Showtime’s Winter Premieres: Californication, House of Lies, Shameless

Showtime premiered a night of new and returning original series on Jan. 8, and while the results were mixed, all of the series — SHAMELESS, HOUSE OF LIES ]and CALIFORNICATION — made use of the freedom that comes with being on a premium cable channel to pack their premieres with nudity, sex, “mature” language, self-indulgence, poor decision-making and all-around bad behavior. Ain’t it great to live in America?

SHAMELESS: Why did nobody tell me how… off-kilter this series is? I didn’t have Showtime last year, but I probably would have signed up if I had known what SHAMELESS was like.
Continue reading