January 13, 2013
'House of Lies' changes focus
By Bill Harris, QMI Agency

Actors Don Cheadle (L) and Kristen Bell of the show "House of Lies" listen to a question on stage during the Showtime panel presentation of the 2013 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, California January 12, 2013. REUTERS/Bret Hartman

House of Lies began as a sledgehammer of a show, frantically and frenetically detailing the double-talk of American corporate greed. But it has become something else.

As the series returns for its second season Monday on The Movie Network and Movie Central, there seems to be a lot more emphasis on the complex relationship between main characters Marty (played by Don Cheadle) and Jeannie (played by Kristen Bell).

"I always thought it was about us two, from the very beginning," said Cheadle, prompting laughter at the Television Critics Association tour.

To which Bell added, "We're very self-centred."

But Bell then endeavored to provide a more serious answer to the question.

"I don't think that's inaccurate," she said. "It (the Marty-Jeannie relationship) definitely fuels a much bigger portion, in my opinion, of the show this year. Or at least as far as what we get to explore.