Kristen Bell To Co-Star In Showtime’s ‘House of Lies’ Comedy Pilot

Former Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell has been tapped for a lead role opposite Don Cheadle in Showtime’s dark comedy pilot House of Lies. Written by Matthew Carnahan based on the book by Martin Kihn, the project centers on Marty (Cheadle), a self-loathing highly successful management consultant from a top-tier firm who is never above using any means necessary to get his clients the information they want. Bell will play Jeannie Van Der Hooven, a razor-sharp, Ivy-League graduate who works at Marty’s firm. Bell joins previously cast  Dawn Oliveri as Marti’s ex-wife, Josh Lawson as Ben Schwartz as his co-workers, Glynn Turman as Marty’s psychoanalyst father; and Donis Leonard Jr. as his young son. Jessika Borsiczky is executive producing the pilot, which will be directed by Stephen Hopkins. Production is slated to begin in February in New York and Los Angeles. Bell’s last regular TV role was on NBC’s Heroes. The actress, repped by CAA and Brookside Artist Amanagement, will next be seen in the features Scream 4 and Everybody Loves Whales.

Comments (23)

  • Kristen Bell is very talented. Glad she is back on TV and doing a dark comedy. Stay away from the lame romcom movies. It was good for a paycheck for a while but now back to work.

    Comment by Johns — Monday January 31, 2011 @ 9:59pm PST  
  • After Kristen’s recent work in terrible Disney comedies, it will be nice to see her in something that will hopefully let her show off her acting chops. Sometimes going back to TV is a good thing!

    Comment by briguyx — Monday January 31, 2011 @ 10:21pm PST  
  • I love Kristen Bell but Sarah Marshall and the two stupid Disney comedies she made did nothing for her but typecast her as a “dumb comedy actress.” She needs to show off her dramatic side the way Veronica Mars enabled her to do — and clearly she’s got the goods. Just has to find the right vehicles.

    Comment by Doc Michaels — Monday January 31, 2011 @ 10:30pm PST  
  • After numerous flop movies and a flop tv show banished to premium cable, well good for her ratings on showtime mean little…Kristen probably best suited for the theater after movie goers avoided her in high numbers (Fanboys, Pulse, Only You, Burlesque, When in Rome, Astro Boy)
    Even her desperate attempt as a Maxim covergirl was sad

    Comment by Fancy Lad — Monday January 31, 2011 @ 11:27pm PST  
    • Fancy Lad — were you passed up for Veronica Mars or something? She’s an appealing actress with a few lame movie choices. Let’s remember that Sarah Marshall and Couples Retreat were both hits.

      Comment by Michael — Tuesday February 1, 2011 @ 9:12am PST  
    • Ha! What? Did she reject your lame pick up in a bar?

      Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday February 1, 2011 @ 9:16am PST  
  • I say Bell’s last regular tv roll was as Uda Bengt, the psycho stone-cold head of Valhalla Catering on the underseen Party Down. It sounds like she’s gonna play a very similar character. If so, SHE WILL BE AWESOME!!!
    Go Kristen!

    Comment by Roman — Tuesday February 1, 2011 @ 12:31am PST  
  • Overrated.

    Comment by Kabbe — Tuesday February 1, 2011 @ 12:45am PST  
  • Kristen Bell is really gorgeous.

    Comment by Bernard Tilman — Tuesday February 1, 2011 @ 12:47am PST  
  • Kristen is terrific but I wish she would stick with movies. If she’s willing to commit to a TV series, she should be the star, not just a part of a large ensemble.

    Comment by Doug — Tuesday February 1, 2011 @ 1:42am PST  
  • Some people don’t get her appeal, but she was so good during the entire run of “Veronica Mars”. The show was underrated, and it’s still a shame that it was canceled for bringing in 2.5 million viewers a week when “Gossip Girl” and “90210″ bring in less.

    I haven’t been a fan of her big screen work save for “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”. Glad to hear she snagged the “Barrymore” cameo alongside Paquin in “Scream 4″. I hope this works for her, but I would have loved to hear her be apart of something more interesting, like Gellar’s “Ringer”.

    Comment by B- — Tuesday February 1, 2011 @ 6:33am PST  
  • A welcome return. That manager was sending her to bad movie choices. Kristen is a true TV star and such a lovely woman who you only wish success and good things for. I hope that this marks a new way she will be looking at material in the future.

    Good for you CAA

    Comment by smartman — Tuesday February 1, 2011 @ 7:08am PST  
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