shameless” premieres at 8 p.m,, while “House of Lies” follows with its second season opener at 9 p.m., and then “Californication” begins its sixth season at 9:30 p.m.
Information on these programs, provided by Showtime, is as follows:
Season 3 of “Shameless” finds each member of the Gallagher family seeking their individual version of the “American Dream.” With spring in the air, almost five months have passed since we’ve last seen the Gallaghers. Jimmy (Justin Chatwin) has moved into the Gallagher home, and Fiona (Emmy Rossum) is beginning to realize that a long-term relationship isn’t nearly as fulfilling as she expected… and her GED will only get her so far. Meanwhile, Frank (William H. Macy) reappears south of the border, with no idea how he got there.
In the Season 2 opener of “House of Lies,” Marty (DON CHEADLE) and the Pod adjust to the “new” Galweather Stearn in the aftermath of a sexual harassment scandal. Interim CEO, Julianne Hofschraeger (BESS ARMSTRONG), needs Marty to live up to his reputation of being a fearless closer. This poses a challenge when Marty consults with Mr. Pincus (KEVIN DOBSON), a valued client no one in the company knows. Jeannie (KRISTEN BELL) relives haunting memories from a drunken night out with Marty when she returns to work from a paid leave of absence. Meanwhile at home, Marty struggles to patch things up with Roscoe (DONIS LEONARD JR.) since he moved out to live with his mother, Monica (DAWN OLIVERI).
“Californication” stars David Duchovny in his Golden Globe-winning role as hedonistic novelist Hank Moody, who struggles to be a good father to his college-aged daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin), while still carrying a torch for her mother, his ex-girlfriend Karen (Natascha McElhone). This season, noted actress Maggie Grace (Lost) has signed on for nine episodes as the infamous rock groupie Faith, who develops an unconventional relationship with Hank. International comedy star Tim Minchin takes on the role of Atticus Fetch in eight episodes, a mad-as-a-hatter rock star who will write the music for the Broadway production of A Crazy Little Thing Called Love, a film whose screenplay was adapted from Hank’s hit novel, God Hates Us All. Fetch enlists the ever-cynical Hank to collaborate on the project, which he calls “…a rock opera about love conquering all.” Grace is joined in one episode by her former Lost co-star Jorge Garcia as an old contact from Faith’s past, marking a reunion of sorts for the two actors. Notorious rocker Marilyn Manson will also make a guest appearance.
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