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Kara’s 2012 TV Goodness All-Stars: Don Cheadle, House of Lies 

Photo Credit: Showtime
Photo Credit: Showtime

As a TV addict I consider it my privilege, no my duty to sample as many new television shows as my DVR will allow. I can’t remember why House of Lies caught my interest. Maybe it was the audacious promos, or the great cast, or that I will pretty much give anything on Showtime a chance. Whatever the reason, I’m glad I started watching. Nothing could’ve prepared me for such a great show. I could go on and on about the great acting, the dark humor that rings true, or the storylines that keep my interest each and every week. But the revelation on this show has to be Don Cheadle. I knew he was a good actor, but this role proves his brilliance.

Although Cheadle started his career on TV, I don’t think I sat up and took notice of him until Boogie Nights. I’ve enjoyed his choices of movie roles but I like that he decided to come back to TV for a role like this. Marty Kaan is my favorite type of character – deeply flawed and deeply damaged. He’s got a truly fucked up relationship with his ex-wife, which both fascinates and repulses me. I love his flirtation with Jeannie, as well as his interaction with the rest of his team. He actually fell in love with stripper-cum-law student April, but managed to screw that up pretty quick. At work there is no length he won’t go to to close the deal. And if you betray him? Watch your back, because he will burn everything down to get back at you. I mean, I definitely wouldn’t want to know someone like Marty in real life but he makes for such an interesting and dynamic main character.

Photo Credit: Showtime
Photo Credit: Showtime

And Don Cheadle brings so much to this role. He can be fiery, he can be gentle, he can be vulnerable, he can be blustery. But no matter what he does – and Marty’s done some truly despicable things – I just can’t bring myself to hate him. He eventually damages every important relationship he has at some point. Right now, he’s done some spectacular damage to both his father and his son. I know he’s regain their trust, but he’s got his work cut out for him. And I’m really interested in seeing how he makes up for his past actions. How long will it take for his loved ones to forgive him? What new trouble will he stir up for himself next? Whatever happens, I can’t wait to see how Don Cheadle portrays it.

House of Lies season two premieres Sunday, January 13th at 10/9c.

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