‘House Of Lies’ Cancelled, Season 5 The Last: Topics Too Serious For Comedy?

‘House Of Lies’ Cancelled, Season 5 The Last: Topics Too Serious For Comedy?
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Despite the good ratings that “House of Lies” has been getting, Showtime announced on Tuesday that it has cancelled it after season 5.


“’House of Lies’ is a comedy that has frequently been ahead of the curve,” network president David Nevins said in a statement, according to TV Line. “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.“

Nevins even described  series creator Matthew Carnahan and lead actor Don Cheadle as “dream partners and impeccable leaders.”

“The core cast of Don, Kristen, Ben and Josh are one of the best comedy teams on television,” he added about “House of Lies” season 5. “They have brought the series to an incredibly satisfying conclusion with this historic final episode shot in Cuba.”

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While he considered doing “House of Lies” to be a “true dream gig,” he appeared down for it has to end.

“Working with the remarkable team that Jessika Borsiczcky, David Walpert and I were allowed to put together, along with the incredible cast and crew, coming to work every day was a joy,” he continued.

He further shared that working with Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell and Glynn Turman, seeing the “amazing” performance of Dawn Olivieri, the “shockingly funny” side of Josh Lawson and being with well-known comedic actor Ben Schwartz while watching great actors like Matt Damon “be willing to skewer versions of themselves” and staying in Cuba for their shooting “are all the kinds of reasons I got into this business in the first place.”

Meanwhile, Variety revealed that the final episode of “House of Lies” season 5, airing on June 12 entitled “No Es Fácil,” was entirely shot on location in Cuba with series creator and executive producer Matthew Carnahan directing it.

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