The second seasons of Showtime’s comedy series House of Lies and HBO’s drama series The Newsroom are set to premiere on Sky Atlantic in late August (exact dates still TBC), but fans of those series will be able to watch the opening episodes of their respective seasons early thanks to Sky On Demand. BSkyB today announced that they will make the season premieres of both available on Sky On Demand as of August 20th.
Based on the book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time, House of Lies was created by Matthew Carnahan and follows the exploits of Galweather & Stearn, one of the top management consultancy firms in the US. Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle), a highly-successful and cutthroat consultant who is never above using any means (or anyone) necessary to get his way with and for his clients, is the big-money earner at Galweather & Stearn. He works alongside his hot, young team of big-balling power players, known as The Pod. The comedy series stars Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson, Dawn Olivieri, Donis Leonard Jr. and Glynn Turman. In season 2, The Pod, especially Marty and Jeannie, must deal with the fall-out from the big merger showdown. Meanwhile, Marty is thrown by the arrival of a new ‘frenemy’ at work and by Roscoe, who decides to move in with his lunatic mother, Monica (Dawn Olivieri).
Created by Aaron Sorkin, The Newsroom centers on a cable news anchor, his new executive producer, his newsroom staff and their boss as they set out on a patriotic and quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal relationships. The drama series stars Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, John Gallagher Jr, Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel and Olivia Munn. The show’s second season picks up a year later in the days leading up to election night 2012. The News Night staff are being prepared to give depositions in a lawsuit, the circumstances of which unfold throughout the season. Covering the period from August 2011 to November 2012, the new season touches on the administration’s anti-terrorism policy, Occupy Wall Street, Troy Davis, Trayvon Martin, Benghazi and, of course, the primaries and general election.