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'Shameless,' 'Ripper Street' and three more series get renewed

January 29, 2013|By Patrick Kevin Day
  • William H. Macy stars in the Showtime series "Shameless."
William H. Macy stars in the Showtime series "Shameless." (Showtime )

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It's a big day in TV renewal land with the news that five cable series are getting new seasons, in addition to the renewal of CBS' entire daytime lineup.

The five series that are continuing on are Showtime's "Shameless," "House of Lies" and "Californication"; BBC America's "Ripper Street" and Cinemax's "Banshee."

The trio of Showtime series have already been on the air for a season or more ("Californication" is airing its sixth season), the BBC America and Cinemax shows just debuted this year.

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"Ripper Street" is a co-production of BBC America and BBC One in Britain. It stars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg as investigators in Victorian England, patrolling the crime-ridden streets of London's East End just six months after the last of the unsolved Jack the Ripper murders. The first season is set in 1889; the second season will move into the 1890s.

In her review, The Times' Mary McNamara said the series was well-written and well-acted.

The series debuted in Britain in late 2012, with BBC America airing the episodes three weeks later. The second season of eight episodes will debut in 2014.

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"Banshee" is executive produced by "True Blood" creator Alan Ball and stars Antony Starr as an ex-con and thief who moves to the town of Banshee, Pa., and assumes the identity of the town sheriff while continuing his criminal activities and doing battle with the gangsters he betrayed years before.

In a review of "Banshee," McNamara wrote, "What it doesn't have, at least in the first two episodes, is anything new to say, about small towns, power, corruption, fear, crime or love."

"Shameless" just began its third season on Showtime. The series is an adaptation of a British TV series that ran for 125 episodes. "House of Lies" recently began its second season. Star Don Cheadle this month unexpectedly won the Golden Globe for actor in a comedy series for his "House of Lies" role.

[Updated, 4:36 p.m.: A previous version of this post stated that Don Cheadle won the Golden Globe for "Shameless." He won it for "House of Lies."]

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