If you haven't heard yet, the second season of Showtime's dramatic/comedy television series, House Of Lies, is set to premiere in just a few weeks. After a run of 12 episodes, and praise from critics -- Don Cheadle is up for a Golden Globe for his role as Marty -- we wanted to refresh viewers' memories. So, we decided to offer a recap of the show's characters to our readers.
Before we do that, here's a brief overview (as described by Showtime): Charming, fast talking Marty Kaan and his crack team of management consultants know how to play the corporate game better than anyone, by using every dirty trick in the book to woo powerful CEOs and close huge deals. In the board rooms, barrooms, and bedrooms of the power elite, corruption is business as usual and everyone's out for themselves first. Nothing is sacred in this scathing, irreverent satire of corporate America today.
There are seven main characters of the cast: Marty Kaan, Jeannie van der Hooven, Clyde Oberholt, Doug Guggenheim, Monica Talbot, Roscoe Kaan, and Jeremiah Kaan. Here they are...
Up first is the series' lead, Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle). He's an extraordinary, but unscrupulous management consultant with the uncanny ability of identifying and exploiting the weaknesses of clients to get them to sign his contracts. He does so by spewing undecipherable biz-school jargon and flattering corporate big wigs, or just straight blackmailing them into hiring his firm. On top of that, he's offensive, egotistical, narcissistic, womanizing, crafty, and very "un-PC," all of which make him very good at his job.
Despite his brash and ruthless demeanor, he's a (reasonably) dedicated family man, and deep down inside you may start to suspect he actually has a heart.
Jeannie van der Hooven (played by Kristen Bell) is a bright up-and-coming member of Marty's team. She is also very talented, crafty, flirtatious, but is also secretive of her personal life, some of which comes to light as the season progresses. Although Marty offers sexual advances, she stays away. In fact, she does all she can to separate work from pleasure.
While she walks the life of a top corporate executive -- her fiance is a rich, country club type -- she's not above hooking up with high-powered men in her field, random fellas while on the road, or even doing shots off a stripper's ass.
The brilliant, Harvard-educated member of Marty's team is Doug Guggenheim (Josh Lawson). He is the quintessential math geek with crazy analytical skills and a big ego, but has no game when it comes to women. Doug is romantic, but his shyness rarely allows him to show that side, or help him seal the deal for that matter.
His clumsiness with the ladies constantly makes him the butt of jokes by his "pod" aka team.
Clyde Oberholt (Ben Schwartz) is the youngest member of Marty's team and a major suck-up... and a voracious womanizer. While he is capable at work, he's too preoccupied with women... so he uses his high profile job, big salary, charm, and quick wit to nab them.
He's also a jokester who is always playing practical jokes and trying to get dirt on his co-workers.
These are the main players of the series, but there's also Monica Talbot (Dawn Olivieri), who also plays a big role as Marty's ex-wife and the mother of their son Roscoe. She's also a hotshot consultant with a rival firm that is considered #1 in the field, making her Marty's biggest competition. Despite being an ex and his business nemesis, she regularly sleeping with Marty, though he usually tries to avoid it.
She's is a completely neglectful parent, happily leaving the raising of her son to Marty and his father.
Jeremiah Kaan (Glynn Turman) is Marty's father, who helps him raise Roscoe (Donis Leonard Jr.), his son.
There's a brief recap of the House Of Lies characters. Get ready for season 2, which premieres on January 13th at 10pm ET/PT on Showtime. For more info, visit Sho.com.