Showtime's 'House of Lies' to End With Season 5

The Don Cheadle comedy will wrap its run on June 12 with a series finale shot in Cuba.
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'House of Lies'

It's the end of the road for Showtime's House of Lies

Showtime announced Tuesday that the Don Cheadle comedy's upcoming fifth season will be its last. 

House of Lies is a comedy that has frequently been ahead of the curve,” said Showtime president and CEO David Nevins. “Over the course of its five seasons, it has tackled such hot-button topics as gender identity, wealth inequality, white privilege, police brutality, interracial relationships and code-switching with honesty and a biting sense of humor. Matthew Carnahan and Don Cheadle have been dream partners and impeccable leaders. The core cast of Don, Kristen [Bell], Ben [Schwartz] and Josh [Lawson] are one of the best comedy teams on television. They have brought the series to an incredibly satisfying conclusion with this historic final episode shot in Cuba.”

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The news comes after Veronica Mars grad Bell signed on to star in NBC's upcoming comedy series The Good Place from Parks and Recreation executive producer Mike Schur. The actress's deal for that series included a stipulation that she be able to work on both season five of House of Lies — filmed in Cuba — and Good Place.

An awards darling for much of its five-season run, Showtime renewed House of Lies for a fifth season in March. The series, from showrunner Matthew Carnahan, will be back for a 10-episode run — down two installments from its typical 12-episode season. The June 12 series finale was filmed on location in Havana.

In its fourth season, House of Lies averaged 583,000 total viewers, off slightly year-over-year. But what the series may lack in same-day viewers, it makes up for as a sturdy performer both on DVR and during awards season, where Cheadle has earned three Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

For Showtime, House of Lies was among the first series developed and greenlighted to series by Nevins after he replaced Bob Greenblatt at the helm of the cabler. (Homeland was the other.) The pay cabler recently launched Andrew Dice Clay comedy Dice, and its roster of comedies also includes dramedy Shameless and Episodes, which will return for a fifth and final season. 

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