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Watch Showtime's Full 'House of Lies' Trailer

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 8th 2011 4:30PM
House of LiesWe already saw a very funny glimpse of the 'House of Lies' cast dancing in an earlier promo, but now it's time for the full thing.

Showtime has released a new trailer featuring the cast -- which includes Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell and Ben Schwartz -- setting up the show. They're management consultants who control more than you think. The trailer is fun, snappy and actually kind of sexy at the same time. Have no fear, there's still some dancing!

'House of Lies' debuts this January.

Check out the video below.

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'House of Lies' Stars Don Cheadle & Kristen Bell Rock a New Promo

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 24th 2011 7:00PM
House of LiesCritics haven't seen more than a quick clip or trailer for Showtime's new comedy 'House of Lies,' but I'm still excited and optimistic for what the show might be.

See I love a lot of the network's so-called comedies, but this one -- starring Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson and Dawn Oliveri -- has promise to actually be funny.

Proof: This bare-bones but totally adorable promo of the five management consultants letting loose a bit. Sure, the show's description calls them "cutthroat" and says they'll do just about anything for money, but that can be comical, too. And even without showing me a second of footage from the show, seeing Cheadle's silly side and, of course, Bell's usual adorableness has gotten me pumped to see more.

We'll have to wait until closer to the show's Jan. 8 premiere for actual screeners, but stay tuned. For now, just enjoy ...

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Kristen Bell Joins Don Cheadle in Showtime's 'House of Lies'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Feb 1st 2011 6:10AM
Kristen Bell'Veronica Mars' and 'Scream 4' star Kristen Bell could be heading back to TV screens for the fall 2011 season.

According to TVLine.com, Bell has signed on for a lead role in the Showtime pilot, 'House of Lies.'

The dark comedy is based on Martin Kihn's bestelling book, 'How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time,' and it revolves around dueling corporate management consulting firms.

Bell joins previously cast stars Don Cheadle ('Hotel Rwanda') and Dawn Olivieri ('Heroes'). She will reportedly play the part of Jeannie Van Der Hooven, a razor-sharp Ivy League grad who reluctantly finds herself attracted to her co-worker Marty (Cheadle).

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Nathan Lane Returning to 'Modern Family,' Sherri Shepherd Joins TV Land Pilot and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 24th 2011 11:20AM
Nathan Lane'Modern Family' is adding more Pepper -- otherwise known as the hilarious Nathan Lane -- to its award-winning comedy recipe.

According to TV Guide, Lane will reprise his role in a spring episode. "Mitch and Cam go out for a boys night with Pepper and a bunch of their other gay friends," according to Steve Levitan, executive producer of 'Modern Family.'

Look for Jay to wind up at the party. "We're having a lot of fun playing with Nathan, and this will be a very funny use of him," Levitan said.

In other casting news ...

Jean-Ralphio Ben Schwartz has landed a pilot. The 'Parks & Recreation' and former 'Undercovers' actor will star opposite Don Cheadle and Josh Lawson in the Showtime pilot 'House of Lies.' Cheadle plays Marty, a "self-loathing, highly successful management consultant." Schwartz will play a member of Cheadle's character's team. [Deadline Hollywood]

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is in final talks to star in Starz's 'Magic City.' The 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Watchmen' actor will play the owner of one of Miami's famous hotels. [Deadline Hollywood]

'The View' co-host Sherri Shepherd will appear in a new pilot. Sadly, it's not '30 Rock''s fictional 'Queen of Jordan.' Shepherd will appear opposite Christine Taylor in TV Land's workplace sitcom. Shepherd will play the office drama queen. [Deadline Hollywood]

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'Terrible Decisions' From 'Funny or Die Presents' (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Jan 11th 2011 4:30PM
Fans of 'Funny or Die' can rejoice because season 2 of HBO's 'Funny Or Die Presents' premieres midnight, Fri., Jan. 14. To prime the laughter pumps, the website posted a little preview of one series the show will feature, 'Terrible Decisions with Ben Schwartz.'

TV watchers will recognize Schwartz from his recurring part on 'Parks and Recreation' as Tom Haverford's annoying friend Jean-Ralphio and his regular role on 'Undercovers' as Billy Hoyt.

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The jokes Letterman didn't want

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 7th 2006 3:33PM
ben schwartzApparently freelance writer Ben Schwartz has had his blog rejectedjokes.com going for over a year now, but this was the first I heard of it, thanks to Best Week Ever. Schwartz, a freelance writer who contributes to Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" segment and David Letterman's monologues, knows what all freelance writers know, which is that you're going to see a lot more rejection than acceptance. Rather than mope about it, however, he posts videos of himself telling these rejected jokes. While I can see why some of these jokes would be denied by the likes of Letterman, most of them are still pretty funny, I think. Oh yeah, and due to some weird contractual thing, he's not able to post the jokes until a year later, which is kind of a bummer, but the blog is still worth checking out.

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